Bali Immigration Introduces Barcode System to Enforce Prohibitions and Obligations for Foreign Tourists


The Ngurah Rai Bali Immigration Office has introduced a new system to enforce prohibitions and obligations for foreign tourists (WNA) visiting Bali. In addition to the existing pocket card format, they have now implemented a barcode system that can be easily scanned.

The barcodes are placed in the identity inspection area at the International Arrival Terminal of I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport, allowing foreign tourists to conveniently access the necessary information.

Sugito, the Head of Ngurah Rai Immigration Office, emphasized the purpose of this innovation, stating, “To facilitate foreign tourists, they can simply scan it.” By scanning the barcode, tourists will gain instant access to a comprehensive set of eight prohibitions and 12 obligations that must be observed during their stay in Bali.

To ensure maximum compliance, approximately 32 stickers have been strategically placed across 16 immigration counters in the international arrival area of the airport. These stickers serve as a visual reminder for tourists to scan the barcode and familiarize themselves with the regulations.

Recognizing the diverse linguistic backgrounds of visitors, the prohibitions and obligations are provided in three languages: English, which serves as the international language, as well as Indian and Mandarin, catering to the significant number of tourists from these countries. Furthermore, plans are underway to translate the information into Russian and Japanese to accommodate visitors from these regions.

This proactive measure aims to actively engage and educate foreign tourists about the local laws and cultural norms in Bali. Recent incidents involving the misconduct and legal violations of foreign tourists leading to deportation have further highlighted the need for effective communication and enforcement of regulations.

Prior to the implementation of the barcode system, the Bali Regional Office of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, through Ngurah Rai Immigration, distributed approximately 1,000 red-colored cards containing the specific prohibitions and obligations. These cards were given to foreign tourists immediately after receiving the immigration stamp in their passports, serving as a physical reminder of their responsibilities.

These regulations align with the Governor of Bali’s Circular Letter No. 4 of 2023, which outlines the New Arrangements for Foreign Tourists in Bali. The prohibitions and obligations cover a wide range of aspects, including the respectful treatment of temples and religious symbols, adherence to customs, traditions, arts, and culture, as well as the appreciation of local Balinese wisdom.

Additionally, foreign tourists are expected to dress modestly, appropriately, and respectfully when visiting sacred areas, tourist attractions, public places, and engaging in various activities throughout their stay in Bali.

By implementing this comprehensive system and ensuring the availability of information in multiple languages, the Ngurah Rai Bali Immigration Office aims to promote better understanding, compliance, and a respectful experience for foreign tourists, fostering a harmonious coexistence between visitors and the local community.