Selective Screening: Bali to Implement Stricter Measures on Foreign Tourists

Australian Tourists Dominate Bali's Foreign Tourist Arrivals in March 2023, Followed by Indian and Singaporean Visitors (photo: ANTARA FOTO/Fikri Yusuf)

The government of Bali is implementing new measures to regulate the influx of foreign tourists to the island in response to the misconduct of some tourists in recent years.

The Vice Governor of Bali, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati, stated that the new rules will ensure that only “quality” tourists are allowed to visit the island.

There will be no limit on the number of foreign tourists allowed, as the island already has a carrying capacity in place. However, there will be a screening process to ensure that only those who are willing and able to comply with the rules will be permitted to visit Bali.

Vice Governor Cok Ace mentioned three points that will be considered when screening foreign tourists. He added that Governor Wayan Koster has also called on the central government to tighten Visa on Arrival (VoA) regulations for Russian and Ukrainian citizens. The primary consideration is maintaining order and preventing the abuse of administrative and criminal laws.

Vice Governor Cok Ace emphasized that the restrictions are not intended to create negative sentiments towards foreign tourists in Bali, particularly towards Russian tourists, who have been singled out in the past for their behavior. The rules aim to regulate tourists who disregard the cultural norms and traditions of the Balinese people.

In the case of foreigners who violate Bali’s customs or laws, the government will not display their full identities in public for humanitarian reasons. Instead, they will release a notice in certain locations indicating that a foreign tourist has violated the laws or customs of Bali.

The government of Bali has made it clear that it will not tolerate any misconduct or breach of regulations by foreign tourists. By enforcing stricter regulations, the island hopes to protect its cultural heritage and ensure that visitors respect the local customs and traditions.