What can you do in Bali and what actions can lead to penalties or even deportation?


After a series of high-profile offenses that took place in the first half of 2023, the Bali Immigration Office issued a memorandum for tourists titled “About the Norms and Prohibitions on the Island.” It is expected that all visitors entering Indonesia should acquaint themselves with the rules and adhere to them strictly. Currently, the memorandum is only available in three languages: English, Chinese, and Hindi. It comprises two pages: the first page provides general recommendations for tourists, while the second page outlines the prohibitions.

Let’s have a look at what is outlined in the memorandum.

There are 12 points that all visitors to the island must adhere to:

  1. Respect the local religion and sacred places.
  2. Respect Balinese customs and ceremonies.
  3. Dress appropriately.
  4. Behave properly in temples and other sacred places.
  5. Travel around the island only with a licensed guide when necessary.
  6. Exchange currency only at official exchange offices.
  7. Use the Indonesian QR payment system if necessary.
  8. Settle transactions only in the local currency, Indonesian rupiah.
  9. Observe traffic rules.
  10. Rent transportation vehicles only from legal and registered companies.
  11. Choose only legal accommodations.
  12. When visiting any tourist attractions, follow the established rules.

These recommendations are fairly standard and obvious. Applicable not only to Bali but also to any other country.

Now let’s consider the prohibitions, there are only 7 of them:

  1. Do not enter the main area of sacred places without permission. Being in this area is only allowed for prayer, in traditional Balinese attire, and without menstruation.
  2. Do not climb sacred trees.
  3. Do not take photographs in inappropriate clothing in sacred places.
  4. Do not litter.
  5. Do not use non-recyclable plastic.
  6. Do not work or engage in business without special permission and a visa.
  7. Do not engage in illegal trading.

Violation of any of these prohibitions can result in severe punishment, including deportation from the island.

It is likely that this list will be updated. Previously, Bali Governor Wayan Koster suggested a ban on mountain climbing, including well-known peaks such as Batur and Agung volcanoes. However, hiking is not specifically mentioned in this memorandum. If there are any updates or changes, we will definitely keep you informed.

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