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Bali Tourists Will Be Asked To Scan QR Code On Arrival To Read New Rules

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Over the last few weeks, there have been some big changes for tourists heading to Bali. The provincial government has doubled down on its commitment to create sustainable and cultural-based tourism.

As a result, Governor Wayan Koster announced a list of rules that all tourists must adhere to during their stay on the island.

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The list of rules, touted as the Good Tourist Guide, consists of twelve obligations and eight prohibitions by tourists in Bali.

After much public discussion, officials launched the Good Tourist Guide at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in the form of a small info card that was to be slipped into the passports of arrivals as they pass through immigration. 

However, less than two weeks since the first info cards were handed out, the list of do’s and don’ts in Bali has already evolved into a new form. Tourists will now be encouraged to scan a QR code on arrival at Bali Airport. The QR code will then link to a series of Google Docs, which contain the infographics in English, Hindi, and Mandarin. 

Bali Tourist Rules Do's
Source: Bali Immigration

As of Wednesday morning are now 32 QR-code scanning points at the international arrivals hall at Bali Airport.

The Head of Immigration Office Class I TPI, Ngurah Rai Sugito, told reporters that “After an evaluation, we chose to make it in the form of a barcode. The rules can be read at any time because they are in their cellphones.

Sugito said that over 1000 info cards had been distributed to arrivals in Bali but that the QR code system would be more effective in the long run.

He added, “These three languages are because many of the tourists from there go on vacation to Bali. That’s why we provide it in the three languages.”

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Bali Rules For Tourists Don'ts
Source: Bali Immigration

Immigration in Indonesia is working to establish a ‘gold standard’ approach to their public services. This includes improving digital infrastructure for tourists.

The decision to move the good tourist guidelines over to a QR code is just one small way Indonesian Immigration is looking to make its communications accessible and easy.

Other digital improvements to immigration services include the e-Visa on Arrival, which allows tourists to apply for their 30-day VOA before they touch down in Denpasar, making the arrival process that bit quicker. 

While there has been much conversation online about the introduction of the new do’s and don’t for tourists in Bali, for the most part, tourists have been on board with the new guidelines.

After all, the guidelines aren’t asking anything new of tourists, nor stipulating new laws, but rather a reiteration of laws and cultural norms that have been disrespected by a small minority of international visitors on the island. 

The rules are straightforward; the first is to respect the local religion and its sacred place. This includes respecting Balinese wisdom traditions, especially during ceremonies.

Although Indonesia is the world’s largest majority Muslim nation, Balinese Hinduism is the most practiced faith on the island. All faiths must be respected. 


In fact, many of the rules center around respecting the unique cultural heritage and spiritual practices of the Balinese people.

On the list of don’ts, tourists are reminded not to enter the main area of temples and other sacred places without wearing proper attire and to never take pictures around sacred places when dressed immodestly.

The rules also remind tourists to adhere to the conditions of their tourist visas and not partake in any work or business-related activities illegally.

This reminder comes as the provincial government has created a Tourism Task Force to crack down on foreigners working illegally on the island.

Immigration officials found that not only were some foreigners operating businesses and business services in Bali without the correct visa or business permits, which led to a series of rapid deportations. 


For the vast majority of travelers, the new behavioral guidelines are simply kindly reminders to embrace and immerse in all the wonders of the Island of the Gods.

As tourism leaders in Bali look to establish a more diverse experience for tourists, all visits have to do is be open-minded!

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As the Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office, Tjok Bagus Pemayun, said last week, Bali’s “tourism tagline is now: quality and dignified culture-based tourism.

Whether it be visiting the rice terraces in Tellalagang or catching a traditional cultural dance, there is so much to explore around every corner of Bali.

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Monday 26th of June 2023

None of these rules apply to Russians they are exempt.

Now Ubud has gangs of russian teenagers with loud exhausts racing around the villages.

Ubud no longer exists.


Sunday 25th of June 2023

So we can be deported for using "non-recyclable plastics"

Literally EVERYTHING in Bali is in plastic!!!

Was this written by a person with brain damage?


Monday 26th of June 2023

@Andrew, Yes.

David Hooper

Saturday 24th of June 2023

This is bull$hit, most of the issues are with Russians and you don't even have the rules in Russian. I have been going to Bali for 10 years, have supported quite a few Balinese through covid and been there over 20 times. I have numerous Indonesian friends and feel all you are trying to do is victimise every tourist for a small percent that are playing up and not respecting Balinese culture. Instead of victimising everyone, why don't you give instant fines to the idiots that are playing up. As far as the VOA goes, Australia, New Zealand and all other countries need to start charging 500,000 rupiah to all indonesians coming into our countries, all indonesians, especially dignitories!!! I have no issues with paying it if the Balinese people benefited from it, however the only beneficiary is the Indonesian government. To be honest I am feeling as if I don't want to come back to Bali, I will look at Thailand and Philippines for my next vacations, neither charge to enter their countries.


Sunday 25th of June 2023

@David Hooper, Philippines is nice this time of the year, especially the mountain town of Baquio, also Dumaquete on Negros Island. Yes, people speak English there, it's their second language taught in school and yes, they drive on the right side of the road. Everything is cheaper than Bali and cleaner, just stay out of Manila and vicinity. Mactan Island/Cebu in the south has an international Airport you can fly to from Manila. Check it out on Google, you won't be disappointed. Oh yeah, the Lechon is to die for, delish! Lots of clean beaches everywhere also and not crowded like on Bali.


Friday 23rd of June 2023

"As the Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office, Tjok Bagus Pemayun, said last week, Bali’s “tourism tagline is now: quality and dignified culture-based tourism.”

so... are they going to close Atlas and the other gross beach clubs?

Vaughan Thomas

Friday 23rd of June 2023

It's a shame they couldn't find someone to check the English. It's appalling.


Saturday 24th of June 2023

@Vaughan Thomas, Nobody ever said that they were literate!