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Officials In Bali Are Urging Everyone To Report Tourists Who Are Behaving Badly

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The Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster, has called on local people to urgently report any and all incidences of foreigners behaving badly on the island.

The call for action from the provincial leader comes as part of a bigger effort to crack down on unruly behavior from foreigners and promote high-quality tourism on the island. 

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Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, 28th May, Governor Koster was clear that he wants local residents to formally report any and all incidents they may observe of foreigners breaking the law or acting disrespectfully towards Balinese culture. 

Governor Koster stated clearly to reporters in Denpasar that “Bali residents are prohibited from facilitating foreign tourists who wish to commit activities that are inconsistent with their visa permits or the provisions of law.”

Suggesting that not reporting violations unto itself is a form of complicity and facilitation on the part of local people. 

The provincial leader continued his requests of the local people. He said, “Bali residents are obliged to report on foreign tourists’ activities that are inappropriate [legally or culturally] or inconsistent with their visa permits to the local police, immigration office, the Public Order Security Agency [Satpol PP], pecalang [Balinese traditional village security] and tourism office.” 

Following an incident in Ubud where a foreigner experienced a mental health crisis and interrupted a cultural performance, local tourism stakeholders were measured in their dialogue, noting that the incident should be taken as an opportunity to ‘step forward’.

Though there was outrage and disbelief at the incident online, those responsible for cleansing the temple following the incident were keen to move forward in a positive manner. 

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Governor Koster has himself noted that cracking down on tourist behavior and his series of proposed policy changes are something of a ‘double-edged sword’ that can be traced back to the broadening of the post-Covid visa on arrival program.

He said that, on the one hand, the visa on arrival could make it easier for foreigners to visit Bali and has helped accelerate Bali’s economic recovery.

On the other hand, the visa on arrival, which is now available to citizens from 92 countries, is viewed by some as something of an open-door policy despite the IDR 500,000 price tag.

The visa on arrival, according to Governor Koster, also makes it easier for foreigners who are “not of good quality” to come to Bali and engage in unwanted behavior.

He told reporters on Sunday evening that the actions of the provincial government come as a response to the actions of international tourists.


Governor Koster noted that the plans to implement a comprehensive policy on tourism governance in Bali are in full flow. 

He acknowledged that the crackdown on badly behaved tourists risks being counterproductive, especially as many tourism businesses in Bali are still in the process of recovering from the impacts of the pandemic. 

The provincial government wants to see policy changes and more rigorous implementation of existing laws to ensure that high-quality tourism prevails in Bali and that local culture and customs are preserved and respected.

Governor Koster said that more proactive enforcement of policies would ensure that the issue is tackled across the board on a case-by-case basis. 

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He added, “We will enact this comprehensive policy on tourism governance in Bali in the coming weeks.”

Much of what the policy will cover has already been alluded to during announcements over the last few weeks.

Despite the rapid developments on the policy front, the Indonesian Minster for Tourism and Creative Economies has reassured tourists that the red carpet will still be rolled out for their arrival, noting that tourists are welcome on the Island of the Gods


Governor Koster concluded, “We will immediately hold a meeting with the central government to address and evaluate the Visa on Arrival policy so that its implementation does not make Bali tourism seem cheap tourism.”

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Saturday 3rd of June 2023

Does that include foreigners with full of indignation can report misbehaving foreign tourists and domestic tourists as well?? The knife cuts both ways.

Wayan Bo

Wednesday 31st of May 2023

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Wednesday 31st of May 2023

Two contradictory articles. One says be careful of reporting or filming what locals may see as inappropriate or culturally insensitive behaviour, and one by the Governor that says " he wants local residents to formally report any and all incidents they may observe of foreigners breaking the law or acting disrespectfully towards Balinese culture." Singapore has an active government sanctioned COPS program an acronym for Citizens on Patrol. This resulted in expats being deliberately targeted by Singapore Permanent residents and was particularly ridiculous, unfair and inflammatory during Covid. Of course this is never exposed due to Singapores no freedom of press and POFMA act. Can I report and photograph the numerous underage local and school children riding motor bikes at excessive speeds with no helmets in many of the fringe areas/villages near the tourist areas? Perhaps hey should be forced to ride bikes (besides cars) as is being suggested for tourists?


Thursday 1st of June 2023

@Thommo, Quote "Can I report and photograph the numerous underage local and school children riding motor bikes at excessive speeds with no helmets in many of the fringe areas/villages near the tourist areas?"

I do not recommend video or photo of children. Report to local Desa/Kelurahan. Tell them children are not old enough to understand traffic and danger, and that the children can cause accidents.

William Dayner

Wednesday 31st of May 2023

The last place any local goes to complain is to a police station. They fear the police and know that they risk reprisal to even show up there.

Last time I went, they refused to assist in the smallest way, noting everything they were not able to do about it. No speak Engris. You go special police. God cebtral poice.

Bali gov needs a good power wash. Then rebuild it from scratch. The Russians have taken a foothold with 50,000 + here permanently and know how to manage a corrupted arena force very well.


Thursday 1st of June 2023

@William Dayner, There is a local saying: "Report a stolen chicken and loose a goat".


Tuesday 30th of May 2023

Maybe we should the same with Indonesian people working illegally here in the EU?


Saturday 3rd of June 2023

@Dude, Are you talking about about undocumented workers in the Netherlands before the formation of the EU??? Or Indonesians working illegally (if that’s the case it is very very low) in the EU comparing to Russians in Bali??? Indonesia is a magnet for highly skilled migrant workers. Many foreign migrant workers have taken jobs away from the Indonesians who may possess the same skills and demeanor. And that’s a real fact.


Wednesday 31st of May 2023

@Dude, I'm sure those EU businesses prefer employing illegal workers so they can pay them less.