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U.S. Consulate Pledges Support For New Tourist Rules In Bali

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The Deputy Head of Politics and Economics for the U.S. Consulate in Surabaya, Indonesia, has met with the Deputy Governor of Bali to discuss the new rules for tourists on the island.

The Provincial Government’s announcement of the do’s and don’ts for tourists in Bali has hit the headlines over the last few weeks, and the announcement has got support from international representatives. 

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Clint Shoemake from the US Consulate in Surabaya met with the Deputy Governor of Bali, Tjok Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati, late last week.

The Deputy Governor, often referred to by his nickname Cok Ace, welcomed Shoemake to his offices in Denpasar. 

Shoemake told Cok Ace and the audience of reporters, “We are very happy to support the circular [letter] issued by the government regarding what tourists may and may not do.”

He added that tourists coming to Bali, irrespective of whether they are from the USA, should respect the local culture, especially holy places such as temples. 

The Consulate Representative confirmed that the new rules for tourists in Bali would be communicated thoroughly to American travelers heading to the island.

Noting that many U.S. travelers visit Bali simply because of the unique culture and the beauty of the island’s nature. He added that tourists must place a role in taking care of the islands. 

Deputy Governor Cok Ace shared his gratitude for the support of the US Consulate for the new rules. He said that there have even over 70,000 US tourists visiting Bali this year alone.

In fact, travelers from the United States come as the fourth most frequent international visitors to Bali. In first place comes Australia, followed by India and the UK. 

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Cok Ace said that he wants to see “tourists contribute to protecting nature and respecting Balinese customs and culture.”

And this is what the new do’s and don’t outline for tourists.

The rules, now available as scannable QR codes across the arrivals spaces at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, outline exactly how tourists can respect the culture of the island. 

Although Indonesia is a majority Muslim nation, Balinese Hinduism is the most prevalent faith on the island.

Following a rise in foreigners behaving badly on the island, and the incrementally increasing number of incidences of tourists disrespecting sacred sites, officials on the island have laid out the rules once and for all. 

The rules as laid out by the provincial government for tourists in Bali include guidance on how to behave at temples, how to dress appropriately, and how to be a good tourist.


Tourists are required to respect the local religion during their visit, especially during visits to the island’s many temples.

Tourists must dress appropriately, including wearing a sarong and a modest shirt or t-shirt on top. The rules also remind tourists to hire a local licensed tour guide when visiting key attractions.


The rules, as supported by the U.S. Consulate, also remind tourists about the laws around driving in Bali and hiring motorcycles.

Tourists may only hire motorcycles from a licensed vehicle rental provider; they must have the correct driving license and insurance and obey the traffic laws of Indonesia.

Tourists are also reminded that on the tourist visa, whether a visa on arrival or a socio-cultural visa working or conducting income-generating business activities is not permissible. 


The Tourism Board of Indonesia goes one step further in its advice and guidelines for tourists in Bali. Wonderful Indonesia is actively encouraging tourists to take a deep dive into Balinese culture.

Whether this be through attending a traditional ceremony, visiting a temple, trying local cuisine, or learning some basic Indonesian or even Balinese language phrases to make new friends and even more travel memories. 

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Friday 30th of June 2023

I seconded that motion with the Americans. It's about time a foreign authority speaks out. Tourists no matter where they may come from must comply with the rules and observe the local customs. It's the same whether an Indonesian tourist visit a sovereign foreign country abroad.


Friday 30th of June 2023

Add to the list: Do not pet dogs in Bali: Rabies is endemic!


Thursday 29th of June 2023

What I overheard is that they were going to release thousands of people from mental institutions and prisons in the USA and fly them free to Indonesia.

Just like Russia has been doing.

To balance things out.


Friday 30th of June 2023

@Bill, Wkwkwk, WW 3 on Bali with Australia supplying the weapons, lmfao. I'll supply the hamburgers for the Americans, the Russkies are on their own, they can keep eating the stray dogs and cats.

Wayan Bo

Thursday 29th of June 2023

@Bill, the part two of the movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” could soon become reality, thousands supernumeraries could be needed.

Wayan Bo

Wednesday 28th of June 2023

Anyway it’s well known that not only US Americans expect good ganja in Bali and elsewhere in Indonesia.


Wednesday 28th of June 2023

This Do's and Don't s in Bali are getting a bit overblown. As if the American Counsel gives a rat's ass, he's just being a diplomat. Haven't seen any Americans or Germans in the news, always Australians, Brits or Russians. How about let's concentrate on educating the Natives on this matter, obviously They don't give a damn about their island, only care about ripping off the visitors. Hey! Why not? They have the best teachers...their Government.


Friday 30th of June 2023

@Firechef, if you feel being ripped off why live in Bali, Indonesia and own a property.

Btw, someone in the know has told me that a small percentage of foreigners who built villas may have defaulted on their payments with the developers and contractors even if there was a legal binding with a respective local notary. Do you think that would be an acceptable condition in the West like in the US for example?? Poor Balinese contractors who may have to deal with dishonest and unscrupulous foreigners. If you have no money, don't exceed your expectations.


Friday 30th of June 2023

@Bill, Figures! do you get a one-armed polock out of a tree? Wave at him! Get it?


Friday 30th of June 2023

@Bianca, Thank you.


Thursday 29th of June 2023

@Firechef, Occasionally a yank, and the naked German gal in Ubud was actually Polish with a German passport.


Thursday 29th of June 2023

@Firechef, very true