The island paradise of Bali has been cracking down on misbehaving tourists who come to the country and cause a ruckus. Here are the details…
Foreigners get deported from Bali
Tourists have been getting the boot from Bali all year-long, Travel News says, after they were caught behaving badly, disrespecting local culture and religion, overstaying visas and violating visa rules.
From January to May 2023 over 130 international tourists were deported from the island because of misconduct ranging from illegal cryptocurrency trading, breaching tourist visa rules, desecration at sacred monuments to public indecency, attempting to pass off fake visas and identities and illegally engaging in business.
With Bali being predominantly Hindu, many of its citizens practice religious ceremonies that many tourists, who come to beautiful Bali just to party, do not respect.
A quota system to be implemented
To help curtail the issue, Governer of Bali, Wayan Koster, has plans to implement a quota system where foreign tourists planning to visit the region would have to register for their trip a year in advance.
According to eTurbo news, Koster has claimed to be unhappy with the rising number of foreign visitors to the island, who break the law and have no regard for local culture.
“We will no longer welcome mass tourism. We will restrict tourist numbers by implementing a quota system. If there is a quota, then people will have to queue. Those who want to come next year, can sign up from now. That’s the system we want to apply,” Koster said
The government is also said to be considering imposing a tourism tax of up to US$150 (R2777) to help remove the perception that Bali is a cheap destination.