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Bali officials to hand out ‘dos’ and don’ts’ cards to Aussie tourists at International airport


Bali is handing out a ‘do and don’t’ guide to tourists after a spate of unruly visitors was deported – so what’s on the list?

  • Bali is going to issue do’s and don’ts cards at immigration
  • Made to deal with unruly tourists

Australian tourists are among those given a ‘Dos and Don’ts’ card when they arrive in Bali, as the island cracks down on bad behaviour.

Numerous tourists, including some Australians, have broken local laws on the Indonesian island in recent months, forcing the government to take a stand.

In a circular distributed to government departments across the island, Bali Governor Wayan Koster signed off on the do’s and don’ts list.

Indonesia’s government is trying to crack down on unruly tourists by handing out ‘do’ and ‘don’t’ cards to anyone passing through Bali’s airport (pictured)

Upon arrival on the island, a total of 12 do’s and eight don’ts on cards will be handed to tourists related to tradition, religion and local law.

More than 130 tourists have been deported from the island since the beginning of the year.

Anggiat Napitupulu, head of the regional office of Bali’s Ministry of Law and Human Rights, said the cards will be inserted into passports when travelers present them to immigration.

“The map shows what is and what is not allowed in Bali,” he said.

In the letter, Governor Koster said the rules were intended to restore the “quality and dignity” of Bali’s tourism industry.

The decision came just a week after a German tourist was filmed naked disrupting a traditional Balinese dance performance.

Darya Tuschinski, 28, took off her clothes in a bizarre protest after she was reportedly refused a ticket to the Hindu dance performance.

She now faces two years and eight months in prison if found to have violated the country’s public morality laws.

Nudity has become a problem on the island after two Russian tourists were pictured wearing mother-of-pearl at a sacred religious site on the island.

One man was depicted dropping his pants in front of a volcano considered sacred to Balinese Hindus, while another was depicted posing nude in front of a sacred tree.

The decision came just a week after a German tourist was filmed naked disrupting a traditional Balinese dance performance

The decision came just a week after a German tourist was filmed naked disrupting a traditional Balinese dance performance

Dressing appropriately, especially at holy places, tourist attractions and public places, is one of the prohibitions issued by Governor Koster.

Among the long list of deportations is Australian Marita Daniell, who after living on the island for 23 years was returned to Australia for arguing with a fine.

She had been pulled over by local police for riding her scooter without a helmet before launching into a tirade.

The fine for riding a scooter without a helmet is about AU$25, but was kicked out of Bali for yelling at the police officers.

Governor Koster’s rules also refer directly to how tourists should treat police and local authorities, especially disrespectful behavior.

In the letter, the Governor calls on all government officials to enforce the new rules and keep an eye on tourists.

“Everyone should take this circular seriously, implement it and distribute it to all their staff and foreign tourists visiting Bali,” wrote Governor Koster.

Bali will start handing out the cards as soon as possible, a date has yet to be confirmed.



  • Respect the sanctity of temples, pratimas (sacred images) and religious symbols;
  • Wholeheartedly respect the customs, traditions, art, culture and local wisdom of the Balinese during continuous ceremonial processions and rituals;
  • Dress modestly, appropriately and respectfully when visiting sacred areas, tourist attractions, public places and participating in activities in Bali;
  • Be polite in sacred areas, tourist areas, restaurants, shopping areas, roads and other public places;
  • Be accompanied by qualified guides (who understand the natural conditions, customs, traditions and local wisdom of the Balinese) when visiting tourist attractions;
  • Exchange foreign currency at authorized money changers (both banks and non-banks) that are officially licensed and display Bank Indonesia’s authorization number and QR code logo;
  • Pay with the Indonesian standard QR code (QRIS);
  • Carrying out transactions with the Indonesian rupiah;
  • Comply with applicable traffic laws in Indonesia, including holding a valid international or national driver’s license, obeying traffic regulations, dressing appropriately, wearing a helmet, following road signs, not exceeding passenger capacity, and not driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs;
  • Use four-wheeled means of transport that is roadworthy and officially registered or two-wheeled means of transport operated by a legal entity or two-wheeler rental association;
  • Stay in accommodations that have the necessary permits in accordance with the applicable regulations;
  • Please comply with any specific stipulations/rules applicable to each tourist attraction and tourist activity.


  • Enter sacred areas: stay away from utamaning mandala and madyaning mandala, sacred and sanctified places such as puras and pelinggihs – unless you are there for a traditional Balinese ceremony, which requires you to wear proper clothing and not menstruate;
  • Engaging in behavior that defiles sacred sites, temples, idols and religious symbols, such as climbing sacred structures and taking indecent or nude photographs;
  • Litter and pollution of lakes, springs, rivers, seas and public spaces;
  • Use single-use plastics such as plastic bags, polystyrene (styrofoam), and plastic straws;
  • Speaking offensive words, behaving disrespectfully, causing disturbances and acting aggressively towards government authorities, local communities and fellow tourists, both directly and indirectly through social media, including spreading hate speech and hoaxes;
  • Participating in work or business activities without proper documentation issued by the relevant authorities;
  • Becoming involved in illegal activities, such as trafficking illegal goods, including endangered wildlife, cultural artifacts and sacred objects, as well as illegal drugs.

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