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Bali Laws Tourists Should Know Before Visiting Bali

11/06/24

As a popular travel destination, Bali has specific laws and regulations that tourists should be aware of to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit. There are national laws applied all throughout the country and there are also local regulations and cultural norms that are applied only in the province of Bali. Let’s get a closer look at those laws and regulations, as they could provide guidelines for the dos and don’ts while you are in Bali.

Entry Requirements

Visa Regulations

visa requirements in bali

Tourists from many countries can enter Indonesia with a Visa On Arrival. Please check with your country's embassy regarding entry requirements. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of entry and that you have a return ticket.

Overstaying your visa in Bali can lead to fines, detention, and deportation. Make sure to adhere to the terms of your visa and apply for an extension if needed well before your visa expires.

Bali New Tourist Levy

Bali New Tourist Levy

There’s a new tourism levy introduced on February 14, 2024. It requires that all foreign tourists entering Bali must pay a retribution fee of 150,000 IDR (approximately 10USD). The fee applies only once during a trip to Bali for all foreign nationals entering the province.

Guests can pay the fee either through the official Love Bali website or through the app. Alternatively, you can also pay it on the spot using debit/credit cards.

Drug Laws

drug laws in bali

Indonesia has some of the strictest drug laws in the world. The possession, use, or trafficking of illegal drugs can result in severe penalties, including lengthy prison sentences, heavy fines, and even the death penalty. This applies to both hard and soft drugs. Even small amounts can lead to significant legal trouble, so it’s crucial to avoid any involvement with illegal substances.

Traffic Rules

traffic in bali

Here are the essential topics to focus on driving and road safety in Bali

  • If you plan to drive a car or ride a scooter in Bali, make sure that you have an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) along with your home country’s driver’s license with you.
  • Check for official rental licenses before you rent a scooter or motorbike.
  • Always wear a helmet when riding a scooter or motorcycle.
  • Seat belts must be always worn when driving or riding in a car.
  • Drive cautiously and be aware of local driving habits. Traffic in Bali can be chaotic, and roads are often crowded.

Religious Regulations and Sensitivities

Temple Visits

taman ayun temple in bali

Bali is predominantly Hindu, and respect for local customs and religious practices is essential. When visiting temples make sure that you dress modestly. Sarongs and sashes are often required and can be rented or borrowed at temple entrances.

Furthermore, women who are menstruating are not allowed to enter temples.

Also Read: CANGGU OR ULUWATU – WHICH MORE WORTH TO VISIT IN 2024?

Laws on Nyepi

nyepi in bali

One of the most significant religious festivals in Bali is Nyepi, also called the "The Day of Silence," which is devotedly followed by the Balinese Hindu community. The island enters a state of lockdown, total quiet and introspection during Nyepi. Like residents, tourists are not permitted to wander around or leave their accommodations. It is advised to buy essential food supplies and schedule a peaceful day spent indoors.

Respecting Local Customs

tourist visiting bali

Always ask for permission before taking photos of people, especially in rural areas and during religious ceremonies.

Drone usage is regulated, and you may need special permits to fly drones in certain areas.

While alcohol is widely available, drink responsibly and be aware of your surroundings.

Laws on Cohabitation of Unmarried Couples

couple laws in bali

Recently, Bali has imposed new rules prohibiting unmarried couples from cohabitating or engaging in sexual relationships. It primarily targets Indonesian citizens, aiming to uphold traditional values within the country.

Tourists visiting Indonesia will not be charged under this law, meaning unmarried foreign couples are allowed to stay together and not required to show a marriage license. However, both citizens and tourists must be informed of the important changes in Indonesian and Bali law.

Financial Transactions

financial transaction in bali

The official currency in Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). It’s advisable to carry cash, as some smaller businesses may not accept credit cards. Additionally, haggling is common in markets and smaller shops, but always do so politely and with a smile.

Also Read: 8 THINGS TO DO IN SOUTH BALI

Environmental Protection

Environmental Protection in bali
  • Bali has strict regulations against littering. Dispose of your trash properly to avoid fines.
  • Do not touch or remove coral and marine life. These ecosystems are protected, and disturbing them can result in fines or imprisonment.
  • Bali has banned single-use plastics, including plastic bags, straws, and Styrofoam. Bring reusable bags and bottles to reduce waste.

By being mindful of these regulations, you can ensure that your trip is safe, respectful, and enriching. Enjoy the beauty and culture of Bali while being a responsible and informed traveller.

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