Can Indonesia New Laws Effect Bali Tourism?
February 27, 2023 •
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Can Indonesia New Laws Effect Bali Tourism?

Can Bali survive after the Indonesia New Laws crime release?

And what’s the Bali government response to it? To clarify everything here response to the new Indonesia laws. The statement come from Bali governor he assured there will be no check for tourist about the marital status amid concerns over new sex crime law.

As the news of Indonesia’s newly revised criminal code (RKUHP)  goes viral around the world. It has become a concern about tourism in Bali.  It could potentially result in a negative impact on Bali tourism sector, as the island rely on the International market.

Clear statement coming from Bali Governor Wayan Koster, that the Island of Gods remains “comfortable” and “safe” to be visited.

In a statement release by Bali earlier this month, Koster said that his administration would not be “checking on marital status upon check-in at any tourism accommodations”, such as hotels, villas, guest houses or spas.

In addition, he ensured that there would be no “inspections” or “sweeping” to check on the marital status of tourists by either public officials or community groups.

“[We] guarantee the confidentiality of visitors’ personal data during their stay,” He said, adding, “We look forward [to] welcoming visitors with Balinese hospitality.”

As everyone may aware, previously reported, while adultery and extramarital sex. Is a crime punishable by up to one year in prison under the new crime code. Which does indeed apply to foreigners as well Only immediate family members (spouse, parents, or children) who may be negatively impacted by adultery or sex outside marriage can be report adulterers for the crime.

The scenario in this case, only in which two unmarried tourists could fall afoul of the law is if they brought their families along with them and one of their family members decided to report them to the Indonesian police.

Another slightly more realistic but still improbable scenario. Would be a foreign tourist hooking up with an Indonesian and their direct family reporting them.

The new criminal code also makes cohabitation a crime punished by up to six months in prison. Again, only direct family members, who may be negatively impacted by one’s cohabitation, can report the offender for this crime.

As the news reports of tourists, afraid of being jailed for boinking outside the bounds of marriage. Cancelling flights and hotel bookings since RKUHP was passed last week were described by Governor Koster as a “hoax”. Citing that the data that his administration received from travel agents and tour operator showing otherwise.

“All parties are advised to be wise and not deliver any misleading statements that would stir up the situation. Regarding the enactment of the Indonesian Criminal Code because it might disrupt Bali tourism,” he said.

With this being state, hopefully the conditions of Bali tourism will survive, as we holding to the clear statement. We may against the new law, but with this being state, at least we can breath fresh air.

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