Bali Tourists Exempted From Indonesia’s Sex Ban

According to Bali’s governor, tourists will not be affected by Indonesia’s new sex restriction outside of marriage.

Visitors to Bali will not be jeopardized by Indonesia’s newly approved penal code, the island’s governor said, dismissing worries that amended regulations, which include sections criminalizing sex outside marriage, may deter visitors from visiting the island.

The contentious measure, which also forbids cohabitation between unmarried couples, was enacted by Indonesia’s parliament last week.

In an effort to reassure visitors, Bali Governor Wayan Koster said in a statement on Sunday that the new regulations, which take effect in three years, could only be prosecuted if a parent, spouse, or kid filed a complaint.

Those who “visit or reside in Bali would not need to be concerned about the implementation of the Indonesian Criminal Code,” he stated.

The governor stated that clauses in the penal code dealing with this problem had been changed from an earlier, tougher version in order to “give a greater assurance of everyone’s privacy and comfort.”

Wayan stated that the Bali government will ensure that “there would be no verification on marital status during check-in at any tourism accommodation, such as hotels, villas, flats, guest houses, lodges, and spas.”

Wayan also refuted “hoax” allegations of flight and hotel room cancellations, noting that statistics from travel agencies, tour and accommodation providers, and airlines indicated an increase in the number of persons planning to visit Bali from December 2022 to March 2023.

Bali is Indonesia’s tourist epicenter, and the tourism organization hopes to increase international visits to pre-pandemic levels of six million per year by 2025.