Bali Governor Bemoans Foreign Tourists' Controversial Incidents
15 March 2023 14:25 WIB
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Governor of Bali I Wayan Koster has commented on the demeanor of international tourists in Bali, which has taken center stage after a series of controversies lately. Due to this issue, a set of rules have been implemented to reduce the impact of the violations.
The following is what the Governor had to say on a number of controversies linked to foreign tourists.
- Petition against roosters
Dozens of foreign tourists have recently sent a petition to the South Kuta administration in Badung over the sounds of roosters they deemed noisy in the nearby neighborhood where these tourists reside at the Anumaya Bay View in Jimbaran.
The governor asserted that foreign tourists would be better off not visiting Bali as he deems it a normal occurrence in Bali and that there is a myriad of locals keeping roosters as pets. He also reportedly summoned local officials to disregard the petition.
“You don’t have to come to Bali if you don’t like the sound of roosters. Balinese people keep roosters,” said Governor Koster in a press conference at the Bali Law and Human Rights Ministry headquarters on March 12.
- Traffic violations
Koster said that the government already has a number of regulations governing foreign nationals through the Bali Governor's regulation regarding tourism management, including a ban on foreign nationals from operating motorized vehicles.
"This means tourists have to travel using vehicles from travel agents. It is no longer allowed to rent and operate vehicles that are not from travel agents," he said in a press conference, Sunday, March 12.
- Visa on-arrival violations
Bali Governor Wayan Koster asked the Ministry of Law and Human Rights to cancel the Visa on Arrival (VoA) policy for Russian and Ukrainian citizens in Bali.
"I have written to the Law and Human Rights Minister and the Foreign Affairs Minister to revoke visas on arrival for Russian and Ukrainian citizens who wish to visit Bali," said Koster on Sunday, March 12, 2023.
The proposal was made after considering the increasing number of public reports regarding the citizens of the two countries who often violate the regulations in the province and the high number of violations committed by Russian and Ukrainian citizens.
The most recent case was two Russians deported for misusing their tourist visas by working as photographers. There were also three Russians deported for violating tourist residence permits by working as prostitutes.
HENDRIK KHOIRUL MUHID
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