Tourists at a beach in Bali, Indonesia. Photo by AFP
The Indonesian government is seeking to impose entry fees and to limit foreign tourists in its famous resort island of Bali following a series of recent public order violations.
Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has proposed imposing a tourism entry tax and considering limiting the entry of tourists from countries whose nationals are perceived to disrupt public order in Bali, Antara News reported.
“We will focus on taking action against public order violations in Bali,” Pandjaitan said in a post on his official Instagram account on Monday.
He also expressed concern over reports of foreign tourists disrespecting local laws as seen in a video of foreign tourists arguing with local police after being given a ticket for violating traffic laws.
Bali has been stepping up law enforcement regarding foreigners, even considering a ban on foreign tourists from riding motorcycles following a string of deadly accidents.
Known for its beautiful beaches, temples, waterfalls and nightlife, Bali drew 6.2 million foreign visitors in 2019, the year before the pandemic broke out.