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Indonesia’s “island of the gods” plans to enact some guidelines that will make it really feel a bit much less heavenly for overseas vacationers.

Bali governor Wayan Koster mentioned in a March 12 press briefing that his authorities plans to crack down on overseas vacationers who work illegally on the island – which might probably embrace “digital nomads.”

As well as, Koster mentioned vacationers will not be allowed to hire motorbikes, that are a preferred approach to get across the island.

He informed reporters from a number of shops, together with CNN Indonesia, that vacationers can be restricted to utilizing automobiles for journey across the island.

Koster mentioned that foreigners driving bikes with out legitimate paperwork and helmets, driving recklessly, utilizing faux Indonesian ID playing cards or abusing residence and work permits can be focused.

Bali, a predominantly Hindu island inside a majority Muslim nation, has lengthy been a preferred locations for backpackers and seashore lovers.

However local-versus-tourist relations got here to a head throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Two self-described influencers and content material creators, Josh Paler Lin and Leia “Lisha” Se, ran afoul of Balinese officers when one painted a faux blue face masks on the opposite for a YouTube stunt.

The video went viral and shortly generated backlash from locals and foreigners alike.

In April 2021, the pair made an apology video that includes their attorneys, however had been deported to their native nations.

In one other improvement, controversial new legal guidelines had been introduced by the nationwide authorities in Jakarta in December that can makes it unlawful for non-married {couples} cohabit or have intercourse, nevertheless Koster has mentioned they won’t have an effect on guests or overseas residents.

In his speech this week, the governor blamed the pandemic for slowing down progress on the island, which is closely reliant on tourism.

The island reopened to vaccinated vacationers from 19 nations, together with China, France and New Zealand, in October 2021. At the moment, residents of 86 nations are eligible for visas on arrival on the island.

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