Bali bans foreign tourists from renting motorbikes

Renting motorbikes in Bali
People ahev their pictures taken after arriving on the first day of reopening for domestic flights after being temporarily closed due to concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus at Ngurah Rai International airport, in Tuban, near Denpasar, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on July 31, 2020. (AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka)

Batam, gokepri – Foreign tourists visiting the Indonesian island of Bali will no longer be able to rent motorbikes to get around, according to a new regulation put in place by the local government.

The governor of Bali, I Wayan Koster, announced that the provincial government has implemented several regulations, including the prohibition of foreign citizens using motor vehicles. Instead, tourists will have to use cars provided by travel agents, with the use of private vehicles no longer permitted. “It is no longer permitted to use vehicles that are not from travel agents. Borrowing or renting is no longer allowed,” he said.

This new rule, set to take effect in 2023 after the COVID-19 pandemic, aims to improve the quality of Bali’s tourism industry and preserve its cultural heritage. Koster hopes that the new policy will help enforce regulations and the law, particularly among foreign tourists who often violate traffic rules, such as not wearing helmets or not having a valid driving license.

In addition, the local government will strengthen its supervision of foreign visitors to Bali, especially to prevent those who abuse their stay permits. Koster emphasized that the authorities will take strict measures against tourists who violate the rules, especially those who disturb Bali’s tourism, beauty, and cultural richness.

“The authorities will coordinate with the police and the Bali regional office of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights to take firm action against tourists who violate the legal norms and cultural customs of Bali,” he said.

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