The country just passed a law banning sex between unmarried people, and shockingly, it includes tourists. “Living together” is also to be punishable by up to six months in prison, which means two people sharing a hotel room could potentially be in jeopardy.
Unmarried tourists planning a fun Bali vacation will now have to be very cautious. The couple won't get a room unless they manage to produce a legal marriage certificate as a proof.
The rule specifies that unmarried couples will not be allowed to book rooms without a marriage certificate to prove their relationship, opening up both tourist and the LGBTQ community to harassment from the local police while on holiday.
Tourists visiting Indonesia will not be charged under a new law which will criminalise sex outside marriage, officials say. Dubbed the "Bali bonking ban", the new legislation threatens up to a year in jail for unmarried couples who have sex or six months for those who cohabit.
Synopsis. The news might come as a shock, but it's all true. Indonesian government has proposed a new law under which an unmarried couple won't be allowed to stay in a hotel room together in Bali and if they do, it'd be considered a criminal offence.
Lovers do not kiss in public, and visitors should respect the Balinese' aversion to such intimate gestures.