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Indonesia has long had a booming tourist industry focused mainly on the island of Bali. In 2019, before the pandemic drastically cut tourist numbers, Indonesia recorded 16 million foreign arrivals. But now there are concerns over what the outlawing of sex outside marriage could mean for foreign visitors and tourists, particularly on the tourism-dependent island of Bali.

The Australian government has already updated its travel advice for Indonesia , warning tourists about the penalties for cohabitation and sex outside marriage that will come into force in the country in three years’ time.

Here is what we know so far.

What are Indonesia’s new laws banning sex outside marriage?

The laws are part of the Indonesian government’s overhaul of the criminal code, which includes a number of draconian laws that put the country’s democratic freedoms at risk. The law also prohibits couples who are not married from living together.

The important caveat to the law banning sex outside marriage and cohabitation is that charges can only be made by police if the report is lodged by the accused’s spouse, parents, or children.

The laws will also not come into force for another three years. But Veronica Koman, an Indonesian human rights lawyer who works for Amnesty International, said the fact the laws have passed means it could encourage vigilantes to conduct raids on the homes of people suspected of breaking the soon to be law.

Yet it’s unlikely the laws banning sex outside marriage and cohabitation will be enforced broadly, according to Andreas Harsono of Human Rights Watch. This is due to the fact millions of Indonesians currently live together – many with children – and without a marriage certificate.

Instead, he said the laws will be selectively enforced, and most likely in cases where a family member disproves of a relationship and wants to use the laws as a weapon.

“My son is 25 and he has a girlfriend, let’s say I disagree with the relationship so I politely ask my son to break up with her but he refuses, I could then use [the laws] to report him or her to the police,” Harsono said. “That is the most possible scenario where we’ll see the laws enforced.”

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What could the laws mean for tourists?

Similar to local people, Harsono said the likely scenario where a foreign visitor would be found to have committed an offence is if a family member is disgruntled with a relationship and reports it to police.

Taufik Basari, a legislator of Indonesia’s NasDem party, has said that given the impact the laws could have on tourism , it’s important the public understands reports should only be made if the family feels “it’s really important”.

“As a parliamentarian, I will try to find more limitations for the implementation of these articles,” he said.

But even with the tempered risk, Indonesia’s tourism operators are concerned how the laws will impact the industry. Harsono said it could result in authorities asking hotels and villas for bribes to look the other way.

Gunn Wibisono, an owner of a boutique hotel in Bali , said he worries how the laws will impact his business.

“When tourists come here, they want to know it’s a safe space,” he said.

What could it mean for foreign visitors in same-sex relationships?

How the laws could affect people in same-sex relationships is a point of contention.

Same-sex marriage is not recognised in Indonesia and LGBTQI+ people have long been victimised for their sexual identity. Harsono said given same-sex marriage is not recognised and any sexual relationship between an LGBTQI+ couple is considered extramarital, the community is at high risk.

But the laws criminalising extramarital sex and cohabitation only specify only a man and a woman, not same-sex couples. Sodomy is also not outlawed in Indonesia.

This is why Dede Oetomo, an activist with Indonesian LGBTQI+ rights organisation GAYa Nusantara, said he is cautiously optimistic the laws won’t further quash the rights of LGBTQI+ people.

He also said that Bali has long had a thriving gay scene in the areas popular for tourists. The province is considered a haven among LGBTQI+ Indonesians, many of whom have fled to the province from other parts of Indonesia.

Wisobo is one of these people. He married his partner 24 years ago in the Netherlands and moved to Bali for their safety.

“I’m not concerned for the LGBTQI+ community [being prosecuted under the laws] at the moment, but I am for young heterosexual couples,” he said.

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What will Indonesia's new laws mean for tourists and visitors, and why are there concerns around its unmarried sex ban?

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Tourists may have concerns about Indonesia's new criminal code that includes a ban on sex outside of marriage, but experts say travellers likely will not have to worry too much about some of the new laws.

Key points:

  • DFAT has added the new laws to their travel advice for Indonesia, but did not raise the risk level
  • Experts say the unmarried sex ban is not likely to be much of an issue for tourists
  • Parts of the new code target drunken and loud behaviour, and make disrespecting holy places punishable with jail time

That's despite the controversial revisions of the colonial-era penal code that are leaving some in the tourism industry worried travellers may be deterred from visiting.

With foreign arrivals to Bali expected to reach pre-pandemic levels of 6 million by 2025, Indonesia's national tourism board has described the new code as "totally counterproductive".

But others are less concerned about any crackdown in Indonesia, a nation of 17,000 islands where citizens predominantly practise a moderate version of Islam.

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Arie Ermawati — manager of Bali's Oberoi Hotel — said he didn't expect many problems from the new rules.

"The regulation just makes it clearer than what we have at the moment, that only certain people have the right to lodge a complaint," he said.

"We are not worried and don't feel that it will impact our business."

The changes to the criminal code will take up to three years to come into effect, and could still be challenged in the courts.

Sex rules unlikely to trouble tourists

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has added the new laws to their travel advice for Indonesia, but did not raise the risk level.

"Indonesian parliament has passed revisions to its criminal code, which includes penalties for cohabitation and sex outside of marriage," DFAT said on its website.

"These revisions will not come into force for three years.

"You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling."

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The head of tourism in Badung, which covers popular tourist areas Kuta and Nusa Dua, said foreigners should not be concerned.

"All tourists who are currently here already or potential tourists don't need to worry because they will still be treated as usual," I Nyoman Rudiarta told Detik News.

"There will be no sweeping legal action against tourists."

Handy Heryudhitawan, the general manager of Bali's main airport, said international flights, including from Australia, were continuing to operate normally.

Simon Butt — a professor and director of the centre for Asian and Pacific law at the University of Sydney's law school — said the sex ban for unmarried couples was unlikely to affect tourists.

"Provided that no such complaints are made to Indonesian police," Professor Butt warned.

"Police cannot proceed with investigating adultery or cohabitation without a complaint.

"Not just anyone can make a complaint."

And, until the new code comes in, Indonesia's existing ban on adultery, but not premarital sex, remains in place. 

Ken Setiawan — from the the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne — said that, because a report could only be filed by family members, it reduced the risk of tourists being charged.

"There is a limitation as to who can file the report," Professor Setiawan told the ABC.

"Those limitations are there. That does decrease the risk that foreigners would be prosecuted."

However, if people are prosecuted, they would face up to a year in jail or a maximum fine of 10 million rupiahs ($955).

Revellers will need to be careful

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Those heading to Indonesia to party may find themselves facing a similar fine, if they are prosecuted under a part of the new code.

"Anyone who is drunk in a public place and disturbs public order, or threatens the safety of other people, shall be punished with a maximum fine of 10 million Rupiahs," the new code's Article 316 said.

Further to that, anyone who gives an already intoxicated person more drinks faces a year in jail.

There are also provisions that allow for people to be fined for "making uproar" or being too noisy in neighbourhoods at night or making false alarm calls.

Under the rules about possession, importing and distributing of drugs, anyone caught faces a minimum three years in prison or maximum 20 years in prison, depending on the type and quantity of drugs.

Anyone caught with pornography faces at least 6 months in jail, while those caught having sex in public will be sentenced to a year in prison.

People visiting temples in Bali will have to ensure they don't disrespect holy places, including statues and offerings on the street.

Otherwise they risk being sent to jail for up to a year.

Many of these provisions requires someone to make a formal report to the police and may not be actively enforced without complaints being lodged.

Danger from vague defamation laws

Dr Setiawan said another key issue was around the provisions that impinge on the right to freedom of expression.

That includes things such as defaming the president or vice-president, or members of public institutions.

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"They're very broadly and vaguely formulated," Dr Setiawan said.

"And that is actually the danger of them.

"Because of that, they can be applied to anyone, and that includes foreigners."

For example, the code allows for a jail sentence of up to four years for anyone "who broadcasts, performs or posts writing or pictures so that they are visible to the public, playing recordings so that it is heard by the public, or disseminates it by means of information technology containing attacks on the honour or dignity of the president or vice-president".

Who is at risk?

Dr Setiawan said she was concerned the new laws could be used to target the LGBT community.

"In Indonesia, marriage is just between a man and a woman," she told the ABC.

"Therefore, these laws do place risks for members of the LGBT community, because gay marriage is illegal in Indonesia.

"Apart from the sex outside marriage provision, there's also a provision that prohibits cohabitation, so that also makes it possible that gay couples that live together in Indonesia can be arrested."

Professor Butt said there was also a provision on "immoral acts" that could extend to public affection between people of the same gender.

There would also be high risks, from human rights perspective, for religious minority groups and women's rights, Dr Setiawan said.

"This reform was really overdue, but it is not a step towards a more liberal democracy," she said.

She described the changes to the code as a "really concerning development".

"It's very important to remember the concerns that the international community has, but it is that Indonesians will live with this on a daily basis," she said.

"This is not really a step in the right direction."

While there was the potential for people to be caught out by the new laws, Andreas Harsono — an Indonesian researcher for Human Rights Watch — said the code could not be effectively policed.

"The law will not be implemented fully … but it will provide an avenue for extortion and bribes," Mr Harsono said.

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AUSTRALIA’S favourite overseas holiday destination has been added to the list of countries plagued by Zika virus, in what could be a huge blow for the Bali honey and babymoon industry.

Travel advice issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade warns Indonesia is experiencing “sporadic transmission” of the virus which has been linked to serious birth defects.

The warning advises all travellers to Indonesia to “protect themselves from mosquito bites”.

“Given the possibility that Zika virus can cause severe malformations in unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, pregnant women should discuss any travel plans with the travel doctor and consider postponing travel to Indonesia,” reads the advice.

Bali in Indonesia is one of our favourite holiday places but now the country has been added to the Zika list. Picture: Getty

Visitors to Indonesia, including Bali, continue to be advised to exercise a “high degree of caution” in the country.

A total of 49 countries are now listed as having current or recent transmission of the Zika virus, including Fiji, Vietnam, Brazil and Samoa.

As yet there has been no firm evidence the warnings are deterring travellers, despite modest falls in the number of Australians going to Vietnam, Brazil and Samoa in April.

Travel Doctors’ Medical Director Perth and Canberra, Jennifer Sisson said the risk of transmission in Indonesia was relatively low, but by no means non-existent.

“There might be an odd case here or there but they’re not having an actual outbreak,” said Dr Sisson.

Aussie travellers to Indonesia are being urged to take precautions against mosquito bites after cases of Zika virus. Picture: Agung Parameswara/Getty Images

“Sporadic transmission means from time to time there is a case but it’s certainly not an outbreak like Brazil.”

She said travel doctors’ advised all travellers to protect themselves from mosquito bites and recommended pregnant women avoid countries with current or recent transmissions.

“We certainly know that exposure in the first trimester can be very severe (in terms of birth defects like microcephaly),” Dr Sisson said.

“We are just trying to work out if it applies to the whole of pregnancy but at this stage we don’t differentiate and provide the same advice for women at any stage of pregnancy.”

A Brazilian infant born with microcephaly — linked to Zika virus — receives physical therapy. Picture: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Tropical health expert, Peter Leggat from James Cook University in Townsville said work being done on a vaccine for Dengue fever would hopefully prove helpful in stopping the spread of Zika.

“It’s a terrible disease in that Zika can hang around the body for some time,” said Professor Leggat.

“It’s been found in the semen of men for quite long periods after the disease has stopped causing symptoms, and men are recommended to practice safe sex for six-months after infection.”

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McDonald’s stores across Sri Lanka shut on Sunday after the fast-food giant launched a legal battle with its local franchise holder over allegations of poor hygiene.

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Exercise increased caution in Indonesia due to  terrorism and natural disasters.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory.

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  • The provinces of Central Papua (Papua Tengah) and Highland Papua (Papua Pegunungan) due to civil unrest.

Terrorists continue plotting possible attacks in Indonesia. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting police stations, places of worship, hotels, bars, nightclubs, markets/shopping malls, and restaurants.

Natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis or volcanic eruptions may result in disruptions to transportation, infrastructure, sanitation, and the availability of health services.

Demonstrations occur frequently and have the potential to become violent.  Avoid demonstrations and crowds. 

Indonesia’s revised criminal code, which takes effect January 2026, includes penalties for defamation, blasphemy, cohabitation, and sex outside of marriage. It is unclear how Indonesian authorities will implement the revised criminal code.

Read the  country information page  for additional information on travel to Indonesia.  

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  • Visit the websites for  Badan Geologi  (Indonesian Geological Agency, Indonesian language only) for the latest information from the Government of Indonesia on current natural disasters.
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  • Review the Country Security Report  for Indonesia.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the  Traveler’s Checklist .

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In Central Papua and Highland Papua, violent demonstrations and conflict could result in injury or death to U.S. citizens. Avoid demonstrations and crowds. Armed separatists may kidnap foreign nationals.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Central Papua and Highland Papua as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization before traveling to those areas.

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The recommendation comes after the Federal Government last week urged Australians to consider whether overseas travel was necessary regardless of the destination.

DFAT is warning Australian travellers that they may not be able to return home at a later stage with more countries closing their borders due to the rapid spread of coronavirus.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that anyone coming into Australia would be subject to a 14-day self-isolation period.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-17/coronavirus-all-australians-should-return-home-from-overseas/12065050

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Thank you Bailey, relevant post.

Details on rhe Australian Government website

https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/asia/indonesia

Yeah saw that but excellent post for us Aussies..thanks BB

No worries, Ripley. The link above offers more specific advice than the media report. It’s incredibly sad that this has happened but I suspect the alternative could be even sadder.

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And Indonesia has cancelled visa on arrival from Saturday.

I’m now hoping to get a full refund from Garuda. Wish me luck.

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Release from Indonesian Foreign Ministry

Sorry in Indonesian Language regarding visa cancellation etc

Plus Indonesian should going home immediately from all over the world

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=z0tB-Z0OmV8

Stay safe , wherever you are

Apparently according to ABC news tonight visas must now be applied for at your local Indonesian embassy prior to travel, together with a medical certificate to travel. ( costly !)

I wonder if they will now charge the same price as Indonesians do to obtain an Australian tourist visa?

Wow sounds like the Borders will close soon.

Every country is eventually going to have to lock down, so may as well get this show on the road without delay.

Looks like you’re very prescient, FP. Level 4 travel warning now issued by the Australian Government this morning.

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The current advice for travellers is to “exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia overall due to security risks”, so the government does not recommend Australians reconsider their need to travel. 

But it does warn visitors to “expect traffic delays and restricted access to locations if protests occur”. This includes to holiday hotspots like Bali, Lombok and the capital city Jakarta. 

“Frequent political rallies and possible protests are likely to occur in the lead-up to the election,” the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) says on its Smartraveller website. 

“Public protests and events that draw large groups of people occur regularly and can turn violent with little notice. Most events are announced before they happen; however, protests may occur with little or no notice.

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“Protests and events are often held near major government buildings and embassies in Jakarta, including the Australian Embassy.

“Protests may also occur at any of Australia’s Consulates-General in Surabaya, Bali and Makassar, at government buildings, or the offices of international organisations in Indonesia.”

To help Aussie travellers navigate any potential problems in the country, the government urges Australians to “avoid protests and demonstrations and monitor local media for the latest updates”.

It also recommends visitors “phone or email ahead for an appointment before going to the Embassy or the Consulates-General”.

Additionally, it advises Australians to plan their activities to avoid potential unrest on significant dates and to be prepared to change their travel plans.

Business as usual for Bali?

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According to The Bali Sun , Balinese leaders are hoping for a peaceful election period and smooth sailing for visitors. 

“Our hope is that we will work together to maintain Bali tourism; this is also the hope of all parties,” Bali Tourist Transport Association Chair Nyoman Sudiartha said at the beginning of the election campaigning period.

The last national election in Indonesia was held in 2019, when nearly 160 million voters took to polling booths across the country.

The Australian Government continues to advise Aussies to “reconsider” their need to travel to the provinces of Papua (Papua), Papua Highlands (Papua Pegunungan), Central Papua (Papua Tengah) and South Papua (Papua Selatan), where “conflict between different communities can sometimes occur”.

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“Our ability to provide consular support in these provinces is limited,” DFAT states.

It also urges visitors to ensure they are fully covered by comprehensive travel insurance before departing.

“Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including emergency treatment and medical evacuation.”

Indonesia officially ended visa-free travel to Bali for all but ASEAN nations in 2023.

Last week, the latest new service to Bali was launched, from Canberra to Denpasar flying Batik Air.

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