Bali vice governor says island won’t name and shame deported foreigners

Bali Vice Governor Tjok Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati AKA Cok Ace. Photo: Handout
Bali Vice Governor Tjok Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati AKA Cok Ace. Photo: Handout

Bali is welcoming more tourists to the Island of Gods (and kicking out the problematic ones), but an official says the authorities won’t reveal the identities of the deported foreigners.

Instead, they will put up placards at tourist sites listing the violations and dates they occurred.

Bali Vice Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati told reporters today that the government is considering this plan as a way to deter other tourists from breaking the rules.

The identity of the violators will not be published. 

“Yesterday, we discussed whether violations should be announced at each location,” he said, adding that the names of the violators will remain hidden. 

The placards will not “ruin the aesthetics” of the tourist attractions, the vice governor said.

The official also said that some main tourist attractions might display the number of foreigners who have been deported for violating local customs.

The proposed policy comes after several incidents involving tourists disrespecting Bali’s culture and religion, such as taking nude photos at a sacred tree, posing inappropriately at temples, and dancing naked at a sacred mountain.

So far this year, Indonesia has deported 101 foreigners for various offenses while they were in Bali. 

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