The authorities of the Indonesian island of Bali have published this Wednesday new rules that foreign tourists must respect.
Those rules, such as the ban on climbing sacred trees, undressing in places of worship or profanity in public, come into force after several incidents in recent months.
The governor of Bali, Wayan Koster, today presented the list, which prohibits entering some temples except to pray, "climbing a sacred tree", "behaviors that desecrate holy places" or "entering a sacred building and taking photos in a vulgar way or without clothes".
In addition, tourists will not be allowed to "use profanity, act inappropriately, cause a nuisance and act aggressively" against the authorities, locals or other tourists on this Hindu-majority island, an exception in Indonesia, the country with the most Muslims. of the world.
These regulations have been issued after multiple incidents involving tourists on the island in recent months, with at least 129 foreigners deported from Bali since January.
Most of the problems are caused by traffic accidents and the abuse of visas, but there have also been some cases of improper behavior to which the regulations issued today allude almost directly.
In April, a Russian woman was deported after a photo of her posing naked with her back in front of a 700-year-old tree that is sacred to the locals went viral, an action that had already been taken days before with another citizen of the same nationality who posed without pants in front of Mount Agung, place of worship of the Balinese.
The Bali authorities have denounced since the beginning of this year that the war in Ukraine has led to Russian and Ukrainian citizens working on the island illegally.
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