That Bali Holiday Package you were planning to get booked for your pre-wedding shoot or with your girlfriend/boyfriend will lie in ruins if the Indonesian government passes the new penal code.
This is because the new penal code, that will become law in a week or so, will outlaw consensual sex between unmarried couples. Strict criminal penalties will tail after.
Depending on which draft ends up becoming the law, getting intimate outside marriage will land you behind Indonesian bars for anywhere between 6 months to a year.
Unmarried couples won’t even be allotted hotel rooms unless they show their marriage certificates as proof. Failure in doing so might make tourists face dire consequences. To not let your holiday change into harassment, either carry your documents or if you don’t have any, cancel the Bali tour package. Or, or, travel solo if that works.
The new law that is going to be passed will affect the LGBTQ community as well. Under this law, they could be locked for as long as 18 months. A country that boasts of encompassing superlative outer beauty is going to have ugly laws and it truly hurts!
Other Severe Laws
Anyone who isn’t a doctor or a health practitioner will be jailed if found discussing family planning or contraception. Getting an abortion will become next to impossible. Activists have been fighting hard with the officials to go easy on some of the draconian laws but all in vain.
The law hasn’t yet been passed but its effect can be heard loud and clear. According to Bali Tour operators, the Australians and the Europeans have started cancelling their bookings as they no longer trust this holiday destination. Bali Tourism will indeed be affected in leaps and bounds. The attractions of Bali like the active volcanoes, Uluwatu Temple, rice terraces, Mount Batur, Nusa Dua, Kuta beach, etc will remain unexplored.
However, if you are a married couple wanting to travel to Bali as part of your Bali Honeymoon Package, carry your marriage certificate and you are all sorted. The same goes for people planning a family trip to this world-class natural beauty.
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