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The new card Aussies will be given when arriving in Bali


Australian travellers could soon receive a “dos and don’ts” card when arriving in Indonesia in a new bid to combat a string of bad behaviour.

A spate of incidents involving Australians acting badly in Indonesia has occurred in recent months, with six people deported so far this year.

Now officials are looking at new ways to ensure travellers adhere to local rules.

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Local authorities are set to unveil new information cards for all foreigners entering the island.

The head of the Regional Office of the Bali Ministry of Law and Human Rights, Anggiat Napitupulu, said the cards were in the final stages of completion.

“The card will be created and handed over at Immigration so that the Immigration can tuck the card into the foreigner’s passport when they land at I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport,” Napitupulu said, as reported by The Bali Times.

“We have had several meetings.

“The tourism office is formulating the narrative. So, it will be either in the form of a pocket-sized sheet or a card.

“The card contains what is allowed and what is not allowed to be done in Bali.”

It comes after officials tossed up the idea of imposing a “tourist tax” for Australians (and other travellers) visiting Bali.

Australian travellers could soon receive a ‘dos and don’ts’ card when arriving in Indonesia. File image. Credit: AAP

The Indonesian government is still considering imposing the tax on foreign tourists in an effort to squash bad behaviour, with reports suggesting the tax will set travellers back about $A150.

Co-ordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan has called for the new levy to be imposed soon.

“I also ask for the immediate implementation of the taxation initiative for tourists entering Indonesia,” he said in a statement, translated into English and posted online.

“The incentive will be useful to finance destination expansion and tourism promotion, as already applied in several countries that also have large tourism industries.”

Meanwhile, the Australian government warned its travellers to behave when venturing abroad.

Smartraveller, a government service, warned Australians during the week that they must be respectful of different cultures and laws after a spate of incidents and deportations.

“Travelling is often about letting your hair down and relaxing. But don’t leave your manners and common sense at home when you get on the plane,” the notice posted on Tuesday read.

“We can’t get you out of trouble, out of jail, or pay your legal bills or fines.”

The service added Australians should not “dismiss or mock local practices” because they’re unfamiliar to them.

“Local temples and cultural sites may be a fun day out for you, but these places aren’t just tourist destinations,” it said.

“They often hold deep significance for the local people. Be respectful and follow the lead of locals.”

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Source: 7News