For those traveling to Bali, the island of the gods, biking is the cheapest and most convenient way to get around. A lot of bike rental companies for foreign tourists are common here. But Bali is set to end its motorbike rental program.
Bali has long been a favorite destination for backpackers and beach lovers. However, cases related to people violating traffic rules are increasing day by day in Bali. According to local police records, more than 170 foreign nationals reportedly violated traffic rules from late February to early March.
Foreigners riding motorcycles without valid papers and helmets are common here. In addition, reckless driving, use of fake Indonesian ID cards and misuse of residence and work permits are also taking place here. The new law is aimed at such people.
If bikes are banned, tourists will have to rely on car-like facilities. Foreign tourists will be allowed to travel in cars provided by travel agents. This will make local travel more expensive. This may adversely affect tourism. Moreover, it will lead to traffic jams and increased pollution.
According to official tourism figures, a large number of people arriving in Indonesia are Russian citizens. Many of them enter the workforce illegally after arriving on tourist visas. At least four Russian nationals were deported this month for visa violations. Bali authorities have asked the Central Immigration Agency to cancel the visa-on-arrival policy for Russian and Ukrainian citizens.
Immigration authorities have repeatedly warned foreigners in Bali against working after arriving on a tourist visa.
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