‘Hotels won’t ask about marital status’: Tourism Agency calms concerns about extramarital sex in Bali

We’ve already written fairly extensively about Indonesia’s revised prison code (RKUHP) and the way it will be extremely unlikely for vacationers to fall afoul of the so-called ban on extramarital intercourse and cohabitation.

However maybe you have to hear it from the horse’s mouth if you happen to’re looking for a assure that you would be able to get it on with anybody who just isn’t your partner in Bali (with consent, after all).

Bali Tourism Company Head Tjokorda Bagus Pemayun yesterday careworn that vacationers needn’t fear in regards to the new legal guidelines on the Island of Gods.

“Don’t be concerned as a result of primarily based on our dialogue with quite a few resort and tourism associations, it’s clear that accommodations received’t ask about marital standing [of guests],” Tjokorda mentioned.

“When somebody goes to a resort, they go to chill out. They are going to be handled like they’re now.”

Putu Winastra, who heads the Bali chapter of the Affiliation of Indonesian Journey and Tour Brokers, additionally mentioned accommodations would “by no means ask for marriage certificates.”

Adultery and extramarital intercourse is against the law punishable by as much as one yr in jail underneath the brand new prison code and it does certainly apply to foreigners as nicely. However the legislation stipulates that solely instant members of the family (partner, dad and mom, or youngsters) who could also be negatively impacted by adultery or intercourse exterior marriage, can report adulterers for the crime.

So the one situation by which two single vacationers might fall afoul of the legislation is that if they introduced their households together with them and one among their members of the family determined to report them to the Indonesian police. 

One other barely extra practical however nonetheless inconceivable situation can be a overseas vacationer hooking up with an Indonesian and their direct household reporting them.

The brand new prison code additionally makes cohabitation against the law punishable by as much as six months in jail. However once more, solely direct members of the family, who could also be negatively impacted by one’s cohabitation, can report the offender for this crime.

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