Bali officials run out of patience with badly-behaved tourists

PHOTO: Instagram/Sergey Kosenko

The Indonesian holiday island of Bali has lost patience with misbehaving visitors, with several tourists being deported for their high-jinks. Singapore’s Channel News Asia has been documenting the activities likely to get you kicked out of Indonesia – don’t say you haven’t been warned.

Bali locals are not in the mood for jokes as their country continues to do battle with the Covid-19 pandemic. Local authorities say they’re adopting a zero-tolerance approach to badly-behaved visitors – or at least the few that remain, given that global travel is currently pretty much non-existent.

CNA reports that around 160 people were deported from Bali in 2020 for various reasons, including indulging in what officials view as bad behaviour. In 2019, 165 people were kicked out of Indonesia, a tiny proportion of the 6.3 million well-behaved visitors that year.

So far in 2021, 60 have been deported, including a Russian influencer with 5 million Instagram followers, who was kicked out in January. Sergey Kosenko’s offence was to post videos of him partying with friends, in violation of Covid-19 restrictions. However, the final straw may have been a video that showed him and a female friend driving a motorbike off a dock and into the water.

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Another Russian national, influencer Leia Se, was also shown the door, along with her friend, Taiwanese national Josh Paler Lin, who has over 3 million subscribers on You Tube. Their offence was to use drawn-on “face masks” to fool a supermarket security guard into granting them entry.

Meanwhile, the American visitor Kristen Gray was deported for promoting an e-book that provided advice on how to bypass restrictions aimed at preventing foreigners from entering Indonesia during the pandemic. And let’s not forget Canadian national, Kyle Martin, kicked out of the country for touting a “Tantric Full Body Orgasm” yoga class.

According to the CNA report, Bali’s economy has been decimated by the pandemic, with 80% of the island’s economy relying directly or indirectly on tourism. At least 75,000 locals find themselves out of work, while countless others have had their salaries severely cut. Nobody’s in the mood for laughing right now.


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  1. so, “holiday fun and mischief are off the menu!” Some frickin’ holiday!! THAILAND WILL BE THE SAME!!! WARNING: “DO NOT PASS GO! STRAIGHT TO POLICE STATION INSTEAD IF YOU ENJOY YOURSELF!” C@#%s!!

  2. I’m sure all of these were for breaking laws and so what do people expect. I’m not aware I’ve ever knowingly broken the law while on holiday (apart from a parking fine which was a mistake). If I did and I got caught I’d expect to be kicked out. Well done Bali. Why should a few tossers spoil things for the vast majority. I hope it does happen in Thailand. I don’t want people like that spoiling my nights out or visits to the beach.

  3. @Nigel – thats’s it bro! Woe betide anyone who disturbs your Ovaltine induced evenings with your furry carpet slippers and faux silk ‘jim-jams’ to match! “OOOOOooooohhh Mabel, it’s those noisy, uncouth young folk out there again having fun!! Call the police! They’re drinking beeeerrr and dancing to music on the beach. Mabel…quick! come here look! That one has long hair and tattoos!! He looks like trouble to me!!”

  4. I agree…Songkran in Thailand has degenerated from its original cultural fun event..well the last 2 years have been much better..respect your guest’s place and let it be enforced consistently..good on ya Bali

  5. These people behave like this when they come from a lenient country who let them off with a small fine for bad behavior.
    Two thugs came to Pattaya Walking Street once. The were on bail for street violence in the UK.
    They caused some trouble at a club. Matters became too hot for them and they ran.
    One jumped into the sea to escape. He missed his UK court appearance – he drowned.
    They are similar to spoilt kids.

  6. It’s pretty sad that you make a “news” story out of admittedly a statistical non existent thing. The war on foreigners continues…Thailand is seeing the results of their war on foreigners.

  7. @Jeff. Yes it can feel like a war on foreigners at times. When you open up an island like Bali and invite people from every nationality, you are bound to get trouble makers. To then produce a story of how a few knob heads from “the rest of the world” cause problems is just madness. That said, if you break the law then you face the consequences. I’m sure there are plenty of Indonesians spread across the world that also cause problems in other countries. It’s not a news story at all.

  8. Bali is always too strict to the tourists.
    It is easy to find the news on arrest or deportation of foreign tourists in Bali. I don’t think the tourists who visit Bali is always much more wichedness than others.

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