Companies with hotels, cruises and tours in Indonesia say there has
been no concern from guests about the country's recently passed law that
will criminalise sex and cohabitation between unmarried individuals.
After tourism officials voiced concern about the controversial law's
potential impact, Indonesia last week clarified that tourists and
foreign nationals living in Indonesia will be exempt. Violation of the
law, which will take around three years to implement, will be punishable
by up to one year in prison.
The combination of foreigners being exempt and the long lead time has meant a muted response from potential visitors.
Francesco Galli Zugaro, founder and CEO of Aqua Expeditions, said there hasn't been any guest concerns.
"This is purely an issue in three years when it takes effect, and
only in the event that a relative makes a claim," Zugaro said, referring
to the law's requirement that a family member makes a claim about the
Adrian Pardede, assistant director of public relations and
communications for the Four Seasons resorts in Bali at Jimbaran Bay and
Sayan, also said that given the law won't take effect for three years
and doesn't apply to foreigners, "it's very much business as usual and
no cause for concern for anyone visiting the country."
Indonesia received more than 16 million visitors in 2019.
Source: Travel Weekly