Indonesia bans sex outside of marriage: Will new laws affect tourists too?

On Tuesday (6 December) Indonesia’s parliament approved a new criminal code that bans sex outside of marriage.

Passed with the support of all political parties, it will apply to Indonesians and tourists alike with a punishment of up to one year in prison. New laws also prohibit unmarried couples from living together.

Currently, adultery but not sex outside of marriage is banned in the country and the new law won’t come into effect for three years.

But there are worries about what this development means for tourists.

The deputy chief of Indonesia’s tourism board Maulana Yusran told Reuters that the new regulations are “totally counterproductive” when the country is attempting to recover from

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