Singaporeans Visiting Indonesia May Need To Take Note Of Potential New Sex Law

When you think of Bali resorts, you think of a romantic getaway with your significant other.

But because of a potential new law in Indonesia that criminalises sex outside of marriage, you may have to take romance out of that vacation.

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The bill was proposed in Sep 2019, which immediately and unexpectedly roused the indignation of Indonesians.

Other parts of the bill will criminalise:

  • Living together outside marriage — maximum 6-month prison sentence
  • Abortion — maximum 4-year prison sentence
  • Insulting the nation’s leaders, religion and state institutions

LGBT marriages won’t be recognised

The sex law, if it goes through, will bar all unmarried couples from engaging in sexual activities — yes, even in private.

Those found guilty of breaking this law could face up to 1 year in jail.

Also, Indonesia does not recognise lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) marriages.

So even if you and your partner are legally married in a country which accepts LGBT marriages, the marriage will be void in Indonesia.

Bill not yet passed

Indonesian president Joko Widodo ordered on 4 Oct a delay on the bill because of the widespread discontent.

But if it does get through, popular resort spots in Indonesia will probably lose a ton of visitors and honeymooning couples.

Better enjoy Bali, Lombok and those gorgeous islands before anything curtails your romantic freedom.

Featured image adapted from Kamandalu Ubud.