‘Begpackers’ are tourists who travel backpacker-style without sufficient funds but ask for donations from locals. It is often done in countries where the average income is far lower than what they could earn working a minimum wage job at home.
Bali is officially cracking down on the problematic “tourists”.
In an official statement, Setyo Budiwardoyo from Bali’s immigration department said these begpackers are now being reported to their embassies, according to Detik, as caring for them should be the embassy’s responsibility.
He said: “We have seen many cases of problematic tourists, lately they are either Australian, British or Russian.
“We tend to report these cases to the relevant embassies so that they can oversee their citizens who are on holiday.”
The immigration official said while Bali had previously looked after these travellers, the cost of living must now be borne by their respective embassies.
Locals and tourists alike have shared photos of the travellers, who are often seen begging for money or selling items on the street to fund their holidays, hence the moniker of ‘begpackers’.
Some have even been accused of running scams by pretending to have lost their debit card and needing money to get home — only to carry on travelling with the money they make.
Thailand has also cracked down on begpackers in recent years.