24th March 2023 – (Bali) Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, known for his role as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has garnered praise for his responsible behaviour while on vacation in Bali with his wife Elsa Pataky. In a video shared on his Instagram account, Hemsworth was seen wearing a helmet while riding a rented motorcycle, a safety measure often overlooked by tourists visiting the island.
Hemsworth’s decision to wear a helmet while riding around Bali was not lost on the locals, many of whom have been critical of the reckless behaviour exhibited by some tourists. The actor’s adherence to traffic laws was seen as a positive example for other visitors to follow, with many taking to social media to express their appreciation for his responsible behaviour. The Indonesian government has also addressed the issue of tourists flouting traffic laws on the island, and has proposed a ban on motorcycle rentals altogether.
Despite the clear benefits of wearing helmets while riding motorcycles, many tourists visiting Bali still do not wear appropriate safety gear. This has led to a number of accidents and injuries, prompting the government to take action to ensure the safety of both locals and visitors. Hemsworth’s decision to wear a helmet was therefore seen as a welcome change, and one that many hope will encourage others to follow suit.
In addition to issues with traffic safety, the Indonesian government has also expressed concerns about criminal behaviour and overstaying among some tourists. Visitors from Russia and Ukraine, in particular, have come under scrutiny for their behaviour on the island, leading to the possibility of a visa-on-arrival ban for these countries. The government has also proposed stricter measures to ensure that tourists comply with local laws and regulations during their stay in Bali.