In this file photo taken on August 11, 2013 Moais -- stone statues of the Rapa Nui culture -- are seen on the Ahu Tongariki site on Easter Island, 3700 km off the Chilean coast in the Pacific Ocean. AFP / GREGORY BOISSY
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In 2007, Easter Island was designated a special territory while back in March, congress voted to limit the number of tourists and foreign or mainland residents allowed on the island, and the time they're allowed to stay.As of Wednesday, new rules will come into effect that reduce the time tourists – Chileans not part of the Rapa Nui people and foreigners – can stay on the island from 90 to 30 days.At the last census in 2017, there were 7,750 people living on Easter Island, almost double the population of a few decades ago, before the island was hit by a tourism boom and the real estate development that accompanied it.
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