With its stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and diverse offerings, Bali remains a dream destination for many. But now, beginning February 14, 2024, international visitors to Bali will be required to pay a one-time fee of IDR150,000 (USD 10) per entry. This fee is applicable to both adults and children, for each visit to Bali.
Starting February 14th, 2024, a visit to Bali, a tropical paradise in southeast Asia won't come quite as cheap for international visitors. The Indonesian government has implemented a new "Bali Tourist Tax" applicable to all foreign tourists, regardless of age or nationality. This tax has come in response to growing environmental concern among burgeoning tourist footfalls at popular travel destinations.
How Much Does it Cost?
The tax is set at 150,000 Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), which roughly translates to $10 USD. While seemingly small, it adds an extra layer of expense to consider when budgeting for your Balinese getaway.
Who Needs to Pay?
Every foreign tourist entering Bali, excluding those visiting neighbouring islands like Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan, will be subject to the tax. Even travellers arriving from other parts of Indonesia via domestic flights or land routes will need to pay. Infact, children are also required to pay this tax.
How To Pay the Tax:
Authorities encourage tourists to pay the tax online before arrival for a smoother entry process. To make the payment, foreign tourists have to access the Love Bali website (https://lovebali.baliprov.go.id/home) before entering the arrival gates in Bali. Subsequently, tourists can select their preferred payment method, including bank transfer, virtual account, or QRIS.
What is the Purpose of the Tax?
The Indonesian government aims to use the collected funds for various initiatives aimed at preserving Balinese culture, traditions, arts, and the island's unique natural environment. This includes supporting local communities, conservation projects, and infrastructure development. "Additionally, the levy regulations in Bali aim to create cleanliness, order, comfort, and security for tourists," Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said in a statement recently.
Various European destinations are also considering imposing a tourist tax, some as a measure to recover covid-induced losses. Cities like Paris, Barcelona, Valencia are all planning on imposing taxes.