Foreign tourists planning a visit to Indonesia’s renowned island destination, Bali, will soon encounter a new requirement. Effective February 14, all foreign visitors will be subject to a tourism tax of 150,000 rupiah (approximately US$9.55).
The new tax isn’t limited to mainland Bali; it also encompasses its picturesque surrounding islands like Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. This announcement was made by Bali authorities through their official website.
The Levy Applies to Everyone
This fee isn’t just for mainland Bali; it encompasses surrounding islands like Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. Even tourists arriving from other parts of Indonesia through land or domestic flights must pay the tax.
No Exemptions for Children
It’s essential to note that children will not be exempted from this fee, regardless of age.
Convenient Payment Process
To streamline the process, tourists can make their payments conveniently through the Love Bali website before their arrival. Upon payment, they will receive a tourism tax ticket via email, which they should store on their mobile devices for verification purposes at Bali Airport and seaports.
Upon a successful transaction, the Love Bali System will provide a paid notification in the form of a digital payment proof. However, foreign tourists are encouraged to complete the payment before their departure to Bali to streamline the service upon arrival at I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport and Benoa Port.
For those unable to make payments through the Love Bali System, foreign tourists can opt for non-cash payments at BRI counters available at airports or ports. Payment methods may include debit/credit cards or electronic data capture (EDC). After the transaction, tourists will receive a printout as proof of payment.
All tourists need to retain valid payment proof, as it will be scanned through the scanning device after the travel document verification process upon entering the arrival gates.
Purpose of the Tourism Tax
The implementation of this tourism tax serves multiple purposes. According to some media reports, the revenue generated from the newly introduced tourism tax will be allocated towards enhancing tourist services, preserving Balinese culture, and addressing environmental concerns exacerbated by recent tourism overcrowding.
Bali’s Tourism Outlook
Bali, a perennial favourite among travellers, has set ambitious targets for tourism this year. The Govt. Authorities in Bali anticipate welcoming approximately 7 million tourists, a significant increase from the 5.2 million arrivals recorded last year.