Are you dreaming of a trip to Bali to enjoy its stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and exquisite cuisine? Well, it’s time to add one more item to your Bali trip checklist—starting next month, the Island of Gods is introducing a new tourist tax, making your journey to this paradise a tiny bit pricier but a lot more impactful.
In a move celebrated for its commitment to sustainability, the Indonesian government announced this tax last September. The small fee of around AU$14.40, is a conscious step towards preserving Bali’s lush natural environment and rich cultural heritage, with the funds going toward the various preservation, conservation, and revitalisation efforts, as well as enhancing the quality of services and elevating safety standards for tourists to Bali.
Here’s what you need to know:
- How much? A mere 150,000 Indonesian Rupiah, which is around AU$14.40. A small price to pay for keeping Bali beautiful.
- When and how? The tax kicks in on February 14. To avoid any last-minute rush, it’s recommended to pay it online before you book your flight. Head over to the LOVE BALI website or their soon-to-launch app on Google Play and the Apple App Store. You’ve got lots of options to pay—bank transfers, virtual accounts, or Qris payments.
- Prefer cashless? If you’re more of a cashless traveller, payments can also be made at I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport or Benoa Bali Harbor.
Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno assures that this initiative is all about conservation and enhancing visitor experience. The tax that’s used to improve the quality of services, safety and overall experience for tourists will directly improve Bali’s infrastructure on land, sea, and air, making your trip smoother and the island greener.
- Diplomatic and official visa holders—those conducting special assignments in Indonesia including government business or diplomatic posting.
- Conveyance crew working onboard a ship.
- Certain specific visa categories like KITS/KITAP holders and Residence Permit Card holders
- Family unification, golden, and student visa holders—people helping family settle in Bali, corporate investors or students.
- Some non-tourist visa holders.
- If you think you’re exempt, check your eligibility well in advance and apply for an exemption at least a month before arrival.
Paying the tax: A breeze!
- Visit lovebali.baliprov.go.id or download their app.
- Enter your details, choose your payment method, and make the payment.
- Receive your Levy Voucher by email.
- Simply scan your voucher at checkpoints in Bali.
So, there you have it, future Bali travellers! This new tourist tax is a small addition to your travel budget, but it’s a significant stride towards preserving the beauty and integrity of one of the world’s most beloved destinations and a favourite holiday spot of Aussies.
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