The Indonesian province of Bali has long been one of the most popular tourist destinations for Australian travellers.
But from Wednesday, there will be an additional requirement that people traveling to the tourist hotspot will have to factor into their plans.
It is known as Bali’s tourist tax.
What is Bali’s tourist tax?
Is one small fee which will be imposed by the Indonesian government from February 14, 2024.
It is only for people traveling to Bali province.
People traveling to other provinces of Indonesia will not have to pay the tax.
How much will it cost?
It will cost IDR 150,000 per personwhich equates to about $15.
How can I pay the tourism fee?
Visitors can pay online via LOVE BALI website or mobile app with bank transfer, virtual account or Qris payment.
They will be asked to provide the following information:
- Passport number
- Date of arrival
Visitors will then receive a voucher by email, which they can then scan on arrival at the relevant checkpoints.
No money Payments can also be made at Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS), as well as any other port entry point.
Up to 18,000 people fly to Bali every day. If you’re worried about queuing, remember that the Indonesian government says it will have at least 20 officers on duty to help.
Plus, it has signed a partnership agreement with Indonesia’s BRI Bank to ensure the process is quick and easy.
Is it a one time fee?
yesas long as you don’t leave and don’t come back.
If you leave Bali and enter another province, for example Lombok, then you will have to pay the tax again upon re-entry.
But because the following three islands are part of Bali province, you won’t have to pay the tax again if you travel to and from:
- Nusa Penida
- Nusa Lembongan
- Nusa Ceningan
This is because the fee is a tax that only applies to the province of Bali.
What will the new tourist tax be used for?
We know this additional expense has been coming since it was announced last September.
The Indonesian government says it is part of its efforts to preserve the natural environment and culture of the island AND to improve the quality of services and safety standards experienced by tourists.
The tax could bring in nearly $185,000 every day.
This is based on figures reported by The Bali Sun, which says around 4.5 million international tourists visited the island last year.
What happens if I don’t pay?
You can be fined or deported.
Indonesian authorities have been cracking down on unruly behavior since the creation of the Bali Becik Task Force last August.
They have set themselves a target of carrying out 100 immigration enforcement operations every month – and this is expected to lead to more fines and deportations.
But there are some people who won’t have to pay Bali’s tourist tax, including:
- Holders of diplomatic and official visas: Those visiting Indonesia to conduct government business, a diplomatic post or special duties in Indonesia
- Transport crew: Those who work on board a ship
- KIT / KITAP holder: Those who possess a Residence Permit for temporary, limited or permanent residence to live and work
- Family reunification, golden and student visa holders: Those helping families settle, corporate investors and students
- Special non-tourist visa holders
Do you need a visa for Bali?
Visa on Arrival (VoA) it costs IDR 500,000 or about $50 and lasts up to 30 days.
Australia is one of 159 countries whose tourists must pay the fee – which covers travel throughout Indonesia, not just Bali.