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Bali Introduces New Tourism Tax to Support Sustainable Development

From Feb 14, all foreigners will have to pay a one-time fee of 150,000 rupiah (S$12.80) when they visit Bali.

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In a move aimed at fostering sustainable development and preserving its natural beauty, Bali, Indonesia's renowned island paradise, has announced the implementation of a new tourism tax. This initiative reflects the island's commitment to balancing the demands of tourism with the imperative to protect its environment and cultural heritage.

The new tourism tax, set to be levied on all foreign tourists visiting Bali, signifies a proactive step towards managing the environmental impact of tourism while also investing in infrastructure and community development projects. Under this scheme, visitors will contribute a modest fee upon arrival, which will be channeled towards initiatives focused on environmental conservation, waste management, and the enhancement of local infrastructure.

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Starting from Feb 14, all non-Indonesian nationals will be required to pay a tourism tax of 150,000 rupiah (approximately SGD$12.80) upon visiting Bali, Indonesia. This new levy will apply to visitors exploring mainland Bali as well as its adjacent islands such as Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan.

The tourism tax also extends to tourists arriving from other regions of Indonesia via land or domestic flights, with no exemptions for children. Notably, as the tax is collected per entry, travelers who engage in island-hopping activities, venturing to nearby destinations like Lombok and the Gili Islands situated beyond Bali province, will need to pay an additional 150,000 rupiah upon returning to Bali.

Tourists are encouraged to prepay the tax through the Love Bali website or app before embarking on their journey to the island. This proactive approach aims to streamline the process and enhance convenience for visitors while contributing to the sustainable development initiatives in Bali.

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The introduction of the tourism tax aligns with Bali's broader vision of becoming a model for sustainable tourism in the region. By investing in eco-friendly initiatives, supporting local communities, and promoting cultural preservation, the island aims to chart a path towards a more sustainable and resilient future.

Find out more here.