Bali introduces tourism tax

SINGAPORE, 8 January 2024: All foreign tourists must pay an IDR 150,000 International Tourism Levy (approximately USD13) when entering Bali via the airport or seaports starting on Valentine’s Day, 14 February.

Bali Sun recommends that travellers pay the fee via the Love Bali App before they travel to avoid congestion at payment counters at the ports of entry.

Payment can also be processed at designated booths in Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, with the process taking around 30 seconds per passenger. Around 2 million visitors are expected to pay the levy during 2024 based on estimated travel arrivals to Bali in 2022.

The levy will help protect Bali’s culture and nature through funding environmental conservation and waste management projects and programmes designed to preserve local culture and support artistic communities. Part of the funds will also be used to improve tourism infrastructure and facilities.

Bali Sun’s latest update advises visitors “that the most effective way for tourists to pay the fee will be online, before arrival in Bali via the Love Bali website and smartphone app”. 

The daily online news channel added that “the site and application have been up and running for years but until now have largely been underused and little-known resources to tourists. 

“Once tourists have downloaded the Love Bali app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store or opened up, the next step is to enter personal details and choose the payment method. Most tourists will make a simple online card payment. 

“Once paid, the tourism levy voucher will be emailed, and tourists must keep the voucher on hand on their smartphones to scan at the checkpoint at Bali Airport or seaports.”

(Source: Bali Sun, Love Bali, Wonderful Indonesia)