Valentine’s Day Twist: Bali Introduces Tourism Tax For Visitors To Combat Environmental Challenges

Love may be in the air, but Bali's got a new tax on its horizon!

by Mallika Khurana
Valentine’s Day Twist: Bali Introduces Tourism Tax For Visitors To Combat Environmental Challenges

Love is in the air, but so are the new changes in the paradise destination of Bali, Indonesia. As Valentine’s Day approaches, travellers are gearing up for romantic getaways, and what better place to express love than Bali, renowned for its picturesque landscapes, serene beaches, and vibrant culture? But hold on to your heartstrings because there’s a twist in this tropical tale. Bali is set to implement a new tourism tax starting on February 14th, adding a dash of surprise to the lovers’ haven. This move aims to address the island’s two biggest challenges – traffic congestion and waste management.

Bali Introduces A Mandatory Tourism Tax

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Starting on Valentine’s Day, every visitor, young or old, including our friends from Malaysia and other ASEAN nations, will have to cough up IDR 150,000 (approximately ₹791.42). And that’s not all; if you’re staying for a month, add another IDR 500,000 (around ₹2,638.06) for a 30-day visa. Love might be priceless, but a Bali vacation just got a bit pricier!

Now, you may be wondering about the logistics of this tax, especially if you’re planning an island-hopping adventure. According to The Star, if you decide to explore neighbouring gems like the Gili Islands, Lombok, or Java, be prepared to pay again upon your return to Bali. For trips to Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, or Nusa Ceningan, you’re in the clear. These islands fall under Bali’s jurisdiction.

Concerns arose about potential airport queues due to the new procedure, but fear not! According to The Star, Tjok Bagus Pemayun, the head of the local tourism authority, revealed that the processing time per person is expected to be a mere 23 seconds. Blink, and you might miss it!

Visitors Face Additional IDR 150,000 Tax Effective Feb 14

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Looking ahead, officials hope that most tourists will opt for the convenience of paying online in advance. Credit card payments will likely be a welcomed option. However, this tax may be a prickly issue for families with children. According to The Star, some are already considering alternative, budget-friendly destinations in Southeast Asia.

Each stop in Bali during island-hopping adventures will now set you back IDR 150,000. Whether you’re marvelling at Komodo dragons or exploring the grandeur of Borobudur temple in Java, Bali’s tax will make its presence felt.

Authorities are hoping this new tax will inject much-needed funds into their coffers. 

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