Starting February 14th, all foreign tourists visiting Bali, Indonesia, will be required to pay a tourism tax of 150,000 rupiah (approximately US$9.55).
This fee applies not only to mainland Bali but also to its surrounding islands such as Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. Even tourists arriving from other parts of Indonesia via land or domestic flights must pay the tax, with no exemptions for children.
Payment can be made in advance via the Love Bali website, and upon completion, tourists will receive a tourism tax ticket via email. This digital ticket must be stored on their cellphones as it will be checked at Bali Airport and seaports.
The implementation of this tax aims to improve tourist services, preserve Balinese culture, and enhance environmental conservation efforts, particularly addressing issues stemming from recent overcrowding in tourism. Last year, Bali received 5.2 million arrivals and anticipates welcoming 7 million tourists this year.
In response to a series of incidents disrespecting the island’s predominantly Hindu culture, Bali authorities have initiated a crackdown on misbehaving tourists.
This tax is part of broader efforts to manage tourism more sustainably and respectfully in one of the world’s most renowned travel destinations.
The price-conscious visitors from Australia, ASEAN, or even Europe and North America had seen Bali and the rest of Indonesia as an affordable and attractive vacation destination. This may change soon.