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Bali's foreign tourist tax exceeds Rp 9 billion in first week

Jakarta Globe - February 21, 2024

Antara, Denpasar – Bali's Tourism Agency announced that the Rp 150,000 ($10) tourist levy for foreign visitors, in effect since February 14, has yielded Rp 9.1 billion in just one week.

"The current earnings stand at Rp 9.1 billion, contributed by around 60,800 foreign tourists," stated Tjok Bagus Pemayun, the agency's head, during a Wednesday briefing in Denpasar.

Pemayun said the revenue will be utilized for waste management and the promotion of Bali's cultural heritage.

"We don't have a set target for the levy. Our focus is to optimize the process, ensuring no queues, and making visitors feel safe and comfortable when arriving in Bali," he said.

In 2023, Ngurah Rai International Airport recorded 5.25 million visits from international tourists, marking a significant increase of 143 percent compared to the same period the previous year.

According to the Bali Provincial Government, the anticipated time per tourist for the tax collection procedure is approximately 23 seconds. However, foreign tourists are encouraged to complete the payment before their departure to Bali to streamline the service upon arrival at I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport and Benoa Port.

The levy of Rp 150,000 applies to each foreign tourist visiting Bali. This levy is a one-time payment during their entire stay in Bali. The accepted method of payment is cashless, facilitated through Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI).

To make the payment, foreign tourists are advised to access the Love Bali website (https://lovebali.baliprov.go.id/home) before entering the arrival gates in Bali. Subsequently, tourists can select their preferred payment method, including bank transfer, virtual account, or QRIS (Quick Response Code Indonesian Standard).

Source: https://jakartaglobe.id/business/balis-foreign-tourist-tax-exceeds-rp-9-billion-in-first-wee