Bali to Introduce New Tourism Tax in 2024 to Fund the Protection of Balinese Culture and Environment

In a move aimed at preserving its unique culture and protecting its fragile environment, Bali’s Governor Koster has officially confirmed the introduction of a tourism tax for all foreign visitors to the island.

After months of speculation, Governor Koster announced the decision during a press conference held in Denpasar on 12th July 2023. The provincial government has submitted the Draft Regional Regulation on Fees for Foreign Tourists to the Bali DPRD, marking a significant step towards enforcing the tourism tax.

The proposed legislation entails a series of changes that will enable Bali to implement a tourist tax, with the collected funds directed towards the preservation and promotion of Balinese culture, as well as the protection of the island’s natural environment.

While the specific details are yet to be finalized, it is expected that the tourism tax, amounting to IDR 150,000 (approximately USD$10), will be imposed on tourist entering Bali from abroad or from other parts of Indonesia. Notably, the fee will have to be paid electronically and it will be charged in Indonesian Rupiah to ensure it remains unaffected by international exchange rates.

**The levy will not apply to domestic Indonesian tourists

Governor Koster assured that the revenue generated from the tourism tax would be managed transparently, efficiently, and in accordance with regional regulations. The funds will be allocated strategically to address priority programs related to cultural preservation and environment sustainability.

While the introduction of the tourism tax is expected to be implemented in 2024, there is a possibility of expediting the legislative process to bring it into effect sooner.

Governor Koster and the Bali provincial government remain committed to protecting Bali’s cultural legacy and ensuring a harmonious coexistence between tourism and the preservation of its unique identity.

Sources: The Bali Sun, Channel News Asia 

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