Bali Implements New Tourist Tax Starting 14 Feb 2024

Bali Implements New Tourist Tax: This Paradise Comes With a Price Hike Starting 14 Feb

You might want to revisit your Bali travel budget.

Planning a romantic getaway to Bali for Valentine’s Day? News flash: Tropical paradise Bali now comes with a tourist tax. Effective 14 Feb 2024, international visitors entering the island are required to pay an additional IDR 150,000 (~S$12.80) levy. While this may not be a significant hike, it’s still important to factor this cost into your overall travel budget, especially for budget-conscious travellers.

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Bali introduces new tourist tax

Bali tourist tax

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This new regulation was announced last July 2023 by the Bali government, and it aims to raise funds for the preservation of the island’s cultural and natural heritage. With Bali’s growing popularity amongst many tourists today, the government made a conscious effort to ensure the sustainable development and protection of the very essence that attracts travellers to the island in the first place.

Tourists can pay in advance via the LoveBali website or on their official app. Then, you will receive a notification voucher on your registered email. You’ll need to scan this for entry at different checkpoints of the island. However, you can also pay the tourist tax upon arrival in Bali.

Why the new Bali tourist tax is necessary

Bali tourist tax

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While the new tourist tax may slightly alter your travel budget, it’s important to understand the bigger picture as to why this is being implemented. Bali comes with breathtaking landscapes, rich culture, and warm hospitality, making it a global tourist hotspot. With increased tourism, there is also increased responsibility to protect and preserve the island’s unique ecosystems and local communities.

By complying with this, tourists are not just paying a fee, but also actively participating in safeguarding this paradise. Ultimately, this will translate to a more sustainable and enjoyable experience for everyone, locals and tourists alike.

But remember, responsible tourism goes beyond just paying the tax. As a visitor in any foreign country, be mindful of your environmental impact, respect local customs, and support local businesses as much as you can. So while this new price hike might add a small dent to your travel budget, consider it an investment in the island’s future.

Also read: 15 Affordable Airbnbs in Bali for Budget Trips & Long-Term Stays

Ready to travel to one of the world’s most prized possessions? Pack your bags and fall in love with the magic Bali!

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