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Bali Lovers Could Look For More Affordable Vacations In Thailand As Leaders Discuss Tax Increase 

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Bali lovers are worried that they will have to start looking into alternative vacation destinations if provincial leaders go ahead with ideas to raise the newly introduced Bali Tourism Tax Levy to USD 50 per person.

Currently, the IDR 150,000 fee (USD 10) is only being paid by around 40% of eligible tourists. 

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As leaders in Bali are continuing to discuss whether to increase the Bali Tourism Tax Levy, annual holidaymakers to the island are starting to put their feelers out to see whether there are comparable destinations that could offer better value for money should the price increase come into effect. 

At present, tourists visiting Bali must pay for their visa on arrival, which costs IDR 500,000 per person, and the Bali Tourism Tax Levy, which costs IDR 150,000.

If the tax levy is increased to the amount leaders have suggested, to a further IDR 800,000, tourists will be investing IDR 1,300,000 (USD 80) before they’ve even been allowed out of the airport. 

For the average family of four going on vacation to Bali, this would add USD 320 to their travel budget compared to pre-pandemic when the 30-day visa on arrival was free for most holidaymakers and there was no additional tourism tax.

This kind of price increase would make Bali a no-go vacation destination for most low and even mid-budget holidaymakers.

However, in the eyes of some Bali leaders, this is kind of the point. They feel that there is a correlation between the behavior of tourists, the level of respect they afford the island and its culture, and the budget that tourists have to spend. 

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Both the Acting Governor of Bali, Sang Made Mahendra Jaya, and the Head of the Bali Tourism Office, Tjok Bagus Pemayun, have confirmed that a study is underway to establish whether the tax increase for tourists is viable. 

Pemayun said that work is underway to establish the best steps moving forward. However, the Tourism Office and Provincial Governments are under pressure from those who feel an increase in the Bali Tourism Tax Levy is necessary.

Pemayun explained, “We have to do another study, not just all at once, so that we can see where the figure comes from. There must be a calculation of whether the figure is reasonable so that it doesn’t burden tourists. This increase is not a matter of whether it is right or not related to efforts to improve the quality of tourists.”

As Bali looks to increase the tourism tax to deter badly behaved foreigners, Thailand has formally scrapped plans to introduce a similar policy.

If the increase in tax does go ahead in Bali, Thailand will be the next port of call for many Bali lovers forced to seek a vacation unencumbered by increasing fees.


The tourism tax in Thailand was set to see all tourists arriving by air pay a 300 baht (USD 8.20) tourism tax contribution.

The Prime Minister of Thailand, Srettha Thavisin, confirmed that the policy had been scrapped on the 8th of June during a visit to Chiang Mai.

In a statement subsequently issued on the Government Public Relations website, the government explained, “The fee … was abandoned with the rationale that its elimination could encourage higher tourist spending in other areas, thereby providing a more substantial boost to the economy.”


The Thai Government has also been making policy decisions that support tourism growth in simple and impactful ways.

From this month, the free visa on arrival is now available to tourists from 93 countries, an increase from the 53 nationalities who were previously eligible.

Tourists from these 93 nations will now be granted a 60-day stay on arrival. 


Pending the results of the study by the Bali Tourism Office, it remains the case that the Bali Tourism Tax Levy costs IDR 150,000 per tourist visiting Bali Province (unless except), including children.

The fee can be paid on arrival at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport or online prior to arrival or departure from Bali on the LoveBali website or app. 

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Monday 1st of July 2024

I'm going to Bali mid October, hopefully this crazy USD80 levy not effective just yet by the time of my arrival. I'm going to Manila or Bangkok for my next alternative destination, I'm striking off Bali.


Friday 28th of June 2024

It is a Pity ! Take an Example with Thailand!

Steve b

Friday 28th of June 2024

If family of 4 loose $400 in visa and scam taxes they will choose 2 or3 star hotels over 5 star ones and their holiday will be negative all around which they will make public,or they just won't choose bali DUH


Thursday 27th of June 2024

Imagine if Holland (Netherlands) started taxing Indonesians $100.00 just to visit, their people would say “don’t sell Natherlands cheap”… How about if Australia taxed Indonesians Everytime we went there… Remember every action causes a reaction… Already we are loosing tourism to Thailand since the tax was introduced. It’s all about poor management. If we want to charge more then we need to improve our offer. We are the world's only destination that punishes it's visitors. There are ways to enforce the laws and rules that don't require making us look like we are taking advantage of foreigners.


Thursday 27th of June 2024

Bali is on the right track. Tourist arrivals needs to be reduced significantly as current infrastructure can no longer cope.

Roads are an issue everybody complain about but the most pressing is the trash management system that in effect has broken down with little or no collection for periods in Denpasar.

Electricity is now also sourced from polluting coal fired power plant in the north and even a power barge has been moored on the north side polluting even further.

Property developments are out of control as nobody care about zoning, beach proximity, Bali traditional elements or peace for neighbors.

Police and Satpol PP no longer look after all the law breaking by the locals; throwing and burning trash, noisy motorbikes, reckless driving, driving while drunk, children driving, extortion and other thuggery.

So time to scale down to something more manageable.

Fed Up

Wednesday 3rd of July 2024

@Sven, I agree two years to solve problems and what happened nothing ! .

One would have thought the government would have taken the opportunity to solve some of the problems but nah do it the Bali way sit on your hands and blame tourists for their mess .


Monday 1st of July 2024

@Fed Up, funny enough, the universe provided an opportunity to do exactly that, between 2020 - 2022. Two years of empty roads where everything could have been fixed without causing disruptions to the tourist flow. Any intelligent place would have used this opportunity to overhaul anything that required downtime.

What did they do in Bali? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

I was there during the pandemic and didn't see any work on anything whatsoever. Only work I saw was some sidewalk repair somewhere between Ubud and Denpasar road, where no tourist ever goes anyway.

Did they fix anything in the south main tourism area? Nothing!

These people do not have enough intelligence, that's the bottom line.

Fed Up

Saturday 29th of June 2024

@Sven, do what they did in Boracay shut the whole island down to tourists clean it up resurface roads get rid of derelect buildings and only then reopen it to tourists .

Another novel thought is they could use some of the money they have squirreled away to achieve this .


Friday 28th of June 2024

@Exp, technically you are correct. Many of these issues are due to overtourism. Reducing tourist numbers would help, but I wonder how the investors would accept that. The Indonesians have sold the land and promises of high returns for a lot of money. If they then reduce the number of customers, those investors will not be happy.

Although, I have always said, don't invest a cent into Bali because you would likely lose it all. Many cowboy capitalists will learn it the hard way.