The Bangli Regional Government has decided to resume the entrance fee policy for visitors of Kintamani.
A recent video of visitors who were charged with entrance fees before entering Kintamani went viral on social media. It has garnered a backlash as many locals were concerned that the policy might reduce the number of visitors to Kintamani. Its tourism sector has already been striving to withstand the effects of the global pandemic since 2020.
In response to the video, the Head of Bangli Tourism and Cultural Agency, I Wayan Sugiarta, confirmed that the officials have decided to resume the entrance fee policy.
This is per the Bangli regional government’s regulation Number 37 Year 2019 and Number 47 Year 2014 concerning the Evaluation of Bangli Tourism Compensation Tariffs.
“We had revoked this policy over the last two years due to Covid-19 pandemic, but we recently resumed its enforcement as stated on the government’s regulation,” Sugiarta said. He explained that they would only charge an entrance fee from the tourists, not the locals visiting their family or the temple in that area.
“Each vehicle will be pulled over and checked by the officials. Those who don’t plan to visit tourism areas can gain access to the area without being charged,” Sugiarta added.
Following the current regulation, the entrance fees are USD $1.7 (IDR 25,000) for locals and USD $3.5 (IDR 50,000) for expats. Tickets will be issued via electronic ticketing.
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