With just one day to go before Bali’s Tourism Tax is introduced, officials have revealed the outcome of the trial period of the new initiative.
Leaders say that so far, over USD 100,000 has been collected in tourism tax revenue.
The Head of the Bali Tourism Office, Tjok Bagus Pemayun, told reporters, “We tested the operational phase on February 7th 2024. After we opened it up, we’ve had almost 9,000 tourists pay.”
Leaders are happy that so many tourists have made the contribution during the voluntary phase.
The Chairman of the Indonesian Tourism Industry Association (GIPI) Bali, Ida Bagus Agung Partha Adnyana, told reporters, “This means that our outreach has been good. They understand and are happy to pay to keep Bali sustainable.”
When the system officially launches on the 14th of February, international tourists will be required to pay the IDR 150,000 tourism tax before they leave Indonesia.
Officials are encouraging tourists to make their payment before arriving in Bali to save time. However, they have confirmed that since the payment system is web-based, the fee can be made at any time.
If tourists are struggling to process the payment online, there are options to pay in person when in Bali.
The first and most recommended payment option is for tourists to make their payments www.lovebali.baliprov.go.id through the website or the app.
Tourists who have not paid their fee before arrival or at the airport will be able to make payment at participating travel agents and hotels in Bali; however, there are only a limited number of participating hotels and travel agents, and payment can only be taken by tourism businesses registered with official industry bodies like ASITA and the PHRI.
Tourists who have paid their tourism tax fee will be sent a voucher. It is advisable to keep this digital voucher easily accessible on a phone or smart device should an official ask to see evidence that payment has been made.
While officials have been calling for tourists planning their trips to Bali to pay their tourism tax fee prior to arrival, that may be easier said than done.
For the last few days, the Love Bali website has been displaying error messages or not loading at all.
Tourists are encouraged to keep trying, but if it becomes too much of a hassle, officials promised that the payment process at the airport would take just 23 seconds.
Speaking at the official launch of the Bali Tourism Tax, the Acting Governor of Bali, Sang Made Mahendra Jaya, told the press conference that the prices should be smooth, but there may be obstacles officials must keep in mind for tourists arriving in Bali.
Acting Governor Jaya said, “We are aware that tourists who come to Bali will feel uncomfortable or uncomfortable because after taking a long flight, there may be jet lag.”
“They have to queue to pay VoA (visa on arrival), then Immigration, Customs and Excise, and then the queue to pay foreign tourist fees.”
The Visa on Arrival is another aspect of travel admin that tourists are encouraged to complete before landing in Bali.
Tourists can apply for the e-Visa on Arrival up to 48 hours before traveling to Indonesia, though it is highly advisable to leave up to 5 days for processing if possible.
He added, “We hope that assistance will be provided by hotels and tourist destinations that are spread across. Collections are made using the Love Bali application system on a cashless basis for convenience and to maintain accountability.”
The Bali Provincial Government has been clear that funds from the tourist levy will be used for cultural preservation, protection of the natural environment, and improvements to infrastructure and tourist facilities in Bali.
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