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Experts Say Bali Tourism Tax Process Must Be Transparent 

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With just a matter of days to go before the Bali Tourism Tax is introduced on the 14th of February, plenty of conversations are happening on the island about the new policy.

Leaders from the Bali Provincial Government are being called on to ensure all funds are managed transparently. 

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Speaking to reporters after the Great Sharing Session in Seminyak, the Chairman of the Indonesian Tourism Industry Association (GIPI) Bali Province, Ida Bagus Agung Partha Adnyana, called for everything to be managed transparently and for the government to be held accountable. 

The Great Sharing Session saw tourism experts gather to discuss pressing issues in Bali’s tourism and hospitality space.

The discussion was titled ‘Public Policy for Bali Tourism Development in the Middle of a Global Market.’

Speaking to the suggestion that up to 70% of the tourism levy could be spent on tackling Bali’s waste management issues, Adynana said, “It is regulated in law; these levies are for cultural and environmental preservation.”

There is a feeling that the funds should be spent on cultural and environmental preservation in a more direct way and that tourism tax funds should not be imminently and so wholly directed to resolving the open landfill situation. 

Adnyana added, “I also agree, for example, that the use of tourist levy money should focus first on overcoming traffic jams. [However] In addition to transparency and accountability, it is also necessary to form a team to manage levy funds.” 

“We hope that the technicalities of this levy will be well coordinated with the relevant parties so as not to reduce tourists’ comfort when visiting.”

Adnyana wants to see the tourism sector play an active role in the new Bali tourism tax system so that the process can benefit tourists in the long and short term.

He explained to reporters that it is necessary to involve tourism associations from the start so they can participate in discussing priority programs and monitoring the use of the levy funds.

The Head of the Tourism Promotion Team for the Bali Provincial Tourism Office, Ketut Yadnya Winarta, revealed that everything is set for the 14th of February and that tourists will be able to pay their fees easily.

He added that there are also systems in place to manage the funds degenerated by the tax levy from the start. 

Winarta said, “Incoming money must go into the APBD (Regional Revenue and Expenditure Budget). From the APBD, it is then divided into programs prepared by the agencies.”

“A number of programs have been prepared by related agencies, such as those related to culture at the Culture Service, while those related to the environment will focus on waste management.”

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The new Bali Tourism Levy is a sustainable tourism initiative devised by the Bali Provincial Government. The levy will see all international tourists pay IDR 150,000 per visit to the island.

Communication from Wonderful Indonesia, the Bali Provincial Government, and the Bali Tourism Office suggest that this means that if tourists visit Bali for 7-days, then take a trip to the Gili Islands, which are part of Lombok Province, and then return to Bali for a few days before flying out of Denpasar, they will have to pay the fee again. 

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The Bali Tourism tax will be payable upon arrival at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International. However, leaders are encouraging tourists to pay the fee prior to arrival in Bali via the Love Bali app or on the Love Bali website.

Tourists will be issued with proof of payment that they can show on arrival at Bali Airport or seaports. 

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There are certain visa categories that will be exempt from paying the Bali Tourism Tax. This includes KITAS and KITAP holders, family reunification visas, student visas, golden visas, and other non-tourist visas.

Exemption is not automatically granted on the basis of holding an exempt visa.

Visitors to Bali must apply for a tourism tax exemption before landing in Bali, which is also available on the Love Bali app and website and can be applied for up to 5 days before arrival. 

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wilter

Sunday 28th of January 2024

Thailand just dropped the wine tax by 60%. Can buy a bottle of Cabernet from Chile for 11usd. And I did that yesterday. So sad about Bali...but its over.

Thommo

Saturday 27th of January 2024

Technicalities of the levy will be well coordinated? There's the first major immovable obstacle.

Alex

Friday 26th of January 2024

Absolutely scandalous. Thailand talked about a similar thing and scrapped it. Every cent of this tax will disappear in corrupt officials pockets.

Wayan Bo

Saturday 27th of January 2024

@Alex, election have to be paid too 🤣

Kazu

Friday 26th of January 2024

Even with the calls for 'tansparency' the noney will largely disappear and be wasted...

Here's an idea, give 20% to sungai watch to address the waste management problem, and let the big bapaks take the rest...

The outcome would be better

Similar... but better...

Kazu

Saturday 27th of January 2024

@Exp, yep

And thats what sungai watch do...

Recycling most waste in village BEFORE turning to landfill.

We know what 'leaders' will do with the money... more garbage mafia, more palm greasing, more sawah converted to landfill for a ridicukous fee...

The whole thing is so mindless, dumb, and corrupt it beggars belief

Need to engage people and organisations that can see bigger picture than only $$$

Thommo

Saturday 27th of January 2024

@Exp, trash management is costly for locals. Better burn it or throw it away into drains, rivers and creeks and spare unused land. Then it creates more major problems. But the govt and locals don't give a shit. The officials and politiciansget taken to events and ceremonies patted on the back, get re-elected and patronised where everything seems okay. NFI

James

Saturday 27th of January 2024

@Exp, Exactly. We stopped funding Sungai Watch a year ago because our barriers were being used as waste disposals by arrogant locals who dumped their trash in our barriers, completely unbothered by any form of responsibility whatsoever.

Exp

Saturday 27th of January 2024

@Kazu, "sungai watch" do a great job; but they need to stop the locals from throwing their trash into rivers and ravines in the first place.

Paul Morris

Friday 26th of January 2024

Obviously you still haven’t worked out who is getting their share of the new tax otherwise you would have a plan what to do with the money months ago. Why don’t you use the money to pay back the $1.3 billion dollars Australia loaned the Indonesian government at the start of the pandemic and still hasn’t been paid back.

Firechef

Saturday 27th of January 2024

@Paul Morris, Hate to tell you, but Australia will Never see that money back. That's how Indonesia works, begs for help, then conveniently forgets to pay it back. They have owed the USA billions of $s forever and the USA just writes it off as bad debt, but still loans them money every year. Not the politicians money, it's the US taxpayers money. All 3rd world countries work this way, lines their leaders pockets.