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Indonesian Government Considering National Tourism Tax In Addition To Bali Tax

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The Indonesian Government is holding discussions on whether to introduce a nationwide tourism tax.

While there is potential for this new tax to be integrated with the Bali Tourism Tax Levy and distributed accordingly, that could be a long way off. 

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The Central Indonesian Government is planning to charge tourism fees through flight tickets.

The plan is still in the early stages, but officials are confident about the initiative to help generate more funds for tourism development. 

Speaking to reporters, the Chairman of the Badung Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), I Gusti Agung Rai Suryawijaya, said that this plan must first be heard in full and discussed by all stakeholders regarding its objectives and how the policy could be implemented.

He told reporters on the 24th of April, “If I’m not mistaken, tomorrow there will be a discussion. Let’s just listen first and see what the results of the discussion will be.” 

He added, “We in Bali have imposed a levy of IDR 150,000 per person for foreign tourists. Now, the central government is discussing implementing tourism fees for tourists via flight tickets. If it is implemented in Bali, it will give the impression that tourists will be charged twice.”

The newly introduced Bali Tourism Tax is local and provincial government legislation.

It is a mandatory fee for all international tourists arriving in the province. The provincial government receives and utilizes the funds. 

Suryawijaya noted that he’s not opposed to a nationwide tourism tax but that two fees would be off-putting for many tourists who already begrudge having to pay the visa on-arrival fee.

He is on board with including the national tourism tax as a part of airfares, which will be collected centrally and distributed to Indonesian provinces based on the individual tourism numbers. 

He said, “If the distribution is calculated based on the number of tourists visiting, that’s good. Just don’t let the distribution be compared to the others; that would be disproportionate because lots of people go to Bali. We want the distribution to be proportional and based on justice.”

Speaking separately, the Head of the Badung Tourism Service, Nyoman Rudiarta, told reporters that, in principle, Bali and especially Badung Regency would support the Central Government’s policy of introducing a national tourism tax to boost quality, sustainable, and regenerative tourism across the country.


However, he noted that it is essential to get input from stakeholders across Indonesia before introducing such a huge policy change. 

Rudiarta said, “We hope that before this policy is implemented, it will be better for all Indonesian tourism stakeholders, including those in Bali, to have their input heard.”

“Public policies like this are seen as still requiring more in-depth study so that they truly become a solution to the policy of maintaining and overseeing sustainable and regenerative tourism development policies in Indonesia.”


Many Bali tourists have called for improvements to be made to the payment system for the newly introduced Bali Tourism Tax and have queried why they must make two seriate payments, one for the tourism tax levy of IDR 150,000 and one for the visa on arrival of IDR 500,000. The answer is simple. 

The Bali Tourism Tax is a fee collected by the Bali Provincial Government to be used by the Bali Provincial Government.

The visa on-arrival fee, or any visa fee, is collected by the Indonesian Department of Immigration and is to be utilized by the central government.

Although Bali does receive benefits from funds generated by tourism visas, the amount is dictated by the central government as a part of annual budget allowances. 


The central government has not yet alluded to how much a national tourism tax would cost and whether they would work with the Bali Provincial Government to change legislation to integrate all tourism taxes into one new system to save tourists paying double fees.

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Sunday 28th of April 2024

It’s getting time to do some calculations. Cheap tickets around €1000,= p.p. Voa €25,= p.p., tourist tax €10,= p.p., hotel (not the most expensive) €900,=/ 30 days. Total for 2 pers €2975,=. Maybe for Europeans cheaper to go to France or Spain. Oh and the food is also good, yes a little more expensive but on the other hand also no flight from about 16hrs.

Rex Cowan

Saturday 27th of April 2024

If they do it to us our government will do the same to you (Indonesian) when you come to Australia

Angelina Tan WL

Friday 26th of April 2024

Please get rid of the mosquitoes and dengue first. The mosquitoes will drive away your tourist and business.


Sunday 28th of April 2024

@Angelina Tan WL, You are aware of the rabies problem among the dog population?


Friday 26th of April 2024

Yes the Bali/RI visas adding in the Tourist Tax is more than a lot of our competing tourist neighbours.

Foreign tourist numbers are increasing.


Monday 29th of April 2024


Sad but so what?

Inbound gains are exceeding them. Many of the newbies will develop similar relationships.


Saturday 27th of April 2024

@Shorty, The regular visitors are coming to collect their stored travel items and to say goodbye to all the friends they have made and financially aided over the years, especially during Covid.

James hub

Thursday 25th of April 2024

I am so fed up with Bali after Covid everything turns around money money money. Between the fake money changer, the ethanol drink, the fake cab, the atm scam, and so on… the list is long , Indonesian should also understand that every person around the globe has suffered tremendously during Covid with the money, loss of job, living on savings and the wallet is nearly empty. So stop thinking that tourists are millionaires!


Sunday 28th of April 2024

@Jean, A welcome greeting in Malaysia. In Bali they get into the news because they fold and scrutinize passports identifying tiny imperfection leading forced return:


When you constantly end up with bad press in international news it is about time to adjust course.


Saturday 27th of April 2024

@James hub, now I go more often in Malaisia ,when you arrive they say Welcome to Malaysia and you can stay 90 days for free. Thats the way to Welcome you to spend time and money in there country, very intelligent.