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Pay On Arrival Or At The Airport? Officials Discuss Final Details Of Bali’s Tourism Tax

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On the 14th of February 2024, big changes will happen across Indonesia. The country will elect a new president, and the province of Bali will introduce its new tourism tax.

The much-discussed tourism tax is set to be a mandatory fee for all international arrivals.

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What we know about the tourism tax so far is that the fee will be set at IDR 150,000 per person, including children.

The fee will be applicable to all international arrivals and must be paid in Indonesian Rupiah so that revenue generated by the tax is not impacted by currency exchange.

Officials have also confirmed that the fee will be payable online before tourists arrive in Bali, though they are yet to confirm through which website since the immigration website processes visa fees for all of Indonesia, and the tourism tax is exclusively for travel to Bali Province. 

The tourism tax will also be payable on arrival by card at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport.

The Head of the Bali Tourism Official confirmed earlier this year that card payments will take just 23 seconds to process.

He assured tourists that paying the tourism tax would not eat into their precious vacation time. The payment will also be available on a card so that the risk of corruption or ‘leaked funds’ is minimized.

Last month, five immigration offices from Ngurah Rai Immigration Post at Bali Airport were arrested for extorting funds from tourists to use the priority lane.

The fast track service at Bali Airport is always a free service that can be used by VIPs, the elderly, those with disabilities or access needs, and those traveling with young children.

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However, the finer details of the tax are still up for discussion. One idea now on the table is for tourists to pay their tourism tax at their accommodation.

The Regent of Badung, I Nyoman Giri Prasta, has suggested that tourists should be allowed to pay their tourism tax fee at their accommodation after they’ve arrived and settled in. 

Regent Prasta resides over Badung Regency, which is home to Bali’s busiest tourism districts, including Uluwatu, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, Seminyak, Kuta, Legian, and Canggu.

Regent Prasta is concerned that even though guarantees have been given about the speed of payment processing, with the increasing volume of tourists traveling through Bali Airport, the added task of paying the tourism tax will inevitably lead to queues. 

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Regent Prasta told reporters, “I think it’s simple to make things easier. If possible, this levy should be made at the hotel when the guest checks in.”

“The guest’s destination in Bali, if should they are already at the hotel, that means they have arrived at their destination. That’s where they should be charged IDR 150,000. For example, at the airport later, the queue would be very long.”

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He added that there are already many steps in the arrivals process for tourists in Bali and that the addition of paying the tourism tax will feel like too much to do for tourists seeking a seamless arrivals experience.

Regent Prasta said “Not to mention immigration, baggage and other things, it’s complicated, it takes a long time.”

“There are a lot of guests coming to the airport, crowded together, if you check in at the hotel there are no more than 50 people. So it’s easy and data collection is easy.” 

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Regent Prasta confirmed to reporters that he had already tabled this idea with leaders in the provincial government.

He explained, “We have conveyed it. It is a consideration and hopefully this can be done. For example, if the payment is made in the country where the tourist comes from, that is an international area. [We’re] talking about the Regional Regulation, it applies to the Island of the Gods.”

As one payment is introduced, another could be able to be removed. Indonesia’s Minister for Tourism and Creative Economies, Sandiaga Uno, has suggested that the current visa-on-arrival fee could be scrapped for tourists from twenty countries, including Australia.

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The Tourism Minister told reporters on Monday, 11th December, that he feels the tourism tax should be collected before tourists depart for Bali to prevent queues at the airport.

He said, “Certainly, it will not be collected at the hotel. As little as possible, it will be done at the airport. We hope this can be done before or pre-departure from tourists, especially from abroad.”

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Bryce

Saturday 16th of December 2023

Why Any Australian would travel to that broken down worn out garbage dump is beyond me ... save your money, remember the 88.. spend your hard earned Australian dollars else where..

Wayan Bo

Thursday 14th of December 2023

Anyway words such “tax”, “duty” and “visa” belongs to travelers vocabulary of most heated words.

Paul

Wednesday 13th of December 2023

A better idea scrap the tax all together and save time at the airport LET THE PEOPLE IN for free

Hns

Wednesday 13th of December 2023

So and why not the possibility to pay cash in roepiah, at the counter for the voa? For the tourists is pay by card extra expensive because they pay for the use of the card and the valutachange!!

Paying at the accommodation is a good idea

Ted Goldstein

Wednesday 13th of December 2023

I don’t wish to complain but I’m going to apply for a retirement visa a KITAS this year but I find it extrordinarily expensive. The initial fee is high, but the yearly extention is well more than 10% of my retirement pension. I can afford it, but I’ll be employing 2 Balinese workers to look after me but I’ll only be able to hire one with the high cost. I financed a man and a warung in Lombok that had to close due to Covid and lost a lot of my savings. I’m just writing you to let you know. Maybe others I’m sure are in a similar situation and costs always affect their decision. I’m a Canadian and have been coming to Bali for 8 years now and have many close friends I consider almost family. Thank you for reading my story. I just wanted you to consider the situation. Have a wonderful day.

Shorty

Friday 15th of December 2023

@Karen, Ted wrote the renewal KITAS fee was MORE than 10%™ of his retirement pension.

Karen

Thursday 14th of December 2023

@Ted Goldstein, here are some kitas facts. The initial application is Au$15000. Then each years extention is $800 for 4 or 5 years. Then you can change to a Kitap, which you pay 5 years upfront. You must have a lease on a property and employ staff. You must put your passport in one month before your kitas renewal. If you miss this, your visa is void. Within 2 weeks of getting your kitas, you must go get a NIK, which is an id registration. Get a good agent. Ps. If the annual renewal of $800 is 10% of your annual income, then you dont have enough money to live here, or anywhere.