Only 40% of Foreign Tourists Have Paid Bali Tourism Levy Since February 2024

Foreign Tourists visiting Bali
Foreign Tourists visiting Bali

Many foreign tourists have yet to comply with Bali tourism levy policy, which amounts to US$10 or approximately Rp150,000 per person. Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, disclosed that only 40% of foreign tourists visiting Bali since the regulation’s implementation on February 14, 2024, have paid the levy.

“Only 40% have complied with the regulation since it came into effect,” Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, stated at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy office on Monday (25/3/2024).

In response to this, the government aims to enhance compliance among foreign tourists arriving in Bali through extensive socialization and educational efforts, ensuring effective implementation of the regulation.

The government has identified four key markets for targeting, namely Australia, Singapore, India, and Malaysia, with the socialization campaign expected to reach over 80% of foreign tourists visiting Bali.

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Tjok Bagus Pemayun, the Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office, emphasized the necessity of intensified socialization efforts, given the recent implementation of the policy on February 14, 2024.

Acknowledging their previous focus on foreign tourists arriving through international gateways, Tjok Bagus mentioned the Bali government’s request to Angkasa Pura to set up counters at domestic arrival areas to collect feedback from foreign tourists arriving via Jakarta or other routes to Bali.

“We are awaiting Angkasa Pura’s response, Minister,” he remarked.

Effective February 14, 2024, the Bali government officially introduced a levy for foreign tourists visiting the island, in accordance with Law No. 15/2023 concerning Bali Province.

While not entirely new to the Island of the Gods, this regulation amends Regional Regulation No. 1/2020 regarding Tourist Contributions, which were previously voluntary.

The levy of Rp150,000 applies to each foreign tourist visiting Bali, with various payment methods available, including Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), the Love Bali system, bank transfers, virtual accounts, and QRIS.

Foreign tourists can also opt for non-cash payments at BRI counters located at airports and seaports, utilizing debit/credit cards or electronic data capture (EDC) systems.