The trial phase of foreign tourist levy in Bali, which took place from February 7th to the day before the official implementation on February 14th, has garnered notable attention. During this trial period, approximately Rp1.4 billion flowed into the regional treasury account at Bank BPD Bali.
Acting Governor of Bali, Sang Made Mahendra Jaya, expressed his satisfaction with the response, quoted from Antaranews stating, “This indicates their enthusiasm for the levy. Over 9,000 individuals have already contributed.”
Foreign tourists appear to embrace the concept, understanding that the collected funds will contribute to preserving Bali’s cultural heritage and natural landscapes. The levy will aid in addressing environmental concerns, enhancing tourism infrastructure, and promoting the island’s attractions.
Transactions for the foreign tourist levy in Bali were initiated by both individual tourists and travel agencies, according to records from the Bali Provincial Tourism Office.
The President Director of PT Bank Pembangunan Daerah (BPD) Bali, I Nyoman Sudharma, revealed that from the commencement of the trial on February 7th until 6:00 PM local time on Monday, 9,220 transactions had been processed, totaling Rp1.4 billion. This figure is expected to rise as more transactions occur.
Remarkably, many tourists made levy payments before arriving in Bali, demonstrating their willingness to contribute to the island’s sustainability.
Bank BPD Bali has been designated as the institution to collect these levies, managing the regional treasury account for this purpose.
The official launch of the levy program was held in Sanur, Denpasar, with attendees including government officials, representatives from Bank BPD Bali, consulates of friendly nations, and stakeholders from the tourism industry. The event occurred two days before the official commencement on February 14th, starting at midnight local time.
Foreign tourists are encouraged to make levy payments through the Love Bali system, accessible via the lovebali.baliprov.go.id website or the Love Bali application. Payments can be made prior to arrival or upon entering Bali through designated foreign tourist arrival gates.
The payment process involves selecting a preferred payment method, such as credit cards or bank transfers. After providing necessary personal details, tourists receive a digital payment receipt via email.
Upon arrival, tourists must present this digital receipt at the designated entry points for verification, ensuring compliance with the levy regulations.