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How to Pay the New Bali Tourist Tax

May 2024

As Bali continues to attract millions of tourists every year, the Indonesian government has introduced a new tourist tax aimed at preserving the island’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. Starting in February 2024, all international tourists visiting Bali are required to pay a tourist tax. Here's everything you need to know about how to pay the new Bali tourist tax and the consequences of not paying it.

What is the Bali Tourist Tax?

The Bali tourist tax, officially known as the "Visitor Contribution to Sustainable Tourism," is a fee imposed on international visitors to help fund environmental conservation and cultural preservation projects across the island. The tax is set at IDR 150,000 (approximately USD 10) per person. This tax is in addition to the existing "Visa on Arrival" currently priced at Rp500,000

How to Pay the Bali Tourist Tax

Paying the Bali tourist tax is straightforward and can be done through several convenient methods. The checking is currently based on an "honesty system" and once paid a bar code is given which might be checked at certain tourist attractions but not by officials at the airport yet (as of May 2024)

1. At the Airport:

- Arrival Halls: Payment counters are set up at Ngurah Rai International Airport in the arrival halls. Look for signs directing you to the tourist tax payment area. Note this is outside, once you have passed through immigration, collected your luggage and cleared customs.

- Payment Options: You can pay the tax using cash (Indonesian Rupiah), credit/debit cards, or electronic payment apps widely accepted in Bali.

2. Online Payment:

- Pre-Payment: To avoid queues at the airport, you can pay the tax online before you travel. Visit the official Bali tourism website and follow the instructions to complete your payment. There are many "scam" websites our there for both the Tourism Tax and the VOA so make sure you use the correct site

- Payment Confirmation: After completing the online payment, you will receive a confirmation receipt via email. Print this receipt or save it on your mobile device to present upon arrival.

3. Through Travel Agencies:
- Inclusive Packages: Some travel agencies and tour operators may include the tourist tax in their packages. Confirm with your travel provider if the tax has been prepaid.
- Plan Ahead: Pay the tourist tax online before your trip to avoid any last-minute hassles at the airport.
- Carry Proof of Payment: Always carry a copy of your payment receipt, either in print or on your mobile device, to present when asked.
- Stay Informed: Keep updated with any changes or announcements regarding the tourist tax by checking official Bali tourism websites or contacting your travel agent.

By understanding and adhering to the new Bali tourist tax regulations, you can enjoy a smoother and more enjoyable visit to this beautiful island, while also contributing to its sustainable tourism efforts. Remember, your small contribution helps preserve Bali's charm and ensures it remains a paradise for future generations.

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