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Saturday 7 October 2023

It will be more expensive to visit Bali from February

Bali's long-promised tourism tax will be imposed on visitors to the Indonesian holiday island from Valentine’s Day next year.

All foreign nationals arriving in Bali from February 14, 2024, will be required to pay a fixed fee of IDR150,000 ($15) when they enter the country.

The charge will also be levied on children.

Payment counters will be set up at Denpasar Airport to enable payment in cash or by credit card.

Local officials say it will take just a few seconds per traveller to process the fee, Travel Mole reports. But how long will the queues be? How much chaos will there be?

There have also been discussions about an advance online payment system, which may be implemented before the tourist fee payment is imposed.

Non-Indonesians arriving at Denpasar Airport via domestic flights will also have to pay the fee.

Funds raised by the Bali tourism fee will reportedly go towards environmental and tourism infrastructure projects.

Balinese officials recently proposed a light rail connecting the international airport to holiday hotspot Kuta and southern beach destinations as a way of cracking down on traffic jams.

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