International travellers heading to Bali, Indonesia will be required to pay a new tourist tax starting Feb. 14.
The Bali Tourist Tax applies to all foreign tourists, regardless of age. In Indonesian Rupiah, it costs 150,000 per person, which is about $12.95 CAD.
The levy seeks to support initiatives aimed at preserving Balinese customs, traditions, arts, and the island's natural environment, according to the government.
Travellers can pay the tax online on the official Bali Tourism Website here.
The new levy applies not only to mainland Bali, but also to surrounding islands, such as Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. The fee only applies to Bali and not to the rest of Indonesia. Holders of certain diplomatic and official visas are exempt from paying the tax.
Last year, Bali welcomed 5.2 million foreign arrivals and anticipates welcoming seven million tourists in 2024.
The tourist tax comes as Bali mitigates the risks of overtourism. The popular Indonesian island, known for its natural settings, scenic beaches and traditional arts and culture, made the list of places that are seeing too many visitors, according to a 2023 report by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
“Efforts and innovations will continue to be made for maintenance the culture and the natural environment in Bali,” reads the government’s website, where the new tax is addressed. “There will also continue to be an improvement in the quality of services.”