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Ngurah Rai International Airport management, Angkasa Pura I, have rejected the recent proposal of Bali Governor, I Wayan Koster, to collect an entrance tax from foreign tourists at a counter in the airport. They also stated they would prefer the tax to be US$ 5.00 per person.

The rejection was stated when a special committee set up to organize the new regional regulation invited PT Angkasa Pura I management to a meeting on Monday. The meeting was held at Novotel Hotel in the Denpasar Airport grounds and the discussion was led by Ketut Suwandhi, while PT Angkasa Pura I was represented by its General Manager, Yanus Suprayogi.


The meeting started with Ketut Suwandhi explaining the new tax and its benefits to the community. “We will use it as a source to preserve Bali nature and cultural heritages. Bali tourism will be better because of it,” he said.

Yanus responded by saying his company didn’t agree with the government constructing a counter inside the airport area. “We have decided that we won’t approve any collection inside the airport area, by constructing a counter to collect it,” he said.

However, Yanus also said that they won’t prevent the new regulation’s implementation if the government adds the tax to the ticket price.

“If they add it to the ticket price, we will approve it,” he added. He also hoped that the government would strengthen the legal status of the regulation before implementing it. He also opined that the US$ 10 for the entrance tax is too big. “We suggest that the amount of the levy be reduced to US$ 5 per head,” he said as quoted by Nusabali.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the committee, Suwandhi, said that the suggestion of the cost of the levy put forward by Angkasa Pura I was not final and is subject to change. “It is still possible for AP I Ngurah Rai to do comparisons and make surveys. But, we received the input to be reviewed. The trip to decide the nominal fee is still long and requires a process,” Suwandhi said.

In regard to the collection of the tax, Bali Governor, I Wayan Koster, has previously said that the entrance tax could be added to the ticket price and not taken at counters in the arrivals terminal. “Tourists who buy the tickets will also pay the extra USD 10 then. We will cooperate with the airlines to implement the regulation,” he said last week.

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  • dedublya
    Reply

    So, whats the brilliance on pre bought tickets?
    If you want a Bali entry tax, charge all a moderate price. I am sure that the other islands visitor are Not visiting relatives. Your arrival tickets will reveal this phenomenon.

    • Beny
      Reply

      Is the tax just for foreigners? Why foreigners have to pay to preserve the Balinese culture..?

  • Keith Morrison
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    Placed on the ticket price will allow the monies raised to be better regulated.

  • Taco Huh De Vries
    Reply

    Is Bali’s culture really so weak that it has to be financed by foreign tourists?

  • Peter
    Reply

    Nice joke, doe I visit a zoo ? Why they not forbidden the hole plastic ? It’s easy to take care the nature ? Culture you can’t pay

  • Agus
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    With all due respect; this confirms once again the greedy mentality of Balinese government. Without any proper investigation been done it is just decided to levy “an” amount based on what? And to ‘use it as source to preserve Bali nature and culture heritage’?
    Ffs; these people should get their heads out of their a** and look in the mirror.
    White collar crime. Full stop

    • Pissed of tourist
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      Yet again the new Bali governor creating a new scam so he can benefit financially from it at the expense of the tourist.
      The tourists do not create the problem of rubbishy here in Bali it’s the locals that dump the rubbishy where ever they want.
      Maybe the new governor should start a reliable rubbish collection and charge the locals for it and fine them if they don’t use it.

  • Guy
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    If we have to queue again in the airport to pay this tax I will stop going to bali however 10 dollars is very high price for any tourist One dollar is ok for everybody local included

  • Catlien
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    If a foreigner can afford a holliday in Bali, than he can afford 10$ to help to clean Bali

    • Ellen Foster-Taylor
      Reply

      Why should the tourist pay to clean up after the Balinese? They throw the rubbish, let them pay to clean up.

  • Ed Williams
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    Just fine everyone 100$ when court littering in the street, park, anywhere….
    Bali will be rich in a month…
    The only and still the same problem is: where this money will go!!!

  • M Carafino
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    YOU HAVE GOT TO BE JOKING ME?
    YOU WANT TOURIST TO PAY FOR CLEANING UP AFTER THE UNEDUCATED INDONESIAN PEOPLE WHO THROW TRASH OUT THE WINDOW OF THE CAR AND ACROSS THE STREET FROM THEIR HOMES, INTO VACANT LAND AREAS?

    WHY SHOULD TOURIST PAY FOR THE LACK OF EDUCATION OF THE LOCAL PEOPLE? I THINK THE GOVERNOR WOUD BE HAPPY TO PUT A CASH ONLY COUNTER IN THE AIRPORT TO COLLECT AND DISPERSE AS HE PLEASES, OTHER PEOPLES MONEY.

    THE ONLY WAY TO CONTROL THAT TYPE OF BLATANT ATTEMPTS AT CORRUPTION ARE TO PUT THE TAX INTO THE TICKET PRICE.

    IT IS NOT THE INTERNATIONAL TOURIST VISITING BALI WHO POLLUT THE LANDSCAPE. THE INTERNATIONAL TOURIST WAS ALREADY TAUGHT HOW TO MANAGE TRASH CORRECTLY.

    IT IS THE LOCAL PEOPLE WHO THROW THEIR CHILDREN’S DIAPERS INTO THE OCEAN, FILLED WITH HUMAN CRAP. THIS TYPE OF CORRUPTION MAKES MOUNT AGUNG BURST HER FIRE UPON THOSE WHO LIE AND CHEAT TO FILL THERE HEARTS WITH VAIN DESIRES. GOD KNOWS THE HEARTS OF MEN. BE VERY CAREFUL FOR WHAT YOU ASK FOR.

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