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Bali Regional Representatives said today that they will support a new plan from the regional government to charge foreigners USD 10 for each visit to Bali in the future. They hoped that the government can get Rp 1 trillion from the new tax.

Bali Governor, Wayan Koster, said that the government needs to ensure the tourist’s security, safety, and comfort when they visited Bali, and they need to charge USD 10 to help implement it.

“We have to improve tourist services, which need money and contributions. We have to secure our culture, too, and all of these things will be covered by this charge,” said Koster to on Monday in Denpasar.

Koster said that the charge will be managed by an accountable and transparent institution to increase the income from the tourism sector. They plan to charge domestic tourists, too, but with the smaller amount of Rp 10,000 per local tourist.

Koster said that the tourists will get insurance and they will get full service when they are in Bali. “We will fix the roads and the tourism destinations on the island, so the tourists won’t be disappointed when they come to Bali. With this plan, Bali will get Rp 1 trillion if there are 7 million visitors per year,” Koster added.

He told reporters that he had explained the plan to Sri Mulyani, the Indonesian Minister of Finance, who said that it was logical to charge the tourists to maintain Bali arts and cultures.

Meanwhile, the Head of Bali Regional Representatives, Nyoman Adi Wiryatama, said that members of the regional government will support the plan and agreed with Koster that maintaining the Balinese culture needs a lot of funds and contributions. “I hope we can implement the plan,” he said.


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  • Dedublya

    No worries , will this alleviate local impolite ‘mafiesto’ type activities, in many areas. Hope so.

  • David stevens

    Thats fine IF it actually gets used to in fact improve infrastructure etc…improve the FOOTPATHS…AS in general they are terrible…walking to sanur beach from say gang merpati..take your life in your hands..its so bad along the by pass jalan hang tuah..

  • Hans Welling

    Happy to pay $10 or even more. But…. solve your horrible traffic problem

  • Terry

    So $50 american for family of 5 last Bali trip for us, as if all that money is going to go into infrastructure, this might piss alot of tourists off I’m thinking

  • Mark

    I’d pay $100 if the money would go to education and trash recycling programs. Unbelievable what has happened to the island over the last 25 years. People drop $200 at Kudeta and other clubs whithout batting an eye. Help preserve- stop polluting

  • Matthew Woods

    Fine if the money goes on cleaning up the Rubbish and not just on ceremonys.

  • Bull

    Wondered how long it would take after they canceled the entrance visa before they came up with another way of scamming money out of tourists and having to pay an extra $55 AUD for our family of 4 just to visit Bali, “don’t think so”, “Thailand, here we come.”

  • Bifi

    Better visit Lombok

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