The Bali government announces exemptions for foreign tourists in seven categories from the IDR150,000 tourist levy, effective from 14 February 2024, through the Love Bali system

The Bali government introduces exemptions for foreign tourists in seven specific categories from the IDR150,000 tourist levy, which came into effect on 14 February 2024. Ibu Ida Ayu Indah Yustikarini, Head of Tourism at the Tourism Office of Bali Province, announced the exemption criteria in Denpasar on 8 February 2024.

The seven categories exempted from the levy include foreign tourists with diplomatic and official visas, crew members of transportation vehicles, and holders of temporary or permanent stay permit cards. Additionally, tourists with family unification visas, student visas, Golden Visas, and other business visas are also exempt.

To qualify for the exemption, tourists must submit an application through the Love Bali system and meet the specified requirements. The exemption request must be submitted at least one month before the intended entry to Bali, as per Bali Governor’s Regulation Number 36 of 2023.

The local tourism authority will verify and make a decision on the application within five working days. Approved applicants will receive a notice and proof of exemption approval through the Love Bali system in the form of a QR code.

Initially, the tourist levy will be implemented at the international arrival terminals of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport and Benoa Port, Bali. However, tourists can also pay the levy through authorized channels such as travel agents, hotels, and tourist attractions.

The introduction of the tourist levy is based on Law Number 15 of 2023 on Bali Province and its derivative regulation, Regional Regulation Number 6 of 2023. This policy aims to protect Bali’s customs, traditions, arts, culture, and local wisdom, as well as to enhance the quality of services in Balinese cultural tourism, while respecting and preserving the island’s natural environment.

Source: Antara News