Bali Exempts Seven Visa Categories from New Tourist Levy

Bali introduces a tourist levy exemption for seven specific visa categories, aiming to attract a diverse group of international visitors. This initiative underscores Bali's commitment to sustainable tourism, cultural heritage, and environmental conservation.
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Planning a trip to the magical island of Bali just got a bit smoother for certain travellers! While a new tourist levy of IDR 150,000 (approximately USD 9.58) kicks in on February 14, 2024, for most foreign visitors, good news awaits individuals holding specific visas.

Get ready to explore the vibrant culture and stunning landscapes of Bali without worrying about the levy, as seven visa categories are officially exempt.

Who is exempt?

The good news is that Bali exempts seven visa categories of foreign tourists from the levy:

1. Diplomatic and official visa holders: Individuals on governmental duties are exempt from Bali’s tourist levy, ensuring that diplomatic and official missions proceed without financial restrictions, and fostering international relations.

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2. Crew members of vehicles: Crew members on international airlines and ships entering Bali are relieved from the levy, acknowledging their essential role in connecting Bali with the world and facilitating travel.

3. Temporary or permanent stay permit card holders (KITAS/KITAP): Residents with KITAS/KITAP enjoy an exemption, acknowledging their long-term contribution to Bali’s community.

4. Family unification visa holders: Exemptions apply to foreign family members of Indonesian citizens, supporting family unity without the additional financial burden.

5. Student visa holders: International students in Bali are relieved from the levy, promoting educational exchange and cultural diversity.

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6. Golden Visa holders: Participants in Indonesia’s long-term residency program benefit from an exemption, encouraging extended stays and deeper cultural immersion

7. Specific business visa holders: Select business visas may be exempt, highlighting the importance of checking with authorities to facilitate business engagements in Bali.

How to claim your exemption

Even though exempt, these travellers still need to apply and meet specific requirements.

  • This can be done easily through the Love Bali system (lovebali.baliprov.go.id).
  • Remember to submit your application at least one month before you arrive in Bali.
  • The local tourism authority will review your application within five working days and inform you of the decision via the Love Bali system.
  • Applicants will receive a QR code as proof of exemption, streamlining the entry process upon arrival.

Why the levy?

Initially, the tourist levy, set at IDR 150,000 (approximately USD 9.58), will be collected at key entry points such as the I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport and Benoa Port.

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However, visitors now have multiple payment avenues, including through travel agents, hotels, and tourist attractions, offering flexibility and convenience.

This new levy, established under Law No. 15 of 2023 and Regional Regulation No. 6 of 2023, aims to protect Bali’s unique culture and environment. The collected funds will be used for various purposes, including:

  • Preserving Balinese customs, traditions, arts, and local wisdom
  • Conserving cultural and natural tourist attractions
  • Improving tourism service quality and management
  • Guiding the implementation and management of foreign tourist levies

Also Read: Bali to Implement $10 Tourism Tax Starting February 14

Conclusion

Bali’s new tourist levy exemption policy is a thoughtful approach to maintaining the island’s charm and vibrancy. It invites a broader spectrum of international visitors to experience the beauty of Bali, while also contributing to the preservation of its invaluable cultural and environmental heritage.

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