The Indonesian island of Bali is one of the most beautiful places on Earth and a popular global tourist destination, even among Malaysians.
However, if you’re planning to visit the island next year, make sure to prepare extra Rupiah banknotes as Bali will be imposing an Rp150,000 or approximately RM46 levy on foreign tourists starting February 2024.
As reported by the Indonesian news portal Detik, Bali Provincial Tourism Office chief Tjok Bagus Pemayun said that the new regulation is already drafted and only awaiting official implementation.
Moreover, the new levy on foreign tourists was originally planned to be enforced starting July 2024 but the provincial tourism office has decided to expedite the new regulation.
Tjok added that the levy must be paid before or at the time of arrival, with the rest of the regulation’s details still being ironed out.
In case you’re wondering what funds from the levy will go toward, Tjok revealed that they will be used to conserve coral reefs, mangroves and other sustainable projects on the island.
This move is part of Bali’s initiative to clean up its tourism scene, with previous measures including laying down the do’s and don’ts for foreign tourists while on the island.
So, what do you guys think of this new levy? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.