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Bali could be more expensive as government looks to introduce tourist tax

The Indonesian government is considering introducing a tax for foreign tourists to help curb bad behaviour and attract a different class of visitor.

Published by
C. 'silver-tooth' Sharpe·25/04/2023

Bali is one of those Instagram-friendly that influencers love to post about: beautiful beaches, lush jungles and, most importantly, it's one of the cheapest places in the world to visit! That could be about to change however.

The Indonesian government has started to look into imposing a tourist tax, after a string of negative incidents with badly behaved tourists flouting laws and being disrespectful at sacred sites.

Bali's economy is reliant on tourism, and the 6.2-million annual visitors contribute around 60% of the island's economy, so any move to deter tourists could be harmful to local businesses.

On the other side of the coin, by being one of the world's cheapest tourist destinations, there is a possibility that the unruly behaviour of those low-income travellers that come to Bali could cause a big increase in negative behaviour.

When will the tax start?

There is no date yet when the tax will be introduced, currently the government is just discussing the possibility.

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