If you are travelling to Bali, you have to spend this much extra

Travelling to Bali, the picturesque Indonesian island paradise, is set to become a pricier affair for tourists. Foreign visitors will now be required to pay a 150,000 rupiah (£7.60; $9.60) levy upon entering Bali, one of the world's most sought-after holiday destinations. This new regulation, aimed at protecting Bali's environment and preserving its unique culture, applies to all foreign visitors entering the province, regardless of their point of origin. Domestic Indonesian tourists are exempt from this levy.

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Official figures reveal that nearly 4.8 million tourists flocked to Bali between January and November of the preceding year, underscoring its immense popularity. For Indian tourists, who represent a significant portion of Bali's foreign visitors (second only to Australians in November 2023), this additional levy translates to roughly INR 700This might not be a deal-breaker for many, but it's still an added cost to factor in while budgeting for their trip. Bali, renowned for its idyllic beaches, world-class surfing waves, and breathtaking landscapes, has long been a magnet for travelers seeking sun, sea, and adventure.

The Indonesian authorities believe this levy is necessary to address the challenges associated with mass tourism. In recent years, instances of disrespectful behavior by some tourists have caused concern among locals. These incidents range from disregarding sacred sites to violating traffic laws, impacting the cultural and ecological balance of the island.

While the future impact of this levy on Bali's tourism industry remains to be seen, it's important for all visitors to be aware of this new regulation and plan accordingly. To ensure a smooth arrival and avoid any inconvenience, tourists are encouraged to pay the levy before their trip through the official "Love Bali" website.

Responsible tourism practices are essential for maintaining the beauty and charm of Bali for generations to come. By respecting local customs and adhering to regulations, tourists can continue to enjoy the unique offerings of this incredible destination while contributing to its sustainable development.

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