In response to rising operational costs and the need for long-term
site preservation, the iconic Tanah Lot Temple in Bali will be adjusting
its entry ticket prices in 2024. This decision has raised questions
among tourists about the broader trend of increasing expenses associated
with Bali's tourism industry.
Tanah Lot Temple’s price hike
A visit to Tanah Lot Temple is considered an essential cultural
experience for those exploring Bali, for both its picturesque views and
cultural significance. However, in 2024, both local and international
visitors will notice an increase in entry ticket prices. This price
adjustment is deemed necessary to secure additional funding for the
temple's ongoing management and preservation.
Local media Bali Sun reported that Tanah Lot’s tourism manager Wayan
Sudiana acknowledged that raising prices is not an ideal scenario, but
the management is committed to enhancing services and the overall
tourist experience. In preparation for the upcoming ticket price
adjustments, they are actively engaged in outreach efforts through tour
guides, social media, and partnerships.
Starting in 2024, adult international entry tickets to Tanah Lot
Temple will increase from IDR 60,000 (US$4) to IDR 75,000 (US$5), while
children's tickets will rise from IDR 30,000 (US$2) to IDR 40,000
These increments, while modest in isolation, should be considered
within the context of the broader trend of increasing travel expenses in
Bali, including visa fees on arrival and the forthcoming tourism tax.
Visa-on-arrival fee and tourism tax
Earlier this year, immigration authorities confirmed that visa-free
travel for international travellers from countries such as Australia,
New Zealand, the US, and most of Europe would not be reinstated in the
near future. In the pre-pandemic era, citizens from these regions
enjoyed 30 days of visa-free travel to Indonesia. However, at present,
visitors from 92 countries are welcome but must obtain a visa on
arrival, incurring a fee of IDR 500,000 (US$33) per person.
While many tourists are willing to pay the visa-on-arrival fee, some
frequent Bali visitors are contemplating alternative destinations, such
as Thailand, where visa-on-arrival remains free.
In addition to the visa fee, starting in early 2024, international
tourists visiting Bali will be required to pay an additional IDR 150,000
(US$9.80) tourism tax. This fee, applicable to both adults and
children, is intended to support the preservation and promotion of
Balinese culture and the environment.