AttractionsWith Indonesia’s new tourism tax and visa-on-arrival fee, travellers will have to pay more to visit Bali in 2024.

Bali raises entry cost for iconic temple

Tanah Lot Temple in Bali raises entry prices in 2024 due to preservation needs, part of rising Bali tourism expenses.
Tanah Lot Temple in Bali raises entry prices in 2024 due to preservation needs, part of rising Bali tourism expenses. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/mariusltu

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 (US$2.70).

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.

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