Foreign Tourists to Pay Rp. 25,000 to Visit Bali Islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Lembongan
The District of Nusa Penida in Bali’s Regency of Klungkung, comprised of the three off-shore islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Cenigan, all enjoy great popularity as a tourism destination in Bali.
As reported by Radar Bali, an estimated 10,000 tourist visitors travel the short distance from Bali’s eastern show to visit the Nusa Penida District each day.
Meanwhile, the cash-starved Regency of Klungkung receives very limited tax revenues, relying largely on water sport activities. The head of tourism for Klunkung, I Nengah Sukasta, on Sunday, June 2, 2019, insisted that the District has a number of interesting tourism objects visited by many foreign visitors to Indonesia. Enumerating these object, Sukasta mentioned: Kelingking, Pasih Uug, Bukit Atuh, Angel’s Billabong, and Crystal Bay. At the same time, Sukasta lamented that the Regency derives little public revenues from playing home to these points of interest.
In order to create new sources of public funds, the Regency of Klungkung enacted Regulation Number 5 of 2018 on Recreation and Sports Areas. This regulation allows the Regency to levy an “admission fee” on tourists visiting the Nusa Penida District via all ports of entry for the three islands.
Since the regulations enactment, the Regency’s officials have been socializing the new system that will see foreign tourists compelled to Pay Rp.25,000 for each adult and Rp. 15,000 for each child arriving in the District of Nusa Penida.
The starting date for the collection of the fee should is set for July 1, 2019 and will be paid at each port of arrival on the three islands of Nusa Penida.
Passengers leaving from Bali’s Port of Benoa are already paying the fee upon departure from Bali.