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Price of Visa on Arrival to rise from US$25 to $35

Bali visa on arrival

The price of the visa on arrival (VOA) is expected to rise from US$25 to $35 per person, starting from July 3, 2014.

The odd thing is that there has been almost no news regarding the price increase in the mainstream media.  However, you can see the new prices on the immigration website:

For some people, a ten dollar increase is not a huge amount of money, but for families on a budget visiting Bali, the rise could be fairly significant.

The international departure tax rose from 150,000 rupiah to 200,000 in April this year.

Other destinations in the region such as Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines do not charge for visas for short stays.

What do you think? Do you think a price increase will have any affect on tourism to Bali?




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14 Responses to Price of Visa on Arrival to rise from US$25 to $35

  1. Zoumbini July 3, 2014 at 2:26 am #

    The Indonesian government and the Balinese think only one thing, make as much money as tourists, regardless of what they offer.
    Bali starts to disfigure by the number of hotels, yet refuse treatment or wastewater …. only counts the number of tourists from every month.
    I think one day Bali will pay dearly for this lack of management

    Bali is “in a bad way”, too many hotels disfigures the island, no management of trashes and waste-water, only the number of tourists coming every month is important!!
    Tourists are easily changeable and Bali should really pay attention to people who loves her

  2. Cheekyface July 3, 2014 at 3:03 am #

    It won’t affect the tourism trade in Bali at all…what’s another $10 to a westerner.

    I just hope the increase is used to the best purposes for improving conditions for the ppl of Bali…and NOT into the pockets of the corrupt.

    • Ross July 4, 2014 at 12:10 am #

      You’re kidding……..surely??

  3. Ross July 3, 2014 at 4:31 am #

    Regrettably it won’t affect arriving numbers. The bogans will continue to come in their droves, spoiling the coastal strip for decent people.

    There may be a few families right at the bottom end financially who will find it difficult though.

    Has anybody seen the programme currently on Australian TV, Channel 7 I think, Monday nights, “What Really Happens in Bali”??

    It has a cringe factor of about a thousand!! Also regrettably, there is a lot of truth in it, but it focusses on the idiots, and not all who visit Bali are idiots, just far too great a percentage.

  4. Ross July 3, 2014 at 4:32 am #

    I’ve just read back through a few posts, and it’s obvious Gordon Haye has difficulty expressing himself without profanity.

    Perhaps he’s one of the bogans of whom I wrote??

  5. Ross July 3, 2014 at 4:47 am #

    One more thing Gordon. It’s not funny, but it is infantile.

    I’ll message Mike and ask if your stupid position descriptionn can be deleted.

  6. Johnny Cool July 3, 2014 at 7:34 am #

    For those who want to see more of Indonesia than just Bali, 30 days VOA is not enough. Getting an extension is all well and good IF you’re near an immigration office and prepared to waste several days going to-and-fro.

    A 60 days Tourist Visa issued in Australia costs $60 (unless it’s gone up, too). It can be done by mail (3-5 days), or in person. That’s a lot less hassle than dealing with immigration inside Indonesia. No need to line up for a VOA at the airport, although on many Garuda international flights out of Australia, you can now complete the VOA on-board.

    I doubt that the price increases will deter “normal” tourists. Some families might be unimpressed. A family of four will be looking at $220 extra for a month-long holiday, on top of their fares, just to get in and out of the country. Rather pricey for a turd-world destination.

  7. Richard July 3, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    3.27 million tourists visited Bali in 2013. An extra $10 a pop will add up and would make an impact on social problems if it goes where it is supposed to. Luckily they have been cracking down on the immigration department this year, and hopefully that will translate into action on the ground.

  8. Paul K July 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    The more I read or hear about Bali (in particular) the more I find it hard enjoying/visiting Bali. We have been to Bali many many times, however as Bali becomes more and more a ghetto my wife and I are spending our holidays away from Bali. R.I.P

  9. forbes kennedy July 10, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    It’s not just the added cost. For me the extra $10 is nothing. HOWEVER …. surely this increase is going elsewhere (whose pocket?) I don’t go places that make it difficult for me to bring good cash and spend it : re : Thailand with ‘new’ enforcement of the very ? questionable ? & dubious & ‘old’, ‘over $300 personal items’ limit & confiscation rule & planned August 28^, questionable ‘visa run’ dicta from the junta : re : ALREADY in effect!; nor Philippines with their wild confiscation of $$ on ‘past 21 days’ stays; & the offer of only a paltry 30 days on an Indonesian VOA, with added wait time, & with added time consumption on a pre-visa application-issuance. Let me spend my money and easily. I am not a ‘budgeteer’ tourist, but all my income, every penny is discretionary without one cent of debt to put out and pay like most, monthly re : rent; car; transport; health : nothing! But, if you make me jump thru hoops like a trained dog in a circus I go elsewhere and happily lay the filthy lucre out, not counting nickels and dimes. There is a point where you can fee and tax until it is counter-productive. I for one, avoid these places, for the above-mentioned, but also on that last principle of refusing, and defying the mantra : ‘This hoop, here, Fido!’

  10. Eagle July 14, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    The increase will affect some. Bali is in competition with say
    Phuket which has no VOA charges or exit fees. Now for Indo. it costs around $220 for a family. Also there used to be a $10 7 day VOA. Unfortunately the great amount of money collected is remitted to Jakarta and Bali sees little of it.

  11. Dave Willy July 22, 2014 at 12:36 am #

    Been travelling to Bali since ’82. Seen plenty of changes – some good, some not so well thought out! Bali lost a lot of my ‘regular’ patronage (I’m a FIFO from Darwin – 2 weeks on/1 week off)) when it did away with the free visa for short stays. I now prefer to over-fly Bali to ‘nicer/cheaper’ destinations. As are may FIFO workers. What have tourists seen since these changes occurred? A new airport that operates as smooth as sandpaper, more scammers on the streets than cheap t-shirt shops and a local Police force still getting away with draining ya Rupiah at every opportunity. Yeh sure, people will still go – the idiot element (with loads of disposable income) will still flock there ……… but I dare say that ‘return’ travel amongst Gen Y especially as they age will diminish. The Indonesian Govt is a huge disappointment when it comes to practicalities …… and their Tourism departments even worse!

  12. Mike August 2, 2014 at 2:47 am #

    Fact is, Bali still cannot sustain itself, despite all the tourism revenues, and depends largely on Jakarta for budget. The Visa fees go straight to Jakarta. Michael should write a piece about it.

  13. Joe January 3, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

    For my family of 4 the VOA = US$140. If we had never been to Bali before, we probably wouldn’t think twice about paying that – but we’ve been a half dozen times. Not to say we wouldn’t want to go again, but with Thailand and Malaysia at $0, the $140 is a clear deterrent and puts Bali considerably lower on our priorities unless we happen to get a real deal on air/hotel that can offset this added cost. The decision is not about affordability, but how much value you get from the variety of options at your disposal. For Indonesia, maybe they don’t care about repeat customers, they just want to fleece those who have never been before, because they clearly aren’t taking the neighboring competition into consideration for regulars.

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