The Indonesian resort of Bali will introduce a tax of 150,000 rupiah (USD 10) for tourists coming to the "Island of the Gods" next year to preserve its culture, local officials said.
Tourist-dependent Bali attracts millions of foreign visitors each year and is trying to cash in on its popularity to boost its treasury and protect its tropical appeal, The Jakarta Post reports.
"The foreign tourist fee is only applicable once during their visit to Bali," the governor told local lawmakers.
According to him, the fee, which will have to be paid electronically, will only apply to foreign tourists coming to Bali from abroad or other parts of Indonesia. It will not apply to domestic Indonesian tourists.
More than 2 million tourists visited the island last year, according to official figures, when Bali recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local authorities are confident that the tax will help them preserve the island's identity and continue to crack down on offending tourists.