Bali is on the verge of imposing a $ 10 tax on foreign tourists entering the country. The administration has been discussing a settlement with lawmakers since December and hopes to implement the tax as soon as possible to preserve its environment and its culture. The Bali legislature is currently debating how the tax would be levied, either included in the flight ticket or at the airport counters.
As a renowned tourist destination, Bali has welcomed more than 6 million tourists in 2018, coming mainly from China and Australia; meanwhile, theisland is facing an increasing volume of plastic waste on its beaches and waters. Every day, about 3,800 tons of waste is generated, and only 60% is landfilled. Plastic waste has become so unbearable that the administration banned single-use plastics such as shopping bags, polystyrene and straws last year. Bali is not the only destination to have taxed travelers. Japan began,just this month,to impose a departure tax of 1,000 yen ($ 10) for visitors to better fund its tourism infrastructure. The Balinese tax wouldbe imposed only on foreign tourists and not on domestic tourists.