DestinationsIndonesia wants to make Bali a remote working hub with a 5-year visa and dispensation of taxes.

Bali woos remote workers with digital nomad visa

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According to Indonesian tourism minister Sandiaga Uno, 95% of digital nomads surveyed pick Indonesia as their “top of mind” destination for remote work.
According to Indonesian tourism minister Sandiaga Uno, 95% of digital nomads surveyed pick Indonesia as their “top of mind” destination for remote work. Photo Credit: GettyImages/grinvalds

For travellers and remote workers looking to live and work from a beach, they may soon be able to do so in Bali. Indonesia plans to issue a special five-year visa for digital nomads amongst other incentives to woo this growing segment of higher-spending visitors.

In a Bloomberg Television interview on 6 June, Indonesian tourism minister Sandiaga Uno said that 95% of digital nomads surveyed indicate Indonesia as their “top of mind” destination for remote work.

The Indonesian government had previously been considering this special visa since early 2021, but a lack of flights and strict border controls due to the pandemic have put a halt to their plans.

"Now with the pandemic handled and all the ministries getting involved and cooperating from the health side to the immigrations office, we believe that this is an opportune time to relaunch this idea,” Uno said.

Uno forecasts that with the five-year visa for remote workers, along with the return of ecological tourism and sporting events, 3.6 million international travellers will visit Bali, in turn creating over one million jobs for the locals.

Ease of access into Indonesia since 18 May that have removed the need for vaccinated travellers to take Covid-19 tests, together with more frequent flights and streamlined visa processing, should help the country entice employees of companies that allow their people to work from anywhere.

Furthermore, under the five-year remote working visa, successful applicants don’t have to pay taxes as long as their income is earned overseas.

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