Work From Villa: Bali Considers 5-Year Visa To Attract Digital Nomads

Work From Villa: Bali Considers 5-Year Visa To Attract Digital Nomads

To entice tourists to return to Bali and other tourist hotspots, Indonesia proposes to provide a special five-year visa for remote employees and business-leisure travellers. (Image by Kharl Anthony Paica.)

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Remote working in Bali could potentially get a whole lot easier! Indonesia is aiming to entice visitors back to its shores with the introduction of a new long-stay permit after closing its borders during the height of COVID-19. As the name suggests, the Digital Nomad Visa will open up a wider range of options for remote professionals who choose to make Bali their home base which will be effective for five years.

And if that isn’t tempting enough, to encourage visitors to stay longer and spend more, the government has decided to exempt foreigners who earn their money outside of Indonesia from paying taxes!

In an effort to further promote Indonesia as a long-term tourist destination, the country has eliminated the necessity for travellers who have been vaccinated to undergo testing. Indonesian Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno has now stated that it is time to open that path, acknowledging that 95% of digital nomads named the country as their favourite location.

Once the plan is in place, Indonesia’s popular islands can expect to welcome up to 3.6 million visitors after two years of empty spa retreats and beaches.

A particular start date has not yet been declared, and additional specifics, such as a minimum income or whether travel insurance would be mandatory, have not been made public. Indonesia is expected to follow the lead of other nations that grant Digital Nomad Visas by requiring at least a financial commitment.

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