Bali’s nomad visa five years of tax-free work

With a new digital nomad visa, Indonesia hopes to attract more digital nomads to the country. The new permit is a step in the country’s transition from sun-seeking tourism to a more sustainable model, according to Indonesia’s Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno. The proposed pass encourages digital nomads to work from well-known places such as Bali.

Bali's nomad visa five years of tax-free work

What do we know about Indonesia’s new digital nomad visa?

The expected five-year visa for digital nomads will be issued. Remote workers can stay in Indonesia tax-free if their income comes from companies headquartered elsewhere.

The special permission is a quick fix for foreigners seeking work in the Asian nation. The “work from any place” arrangements are used to lure staff. To that end, the application process has been simplified, and there are more frequent flights to the archipelago. Compared to other nations, the five-year visa would be the longest offered to digital nomads.

Guidelines on how and when to apply for the visa have not yet been announced.

Bali’s current visas for telecommuters

With its warm environment and affordable cost of living, Bali is already a popular option for teleworkers. However, the existing visa regulations are not suitable for more extended visits.

Digital nomads can currently apply for a temporary visa to work from Indonesia. The Visa on Arrival (VoA), which is suitable for 30 days, the tourist visa, which can be extended for a total of 60 days, and the business visa, which can be extended up to 180 days, are the available options.

Visitors who stay longer are considered local taxpayers and must pay Indonesian tax rates on their foreign income.

A proposal for a visa for digital nomads was already in development in 2021. Still, plans were shelved when the pandemic forced the island to close its borders and impose travel restrictions.

Bali’s transition to sustainable tourism

The remote working visa is part of a campaign to lure a different kind of traveler to familiar places like Bali.

In the past, sun, sea, and sand were the three S’s. We are shifting the emphasis to sustainability, spirituality, and tranquility. In doing so, we are improving both the quality and the economic impact on the community,” Uno told Bloomberg.

The minister said the nation expected 3.6 million visitors from abroad to return to the country in 2019. The goal of the digital nomad visa and increased promotion of ecotourism and spiritual retreats is to attract visitors who are willing to spend more and stay longer.

Source: Laatste Nieuws

Bali’s nomad visa five years of tax-free work