Bali now officially offers 6-month digital nomad visas

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Bali has become the latest and perhaps the most exciting destination in the world to offer travelers the opportunity to obtain digital nomad visas to live and work from the islands. The stunning destination, famous the world over for its stunning scenery, historic temples and laid-back lifestyle, has long lured office-weary travelers to its shores, with views of rice paddies and sunsets. on the beach preferable to daily trips. and cabins, and aims to become the digital nomad capital of the world.

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Digital nomad visas are becoming increasingly popular around the world as countries that once tried to prevent travelers from working remotely are beginning to look to the economic benefits that digital nomads could offer – despite not being not always universally welcomed. Here’s what we know so far about Bali’s digital nomad visa, the impact it could have, and other changes Bali is making to attract nomads.

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Bali Offers Digital Nomad Visa – What Travelers Need to Know

While a significant number of travelers have been working remotely for years, the impact of the pandemic has led many people around the world to question their working habits, resulting in a significant increase in the number of travelers deciding to work remotely. Luckily for these travelers, the change was made just in time, as Bali – one of the most popular and arguably the most beautiful destinations in Southeast Asia – has officially started offering a digital nomad visa.

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The decision to offer a digital nomad visa is a decision that has been thoroughly discussed by the Indonesian government. Yesterday, after more than a year of protracted discussions, the country’s Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, revealed that travelers wishing to enter Indonesia for “workcation” can do so with the B211a visa, also called B211a visa. “Socio-cultural” visa, bringing good news to travelers and ending months of speculation.

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The B211a visa has an initial validity of 60 or 180 days. However, those who choose to enter with the 60-day option can extend it twice more, each time for an additional 60 days, giving travelers six months to enjoy working remotely from Bali. The Indonesian government is still working on plans to offer travelers a digital nomad visa with a longer duration, but the B211a visa is the perfect solution for those looking for short to medium-term remote work from paradise. It is also planned to facilitate the access of tourists KITS, which are permits to stay longer.

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In order to apply for the B211a visa, travelers must apply online. They should make sure they have the following:

  • A passport valid for at least 12 months for a single entry visitor visa application with a length of stay of 180 days.
  • A passport valid for at least six months for a single-entry visitor visa application with a length of stay of 60 days.
  • A travel document valid for at least 12 months for foreign nationals without nationality.
  • Proof of funds of at least 2,000 USD (two thousand US dollars) or equivalent to support the cost of living of foreign nationals and/or their families in Indonesia.
  • A return ticket or a connecting ticket to continue their journey to another country, except for the crews of the means of transport who join the ship/vessel in Indonesia and continue their journey to another country.
  • 2 (two) 4cm x 6cm color passport photos.

Travelers must also be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and must pay the fee, which varies from Rp 1,500,000 (USD 100) to Rp 6,000,000 (USD 400) depending on the type and duration of the visa.

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Critics of the idea of ​​welcoming digital nomads to a country warn that it will have a huge negative impact on the local community. Rental prices are expected to rise, while many truly local businesses could suffer. However, Minister Sandiago Uno sees it differently. “I am more and more convinced that the number of foreign tourists who wish to stay in Indonesia will increase and will automatically have an impact on economic recovery,” the minister said, adding: “Our goal is not only to regulate and to control, but to bring in quality tourists who have the potential to invest, to open up business and employment opportunities.

Bali seascape with huge waves on a beautiful hidden white sand beach.

In addition to allowing nomads to work on the B211a visa and work on longer-term solutions, the Indonesian government is making several other changes aimed at attracting remote workers and foreign investment. Plans are underway to build coworking spaces, meeting rooms, a law firm and more immigration services in Bali, each of which allows travelers to easily navigate visa restrictions and work on the island.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Pura Beratan temple in Bali, Indonesia

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