Indonesia offers tax-free 5-year visa for digital nomads staying in Bali


Indonesia is considering a digital nomad visa that would allow travelers to live in Bali tax-free for five years to attract 3.6 million foreign travelers to the island, according to its tourism minister.

The proposed digital nomad visa would allow remote workers whose income comes from outside Indonesia to stay tax-free in Bali, Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno said in an interview with Bloomberg.

The plan had been put on hold due to the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. Sandiaga said the government was on track to relaunch the plan now that the pandemic has subsided.

“Now that the pandemic is managed and that all ministries are involved and cooperating on the health side of the immigration office, we believe that this is the right time to revive this idea,” he said. .

Sandiaga said the government aimed to boost the local economy and create a million jobs for Indonesians by attracting more foreign travelers to Bali, citing a survey which found Bali was “leading” by 95% of “digital nomads” who participated. in the survey.

“In the past, the three S’s were: sun, sea and sand. We move it towards serenity, spirituality and sustainability. This way we get better quality and a better impact on the local economy,” he remarked.

According to the Relocate website, around 24 countries currently offer digital nomad visas for remote workers, including Germany, Taiwan, Mexico, Iceland, Portugal and Norway.

Easing of restrictions

Indonesia has lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions, including lifting the outdoor mask mandate and removing pre-departure testing, as well as quarantine requirements for foreign travelers.

The government has also reinstated visa on arrival for 43 countries, allowing travelers to stay in Indonesia for up to 60 days. Sandiaga told reporters in April that he intended to increase the number of international visitors to Indonesia by 3 million this year.

“At least in the next few periods, we are targeting 1.4 million tourist visits from Australia, and this is to ensure that we are ready, so we must accelerate the promotion efforts in the market. The procedure for entering Bali is now easier than ever,” he said.

Indonesia has made available several visa options for digital nomads, including visa on arrival, tourist or cultural visa, and visa free, which allows travelers to stay in Indonesia without a visa, but these do not only last 30 to 60 days.

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Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer covering Asia-Pacific news for The Epoch Times.

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