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Updated February 2024

Bali is a popular destination for many travelers and digital nomads who are drawn to its breathtaking landscapes, rich culture, and friendly people. However, working remotely from Bali requires more than just packing your laptop and booking a flight. It is crucial to have a valid visa that allows you to legally live and work online in Indonesia.

In this article, we will provide you with an overview of the visa options available to digital nomads in Bali. Keep reading on Wego to learn more.

What is a digital nomad visa?

A digital nomad visa is a specific type of visa that grants individuals from foreign countries the ability to engage in online work for their clients or employers abroad while residing in a host nation for a designated duration. Typically, obtaining a digital nomad visa entails providing evidence of income, possessing health insurance coverage, and holding a return ticket.

It is important to note that a digital nomad visa differs from a tourist visa or a work permit. A tourist visa exclusively permits leisurely visits to a country and prohibits any form of employment. Conversely, a work permit allows individuals to work for a local company or organization in the host country, usually necessitating sponsorship from an employer.

Does Bali have a digital nomad visa?

Even though there had been significant anticipation regarding the introduction of a digital nomad visa in Indonesia, government officials ultimately unveiled the Second Home visa as an alternative last year.

While the Second Home visa grants a lengthy stay of 5 or 10 years, its stringent prerequisites make it an impractical choice for the majority of remote workers. The most challenging requirement is the demonstration of sufficient funds, necessitating an Indonesian bank account in the applicant’s name or that of a sponsor, with a minimum value of IDR 2 billion. Furthermore, this visa does not permit legal employment with an Indonesian company or the provision of local commercial services.

Below, we present you with the alternatives for your Bali digital nomad visa.

What are the alternatives for Bali digital nomad visa?

Visa on Arrival

Indonesia visa on arrival (VoA) is a type of visa that allows eligible travelers to enter Indonesia for tourism, business talks, meetings, and transiting purposes. The VoA is valid for 30 days and can be extended once for another 30 days, giving you a total of 60 days in Indonesia. The VoA is available for citizens of 97 countries and territories below:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Armenian
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech
  • Denmark
  • Dutch
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • English
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • German
  • Greece.
  • Guatemala
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Liechtensien
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Palestine
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spanish
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor Leste
  • Tunis
  • Türkiye
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vatican
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnamese

The VoA is a convenient and affordable option for travelers who want to visit Indonesia for a short period of time. However, it is not designed for digital nomads or remote workers who want to stay and work online in Indonesia for longer than 60 days. For that purpose, you may want to consider other visa options, such as the Visit Visa B211A below.

Single-Entry Visitor Visa (B211A)

Visit Visa B211A Indonesia is a type of visa that is valid for 60 days and can be extended twice for another 60 days each, giving you a total of 180 days in Indonesia. You can also apply for another B211A visa onshore after your first one expires. Visit Visa B211A Indonesia allows you to work online for your clients or employers abroad as long as you do not work for local companies or get paid in Indonesia.

Please note that both of these visas are not specifically designed for digital nomads or remote workers and may not offer full legal protection or certainty.

How to apply for a visa for digital nomads in Bali?

Visa on Arrival

Required documents

International travellers must present all requirements for a VOA for Tourism at the immigration counter, namely:

  • a passport valid for at least 6 (six) months;
  • a return ticket or a connecting ticket to continue travelling to another country; and
  • other documents are required under the provisions of the COVID-19 Task Force.
  • receipt of VoA payment

Applicaion process

To apply for your visa on arrival in Indonesia, you need to follow these steps:

  1. prepare the required documents.
  2. arrive at one of the designated airports or seaports in Indonesia.
  3. fill out an arrival card and pay the visa fee at the counter. You can pay with US Dollars or Rupiah.
  4. show your passport, visa fee receipt, and other documents to the immigration officer and get your visa stamped on your passport.

You can also apply for a visa on arrival in Indonesia online before traveling to Indonesia through the Indonesian Immigration Office official website. You need to create an account, upload your passport and photo, choose a suitable visa, pay the fee online, and download the visa once approved. You need to print the visa and show it to the immigration officer upon arrival.

For more information about Indonesia visa on arrival, you can look at our article below:

Indonesia Visa On Arrival: Which Countries Are Eligible For Visa On Arrival in Bali & Indonesia?

Single-Entry Visitor Visa (B211A)

Required documents

  • Visa application form
  • National passport with a minimum validity of 6 months from entry into Indonesian territory, with at least 2 blank pages (for stays up to 60 days).
  • National passport with a minimum validity of 12 months from entry into Indonesian territory (for stays up to 180 days).
  • Sponsorship letter from an Indonesian sponsor (unless visiting as a tourist), or proof of immigration guarantee funds for pre-investment activities.
  • Proof of funds (bank statements) of at least US$ 2000 to support living costs.
  • Return or connecting ticket (except for crew members joining a ship/vessel in Indonesia).
  • Two color passport size photos.
  • Proof of travel insurance.

There may be additional requirements in terms of documents and personal or contact information. A reputable travel agency will guide you through the whole process and ensure that you’ll be able to complete your visa application as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Application process

You can apply for your Single-Entry Visitor Visa (B211A) with these steps:

  • Prepare the required documents.
  • Contact an authorized travel agent or sponsor who can help you with the online application process. You can also use Bali.com’s service to facilitate your B211A application online.
  • Provide your passport and photo, choose a suitable visa, pay the fee online, and download the visa once approved. You need to print the visa and show it to the immigration officer upon arrival.
  • Apply for the visa extension at any immigration office in Indonesia before your visa expires. You can extend your visa twice for another 60 days each.

What are the cost for a visa for digital nomads in Bali?

Visa on Arrival is priced at USD 35. Single-Entry visit for tourism purpose (max. stay 60 days) (B211A) costs USD 105.00, while Single-Entry visit Social or Business (max. stay 60 days) (B211A) is priced at USD 135.00. A Multiple-Entry visa (D212) for 12 months (max. stay 60 days/visit) costs USD 205.00, and a Limited Stay visa (C312) is priced at USD155.00. Additionally, there is a fee of USD15.00 for visa approval by the Director General of Immigration.

 

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