Before the pandemic struck, Bali had been remote workers’ go-to spot, what with the many coliving and coworking spaces on the island and its surfing and dining opportunities. Now that tourists are allowed back into Bali on regular visas on arrival and visa exemptions, some people are wondering if they can score longer stays.
Travel-deprived workers and entrepreneurs who’ve ditched the 9-to-5 may be able to rejoice soon, as Indonesia has hinted at a digital nomad visa in future. Do note that this is not an official announcement – but here’s the scoop and where to stay tuned for future deets.
Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno’s video taken in Bali, including the I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport
Video credit: Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno
As far as we can tell, the digital nomad visa is just a hope for now. Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno said in a Facebook post dated 14 June 2022 that his ministry was finalising the concept of a digital nomad visa for foreign citizens who wish to work from anywhere in Bali. He said in Bahasa Indonesia, “I’m optimistic that this will open up many new business and employment opportunities, encouraging the revival of the national economy!”
According to the South China Morning Post, this visa will let “remote workers and business-leisure travellers” stay in Indonesia for up to 5 years tax-free if their source of income is from outside Indonesia. Under consideration since early 2021, this idea that had been put on the backburner is now up for discussion again.
For now, if you’d like a taster of what it’s like to visit Bali or the rest of Indonesia, come as a tourist as long as you meet these conditions:
PCR testing is required for fully vaccinated travellers to Indonesia, though individual airlines have the right to impose their pre-departure testing requirements. Check with your country’s embassy in Indonesia before purchasing your flight tickets.
For foreigners, limited points of entry to Indonesia are open for now, including the Bali and Jakarta international airports. The full list of points of entry is here.
President Joko Widodo (first row, left of center) at the G20 summit last year in Italy.
Image credit: Alan Santos/PR/Government of Brazil – Planalto Palace/Wikimedia Commons
Global headlines are hyping the proposed digital nomad visa just as the 2022 G20 summit is slated to take place in Bali from 15th-16th November this year, with its countries’ global leaders – including Putin – flying in. Notably, Indonesia is taking on the role of presidency till 30th November this year, focusing on three sectors of post-COVID recovery – rebuilding global health architecture, the transition to sustainable energy, and digital transformation.
Sandiaga Uno thus announced that he expects 3.6 million tourists to visit Indonesia in 2022, with 1.5 million visiting Bali, a number boosted by the G20 summit. So far, over 330,000 tourists have visited Bali from 1st January till 20th June, according to his speech cited by CNN Indonesia.
Hopefully, this meeting will rebuild confidence in travelling to Indonesia and the island much missed by not just digital nomads but also holiday-makers.
If this article has perked your interest in heading to Indonesia, follow the government’s tourism website Indonesia.travel, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website as well. And when it’s time to apply for visas, head to the Directorate General of Immigration of Indonesia’s site and Facebook page.
And keep tabs on Mr. Sandiaga Uno’s Facebook page for clues as to what is to come for tourists.
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