All You Need To Know About Bali’s Five-year Digital Nomad Visa

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Do you get easily bored from the 9-5 office jobs? Yes, it’s a common feeling. But guess what? You will love hearing about Bali’s digital nomad visa!

If you have ever dreamed of waking up everyday on a tropical island and staying there for the long-term, then it’s time to turn that into reality. 

The Indonesian Government announced a new “Digital Nomad Visa”, which allows remote workers to stay there for five years! 

Sounds cool, right? Well, there’s more! Discover all you need to know about this new visa below. 😉

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What is a digital nomad?

A digital nomad is a remote worker that travels to different destinations. They often rely on technology devices and the internet and usually stay at co-working spaces, coffee shops, or libraries. 

If you love traveling around the world and do not enjoy the idea of settling at a certain location, then this might be a great solution for you.

Common jobs for digital nomads:

Digital nomads can either work for a company or for themselves. Freelancing is generally a common role for them. 

If you are looking to start working for yourself, you can check out reliable websites such as Upwork or Fiverr to make your own money. 

However, if you would rather work for someone else’s business, then you can also do that by looking for a remote job, on sites like We Work Remotely or

Keep in mind that you need to ask potential employers if the role can be suitable for you as a digital nomad and whether it is fully digital. 

Check out some of the common jobs for digital nomads here:

  • Customer Service
  • Design
  • Editing
  • IT
  • Marketing
  • Recruiting & HR
  • Virtual Assistant
  • Writing
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What is Bali’s digital nomad visa?

The visa allows all digital nomads to stay in Bali for up to five years and live there tax-free!

The government of Indonesia is expecting three million digital nomads. However, the details regarding the requirements and application are not fully announced yet. 

Here are the essential requirements for Bali’s digital nomad visa that we know of so far: 

  • You need to have a valid passport when you apply for the visa. If yours is currently not, make sure to renew it so you can apply right away when the applications open! 
  • You must have a remote job either by working for a company, freelancing, or working for your business – as long as the income is coming from outside Indonesia.

Why is Bali’s digital nomad visa unique?

There are a lot of countries that offer digital nomad visas such as Germany, Costa Rica, Croatia, Iceland and more! 

So, if you are wondering what makes Bali’s visa unique – here are two things: the length and being tax-free! 

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Compared to other destinations, Bali’s digital nomad visa is the longest one available at the moment. 

It was already a desirable destination for remote workers because of the great weather and low living costs. However, now that this five-year visa is available, this creates great opportunities! 

The previous visa rules did not have such a long-term stay; you would have to apply for a temporary visa to work from Indonesia which is valid for 30 days only.

Other options were also available which would allow you to stay for up to 180 days.

Currently, if digital nomads stay more than 183 days in Indonesia, they will be required to pay taxes on their income. But, with this new visa, you won’t owe any taxes for five years!

Why did the government decide to introduce this visa?

The goal is to improve the local Indonesian economy by increasing tourism and bringing travellers who would be willing to spend more money in the country.

Would you apply for Bali’s digital nomad visa? Share this to let your friends know about it – who knows, you might end up going together and living in one of the most beautiful countries in the world! 😉  

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