Indonesia’s new ‘digital nomad visa’ will allow incoming freelancers and remote workers to live tax-free for 5 years

Fresh air, blue sea, sky forever. Many of us dream of never having to work again. Whether it’s a lucky lottery ticket, a wealthy husband, or a Nigerian prince kind enough to share his fortune. But the chances of these opportunities coming up are slim, so it’s best to work in Bali!

Freelancers and remote workers will soon be able to work tax-free in Indonesia, including the island of Bali, as the country’s Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno announced a five-year “digital nomad visa” earlier this week. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to find my suitcase.

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Freelancers and remote workers will soon be able to work tax-free in Indonesia, including on the island of Bali, thanks to a five-year “digital nomad visa”.

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Grab some sunscreen and a margarita as we set off to explore the many beaches, equatorial weather, and everlasting holiday cheer, and charge our laptops with multiple batteries. This is not a rest, but a change of scenery.

Indonesian tourism minister Sandiaga Uno has announced a five-year “digital nomad visa”, hoping it will attract up to 3.6 million overseas travelers and create one million jobs for Indonesians.

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The proposed remote work visa would mean people can live tax-free as long as their income comes from outside Indonesia and they don’t enter the local labor market. This ensures that locals are not forced out of work and accept travelers with longer stays and higher spending.

Uno told South China Morning Post that he wants Indonesia’s tourism to shift its 3 S’s away from “sun, sea and sand” and instead focus on “calmness, spirituality and sustainability”. “In this way, we improve the quality and have a greater impact on the local economy,” he explained.

Indonesian tourism minister Sandiaga Uno hopes it will attract up to 3.6 million overseas travelers and create a million jobs for Indonesians.

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The decision was based on a study that found Indonesia – and Bali in particular – to be “in the spotlight” for 95% of remote workers who took part in the survey. It is likely that the digital nomad visa would have been offered sooner, however it had to be postponed due to the pandemic.

“Now that the pandemic has been resolved and all ministries are involved and cooperating, from health to immigration, we believe it is the right time to relaunch this idea,” Uno explained.

Indonesia has lifted most travel restrictions as Covid-19 cases remain low and booster doses are rolled out. tourist arrivals jumped 500% to 111,000 in April, the highest monthly figure since the pandemic.

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Earnings must come from outside Indonesia, and travelers must not enter the local labor market, lest locals be forced out of their jobs.

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There is currently variety of visas are available for those who want to visit Indonesia including Visa on Arrival (VoA), Tourist or Cultural Visa and Free Country Visa, but they last from 30 to 180 days. Other countries such as Georgia, Croatia, and Portugal also offer digital nomad visas, and proof of funds is often required to obtain them.

A tax-free life is not always a guarantee if you have obtained a digital nomad visa. For example, Americans will still have to file tax returns if they receive them because the US taxes citizens based on citizenship itself, not residence.

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Sandiaga Uno believes that from “sun, sea and sand” to “calmness, spirituality and sustainability”, this will have a greater impact on the local economy.

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But no matter how great the sights and sounds are, there are always shadows cast by bright sunlight, and a movement as important as this must be carefully considered from all angles. According to A little downstream, you should expect to spend between 720 and 2600 dollars a month as a single person living in Bali. If you don’t want to rent a 3 bedroom villa, they find it hard to go over $2,000 on a generous budget while living a moderate lifestyle.

Southern Cross Travel Insurance pay attention to the many risks and dangers to be wary of in Bali. Nature can be a little more deadly than you’ve ever experienced before, as natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes happen frequently. Thanks to the Pacific Ring of Fire for the marvelous Indonesian nature.

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However, before you start packing your suitcase and booking flights, you need to familiarize yourself with the potential hazards and safety precautions.

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From elephants and monkeys to exotic birds, Indonesia is full of life, but you need to be on the lookout. There are snakes in Bali, some of which are poisonous. Bites from both snakes and monkeys can happen easily if you’re not careful. Various insects, as well as the well-known mosquito, are known to carry diseases such as malaria and dengue fever.

Even water on its own can harm you as there is no proper water purification system in Bali. Thus, avoid drinking tap water and ordering drinks with ice cubes. In addition to this, alcoholic beverages such as Arah are known to be contaminated with methanol, causing severe illness or even permanent blindness. Proceed with caution.

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Finally, the most dangerous of all tend to be our own species. Petty crimes are common, corruption and fraud happen. Some cops in Bali are known to be corrupt when it comes to extorting tourists.

Never get into unmarked cars or walk alone at night. All this is not to keep you from visiting or moving to Indonesia; just be careful as this will give you the best experience!

This could be the dream of many freelancers and adventurers, and we can’t wait to see how it works out.

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Can’t wait for all the influencers to post content from Bali in the coming months and I look on with envy and keep dreaming of life.

Let us know what you think of this and if you are up for packing up and going on the adventure of a lifetime. Until we see each other again!

People expressed their excitement by cracking jokes in the process. Let us know what you think and if you would like to use the visa!

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