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Ministers Confirm Work On 10-Year Digital Nomad Visa For Bali Is Progressing

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Ministers in Indonesia have confirmed that the process of creating a 5-10 year digital nomad visa is underway. While recently, Tourism Minster Sandiaga Uno confirmed that the B211a socio-cultural visa is a legitimate way for digital nomads to reside in Indonesia in leading destinations like Bali, Lombok, and the Gili Islands, remote workers were left wondering about the long-term plan.

Digital Nomad Works on His laptop in Bali Cafe with a coffee

The Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, told audiences at the Nusa Dua Convention Center late last week that the visa development is full steam ahead. He said, ‘Last night, I reported to Mr. President Joko Widodo, next week I will ask for a timetable. We will simplify the Immigration visa program so that for people with qualifications in certain fields, we can give them 5-10 years visa’.

He did not confirm which sectors and qualifications would be needed to be granted a 5-10 year visa, but it is welcome news for many that more options will become available for long-term stays in Bali. 

Man In A Striped Tshirt works on his laptop at a cafe in Bali as a digital nomad.

The 5-10 year visa will likely be first targeted at those who fulfill remote roles in the finance and tech sector since these are areas where Indonesia has committed to sourcing investment and leveling up. There was no speculation about a minimum income requirement or whether those on this new visa would have to pay tax locally.

There is certainly demand for a longer-term digital nomad visa. While the B211a visa allows digital nomads and social and cultural visitors to reside in Indonesia for up to 6 months at a time, thousands of remote workers are eager to move to Bali for a longer term. 

Laptop Sits On A Plastic Table Next To Chair On Wooden Deck With Palm Tree Overlooking Bali Sea View of a digital nomad

Minister Pandjaitan also confirmed that the new 5-10 year visa would be available for citizens over the age of 60, retired, or still working. He stated that this sector of the travel market is worth over USD 1.5 trillion. He explained how global citizens looking to retire or enjoy their later years in a country other than their own have the potential to spend much more in countries like Indonesia, which would support economic growth and development.

Digital Nomad Woman Works on her laptop at a cafe with a coffee

During his speech, he also spoke of how Indonesia must continue to develop and promote domestic products. He explained, ‘I view that the PDN [domestic product] affirmation movement that we are doing is an extraordinary breakthrough, digitalization innovation, and shopping consolidation through e-catalogs have supported spending efficiency, reducing corruption and transaction costs’. 

woman working remotely in Bali

Minister for Tourism and the Creative Economy told reporters last week that he wants to see an improvement in the ‘quality’ of tourist arriving in Bali and their length of stay. He likened the shift towards more sustainable and higher-quality tourism to the model used by Bhutan. Noted to be the happiest country on earth, Bhutan’s unique tourism model allows authorities to regulate the industry heavily. 

The want for tourists and longer-term international residents is certainly building within the Indonesian government. Some international residents currently living in Indonesia are frustrated that the changes are coming after they have had to go through the rigmarole of applying for KITAS, KITAP, and other long-term visas that are hard to acquire and come with strict limitations about work. 


That said, the renewed focus on digital nomad visas, long-term visas for the over 60s, and the confirmation that remote workers can use the B211a visa is all a positive step forward. It could lead to greater flexibility for other visa categories or simply more options to suit a broader range of people and circumstances. 


Minster Pandjaitan did not give a prospective date for the launch of the 5-10 year visa, so in the meantime, digital nomads can continue to use the B211a. Work has been underway on the new 5-10 year visa since the beginning of the year, and the progress report from Minster Pandjaitan was well received. It was confirmed that President Joko Widodo is pushing for the development of the visa to continue and that he wants to see the launch of the visa sooner rather than later. 

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Tuesday 11th of October 2022

Remote working people.. work, throughout the day and require restful sleep at night, in order to perform well with their work. Bali provides horrible environment for night time sleep though. It's too noisy all over the place with loud bikes, bars, clubs and all other inconsiderate noisemakers who don't give a damn about sleeping people.

In reality, Bali is not a good place for actual remote work. It's designed for short term party tourism, not quiet long stay mental focus workers.

Even people in Sanur and Ubud have problems with excessive noise from bars which prevent them sleeping. And all those who spent their money on overly high priced villas in Berawa.. Now facing the noise from Atlas beach club with their music and fireworks every single day. Nobody could live and work in such place.


Thursday 13th of October 2022

@Exp, yes I was thinking about black mamba. But as you see, it took massive protests just to close one little bar/club. And how long was it terrorizing the neighborhood? Months, years? No remote worker would put up with that kind of nonsense. If it's not quiet within a week, goodbye, there are other places in the world with more common sense.


Wednesday 12th of October 2022

@Yuoku, Good and accurate observations.

What are the problem bars in Sanur?? Black Mamba in Gg. Ratna appears to be finally being closed after massive protests.

Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck

Wednesday 12th of October 2022

@Yuoku, agree


Tuesday 11th of October 2022

Bali is already overpriced due to overdemand. Opening doors to even more long term stays will push the greed and prices even higher, together with overcrowdedness. Yet the quality in return is still low. Infrastructure that cannot handle already current amounts of visitors. Huge traffic jams, lack of sanitation, huge garbage problem, floodings due to bad urban planning and many other factors that have been, and will be ignored. This just creates even bigger mess.


Thursday 13th of October 2022

@Ben, yes, but there is one main reason why foreigners don't go to other Indonesian islands. It's the mosque prayer calls 4 times a day and 1 time at night. Western people simply don't like waking up at 5am, it's too early. Or when you are having a meeting, or a nap during the day, or meditating or just resting.. And the 5min or longer loud adhan interrupting your private space.. It's just intruding. Nothing against of Indonesians having their religion, but when it's intruding private space, that's not something acceptable. Thus foreigners avoid staying in other places than Bali.


Wednesday 12th of October 2022

@Yuoku, I suppose these visa would be valid for the entire country - Bali is nog the only place for remote work. Other islands will probably attract some of them, since prices there are lower.


Tuesday 11th of October 2022

The current process even for a 1 year work KITAS is quite slow and costly.

So I have a hard time understanding how it will be so much easier with this 5-10 year digital nomad visa for work in Indonesia.

However, after requirements from all different ministries and local authorities are included I bet this visa will be pretty hard to obtain. Maybe and agent will be able to get it done but at a steep price.

How the local taxes will be done is also a mystery as I believe current tax laws in Indonesia requires tax to be paid on worldwide income.

Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck

Tuesday 11th of October 2022

Bla Bla Bla Bla I will believe it when I see it. The F-ing greed of these people running the show will make the price so crazy that NOBODY will step to the plate. Plus the mafia/visa agents will want their cut and stick it in without any lube so no one will want to feel the pain. Digital nomads will be off to Thailand kicking it on a Thai beach. Time to wake up Indonesia and make this a place that people want to stay long term and spend their money.

Wayan Bo

Tuesday 11th of October 2022

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