Bali's New Digital Nomad Visa
Update 12 September: Wahyu Tarfiq, initiator of the Digital Nomad Visa for Bali and the whole of Indonesia, is currently in Jakarta to meet with parliament, and hopefully with President Joko Widodo himself.
Since international travel suddenly stopped, the Balinese are having a tough time. Many shops and accommodation are closed. I interviewed the creators of Bali's Digital Nomad Visa proposal. How could it help the Indonesian people who have previously relied on tourism so much? Watch the full interview here.
Current visa options:
Visa on Arrival (VOA) - over 160 countries can just rock up to the border here and buy a visa for 30 days on the spot. This is exclusively for leisure. If you buy the extension for $30, you can stay for 60 days. After the 60 days are over and you want to stay longer, you will have to do a visa run. That means you'll have to fly out of the country so you can re-enter and buy the visa on arrival and the extension again.
Social Visa - This is created to help the local economy. You can stay in Bali and Indonesia for 6 months with this visa. You have to renew it every 6 months.
Business Visa - On this visa you can come for business trips. You are allowed to attend conferences and events, but you're not allowed to work.
KITAS - If you're hired by a local company, created your own company in Indonesia, or are sponsored by a university, you can get a KITAS visa, which allows you to stay in Indonesia for 6 months and work.
Digital Nomad Visa - 12 month visa that allows you to both run your own digital business(es) from Indonesia, and to set up new digital businesses with locals. The goal is to allow more international collaboration so Bali can shift out of its dependancy on tourism. Hopefully it can take a place as the tropical Silicon valley.
In my opinion the remote workers visa for Bali is the single best step they can take as a country, and I wholeheartedly hope they see that too.
I just want the best for all the amazing locals here :)