Having sealed off its borders for foreigners throughout Covid, Indonesia is now hoping to lure them back with the launch of a new long-stay permit. Dubbed the Digital Nomad Visa, this new entry stamp will create more immigration routes for remote workers who might want to make Bali their home base – all the while paying no tax in the country.
Yes, you read that right.
If you’re making a living online, and has quit the 9 to 5 office life, like many have over the course of the pandemic, you will soon be eligible to apply for staying in Bali for half a decade. As if that wasn’t tempting enough, you even get to keep all the money you earn while exploring the island’s natural wonders. Sounds pretty amazing, right?
Here is how it will work:
Applicants Can Stay In Bali For A Half A Decade Without Being Taxed
After scrapping the testing requirement for vaccinated visitors, Indonesia is going a step further in promoting itself as an ideal destination for long term travel. Acknowledging that 95 per cent of digital nomads claimed the country as their preferred destination, the Indonesian Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno has finally signaled it is time to open that path.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Mr. Uno confirmed the launch will indeed be going ahead now that Indonesia has removed its once-stringent border controls and flights were reinstated. After two years of eerily deserted wellness retreats and beaches, Indonesia’s trendy islands could receive up to 3.6 million travelers once the system is in place.
According to the Tourism Minister, the country’s goal is to lure ‘longer-staying, higher-spending travelers’, as opposed to the usual backpacker profile who may interested solely in Indonesia’s party scene. Like Thailand, yet another Southeast Asian seeking to avoid the return of overtourism, Indonesia is favoring quality over quantity.
In Mr. Uno’s own words, in the past the ‘three S’ were Sun, Sea, and Sand. Now, the country is changing strategy and rebranding itself as Serenity, Spirituality, and Sustainability destination. Instead of nightclubs and beaches, the Tourism Ministry is hoping to renew interest in ecological tourism and wellness.
The fact that the new visa would allow applicants to retain their full income, without paying any taxes so long as it does not originate from an Indonesia-based business, also makes it particularly appealing. After all, a majority of digital nomads have opted to travel continuously while not being bound by any specific country’s tax regulations.
Indonesia Is Pushing For More Sustainable Tourism Moving Forward
Attempting to boost the local economy, the Minister is wooing digital nomads who share in the nation’s mindset and relaxed lifestyle, and who are not mere thrill-seekers. Although all are welcome to return to Bali, the Minister’s bets are on the new visa category, capable of diversifying Indonesia’s demographics and generating over a million jobs for locals.
Although it all sounds very promising, a specific launch date has not yet been announced, or further details, such as a minimum income or whether travel insurance will be mandatory. Considering all other countries offering Digital Nomad Visas have at least a financial requirement in place, Indonesia will likely establish similar thresholds.
What Are The Usual Requirements For Digital Nomad Visa Applicants?
In Costa Rica, applicants must have a stable income of at least USD 3.000 per month, while providing proof of a health insurance policy valid for the entirety of their stay. Meanwhile in Barbados, digital nomads can only apply after proving they make at least USD 50.000 per calendar year, with 100% of the earnings linked to foreign sources.
Croatia, one of the first countries in Europe to have offered this kind of visa, again requires a minimum income of roughly USD 2.540,00 dollars, or HRK 16.907,50 in Croatian Kuna, the local currency. Costa Rica, Barbados and Croatia are 3 out of 7 other sunny destinations offering Digital Nomad Visas in 2022 – a list Indonesia will sooner rather than later.
Over in South America, other countries like Argentina and Brazil are also gearing up to launch their own long-term traveler visa, proving this is a growing trend among developing nations eager to kick-start their economy again following Covid. If you would like to read more about Digital Nomad Visas, make sure you visit this page.
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