Sun, Sea, and surfing, Bali has become one of the most favourite places for digital nomads to stay. And now, there is a good news from Indonesia Tourism minister that remote workers may have a special five-year visa in Bali, Indonesia. The Ministry of tourism may relaunch the plan to have five-year visa for digital nomads in Bali post pandemic.
Bali’s bars and beaches may have to take a back seat as Indonesia promotes its spiritual retreats and thriving tech scene in order to entice longer-staying, higher-spending visitors back to the island. And make digital nomads in Bali stay longer and spend more.
Ecotourism, athletic events, and a special five-year visa for remote workers are expected to draw 3.6 million foreign visitors back to the archipelago now that borders have reopened.
As Covid-19 instances remain low and booster doses are rolled out, Southeast Asia’s largest economy has lifted most travel restrictions, enabling fully-vaccinated tourists to enter without testing or quarantine requirements. Tourist arrivals increased 500% to 111,000 in April, the greatest monthly total since the pandemic.
Digital Nomads in Bali
Streamlined visa processes and more frequent flights should help the country attract personnel from global companies such as Airbnb Inc. and Twitter Inc., which allow its employees to work from anywhere. Around 95% of surveyed “digital nomads” have said Indonesia — particularly Bali — is their “top of mind” destination for remote work and they are ready to travel according to Indonesian Tourism minister.
Since early 2021, the ministry considered granting a special visa for remote employees and business-leisure visitors, but the proposal was hampered by coronavirus resurgences, strict border controls, and a scarcity of aircraft. If the visa holder does not generate their money in Indonesia, they can stay for up to five years without paying taxes.
“Now with the pandemic handled and all the ministries getting involved and cooperating from the health side to the immigrations office, we believe that this is an opportune time to relaunch this idea,” according to Indonesian tourism minister
Source : Bloomberg
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