This Visa Lets You Live Tax-Free In Bali For 5 Years!
Indonesia will soon start offering a visa that will allow remote workers to live there tax-free as long as their earnings is coming from outside the country. Yes you read that right! According to Bloomberg, Indonesia’s Tourism Minister Sandiago Uno announced the five-year Digital Nomad Visa earlier this month, telling reporters that he hopes the latest move will bring in up to 3.6 million overseas travellers and create one million jobs for Indonesians.
Mr Sandiago Uno said that the proposed remote working visa would mean freelancers across the globe can live on islands like Bali, provided their earnings come from companies outside of Indonesia.
“In the past, the three S was: sun, sea and sand. We’re moving it to serenity, spirituality and sustainability. This way, we’re getting better quality and better impact on the local economy,” the Indonesian minister told the outlet.
Further, Mr Uno revealed that the decision was based on research that showed Indonesia was top of mind for 95% of the remote workers that took part in the survey. He also informed that similar plans for a Digital Nomad Visa were in the works last year. However, they had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Now, with the pandemic handled and all the ministries getting involved and cooperating from the health side to the immigration office, we believe this is an opportune time to relaunch this idea,” Mr Sandiago Uno added.
Currently, various visas are available to remote workers wanting to visit Indonesia, including Visa on Arrival (VoA), Tourist of Cultural Visa and the country’s Free Visa. However, these only last between 30 and 180 days. The new visa scheme will allow holders to stay for as long as 5 years without paying taxes, but only if they don’t earn their income within Indonesia.