Indonesia’s new digital nomad visa allows travelers to live tax-free – details here
Indonesia has announced “digital nomad visas” for travelers to attract foreign tourists as their income comes from outside the country. The impact of Covid-19 can be seen in Indonesia’s economic situation.
While Bali is one of the most renowned regions in the country for its beaches and bars. Indonesia hopes to advance for another element through these visas – The spiritual element.
Those who are looking for detailed information on “Digital Nomad Visas” can browse this article to find out who are digital nomads? What are Digital Nomad visas for? What other countries offer such visas?
Digital Nomads – Where does this word come from?
Digital nomads are those who choose to work remotely and independently. In addition to working in the same place, they chose to spend their earned income in the country they travel to.
According to MBO Partners’ 2020 State of Independence in America Report, digital nomads are those who work independently and remotely with the conveniences of technology and the internet. Unlike other remote workers who typically stay in one place and work, digital nomads travel and explore while working.
It was reported that around 10.9 million American workers described themselves as digital nomads in 2020, which was up 49% from 2019.
As the pandemic progressed, the majority of workspaces moved to the web, while some workplaces began to open, most organizations declared remote work.
Currently, as the world has shifted to vaccinations and all borders have opened up, individuals can continue their regular work from any corner of the world.
What is Indonesia’s objective behind providing a “Digital Nomad Visa“?
Remote workers will be able to stay for a long time in Indonesia, including Bali, tax-free with Digital Nomad Visa. The visa policy was announced by Indonesian Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno to boost tourism in the country.
The digital nomad visa would be the longest digital nomad visa compared to other countries and it would be applicable for five years. The aim of the digital nomad visa announcement is to bring more than 3.6 million foreign travelers to the country over the next year to explore spiritual retreats as well as ecotourism in Indonesia.
According to a Bloomberg report, Uno said that if we get millions of travelers through this visa, it would create a million jobs for Indonesians, as the borders are now open to foreign tourists.
Previously, there were three S which stood for Sun, Sea and Sand. Now we are moving it towards serenity, spirituality and sustainability. This way we get better quality and a better effect on the local economy, he added.
He further said the decision was made after a survey showed Indonesia was “the priority” for 95% of remote workers. He also informed that similar plans were made last year for digital nomad visas which had to be suspended due to the covid-19 pandemic.
“Now that the pandemic situation is under control and all the ministries are getting involved and cooperating on the health side at the immigration office, we believe there is a chance to revive this idea,” Uno added.
Currently, there are different types of visas available in the country for digital nomads, such as visa on arrival (VoA), tourist or cultural visa, and free country visa. However, the duration of these visas is between 30 and 180 days.
Which countries provide travel visas?
In March, Italy released a new permit for third-country nationals or digital nomads who can stay in the country for up to 90 days without a visa. while Antigua and Barbuda provides nomadic visas for two years where travelers will have to maintain their health insurance. Barbados offers a one-year remote work visa which can be extended further.
Other countries like Croatia, Costa Rica, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Mauritius, Norway and Spain, among many others, offer nomad visas.