Living in Bali as a Digital Nomad

Many digital nomads call Bali home. What do you need to do to legally live in Bali while freelancing or working on an online business?

Bali is a popular location for digital nomads because it’s easy to stay in Bali legally. As long as you are not working for an Indonesian company and not earning revenue from Indonesian sources, you can stay in Bali.

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    Cost of Living in Bali as a Foreigner

    The living costs in Bali are relatively low. A foreigner can live comfortably in Bali for about USD 1,000 to 1,900 a month.

    The biggest expense is housing. A villa in Bali can cost between USD 500 to 1,000 per month. Rental fees in Bali vary greatly depending on the location and features of the property. Villas closer to the beach often cost more.

    If you’re on a really tight budget, you can also rent a room in a boarding house, or kost as it’s known locally. A room in a kost can cost as little as USD 300 per month and often includes utilities.

    This table shows a sample breakdown of living expenses in Bali for an individual living in a villa.

    ExpenseCost per month
    HousingUSD 500 to 1,000
    Utilities (electricity, water, internet, mobile phone service)USD 100 to 150
    Villa maintenance (housekeeper, gardener)USD 100 to 150
    Food (groceries, eating out)USD 150 to 300

    Bali Visas for Digital Nomads

    Indonesia allows people from most countries to enter the country with a free visa on arrival. This visa is valid for 30 days, but is not extendable. Foreigners who wish to stay longer can get a social visa or business visa.

    Social Visa

    The social visa is valid for 60 days upon entry into Indonesia. After the initial 60 days, you can extend this visa up to four months. Each extension adds 30 days to the validity period giving you a total of six months.

    Note that this is a single-entry visa. If you leave Indonesia, you will have to apply for a social visa again.

    Per Indonesian regulations, a foreigner can get a social visa for the following reasons:

    • Visiting a family member in Indonesia.
    • Visiting a social organization operating in the same field as you.
    • You are part of an exchange program in Indonesia for training and education purposes
    • You are lecturing or joining a non-commercial conference or seminar in a social or governmental field

    One of the key requirements for a social visa is a sponsor letter from an Indonesian sponsor. Emerhub can act as your sponsor and provide a sponsor letter for you. In addition to that, we will facilitate the monthly visa extension after the initial 60-day period. Fill out the form below to get in touch with our consultants.

    Business Visa

    The business visa is a multiple-entry visa that is valid for one year. This visa allows the holder to enter and stay in Indonesia for 60 days per visit. This type of visa is suitable for individuals who intend on visiting Bali several times a year.

    A foreigner can get a business visa for the following reasons:

    • Discussing matters of trade transactions
    • On-site observation and discussions on trade terms (import-export business)
    • To conduct businesses activities where the visa holder is not engaged as an employee
    • To attend international shows and exhibitions
    • To attend meetings in Indonesia
    • Investigating commercial possibilities of capital investment with possible partners in Indonesia
    • For journalistic purposes
    • To make a non-commercial film

    Emerhub’s experts are ready to help you with your visa-related concerns. Our team has extensive experience in handling visas and work permits for expats and digital nomads. We will facilitate your application and extensions or renewals.

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    Representative Office and Work Permit in Bali

    If you want to set up a legal entity in Indonesia without making a large investment, you can open a representative office. Note that a representative office cannot earn revenue in Indonesia.

    A representative office can act on behalf of its foreign parent company as long as it does not generate income in Indonesia. A representative office can also hire local and foreign employees. It can also sponsor work permits for its foreign employees.

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