HOW TO APPLY DIGITAL NOMAD VISA IN INDONESIA

Applying for a digital nomad experience in Indonesia involves exploring available visa options for remote work.

HOW TO APPLY DIGITAL NOMAD VISA IN INDONESIA

Indonesia, particularly Bali offers the B211a visa as an attractive option for digital nomads seeking to relocate for up to six months. This e-visa allows applicants to visit for both tourism and business purposes, making it a favourable choice for remote workers.

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WHAT IS B211 VISA?

The B211 visa is a valuable option for digital nomads seeking to live and work in Indonesia, particularly in popular destinations like Bali. This visa, also known as the Single Entry B211 Tourism e-Visa, allows non-residents and tourists to enter Indonesia for an extended period of time.

VISA LENGTH

The digital nomad visa, specifically tailored for remote workers, is expected to have a validity period of five years. However, information regarding the possibility of a visa renewal is still forthcoming.

Where To Stay?

Booking.com – There are many options for accomodation in Indonesia, Check Hostelworld for the best options. If you want to meet other nomads or travelers, hostels are the way to go.

INCOME REQUIREMENTS

Applicants for the digital nomad visa will need to demonstrate a minimum of $2,000 USD in their bank account as proof of income. This requirement ensures that individuals have the financial means to support themselves during their stay in Indonesia under the digital nomad visa program.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

 Alongside the income requirement, the B211 visa for digital nomads may have additional requirements. One potential requirement is the registration for the K-ETA (Knowledge-based Electronic Travel Authority) system. This system enables digital nomads to upload their travel records, undergo criminal background checks, fulfill insurance requirements, and provide relevant medical information. 

NATIONALITIES ELIGIBLE FOR VISA-FREE ENTRY INTO BALI AND INDONESIA

Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

  • Visa exemption is applicable for tourism purposes only.
  • The maximum allowed stay is 30 days.
  • The visa-free stay cannot be extended; visitors must leave the country within 30 days.
  • A valid passport (not residency) is required for entry under the visa exemption program.

NATIONALITY RESTRICTIONS FOR THE B211A VISA

The B211a visa has nationality restrictions.

  • The following countries are not eligible for the B211a visa: Afghanistan, Guinea, Israel, Kamerun, Liberia, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, and Sri Lanka.

BALI B211A VISA REQUIREMENTS

To apply for the Bali B211a visa, you need to fulfill the following criteria:

  1. Valid Passport: Ensure your passport has a minimum validity of 12 months upon entering Indonesia for a six-month stay, or 6 months validity if your intended stay is for 60 days.
  2. COVID-19 Vaccination: It is mandatory to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  3. Sufficient Funds: Prepare to provide proof of at least $2,000 in your bank account as evidence of adequate financial resources.
  4. Exit Ticket: Be ready to present proof of onward travel from Indonesia, demonstrating your intention to depart the country once your visa expires.

STEPS TO APPLY FOR THE BALI B211A VISA

  1. Gather Documents: Collect the required documents for your B211a visa application, including copies of your passport (cover, biometrics page, and signed pages), a passport-sized photo (4×6 inches), bank statement (if applying independently), onward travel ticket (if requested), and a certificate of full COVID-19 vaccination in English.
  2. Consider Professional Assistance: It is recommended to work with an experienced immigration and visa lawyer or service to navigate the application process successfully, especially if it is your first time applying for a visa.
  3. Complete Online Application: Access the Official Immigration Website of Indonesia to complete your B211a visa application. Register and create a profile to proceed with the application. Pay the application fee, which typically ranges from $100 to $400, depending on the visa type.
  4. Await Approval: After submitting your visa application, anticipate receiving approval from the Indonesian immigration office within seven to fourteen days. Once approved, you have a 90-day window to enter Indonesia. The first day of your visa term will be the day you arrive in the country.

 

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WHO NEEDS AN INDONESIAN VISA?

Certain nationalities require a visa to travel to Indonesia. Below is a list of countries whose citizens need a visa:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Cameroon
  3. Central African Republic
  4. Colombia
  5. Republic of the Congo
  6. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  7. Djibouti
  8. Equatorial Guinea
  9. Eritrea
  10. Ethiopia
  11. Guinea
  12. Guinea-Bissau
  13. Iran
  14. Iraq
  15. Israel
  16. Kosovo
  17. Liberia
  18. Micronesia
  19. Montenegro
  20. Niger
  21. Nigeria
  22. North Korea
  23. Sierra Leone
  24. Somalia
  25. South Sudan
  26. Sudan
  27. Syria
  28. Yemen

Citizens of countries not mentioned above can enter Indonesia without a visa for stays of up to 30 days. However, if you belong to a “visa-free” country and wish to stay in Indonesia for longer than 30 days, you will need to apply for an Indonesian visa.

TYPES OF INDONESIA VISAS 

Tourist Visa (Embassy and On Arrival):

  • Maximum duration: 30 days (extendable up to 60 days)
  • Purpose: Tourism, recreational, or visiting purposes
  • Restrictions: Not allowed to work or conduct business
  • Multiple-entry Visa:
    • Validity: Six months, one year, or two years
    • Purpose: Official government activities, business or commercial activities, or family visits
    • Authorization is required from Directorate General of Immigration
  • Business Visa:
    • Multiple-entry visa valid for up to one year
    • Maximum stay: 60 days per entry
    • Purpose: Attending meetings, training, negotiations, and other business-related activities (employment not allowed)
  • Limited Stay Visa:
    • Purpose: Work, study, join family, or retire in Indonesia
    • Examples: Work Visa, Student Visa, Family Visa, Retirement Visa, Digital Nomad Visa
    • Sponsor or guarantor required
    • Letter of Visa Authorization from Directorate General of Immigration required

THE REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH  INDONESIAN VISA 

 

Tourist Visa (Embassy and On Arrival):

  • Valid passport with a minimum of six months validity beyond the intended stay
  • Completed visa application form
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs
  • Proof of onward or return ticket
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover the stay (e.g., bank statements, traveler’s checks, etc.)
  • Hotel reservations or accommodation details
  • Travel itinerary or plans
  • Consular fee payment

 

Multiple-entry Visa (Official government activities, business/commercial activities, or family visits):

  • Valid passport with a minimum of six months validity beyond the intended stay
  • Completed visa application form
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs
  • Invitation letter from the host in Indonesia, specifying the purpose and duration of the visit
  • Proof of previous visits to Indonesia (if applicable)
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover the stay (e.g., bank statements, traveler’s checks, etc.)
  • Consular fee payment
  • Authorization from the Directorate General of Immigration (obtained by the host in Indonesia)

 

Business Visa:

  • Valid passport with a minimum of six months validity beyond the intended stay
  • Completed visa application form
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs
  • Invitation letter from the business partner or company in Indonesia, specifying the purpose and duration of the visit
  • Proof of business registration or employment (such as a letter from the employer)
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover the stay (e.g., bank statements, traveler’s checks, etc.)
  • Consular fee payment

 

Limited Stay Visa (e.g., Work Visa, Student Visa, Family Visa, Retirement Visa, Digital Nomad Visa):

  • Valid passport with a minimum of six months validity beyond the intended stay
  • Completed visa application form
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs
  • Sponsor or guarantor in Indonesia (such as the employer, educational institution, family member, etc.)
  • Letter of Visa Authorization from the Directorate General of Immigration
  • Additional documents specific to the type of limited stay visa (e.g., employment contract, acceptance letter from the educational institution, marriage certificate, etc.)
  • Consular fee payment
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To apply for an Indonesian visa at an Embassy or Consulate, follow these steps

  1. Locate the Indonesian Embassy or Consulate responsible for your jurisdiction. You can find the relevant information on the official website of the Diplomatic Missions of Indonesia.
  2. Contact the Embassy or Consulate or visit their website to familiarize yourself with the visa application requirements.
  3. If required, schedule an appointment for your visa application.
  4. Gather all the necessary documents for your Indonesian visa application. Ensure that your passport is included along with the required supporting documents.
  5. Pay the visa fee, which varies depending on the specific Embassy or Consulate. Payment methods may include bank transfer or cash. Note that visa fees are generally non-refundable. 
  6. Submit your completed application and documents to the Indonesian Embassy or Consulate. In certain cases, you may have the option to submit your application by mail.
  7. Allow the Embassy/Consulate time to process your visa application.
  8. Once a decision is made, collect your passport and documents from the Embassy/Consulate. If you applied by mail, they will be returned to you. If your application is approved, you will receive your Indonesian visa.

Indonesia Visa Fee

When applying for an Indonesian visa, you are required to pay a non-refundable fee, which varies depending on the type and duration of the visa. The current fees are as follows:

  • Single-entry Tourist Visa: USD 50
  • Multiple-entry Tourist/Visit/Business Visa: USD 100
  • Limited Stay Visa:
    • Six months: USD 50
    • One year: USD 90
    • Two years: USD 160
  • Visa on Arrival: USD 35

PROOF OF PAYMENT FOR THE INDONESIA VISA FEE

The acceptable methods of payment for the Indonesia visa fee may vary depending on the Embassy/Consulate and whether you are applying by mail or in person. Instructions regarding the payment method can usually be found on their official websites. In some cases, you may be required to purchase a Money Order, while in other cases, payment can be made using a Credit or Debit Card.

Conclusion:

Indonesia does offer a digital nomad visa called the B211a visa, which allows remote workers to live and work in the country for up to six months. The visa has certain requirements, including a minimum income threshold and proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The B211a visa is specifically tailored for digital nomads and provides an opportunity to experience the vibrant culture and beautiful landscapes of Indonesia, particularly in popular destinations like Bali. It is advisable to consult with an experienced immigration lawyer or service to ensure a smooth application process. For travelers from countries eligible for visa-free entry, a 30-day stay is allowed, but if they wish to stay longer, they will need to apply for an Indonesian visa. There are various types of visas available, including tourist visas, multiple-entry visas, business visas, and limited-stay visas, each with its own requirements and purposes. It is important to carefully review the specific requirements for each visa type and follow the application process accordingly. Visa fees are applicable and vary depending on the type and duration of the visa.

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