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Currently, visitors arriving in Bali can obtain a 30-day visa online prior to arrival at Ngurah Rai International Airport (eVOA), extendable for an additional 30 days (eVOA 60), after which they must leave Indonesia.

For those intending to stay longer than 60 days, exploring visa options for extended flexibility is crucial. Navigating the plethora of available information on long-term visas for Bali can be confusing, given the outdated and frustrating content online.

To simplify this process, we offer insights into various visas, including the types of visas that allow you to live and work in Indonesia and that give you the residence card KITAS, called limited stay visas (Visa Tinggal Terbatas).

Whether you’re here for remote work, studying, taking a gap year, investing, or retiring, we offer visa solutions with durations ranging from 3 months to indefinite stays. Partnering with us means gaining access to proficient visa agents who can offer guidance, provide quotes, and ensure a smooth online visa issuance process, making your experience hassle-free.

Visas are issued electronically, eliminating the need to visit an embassy with your passport to collect a visa. Paid online and they will be emailed or sent via WhatsApp. There will always be changes to regulations (i.e. offshore versus onshore), requirements (documents to present like proof of villa address, investment, passport validity, insurance, flight details etc.) and fees, so best to get my visa agents to answer any questions you have and give you the most cost-effective solution.

B211A Single Entry Visa

The B211 single-entry visa is suitable for various purposes such as official government activities, tourism, social and cultural activities, sports, business, family visits, journalistic activities, or transit.

Remote work is permitted on this visa, offering flexibility in locations like co-working hubs, villas, or cafes. Some people may refer to this visa as a digital nomad visa but that this type of visa does not exist and B211A visa would be the most common option for digital nomads.

It initially allows a 60-day stay in Bali, extendable twice for an additional 60 days each time, totaling 180 days (60 x 3).

After 180 days, you need to leave Indonesia and reapply for a new visa. This is where it is common to take a short trip exploring nearby countries such as Singapore or Western Australia or returning to one’s home country.

For a 12-month stay, the B211 visa can be enjoyed twice, with a requirement to leave Indonesia and reapply after each 180 days. The initial visa payment is slightly higher than subsequent extensions, and the processing time is approximately 4-5 working days.

This single-entry visa includes sponsorship through a visa agent. Your passport needs to be valid for 12 months at a minimum. You cannot apply for a B211A while in Indonesia after arriving on a VOA, you must apply for it outside of Indonesia and have the B211 visa issued to you before entering the country.

Types of KITAS

If you want to live or work in Indonesia, you will need something called a KITAS (Kartu Izin Tinggal Terbatas), which is a Residence Permit Card for a temporary or limited stay.

A KITAS offers greater flexibility and may be more suitable for you, depending on the duration of your stay, your specific requirements, and whether you need to frequently enter and exit Indonesia.

There is an C314 Sponsored Investor KITAS (Valid 1 & 2 years option – Multiple Entry) and C317 Dependent/Family KITAS (Valid 1 year – Multiple Entry), Student KITAS, Retirement KITAS and Working KITAS (Full Sponsorship, depending on work category).

Benefits of a KITAS

  •  Leave Indonesia as many times as you want during the visa period
  • You can be quicker in the immigration line (KITAS holder line) every time you are at the airport – avoid the tourists!
  • Your immigration visit is done once for fingerprints and photo and no more trips and extensions within the visa period (I call it the set and forget option).
  • Enjoy better prices and discounts for KITAS holders at places like gyms, yoga clubs, attractions, accommodation and more
  • KITAS holders can also organise insurance policies with local Balinese agents who represent major worldwide insurance companies like Allianz and Prudential (tends to be very cost-effective as opposed to an international policy)
  • A child can attend any school they want in Bali
  • Open a local bank account
  • The ability to buy items like a scooter or car in your name

Investor KITAS

Investor visas are for shareholders of companies registered in Indonesia. This is where you need to set up a company called PT PMA (foreign owned company).

Once you set up a PT PMA, you can then be a shareholder in your company, and also you can work in your company using the Investor KITAS. Once you have an Investor KITAS, you can register for a Family KITAS for your spouse/children and we can help you to arrange that.

This visa is valid for 1 (C313) and 2 years (C314) and the investor must own shares for at least IDR 10 billion. Investors can no longer prove their ownership with a capital statement letter – now an investor must prove their share purchase by demonstrating bank statements. Investor KITAS giving you multiple entry permit.

Foreigners with a PT PMA can also safely buy freehold land in Bali.

Read Opening a business

Working KITAS

If you would like to work or obtain income in Indonesia, you have to get a Work KITAS that allows foreigners to work officially in the country.

There are three ways to obtain a Work KITAS (permit).

1)Your employer has to obtain a work permit (IMTA) for you from the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower. Based on the duration of your work contract. The sponsoring company and your occupation are stated in the KITAS. Accordingly, you are not entitled to work in another position, nor to get a job in another company with this Kitas.

2) You can open your own PT PMA company and apply for a Working Kitas under it.

3) Get a sponsored Working KITAS through my visa agents depending on your occupation. Note some KITAS are available for 6 months or 12 months depending on the occupation and work categories (such as entertainment, sports, and marketing).

Read Opening a business

Student KITAS

Certain international schools mandate that their students hold a Student KITAS, signifying their status as full-time students in Indonesia. These visas are initially valid for one year and can be renewed annually throughout the study period.

The school’s legal department typically handles the visa arrangements for students, facilitating the process by taking them to immigration.  It’s important to note that, as parents, you are still responsible for arranging your own individual visas separately.

The alternative to the school applying for a KITAS is for your child to receive a Dependent KITAS that comes from your KITAS.

Retirement KITAS

The age requirement for the Retirement KITAS (319) has been updated from 55 years to 60 years. This visa is designed for foreign nationals who have ceased working and wish to retire in Bali. It is valid for one year with multiple entries and can be renewed annually.

To apply for this visa, one must be onshore in Bali, necessitating an initial arrival on a B211 single-entry visa. The processing time for a retirement KITAS is approximately four weeks, and renewals should be initiated 1-3 months before the KITAS expiry, proving more economical than the initial application.

Holders of a Retirement KITAS are eligible to apply for local BPJS insurance, purchase a car or scooter, and can import personal belongings.

The application process includes the submission of the following documents:

  • Lease contract for a minimum of 12 months along with a copy of the owner’s ID card.
  • Local ID of two home assistants (a signed letter will be arranged upon arrival in Bali).
  • Bank account statement with a minimum balance of 550 million IDR from your country’s bank.
  • Health insurance covering a one-year period.
  • Passport with a minimum validity of 18 months.

Second Home Visa

The Second Home Visa (sometimes known as the Golden visa)  is designed for foreign nationals arriving in Indonesia, including investors, tourists, and elderly/retiree tourists. This visa allows for a stay in Indonesia for either 5 or 10 years.

 

Families, such as children, spouses, or parents, can also apply for the Second Home Visa.

The application process includes the submission of the following documents:

  • A valid national passport with a remaining validity of at least 36 months.
  • Proof of funds, such as an account owned by the Foreign Nationals or the Sponsor, with a minimum value of 2,000,000,000 IDR (two billion rupiah) or its equivalent.

Fly in Fly Out workers (FIFO)

Expats who wish to live in Bali but need to fly out of Indonesia for work very regularly may opt for the D212 visa as opposed to reapplying for the VOA every time.

The D212 visa permits multiple entries within its one-year validity, provided that each stay in Bali does not exceed 60 days.

Processing a Visa

We work with visa experts who seamlessly navigate the visa process, from obtaining various visas and KITAS (including retirement, working and investment) to acquiring local driver’s licences for cars and motorbikes. They also provide assistance with a SKTT document required to purchase a car and scooter. If you wish to get a visa processed and for more information, please look at our Silver Service and how we can assist you in your requirements.

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