Bangladeshis may soon be able to live in Bali tax-free and work remotely
Indonesia is thinking about granting remote workers a 'digital nomad visa' that will enable them to reside there tax-free as long as their income originates from abroad, for up to 5 years.
Sandiago Uno, Indonesia's tourism minister, reportedly told reporters earlier this month that he hoped the country's most recent initiative would attract up to 3.6 million foreign tourists and generate one million new jobs for Indonesians, reports Bloomberg.
According to Mr Uno, the remote working visa will allow independent contractors from all over the world to live on islands like Bali as long as their income is generated by businesses outside of Indonesia.
According to research, 95% of the remote workers who participated in the survey said Indonesia was 'top of mind' when making the decision. He added that similar plans for a visa for digital nomads had been in the works the previous year but had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bali has always been popular with remote workers or 'digital nomads'. Digital nomads can currently apply for a temporary visa that will allow them to work from Indonesia. The Visa on Arrival (VoA), which is good for 30 days, the tourist visa, which can be extended for a total of 60 days, and the business visa, which can be extended for up to 180 days are the available options.
Indonesia currently offers e-Visa for Bangladeshi tourists.