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Digital Nomad Visa For Indonesia (Bali)

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Digital Nomad Visa For Indonesia (Bali)

Indonesia Quick Facts

Beautiful beaches with luxury resorts, ancient temples, diverse wildlife, imposing mountains, captivating landscapes, and unique food. These are only some of the ways you can describe Indonesia (Bali), an increasingly attractive destination for tourists, expats, and digital nomads looking for exotic destinations.

Capital Jakarta
Form of Government Multiparty republic
Population 269,812,000
Climate Tropical climate
Language Indonesian
Currency Rupiah (Rp) - Need Help Converting?
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The country extends more than 5000 Km from east to west and has more than 18000 islands, making it the fifth country with the most islands in the world. These islands and their different ecosystems make the country one of the most diverse countries in the world, competing with countries like Brazil, China, Colombia, and Madagascar.

With more than 130 volcanoes, Indonesia is a favorite among geology enthusiasts as well as climbers, since it is possible to climb some of them. The incredible landscapes of every kind (rural, modern, coastline, mountains, jungle, etc), make the country also a favorite among photographers and artists, as hiking will always provide some exciting and captivating scenery.

If you enjoy looking at beautiful landscapes, hopping from island to island, tasting exotic and delicious food, learning about ancient rites and history, enjoy friendly local hospitality, and decide what location offers the right temperature for you, Indonesia might be what you are looking for!

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Indonesia (Bali) Digital Nomad Visa Overview

Like many countries in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is aware of its popularity with foreigners and has aimed to make it easy for them to access the country to enjoy what it has to offer.

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For this purpose, the Indonesian government offers the Social and Cultural (Sosial Budaya) Visa which has quickly become a favorite among digital nomads looking to stay in the country for an extended period.

Many countries are exempt from the visa requirement when traveling to the country as a tourist, their stay is limited to 30 days under these conditions.

This not only makes it difficult to enjoy everything the country has to offer but also results in many digital nomads finding themselves having to leave the country earlier than expected after falling in love with it.

While this visa was not specifically designed for Digital Nomads in the same that other countries have done, digital nomads are able to fulfill its requirements to take advantage of its benefits and stay in the country for up to 6 months (an original period of 60 days and 4 extensions of 30 days).

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The purposes of traveling that are considered valid by the Indonesian government when applying for this visa are varied but include tourism, social visits, professional training, seminar assistance, business meetings, and many other cultural and social activities.

This visa application process requires you to apply in your local Indonesian embassy or consulate before traveling to the country, as well as having a local sponsor (we will talk about this later) but is one of the most simple application processes you will find as a digital nomad.

The Indonesian government has placed a hold on travel under visa exemption and visa on arrival travelers due to the COVID-19 epidemic. However, the Sosial Budaya visa is still available for travelers to use and apply for, which is an added benefit at this time.

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Digital Nomad Visa for Indonesia (Bali)

Despite requiring you to apply in person, the application process for the Sosial Budaya visa is pretty straightforward and has requirements that are easy to fulfill by most digital nomads. As long as you are not traveling to the country to work for a local company or client (volunteering is considered as such), you should be able to obtain this visa.

If you are already in Indonesia and looking for options on how to stay for a longer period, you will need to leave the country and apply in a consulate or embassy as it is not possible to get this visa while staying in the country

If you are traveling with your partner, children, or a dependent, they will be required to apply for the same visa to travel to the country, so keep this in mind. Their application process will require the same documentation you are required to provide for your personal application, as well as paying the application fee.

An important thing to keep in mind about this visa is that it doesn’t grant you multiple entry privileges but it is a single entry visa. This means that if you leave the country after arriving using this visa, it won’t be valid anymore and you will need to re-apply for it before returning to the country.

The Indonesian immigration authorities have not established limitations to citizens of any specific country, which is great news for anyone worrying about their country not having ties with Indonesia (Bali).

It is also noteworthy that unlike other long-stay visas, the Sosial Budaya visa doesn’t have a quota on the number of applications that can be submitted or accepted each year, as well as not establishing a schedule for when it can be applied for. This will allow you to take your time and do your research without having to worry about when you are planning to travel.

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How To Apply For the Digital Nomad Visa For Indonesia (Bali)

As we mentioned previously, you are required to be outside Indonesia at the time of applying. If you are already in the country, you can consider traveling to Singapore to start the process as this is the most convenient country for most digital nomads under these circumstances.

While using a travel agency or private agent is not required, doing so will facilitate the process and obtention of the sponsor letter. However, if you have contacts in the country, asking them to sponsor you might be the best way to complete the process for you depending on your priorities.

The processing time for this application process can vary depending on the embassy or consulate you are playing from, as well as how many applications are being processed at the time, usually taking between 2 and 4 workdays.

However, there are many instances in which travelers have received their visas the same day they applied for, only hours after submitting the documentation.
Once your visa application has been approved, you will have 90 days to travel to Indonesia and use it. If you don’t do it during this period, the visa will no longer be valid and you will need to re-apply for it.


Requirements for Applying

You should know now if the Sosial Budaya visa is the right choice for you in terms of application time and benefits, so let’s talk about the requirements you must fulfill.


The requirements for the Sosial Budaya visa are:

Having a sponsor letter from an Indonesian citizen or organization.

You might be asked to provide a bank statement in some cases to prove you have enough funds to travel to the country.

You might be asked to have a return ticket within 180 days after entry.

If you are applying from a country different from your own, you will need to show that you are there legally.

The requirements for this visa are somewhat vague but easy to fulfill, with the most intimidating being the requirement for a sponsor letter. This sponsor letter can be submitted by a local if you have family or friends in the country, but most digital nomads obtain it from travel agencies assisting them with the process.

You need to keep in mind that your sponsor will be responsible for you during your stay, so you should ask someone who you trust (and trusts you) for this document if not working with an agent or travel agency, as the person’s name will be included in your visa and changing it will incur on a fee.

While the bank statement and return ticket booking are not always required by the authorities, taking it with you when applying will facilitate the process and ensure you don’t have to reschedule your appointment.

As the Indonesian government has not specified the amount of money you should have in your bank to meet the minimum income requirement and this is not a requirement in all cases, you should contact your local consulate or embassy before applying if you are concerned that your funds might not be sufficient.

Personal passport with at least six more months of validity.

Sponsor letter.

Copy of the ID card of your sponsor.

Two passport photos.

Payment of the visa application fee

Booking confirmation of your flight ticket. It must contain the date of arrival.

Bank Statement if required.

Return ticket booking if required.

Copy of the passport page containing the entry stamp if you are applying from a country different from your own

As mentioned before, the Indonesian Government has taken some measures due to the COVID 19 pandemic. The measures include extra requirements that must be fulfilled by applicants looking to travel to the country under this visa.

Keep in mind that these requirements might change or disappear depending on the evolution of the pandemic:

Providing a health certificate declaring negative COVID-19. This certificate must be in English.

Declaration letter consenting to mandatory self-isolation upon arrival.

Consent letter to be monitored during this self-isolation period.

Proof of health or travel insurance covering medical expenses for COVID-19.

As you can see, the requirements are simple to fulfill by anyone looking to continue or start their life as a digital nomad, especially when comparing it with other countries’ visa requirements.

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How much does it cost?

Another benefit of this digital nomad visa is its low price, which is especially beneficial when keeping in mind the low cost of living in Indonesia (Bali) compared to countries charging up to $3000 in fees and having some of the most expensive costs of living in the world.

The application fee for the cultural and social visa is approximately $50. It is non-refundable and must be paid prior to starting the application process.

There are no other costs associated with this visa, except the fees charged by your agent or traveling agency if you are using one.

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Timeline for Applying

As you have seen, the required documentation is something you can acquire in a matter of hours despite being a tedious part of any visa application process in other cases.


When combined with the up to 4 workdays it can take the application to be processed, you are looking at one of the fastest visa applications there are.

If you have paid attention so far, you should not have any inconvenience that delays the application process, which should see like this:

  1. Check the list of requirements and make sure you meet all of them.
  2. Gather the necessary documentation.
  3. Contact your local Indonesian embassy or consulate to schedule an appointment.
  4. Pay the application fee according to local procedures.
  5. Present yourself in the embassy or consulate to present the necessary documentation.
  6. Wait up to 4 workdays for the application to be processed.
  7. If approved, travel to the country during the following 90 days since the visa’s issuance date.
  8. If you are staying in the country for more than 60 days, make sure to visit the local immigration office to extend your visa for 30 days. This extension can be requested a total of 4 times

Now that you know everything there is to know about the Sosial Budaya visa, you should be able to consider Indonesia as your next destination.

If this is the case, the only thing left for us to say is

Semoga perjalananmu menyenangkan!

Do you qualify for this visa?
Sosial Budaya visa
Having a sponsor letter from an Indonesian citizen or organization.
You might be asked to provide a bank statement in some cases to prove you have enough funds to travel to the country.
You might be asked to have a return ticket within 180 days after entry.
If you are applying from a country different from your own, you will need to show that you are there legally.
Personal passport with at least six more months of validity.
Sponsor letter.
Copy of the ID card of your sponsor.
Two passport photos.
Payment of the visa application fee
Booking confirmation of your flight ticket. It must contain the date of arrival.
Bank Statement if required.
Return ticket booking if required.
Copy of the passport page containing the entry stamp if you are applying from a country different from your own
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