Indonesia is all set to offer a special five-year visa for digital nomads, who have expressed Bali is their “top of mind” destination for remote work. This manoeuvre is foreseen to change the travel dynamics – many countries to follow suit. Nonetheless, Indonesia will be the first country in the world to offer 5-years visa for remote workers post-pandemic.
Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno said in an interview with Bloomberg on Monday (June 6).
The ministry had considered this special visa since early 2021, but the plan couldn’t be executed due to coronavirus resurgences, strict border controls and flight cancellations to Indonesia’s tourist destinations.
“Now with the pandemic handled and all the ministries getting involved and cooperating from the health side to the immigration office, we believe that this is an opportune time to relaunch this idea,” Mr Uno said.
Southeast Asia’s largest economy has scrapped most of its travel restrictions, allowing fully-vaccinated visitors to come without testing or quarantine requirements, as Covid-19 cases stay low and booster doses are rolled out.
Tourist arrivals jumped 500 per cent to 111,000 in April, its highest monthly tally since the pandemic.
This should create over a million jobs for Indonesians and help propel economic growth after the pandemic, Mr Uno said.