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6 Jun 2022
Bali, Indonesia plans to attract Digital Nomads with 5-year Visa
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INDONESIA plans to issue a special 5-year visa for the digital nomads - remote workers and business-leisure travelers to attract visitors to back to Bali and other destinations in the country.
Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno said in an interview with Bloomberg Television's Yvonne Man and Rishaad Salamat on Monday (Jun 6), that currently, around 95% of surveyed "digital nomads" have said Indonesia is their "top of mind" destination for remote work and they are ready to travel.”
The ministry of Indonesia has considered this special visa since early 2021, but the plan was delayed and hindered by rising cases of COVID-19, strict border controls and a lack of flights to Indonesia's tourist destinations.
Uno added that, "Now with the pandemic handled and all the ministries getting involved and cooperating from the health side to the immigrations office, we believe that this is an opportune time to relaunch this idea."
Indonesia is expecting to hit the target of 3.6 million travelers this year. And they are expecting that it will generate over a million jobs for Indonesians and help propel economic growth after the pandemic, Uno said in Bloomberg interview.