Last Updated on 5 January 2024 by Brittany
While we impatiently wait for Indonesia’s digital nomad visa, remote workers can still visit the country for 180 days with the Bali B211a visa.
Traditionally, travelers and digital nomads who visited Bali would receive a visa on arrival (VOA) if their nationality was accepted. This visa allows tourists to stay in the country for 30 days and can be extended once.
However, with the Bali B211a visa, travelers can automatically stay for 60 days with the option to renew the visa twice to stay for a total of six months.
It’s important to note that the B211a visa is a single-entry visa. If you leave Indonesia during your stay, your visa is automatically terminated.
The B211a visa is an e-visa, which means you must apply for it before traveling to Bali. It’s recommended to receive the visa even before you purchase your flights and accommodations.
If you’re a digital nomad looking to experience the marvelous wonders of Bali, some of the best digital nomad cities in Asia, and hang out with other like-minded remote workers, you’ll want to keep reading about how to apply for the Bali B211a visa and extend your stay.
What is the Bali B211a Visa?
Bali’s B211a visa is an excellent option for digital nomads looking to relocate to Indonesia for up to six months out of the year. Applicants may apply for this e-visa for both tourism and business purposes.
Unlike the traditional visa on arrival, the B211a visa allows you to renew your stay twice to stay for a total of 180 days.
The Bali B211a visa is also necessary for nationalities who are not eligible to receive the visa on arrival. There are currently 80 countries accepted; the rest will require an e-visa.
As we wait for the official digital nomad visa to become available, this is the perfect way for digital nomads to spend half of their year in Bali and the other half traveling to other destinations.
It’s important to note that if you end up staying (for whatever reason) for 183 days or longer, you will owe taxes to Indonesia.
Do I Need a Tourist or Business Visa as a Digital Nomad?
There are two kinds of the Bali B211a visa available: tourism and business.
As a digital nomad, you may be stuck choosing between the two since you’ll be working remotely while in Bali.
To help you better understand, the business B211a visa is for those visiting Indonesia to perform business duties such as attending meetings and conferences or checking on investments in the country.
If you are working remotely for a company located outside of Indonesia or have your own business established abroad, then you will apply for a tourist B211a visa.
Only if you are actively pursuing business opportunities, such as investing or finding suppliers, will you need the business visa.
Are There Nationality Restrictions for the B211a Visa?
Yes, there is a short list of nationalities who are not eligible to receive the B211a visa.
These countries include Afghanistan, Guinea, Israel, Kamerun, Liberia, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, and Sri Lanka.
Bali B211a Visa Requirements
To be eligible to apply for the Bali B211a visa, you must meet the following requirements:
- Valid Passport – Your passport must be valid for at least 12 months upon entering Indonesia if you plan to stay for 180 days or six months validity if you plan to stay for just 60 days
- $10,000 USD in Bank Account – You may be asked to provide proof of sufficient funds
- Guarantee Letter from Sponsor – If you are staying in Indonesia for reasons other than tourism, you must have a sponsor for your visa
- Exit Ticket from Indonesia – You may also be asked to provide proof of onward travel after your visa expires
If you meet the above requirements, then you can move forward with your B211a visa application.
Updated September 2023: Indonesia no longer requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as of July 7, 2023.
Steps to Apply
Applying for the Bali B211a visa is done online. However, we do recommend working with experienced immigration and visa lawyer or service to assist you. It can become complicated and confusing if this is your first time applying for the visa.
Step 1: Gather Documents
Before you begin your B211a visa application, it’s a good idea to gather all of the documents you’ll need to submit.
You will be expected to present the following:
- Copy of Passport (Cover, Biometrics Page, and Signed Pages)
- Passport Photo (4×6 inches)
- Bank Statement (if applying on your own)
- Ticket for Onward Travel (if requested)
It’s important to note that the Bali B211a visa requires applicants to be “sponsored.” If you are applying independently, you will need to provide a bank statement proving your funds.
However, if you hire a professional service to submit the application for you, they will be your “sponsor,” and you will not have to provide proof of funds.
Step 2: Complete Application
You will complete your B211a visa application online through the country’s official immigration website.
You must register and create a profile to move forward with the application.
Upon submitting your visa application, you will pay an application fee between $100 and $400, depending on the visa you applied for.
Step 3: Wait for Approval
You should receive your visa approval between seven and fourteen days from the immigration office in Indonesia.
Upon receiving your Bali B211a visa, you have 90 days to enter Indonesia. The day you arrive in the country is the first day of your visa term.
Do I Need a Visa to Visit Bali?
Yes, every visitor requires some sort of visa to enter Indonesia. Finding out which one is right for you is where it may get a bit tricky.
If your nationality is accepted for a visa on arrival and you plan to stay in Indonesia for less than 60 days, then you do not have to apply for a visa beforehand.
However, if your nationality is not accepted for VOA or you plan to stay in Indonesia longer than 60 days, you will have to apply for the Bali B211a visa.
Can the B211a Visa be Converted to Another Visa?
Yes, if you plan to apply for another Indonesian visa and do not want to leave the country to do so, you may convert the B211a visa to another visa.
Bali for Digital Nomads
Bali has been a top destination for digital nomads for years! With the low cost of living, high quality of life, and spiritual atmosphere, more digital nomads flock to the island each year.
The tropical weather, pristine beaches, and the most majestic nature scenes you’ll ever witness make Bali a must-visit for all. Remote workers especially love settling down in the destination because of the large digital nomad community. It’s a great place to make new friends, network, and find yourself.
Whether you want to work on your personal or business goals or attend a yoga retreat, you can do it here and for a fraction of the cost if you were to go to South America or Europe.
The excellent wifi connection, various coworking spaces, and multiple cafes with free wifi make Bali the perfect destination for digital nomads.
Get Assistance Applying for Visas Worldwide
When it comes to applying for a visa, things can get a bit overwhelming and complicated. Between learning which visa you need to actually submit the application, many digital nomads give up and find a different country to visit.
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