‘Digital nomad’ visas are easy to get, if you’re rich
The Indonesian government’s recently-launched “second home visa” permits wealthy foreigners, professionals, investors and retirees with a minimum of $130,000 in their bank accounts to stay in the country for up to 10 years. It’s part of the “digital nomad” trend.
Money can buy many things — a tasty meal, a nice car, a luxurious home.
But what about a long-term stay as a digital nomad on the beautiful Indonesian resort island of Bali? Well, for people with $130,000 to spare in their bank account, that could become a reality too.
Digital nomads are “people who choose to embrace a location-independent, technology-enabled lifestyle that allows them to travel and work remotely, anywhere in the world,” according to one firm that links independent consultants with clients.
As of June 2022, more than 25 countries and territories had issued digital nomad visas to draw remote workers, whose number has increased since the pandemic started.
The Indonesian government, however, is taking a slightly different approach through a “second home visa” that permits wealthy foreigners, professionals, investors and retirees to stay in the country for up to 10 years.
Watch the video above to learn how this visa stacks up against the ones issued by other countries, and to learn about the difficulties policymakers face in making it a success.