June 21, 2021
By Kiran Sidhu
Bali has long been a top destination for digital nomads with its superb blend of natural landscape alongside more urban features like virtual offices, fast internet available everywhere and networking opportunities. Achieving the work life balance is easy in Bali – surroundings are tranquil and lush with rich cultural heritage, beaches, mountains, waterfalls and paddyfields. Basically, this idyllic location has everything you need to enhance your remote working experience.
In an effort to boost the island’s economy post-pandemic, the Indonesian government will launch its ‘Work from Bali’ programme on July 1 for 8,000 Jakarta-based civil servants. The initiative, it is hoped, will boost the island’s tourism-dependent economy by encouraging the private sector to follow suit.
In order to reopen its borders, Bali is seeking 3.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines as it aims to reach a vaccination rate of 70% by July. The pilot programme for the civil servants will be focussed in the Nusa Dua area – once a prime conference location. The goal is to bring back business meetings, remote working and outbound activities on the island.
Since work-from-home has proved effective for many companies, remote working from Bali could be a wonderful opportunity to extend to employees post-pandemic. Do people really need to be tied to a location to be productive? The work-from-anywhere future offers some notable benefits to companies with a potential increase in employee productivity and morale being one of them.
So when can the rest of the world start working from beautiful Bali, you ask? Sooner than you think, if you qualify for a business visa. We’ve put together a guide of how to apply for the visa, with specific entry requirements if you are from Singapore or Malaysia. And the most exciting bit – we found 5 stunning long-stay villas in Bali you can work from!
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Yes, if you are travelling for business and as long as you qualify for the new Single Entry B211B e-Visa. Bali is currently still closed for tourism.
The Indonesian embassy describes the three visas B211A, B211B and B211C. During this period of time, however, only foreigners who hold work permits, business visas, permanent residence, diplomatic visas and under the green lane arrangement can enter the country. Specifically, you will need a Single Entry B211B e-Visa to enter Bali for work.
The visa is not to be used for tourism purposes, but offers non-residents and foreigners the opportunity to enter and stay in Bali whilst they work for up to six months. The Single Entry Visa is issued for 60 days, but four subsequent 30 day extensions are permitted.
People wanting to obtain a business visa to work in Bali need to be sponsored by a sponsor company in Indonesia. If you are a company bringing in foreigners into Indonesia, you can complete the application here for a Visa approval letter.
Below are details for business visa applications for visitors from Singapore and Malaysia. Visitors from other countries can find out details by getting in touch with their Indonesian embassy.
If you are from Singapore, here is what you need to apply for a B211B visa to Indonesia:
The visa processing fee is S$ 70 and takes one working day to process. However, application may take longer time to process if an interview is required with a maximum of 4 (four) working days. Full details can be found here.
If you are from Malaysia, here is what you need to apply for a B211B visa to Indonesia:
The visa processing fee is RM205 for 30 days and RM 451 for a period up to one year. Processing time can take up to 4 working days. Full details are available here.
Your B211B business visa is approved and your flight ticket to Bali is booked! But there are some additional requirements to be mindful of before your trip to keep safe and reduce transmission of COVID-19.
Before boarding your flight to Indonesia, you must test negative on a COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours before your departure to Indonesia. Fill in and submit the electronic health card (e-HAC) declaration with your negative test results and other relevant details. Just to be sure, it is a good idea to ask about the entry requirements and quarantine details during your visa application process at your embassy.
Upon arrival in Indonesia, you will be subject to body temperature checks, validation of your pre-departure PCR-test results and take an on-arrival PCR test. Depending on your visa type, travellers are generally required to undergo a 5 to 14-day self-funded quarantine at accommodation that is certified by Indonesia’s Ministry of Health.
Congratulations, you are now at the most exciting part of your journey! Bali has so much to offer those seeking to work from home in a very attractive location. It is home to some of the most gorgeous Balinese villas and homestays, and its people are kind and welcoming.
The island offers a wide variation of locations and landscapes to choose from. We have picked out 5 villas from different locations across Bali – so there is bound to be something that fits your taste and work-from-home needs. All the following villas are from Agoda’s long stay selection.
Canggu is situated on the south coast and is a small, attractive and relaxed town, surrounded by terraced rice paddies. Canggu is popular as it is quiet and best known for its great beaches and rolling surf. There are three districts in the town and plenty of good restaurants and coffee shops. If you are seeking healthy food alternatives, Canggu is the place to be.
Villa La Vita is situated in Batu Bolong, just 500 metres from the beach. It is a brand new, air-conditioned villa with three spacious bedrooms, a kitchen with dining area and bathroom with walk-in shower. Outside there is a private pool. The villa has cable TV and High speed Wi-Fi 20MBPS and is ideal for a team of three people.
Seminyak is an upmarket, chic and cosmopolitan area where most expats in Bali live. There are plenty of restaurants, bars and nightclubs within easy reach.
The Seminyak Suite by Astadala is in a complex of 17 contemporarily styled villas that is situated down a quiet, secluded lane – just a few minutes walk from the shopping and restaurant district.
This well-equipped villa is ideal for a team of three persons as it is spacious with three air-conditioned bedrooms and a large living area. If you are looking for a space for a team project, this villa may be a good choice. There is a kitchenette and outdoor dining area in the private garden. This villa also has an 8 X 4 metre pool. There is excellent Wi-Fi and an IDD telephone.
Situated in the south of the island, close to Legian and Kuta beaches and just 20 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport, this modern, five star hotel is perfect for international business meetings. Kuta is popular for surfing, shopping and clubbing. The Pullman Bali Legian Beach is a great choice for those seeking to work remotely in Bali and also for international corporate conferences and seminars.
The hotel has 365 attractive rooms and suites with high speed internet and Wi-Fi. It offers excellent conference facilities with five separate meeting rooms for up to 350 delegates. While you can’t have large-scale gatherings during COVID-19, this is a good choice with full-fledged facilities for small team meetings.
The hotel has an excellent business centre and offers fax and copier facilities and administrative services. There is an ATM/ bank in the hotel and concierge service.
The hotel stands within two kilometres of good shopping including the Discovery Mall, numerous restaurants and Kuta Art Market. There are good leisure facilities in the hotel including two lagoon pools, beach surfing lessons and the Tjaka Spa and fitness centre.
Ubud is situated in the uplands of Bali and is the cultural, holistic and artistic heart of the island. It is a colourful treasure trove of Hindi temples and shrines, magnificent palaces and famous landscapes including the Tellangrice paddy terraces.
The Mahanidhi villas offer the ideal setting for remote working. The villas have two bedrooms, each with flat screen TV, plus en suite bathroom with bath and shower. Outside, there is a private pool surrounded by leafy plants and beautiful Balinese statues. The whole complex has excellent free high speed internet (Wi-Fi)
Nusa Dua means ‘two islands’ but in reality, these are two headlands- each topped by a temple. Nusa Dua is the upscale part of Bali, known for its stunning beaches, beautiful natural wildlife and relaxing ambiance. There are temples like Pura Gegor and Puja Mandala to explore and boat trips to Serangen – ‘Turtle Island’ – which contrast sharply with luxury shops in the Bali Collection.
The Hilton Bali Resort stands on a clifftop overlooking a secluded beach and the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The hotel has 420 guest rooms and offers business travellers excellent conference facilities with 32 meeting rooms, a business centre, concierge and excellent Wi-Fi.
The hotel is also an excellent choice for digital nomads. The hotel has four interconnecting pools, a gym, tennis courts and spa. The hotel is well known for its excellent restaurants which showcase Balinese, Italian, Japanese and European cuisines.
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