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HOW TO WORK IN BALI LEGALLY

Working legally in Bali is the dream of many people, with its natural beauty and cultural variety offering its own value for expatriates around the world. 

 

Bali is the paradise of the world that exists in the tropical area of ​​Indonesia. Apart from its nature and cultural diversity, Bali is also known for the friendliness of its people, the Balinese people are very friendly and polite to everyone who comes to Bali either just for vacation or to work. 

 

To work legally in Bali, some important documents that must be known, including KITAS, KITAP, and IMTA.

HOW TO WORK IN BALI?

In principle, there are two situations where one can work in Bali, either if: 

  1. they are working for a foreign company and working remotely from Bali, or

  2. they are working for an Indonesian company and working remotely from or directly in Bali.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO WORK REMOTELY FROM BALI?

Foreigners can work remotely from Bali, provided that they have the proper visa and/or residence permit.

 

If the foreigner is working for a company located abroad, then they would need the remote worker visa (as provided by Article 33(2) letter j of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights Regulations No. 22 of 2023 (“MoLHR 22/2023”)). Please note that while this type of visa already exists in the regulations, according to our observation in the field, it is not yet implemented by the government, and it is still not yet possible to apply. This remote-worker visa can further be converted into a temporary stay permit (kartu izin tinggal terbatas or KITAS), and is given for a maximum of 1 (one) year. This stay permit can also be renewed, provided the total period does not exceed 6 (six) years.

 

In the meantime, the type of visa that a foreigner can apply for to work remotely from Bali is the Visit Visa Index B211A.


Meanwhile, suppose the foreigner is working for an Indonesian company remotely from or directly in Bali. In that case, the said foreigner needs a working visa (which can also be converted into KITAS) and the company that employs them shall hold the IMTA. Normally, it could be given for a period between 6 months to 2 (two) years and can be renewed depending on the existence of the employment contract between the company and the relevant foreigners.

Working remotely from Bali
Working remotely from Bali

HOW TO GET THE REMOTE WORKER VISA FOR BALI?

As we mentioned above, according to our field observation, the application for this visa is not yet implemented by the government, so it is still not yet possible to apply.

 

However, when the visa will eventually be able to be applied, referring to MoLHR 22/2023, this remote worker visa for Bali requires:

  1. Passport that is valid and still valid for at least 6 (six) months;

  2. proof of Immigration Guarantee, in the form of salary or income worth at least US$60,000 (sixty thousand US dollars) per year;

  3. proof of having living expenses for himself and/or family while in Indonesia;

  4. latest color photograph; and

  5. proof of employment contract with a company that incorporated outside the Indonesian (foreign company).

 

As per MoLHR 22/2023, when a foreigner enters Indonesia with this visa, they would be given the “Entry Stamp” (tanda masuk), which acts as their KITAS.

HOW TO GET THE WORKING VISA FOR BALI?

Working visa for Bali is applied online through the Indonesian immigration online visa application by the sponsor of the said foreigner in Indonesia, which in this case is the company who employs him/her.

 

Referring to MoLHR 22/2023, the working visa for Bali requires:

 

  1. Passport that is valid and still valid for at least 6 (six) months;

  2. proof of sponsorship from the Sponsor, i.e. the company;

  3. proof of having living expenses for himself and/or family while in Indonesia;

  4. latest color photograph; and

  5. statement from Indonesian manpower institution or any other government institution in case the said foreigner’s work for the government. 

 

As per MoLHR 22/2023, when a foreigner enters Indonesia with this visa, they would be given the “Entry Stamp” (tanda masuk), which acts as their KITAS.


Please note that before applying for the above visa, it is important for the employer of foreigners to initially obtain approval to employ forigners from the Ministry of Manpower by submitting a Foreign Worker Placement Plan/Rencana Penggunaan Tenaga Kerja Asing (RPTKA). It is also mandatory for company who employs foreigner to hold an permit to employe foreigners/Izin Menggunakan Tenaga kerja Asing (IMTA)

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WHAT IS A KITAP AND WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS

KITAP is the abbreviation of Permanent Stay Permit Card. KITAP is a document that must be owned by foreign citizens (WNA) who wish to live in Indonesia and to take care of various population management needs. KITAP is given to foreigners who have had KITAS for 5 consecutive years and meet certain requirements.

 

The following are the requirements that must be met to apply for KITAS in Indonesia;

 

  1. ITAS application letter from sponsor.

  2. Letter of statement and guarantee from sponsor (stamped Rp. 10,000).

  3. KTP sponsor.

  4. ITAS application form.

  5. Original passport and photocopy.

  6. Domicile certificate from RT/RW or hotel or apartment.

  7. ITAS approval telex.

  8. To sponsor an Indonesian wife or husband, attach the Marriage Book, sponsor's KTP and sponsor's Family Card.

  9. For sponsors of Indonesian parents, attach the applicant's birth certificate with a certified Indonesian or English translation.

  10. For foreign workers, attach IMTA, RPTKA, marriage certificate and birth certificate (marriage certificate and birth certificate must be translated into Indonesian or English by a certified translator).

  11. For Foreign Investors (PMA), attach recommendations from the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) as well as other company documents.

  12. For students, attach a letter of recommendation from the relevant agency

WHAT IS AN IMTA?

Permit to Employ Foreign Workers (IMTA) is a written permit given by the Minister or appointed official to employers of Foreign Workers (TKA). IMTA is used as a requirement for foreign workers to be able to work in Indonesia in addition to the Plan for the Use of Foreign Workers (RPTKA). This RPTKA is the basis for the issuance of IMTA. TKA IMTA arrangements are carried out by the TKA employer. IMTA is valid for a maximum of 1 year and the RPTKA validity period can be extended with the condition that each time the extension is 1 year.

Read more on HOW TO GET A LONG-TERM STAY VISA IN BALI

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At Tampubolon Legal Solutions, our team of Indonesian lawyers provides a full range of immigration services. Part of our activity is dedicated to simplifying the arduous task of obtaining a long-term stay visa in Bali. Our experienced professionals will be with you throughout the entire process, helping you navigate through the often-challenging Indonesian bureaucracy.

 

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