- Indonesia introduced a “second-home” visa for wealthy foreigners, allowing stays of five or ten years.
- Applicants need to deposit 2 billion Indonesian rupiahs ($130,000) in a state-owned bank upon arrival.
- Aimed at attracting investment and catering to G20 Summit demands, the visa starts on Christmas day.
- Eligible applicants include billionaires, skilled workers, diaspora, and elderly tourists.
- Indonesia already offers visa programs for digital nomads, promoting tourism and remote work.
Key Visa Details
Bali, Indonesia–The government of Indonesia announced its new visa program, targeted at well-off foreigners who would like to settle in the Southeastern island nation.
The “second-home” visa would allow one to stay in the country for five or ten years. To be eligible, applicants must have two billion Indonesian rupiahs (approximately $130,000) with them, which must be deposited in an Indonesian state-owned bank upon arrival.
Government authorities hosted a press release on October 25 to detail the new visa’s terms and meet with stakeholders, industry players, and the media.
The visa is intended to cater to a new wave of demands that may arise with Bali hosting the G20 summit this November and as local airlines resume International flights.
Objectives and Eligibility Criteria
“Towards the implementation of the G20 Summit, today we officially launched the second-home visa,” said Acting Director General of Immigration Widodo Ekatjahjana during the event. “The goal is to attract foreign tourists to come to Bali and diverse other destinations.”
The visa will roll out into effect starting Christmas day, sixty days after its announcement.
According to the official Immigration website, the applicants must produce the following to apply (Apply now here):
- Copy of passport that is valid for a minimum of thirty-six months.
- Proof of Funds in foreigners’ or sponsors’ bank account (must be placed in Indonesian state-owned banks) of at least Rp2,000,000,000 or equivalent.
- A recent color photograph (4 cm x 6 cm) with a white background.
- Curriculum Vitae.
“This special visa will be given to billionaires, the world’s wealthy people, and investors to encourage the growth of investment in Indonesia, those who intend to stay longer in Indonesia,” said Ekatjahjana adding that those eligible include high net-worth individuals, highly skilled workers, the Indonesian diaspora, and elderly foreign tourists.
Indonesia, an established hotspot for tourism and digital nomadism, also offers visa programs exclusively for digital nomads, allowing applicants to stay up to six months tax-free and earn (from non-Indonesian organizations) through online work.
What We Think
Indonesia’s move to introduce a long-term visa for affluent foreigners signals a strategic effort to boost investment and cater to the upcoming G20 Summit’s needs.
While attracting high-net-worth individuals and skilled workers can drive economic growth, the program must ensure its accessibility and transparency to avoid exclusivity concerns.
Additionally, the country’s existing digital nomad visa highlights Indonesia’s recognition of remote work’s growing trend and its potential to bolster tourism and the economy. This visa program expansion showcases Indonesia’s proactive stance in adapting to evolving global work and travel patterns.