Bali is one of the most popular destinations for foreigners working remotely and representatives of creative professions. Beautiful nature, excellent climate, developed infrastructure, and most importantly, a large number of expats in need of various services make the island a dream destination for living and making money.
However, as the experience of early 2023 shows, many people work in Bali on an ordinary tourist visa, which, of course, is prohibited. And in doing so, quite openly advertise their services in social networks. In Q1 2023 alone, more than 600 people were deported for working illegally.
If you’re going to Bali to not just relax, but also to work, it is best to get a special work permit to avoid problems with the immigration service.
In this article, we will talk about the visa for freelancers – Freelance KITAS. This visa is available for representatives of 53 professions and allows its holder to work legally in the country. The visa is issued for a period of 6 months without the right of extension. No employer is required for this visa, but you can only work in the profession for which you received the permit.
Freelance KITAS is available to representatives of the following professions:
|Research and Development Advisor
|Sports Science Manager
|Synchronized Swimming Coach
|Table Tennis Coach
|Model in commercials
|Tourist Facilities Manager
The list of professions is revised from time to time. For example, at the beginning of 2023, photographers were removed from the list. So now photographers cannot get freelance KITAS. Therefore, we recommend that you always check the list of professions on the relevance before applying.
The freelance KITAS application requires a one-time tax payment of $600 and costs approximately $1,000 for the procedure itself.
These two visas also have their own nuances. We talked more about them in the article What is the difference between investor and worker KITAS?