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Freelance KITAS: Who can work for themselves in Indonesia?

Freelance KITAS: Who can work for themselves in Indonesia?

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:

AcrobatDive ManagerResearch and Development Advisor
Actress-actorDiving CoachRowing Coach
Art DirectorDiving CoachShooting coach
Athletic TrainerFashion ModelShow manager
Badminton CoachFleet managerSinger
Basketball coachGeneral ManagerSoccer Coach
Basketball PlayerGolf coachSoftball Coach
BodyguardGolferSports consultant
Bowling CoachJudo CoachSports Science Manager
Box promoterKaraoke guideSwimming Coach
BoxerMagicianSynchronized Swimming Coach
Boxing CoachMarketing counselorTable Tennis Coach
Chief IlluminatorMarketing ManagerTaekwondo Coach
Circus performerModel in commercialsTourist Facilities Manager
Cruise ManagerMusic DirectorVolleyball Coach
DancerMusicianVolleyball Player
DirectorPolo CoachWushu Coach
Disc jockeyReferee

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.

If your profession is not in this table, but you plan to engage in commercial activities in Indonesia, the Investor KITAS and Work KITAS options remain available to you.

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?

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