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The Island of the Gods. A phrase to describe Bali that has stood the test of time, and evidenced in the  number of tourist arrivals on the island which continues to increase every year. In fact,15% of visiting  tourists decide to settle down here. Why? Because Bali provides a lifestyle choice no one can resist: the world’s most stunning beaches, excellent shopping complexes, delicious food and all the conveniences of home. If that’s not enough, your foreign currency stretches way further here, allowing you to live a comfortable lifestyle for just a few pennies of your dollar.

Settling down in  another country is not an easy step yet not impossible. There are many factors to consider when relocating, so take your time and consider these tips as a start:


1. Which part of Bali?

Main Areas at a glance

South West Bali:

  • Kuta & Legian | Fun and Party, Beach
  • Seminyak, Kerobokan | In-Style, Family Friendly
  • Berawa, Canggu | Trendy, Creative, Community, Beach, Surfing, Nomads, dynamic vibe

Central Bali:

  • Ubud | Art, Body & Soul, great for excursions

South East Bali:

  • Sanur | Classy & Quiet, Family Friendly, Quiet Beach
  • Candidasa | Laid Back – very

Bukit Peninsula, South Bali:

  • Nusa Dua | Beachfront Resorts, Big Branded Hotels, Conventions
  • Tanjung Benoa | Beach Front Hotels, Family Friendly, Water Sports
  • Jimbaran | Beach Front, 5-star Resorts, seafood
  • Uluwatu, Bingin, Padang Padang, Balangan | Beaches, Pro Surfing, Remote, Relax, Beauty

North Bali:

  • Amed, Tulamben | Nature & Diving, small hotels
  • Lovina & Singaraja | Remote, small hotels

Islands, east of Bali:

  • Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, Ceningan | Bali 30 years ago, diving, beauty, quiet, inexpensive
2. Learn the Culture

Local people take their religion very seriously and spend a lot of time on religious offerings and ceremonies. The island is perfumed with incense, and you see (and step on) floral offerings everywhere, including all over the sidewalks. With a temple in every village and one in every family compound, much of the island has a spiritual vibe infusing its natural beauty.

Bali and its island life offers a relaxing and gentle way of living, as opposed to the fast-paced environment associated with living in the western world that you may be accustomed to. Take time to adjust to some of the cultural differences. Respecting the local culture is important and will help you to settle peacefully.

3. Make sure you’re legal

The most common options you can choose from when visiting Indonesia are:

  • Free Visa (more than 160 countries (FREE entry, 30 days valid NOT extendable)
  • Visa on Arrival (costs IDR 500,000, 30 days valid, can be extended (once for 30 days)
  • Social, Tourist or cultural Visa (B-211) (can stay 60 days, can be extended 3 times for 30 days each, issued by consulate or embassy outside Indonesia)
  • Multiple Entry Visa (stay up to 60 days per visit, valid 1 year, issued by consulate or embassy outside Indonesia)

Please note those options are only applicable if your main purpose is traveling as a tourist, not work or engage in any form of business activity.

If you’d like to do business in Indonesia (not full-time employment): Multiple Business Visa is the way to go. But if you’re looking at the other option to stay in Bali longer term, then you should consider  the options below:

  • KITAS (limited stay permit card). KITAS is a working permit for foreigners who work in Indonesia and to process it there are several documents both you and your employer must  prepare. The validity of KITAS is 6 months and 12 months. It can be extendable every year up to 4 times.
  • KITAP (permanent stay permit card). This can only be obtained if you have resided in Indonesia for 4 consecutive years. Permanent stay means that  the permit lasts for 5 years, however it is extendable should you wish to stay longer.

The above information is deemed accurate at the time of publication but can change without notice. Please check with Official Indonesia Immigration.

4. Own a Property

If you’re looking to settle in Bali, owning a property either for residential or investment purposes would be an interesting option. Owning a property in Bali particularly or Indonesia can sometimes pose challenges for foreigners due to the regulations imposed by the government where right of land and/or building ownership is reserved only for Indonesian citizens. That’s for a good reason though, just to avoid colonialism happening in Indonesia.

There is a chance for foreigners to have ownership of a property in Indonesia if they marry an Indonesian or have a partnership agreement with an Indonesian citizen. The best practice for  foreigners to own land or property is with the help of a local nominee or a real estate agent. There are “workaround” solutions which brings foreigners slightly closer to owning a property.

A typical solution is to own a property with a 30 year lease which can be  extendable for another 30 years or so. The price of property in Bali is varied, depending on location, size, and design. There are options to purchase existing property with appealing investment opportunities in Bali or build a house with a customized design in Bali. If you have decided on an area of Bali that you like,  you can start to look at those options available.

5. Arrange Insurance

Insurance should be high on the list. Consider your health needs and whether or not you will find your medical and health requirements taken care of in a foreign country. While Bali has some hospitals that provide excellent quality health care, if you have health issues that need ongoing medication or monitoring, you may start to look at some arrangements of health insurance that can cover it.

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