Indonesia’s Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno is hoping to attract digital nomads from around the globe with a new long-term visa that would allow foreign tourists to stay in the country for up to five years.
Sandiaga previously encouraged innovative approaches within the tourism industry in order for it to survive the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which included attracting digital nomads. Earlier this year, the official invited people across the country to work and study from Bali, and said he was working on introducing policies to further support such a program.
Yesterday, he said digital nomads might consider Bali as a destination if Indonesia starts offering long-term visas.
“This is a prerequisite so that even more digital nomads from around the world would consider Bali as their second home, and more people will work from home,” Sandiaga said, emphasizing the rising trend of digital nomadism across the globe.
“We see the trend of digital nomad [and] staycation. If one works from Bali and is not too far from the beach, this is appealing, especially with good weather, beautiful culture, and friendly people.”
With plans in motion to eventually restart foreign tourism, Sandiaga said these programs must be simultaneously realized to help revitalize the province’s battered tourism industry.