Working in Bali? Here Are 10 Things You Should Know

Jun 27, 2020
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Bali, an island in Indonesia, is known for its forests, volcano, beaches, and coral reefs. With over 5,780 km2 in area, Bali today is not just a tourist destination but also a working hub for many. Since it is such a unique place, one would require some adjustments before officially moving and having a job there. This article will help you get a head start of introduction and job-hunting tips before you officially move to the land.

1.  Work Permit

You will need a Work Permit to work in Bali, which means that you will have to be sponsored by a company. The company will have to apply for KITAS (Kartu Izin Tinggal Semestara) which is a Temporary Stay Permit with validity for 6 or 12 months. The actual work permit, however, is known as IMTA. The process of acquiring a permit takes about 2-3 months and costs $900-$1400. 

2.  Finding a Job in Bali

Being a small island, it is quite difficult to stay in an extensive network. You can sign up for job vacancies through local online platforms. You could also join forums specific to your field with other popular platforms such as Facebook or Linkedin. Alternatively, you can always try submitting resumes to companies with vacancies. 

3.  Insurance and Social security in Bali 

As a foreigner in Bali, you must apply for three different types of insurance: BPJS Health, BPJS Employment, and a social security program for an extended license to work also known as IMTA. This is generally taken care of through third party agencies. You can also get a Joint Venture General Insurance that is affiliated with American, European, and Japanese insurance providers. 


4.  Tax for Foreign workers

Everyone working in Bali requires an NPWP, which is a tax number, necessary when applying for a license or a bank account. You can contact a regional tax office to get your NPWP. If you are working as an ex-pat, your employer will generally take care of your taxes. You can also contact an international tax accountant to get proper information on bilateral tax agreements or double taxation treaty which Indonesia has with over 57 countries. 

5.  Employment

You will need to get an employment opportunity finalized before you come to Bali. Among the many employment opportunities, the most popular one is Tourism. The opportunities you can get in the field of tourism can range from managerial positions to executive chefs of hotels as well. Along with this, having a job of a customer service specialist or a teacher in Bali can also get you decent pay. 


6.  Business in Bali

One of the fastest and most efficient ways of getting a working visa in Bali is, undoubtedly, setting up your own business. This is a popular choice among foreigners who want to come to Bali and work. Bringing in new ideas such as a fancy restaurant or an import and export company is a great way to live in paradise as you work. 

7.  Remote working in Bali

Bali has unique co-working spaces with the best internet service. You can sign up to use these spaces to work remotely. This is a great place to work on your business and meet a variety of people who travel from different places. Along with this creative zone, there are work-friendly cafes and warungs to work where they have excellent food and Wi-Fi service. 


8.  Digital Nomads

Digital Nomads are people who use wireless internet connection to work as they travel. Despite being a small island, Bali is well-equipped for digital nomads. You can work as a location-independent worker, along with being involved in international projects. Having a job of a digital nomad will help you get proper work-life-balance while earning a proper salary. This position, however, only limits you to work for international clients to adhere to immigration laws. 

9.  Cost of Living in Bali

It can be quite tricky to figure out the price of living in Bali. Your experience can change based on where you are on the island. A single person can spend from $650 to $1700, including transportation, rent, food, and other activities. One might prefer to eat from local warungs which can cost as little as $1. 

10.  Banking in Bali

Money in Bali has a lot of zeros but yet has a lower value. Bali functions on cash so it can be useful to have physical money for transportation, food, and drinks. Money changer stalls can be useful during the first few days.. ATMs are equally common with most of them accepting nonlocal ATM cards as well. You can open a bank account with your NPWP number. 


 Author bio:

Alex C. Porter from CraftResumes suggests you make a stellar resume so that you can get credible assistance when applying for jobs in Bali.