Living in Bali

Good to Know Facts about moving to Bali

Living in Bali is, of course, different than coming here on holiday. Bali is in many ways, an incredibly wonderful place to live and work, and there are many expatriates from all over the world in Bali, who have come here and never left.

The thriving tourism industry offers quite a lot of jobs for foreigners, particularly in the hotel management business. All jobs for foreigners start at some management level. For a lower-level job, such as waiter, bartender, housekeeper, companies would not get a permit to hire you. Indonesia wants to make sure; you would not take a job that an Indonesian would do. Therefore companies need to proof that they would need you, a foreigner, to do the job.

Bali is part of Indonesia and beside Jakarta probably the best and most comfortable place to live as a foreigner. And, compared to Jakarta, lifestyle is much better in many ways. Living in Bali comes, of course with adjustments. Not much works here, like you, might have been used to.

We have prepared a few articles for you, that should help you to get the essential information, what Bali is a about and how it is possible to come here and live a life, that can become indeed a dream come true experience.

More things to know when living in Bali

Cost of Living:

Of course, the cost of living in Bali depends on your lifestyle. In general, one can say that Bali is somewhat on the cheap side than on the expensive side. Bali’s tourism infrastructure is well established, and transport, restaurants, drinks are offering incredible value for money. So if you do not want to spend much, you don’t need to.

Accommodation depends on location of course. Most ex-pats live in a “villa” or a stand-alone house. One can get a two-bedroom villa furnished for 1500US$ per month. Sometimes cheaper, and the sky is the limit.

If you relocate with kids, international schools are probably the part where you end up paying the most. The school fees are roughly at the same level as other international schools in the region. It is about USD 1000 per month. Kindergarten is cheaper, of course.

Cash rules:

Bali is a place that “loves cash” and it is prevalent that you have to pay upfront. Many people who wish to come here do not realize that those upfront payments need to be taken into consideration.

Your landlord might ask for a one year, two or even three-year payment for your extended stay rental. The longer the term, the cheaper the monthly rental.

You can also buy a place or lease a place and sell when you wish to move back home. If you have that kind of cash (starting around USD 250,000) it’s an excellent option also to enjoy some capital gain. If you lease a place for 20 years, you pay 20 years cash-down in advance.

Owning a property in Bali

You cannot own a property in Bali 100%. Although many foreigners have bought land and villas and apartments, they usually do this with the help of a local nominee or the real estate agent has a workaround solution, that comes “close to” owning a property.

Visa & Permits for Indonesia and Bali

Visa on ArrivalHow to get it (30days)

Visa on Arrival ExtensionHow to extend it (30 days)

Social & Tourist Visa B-211How to get it (60days)

Social & Tourist Visa ExtensionHow to extend it (30days)

Sponsor Letter (e.g. for social visa)How to get it

Multiple Entry VisaHow to get it (1year)

Multiple Business VisaHow to get it (1year)

Work Permit / KitasHow to get it (1year)

Retirement Visa (Lansia, Pensiun)How to get it

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Bali Essentials