Moving to Bali. Things to consider before you immigrate to Bali
Things to know when moving to Bali
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Visa regulations for Indonesia
The process of getting a visa when moving to Bali is not tough, but the period of a possible stay is really short. Depending on the purpose of moving to Bali, there are several visa types:
- Tourist visa. There are two available options for getting a tourist visa. The first one is free of charge – you simply get a stamp at the airport, which allows staying on the island for up to 30 days. Another option is a paid visa with a fee of $35, but it has a minor privilege as it could be prolonged for other 30 days at an extra charge.
- Social/cultural visa. This type of visa is issued to those who participate in exchange programs, want to study or take courses, and for family visits. It grants only a single entry with the maximum possible stay of 180 days.
- Business visa is for those who are planning to explore business opportunities in Bali. However, a business visa does not grant a work permit.
- Working visa. Expats who immigrate to Bali to work for an Indonesian-based company, apply for this type of visa. Working visas are issued for 6 months and can be extended for another 6 months.
Property information. Rentals in Bali
Those who are about to immigrate to Bali first think of affordable accommodation options on the island. As a rule, foreigners tend to rent rather than buy an apartment in Bali. Long-time rentals in Bali are more common among expats, as you pay the whole amount up front but get a reasonable discount in that case. Those who are not willing to spend much on a dwelling can rent a small room in a guest house for about €130-230 per month. If you are moving to Bali with family, the average renting price for a small house with 2 bedrooms is about €300-500. Those who prefer comfort and want something luxury can choose a house with prices starting from €600 per month. Consider that prices may vary across different cities in Bali and the time of the year.
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LIVING IN BALI
The cost of living in Bali
The cost of living in Bali has risen over the past several years, but it is still affordable for expats and foreigners relocating from other countries. Depending on your particular needs, the average cost of living in Bali for a single person is about €450 to €1300 per month. Those who prefer a modest lifestyle would need even less than €500, while the cost of living in Bali with family ranges from €630 to €1,500 per month.
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The job market in Bali
Tourism in Bali is the main industry of the country and provides many job opportunities for foreigners. Expats who immigrated to Bali usually work as self-employed professionals in the IT sphere or have an agreement with an Indonesian-based company. If you plan to work in the tourism industry as it offers many vacancies in hotels and the hospitality sector workers, keep in mind when working in Bali as a tourist using a social or business visa is not allowed.
Education and schools in Bali
The Balinese education system is functioning under the state regulations of Indonesia. The quality of education in Bali is below the average compared to European countries, but everything depends on the particular school. Moving to Bali with a family is associated with choosing the most appropriate schooling for children. Those who are ready to pay large tuition fees may consider a private or international school for their children.
Healthcare in Bali
The quality of the healthcare system of Bali is at a high level. There are many public and private hospitals with professional English-speaking doctors. However, expats living in Bali could attend private British and American clinics which are common in the tourist areas.
You will also have to think of healthcare insurance policy before moving to Bali either for a short or long period of time. Given that visa regulations could be tough in terms of the duration of stay and the necessity of regular visa extensions, foreigners usually opt to choose international healthcare insurance companies.
Driving in Bali. Should I get a driving licence for Indonesia?
Whether you rent a car or motorbike in Bali, you need to obtain an international driving licence which you have to apply for in your home country. Also, you must have your local driving licence with you. Keep in mind that driving in Bali with your Australian, American, British, Indian or any other licence is not allowed. KITAS or long-term Indonesia visas owners can get a temporary Indonesian driving licence from the police station in Bali within a day.
Check some of the driving rules and tips, when moving to Bali:
- Motorcycles are more common than cars in Bali
- Road signs are old and small
- Get to your place of destination before it gets dark
- Keep your personal belongings protected while riding a motorcycle
- Traffic on the roads is rarely faster than 70 km\h
- Beep sound does not mean a warning only. It helps people to identify themselves on the road, especially when there is limited visibility.
What else to know about living in Bali as an expat
- Local people and expats moving to Bali are not in a rush because the atmosphere of the island is relaxing.
- Even though Bali was a very cheap place to live in several years ago, it is not the same now. The influx of tourists and immigrants causes an increase in prices, especially in tourist cities.
- Those who are moving to Bali to work remotely or do some freelance tasks are often not satisfied with the speed of the internet connection. Nevertheless, Bali authorities are constantly implementing new technologies and tools to resolve this kind of problems and create a more convenient ambience for expats.
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The most popular destinations from where people relocate to Bali
Moving to Bali from Australia
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