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Together with a KITAS via an EOR, it is also possible to receive a notification from the Ministry of Manpower that will allow you to work in Indonesia.

Which visa to choose when moving to Bali?

Based on the new work permit regulation in Indonesia (No. 20/2018 on the use of foreign workers), effective since July 2018, this notification from the Ministry of Manpower replaces the previous work permit (IMTA) that allowed you to work in Indonesia previously.

However, keep in mind that a lot depends on the type of your work, and you cannot hold every position in Indonesia.


If you have questions regarding any of the requirements or about living and working in Bali, feel free to send them directly to our Bali office via Our experienced consultants will assist you gladly in finding the best solution for you.


Four main benefits of using an EOR in Bali

While using an employer of record service in emerging markets provides several advantages for larger corporations, it also makes life easier if you are an expatriate who does not plan to make any significant investments in Indonesia. Here are some of the main benefits of using our employer of record service in Bali.


Staying in Bali long/short term

For a permanent stay, however, you can also consider registering a company or setting up a representative office in Bali. Setting up a representative office allows different activities and benefits for business owners.  Also, in the long-term, it is more cost-effective compared to EOR. If you are planning a short-term stay in Bali, however, obtaining a business visa would be an easier option. With a business visa, you will be able to conduct business activities and study the market. However, note that a business visa does not allow you to take up any employment in Indonesia.


Frequently asked questions about Hiring foreign workers in Indonesia

A company must hire at least one Indonesian for every foreign national. The co-worker’s position must be relevant to the foreigner’s title. The new regulation states that the employer should enable language training to the employee but there is no enforcement or other types of formal control from the government. The work permit is tied to the specific company and position. If the worker wants to work for another company, they need to get an additional work permit from that company.

5 Common Mistakes When Hiring Freelancers in Bali

There are still many aspects to keep in mind. Read the common mistakes that can ruin your experience when hiring freelancers in Bali. There are many freelancers available for hire in Bali such as content creators, virtual assistants, developers, and more. When you hire freelancers, you can work alongside professionals who have skills and expertise that you don’t need on a full-time basis. Independent contractors may not be full-time members of your team but there are still many aspects to keep in mind to make sure the cooperation goes smoothly. Read below the common mistakes that can ruin your experience when hiring freelancers in Bali.


Using employer of record service to hire freelancers in Bali

An employer of record helps you to hire freelancers as employees in contract with the service provider. So, it will not be necessary for you to have a legal entity in Bali to hire freelancers. The following EoR services provided by VIVO ASIA  can be a way to mitigate mistakes when hiring freelancers in Bali. Contracts and agreements keep professionalism in check when working with freelancers. Based on your requirements and needs, VIVO ASIA can provide professionally structured drafts.

Hiring Employees in Bali Without Having to Set Up a Company

There are many reasons why to hire employees in Bali. For example, you might be looking for a cost-effective way to hire employees to serve your overseas customers. Or you have clients in Bali, and you certainly wish to help them by hiring local employees. An Employer of Record is a service provider that enables you to hire employees without setting up an entity in Bali. In this article, we will describe how to use an Employer of Record when hiring employees in Bali.


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Get a 60-day Indonesian visa for business and tourism (B211a)

Due to the pandemic, entering Indonesia remains restricted. B211a visa is the easiest way to get an Indonesian visa and stay in the country for up to 60 days.

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Get company registration services in Indonesia.

VIVO ASIA’s business registration and corporate compliance services help you incorporate your business in Indonesia.

Entity setup without physical appearance.

We set up the whole company without the physical presence of the owners, including the opening of a corporate bank account.

Assistance in entity selection

VIVO ASIA provides assistance in choosing the right company type for your business needs – including secondary licenses if required

Corporate secretary & Nominee Treasurer

We provide Corporate Secretary and Nominee Treasurer services – These are positions in a company required to be held by Indonesians.

Post-establishment services

We provide post-establishment services like payroll management and employee handling.

Hybrid Setups via virtual offices

VIVO ASIA also helps companies set up hybrid businesses for industries where remote work is suitable.

  • How long does it take before I can operate my newly established company?
    With Vivo Asia, it takes almost 4 weeks to establish a company.
  • What are the essential requirements to set up a company in Bali?
    For company registration in Bali, you’re required to have at least two shareholders and a capital statement letter.
  • Can I have 100% ownership?
    For foreign companies in Bali, there must be a minimum of 2 shareholders. In most cases, Indonesian legislation allows 100% foreign ownership but there are some exceptions.
  • How many KITAS can a company sponsor?
    The number of KITAS you can sponsor is not regulated by law. Any shareholder who fulfills the legal requirements is entitled to receive an investor KITAS.
  • Is there any limitation on how many shareholders or directors the company can have?
    No, there is no limitation. A company can have as many shareholders or directors as they want.
  • Do I have to prove the capital on the company’s account for company registration in Bali?
    No, a capital statement letter from Vivo Asia is sufficient to register a foreign-owned company in Bali. The capital can be transferred once the company is registered and a bank account is opened.
  • Are tax rates different for foreign-owned companies and local companies?
    The tax rates for foreign-owned companies are based on the company’s revenue and profitability, just like the tax rates for local companies. Therefore, tax rates are the same for Indonesian and foreign companies.
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