Working in Bali

Finding a cafe with WiFi or decent work space in Bali isn’t too hard nowadays, but what about the legalities of working on this magical island? Those who  decide to stay must also figure out how to survive here, after all some of us still have bills to pay. Here are the rules and some guidelines  to working in Bali. As a note, keep in mind there are different interpretations of this law with some saying you are allowed to work and others who say you can not. It is  recommend you do your own research and consult with a legal adviser before you work.

Indonesia Spouse Visa – who can apply?

A foreigner who is legally married to an Indonesian spouse can apply for a permanent stay permit (KITAP) after having been married for two years. The foreigner on a Spouse Visa is allowed to keep the Spouse Visa after having been married for 10 years even after divorce or death of the Indonesian Spouse.

The foreigner will lose the Spousal Visa if the foreigner has been (a) away from Indonesia for more than a year, (b) has not extended their permanent stay permit after 5 years, (c) has taken on the Indonesian nationality, (d) the visa has been cancelled by the Government, (e) the foreigner has been deported or (f) death.

Are you allowed to work on a Spouse Visa?

This is what the Indonesian Law says; a foreigner who is on a Spouse KITAS or KITAP is allowed to “undertake business in order to make ends meet and look after their families”.

What is considered to be undertaking business to make ends meet? This is actually not clarified in the law and is somewhat vague. In a public meeting held in November 2012 it was said that working on a Spouse Visa is allowed providing that you do not employ staff.

Two examples mentioned in the video are a private English teacher or a artist/painter. These are two examples of a job that can be done independently and were no staff are required.

These Spouse Visa regulations are mentioned in these two laws;

These are the articles of the law that relate to what is mentioned above about the Indonesian Spouse Visa;

A limited stay permit visa (KITAS) may be given to a spouse due to mixed marriage.

Pasal 52.e ~ Izin Tinggal terbatas diberikan kepada Orang Asing yang kawin secara sah dengan warga negara Indonesia;

A permanent residence visa (KITAP) may be given to a spouse due to mixed marriage.

UU 6/2011 Pasal 54.1.b ~ Izin Tinggal Tetap dapat diberikan kepada keluarga karena perkawinan campuran

A visitor permit can be converted into a limited stay permit Visa (KITAS). A limited stay permit visa can be converted into permanent residence visa (KITAP). [Law UU 6/2011 Article 56.2]

UU 6/2011 Pasal 56.2 ~ Izin Tinggal yang dapat dialihstatuskan adalah Izin Tinggal kunjungan menjadi Izin Tinggal terbatas dan Izin Tinggal terbatas menjadi Izin Tinggal Tetap.

A limited stay permit visa (KITAS) held by a foreign spouse can be converted into a permanent residence visa (KITAP) providing they have been married for at least two years.

PP 31/2013 Pasal 167 (1) ~ Permohonan alih status Izin Tinggal terbatas menjadi Izin Tinggal Tetap diajukan oleh Penjamin kepada Kepala Kantor Imigrasi yang wilayah kerjanya meliputi tempat tinggal Orang Asing.

PP 31/2013 Pasal 168.1.a ~ Alih status Izin Tinggal terbatas menjadi Izin Tinggal Tetap juga dapat diberikan kepada Orang Asing yang menggabungkan diri dengan suami atau istri warga negara Indonesia yang usia perkawinannya telah mencapai paling singkat 2 (dua) tahun.

Foreigners on a limited stay permit visa (KITAS) referred to in Article 52.e (foreigners married to an Indonesian citizen) and foreigners on a permanent residence visa (KITAP) referred to in Article 54.1.b (foreigners married to an Indonesian citizen) can work or undertake business in order to make ends meet and look after their families. [Law UU 6/2011 Article 61]

UU 6/2011 Pasal 61 ~ Pemegang Izin Tinggal terbatas sebagaimana dimaksud dalam Pasal 52 huruf e dan huruf f dan pemegang Izin Tinggal Tetap sebagaimana dimaksud dalam Pasal 54 ayat (1) huruf b dan huruf d dapat melakukan pekerjaan dan/atau usaha untuk memenuhi kebutuhan hidup dan/atau keluarganya.

A permanent residence visa (KITAP) will be cancelled if the foreigner and Indonesian spouse divorce unless the marriage has been ten (10) years old or more.

UU 6/2011 Pasal 62.2.g ~ Izin Tinggal Tetap dibatalkan karena pemegang Izin Tinggal putus hubungan perkawinan Orang Asing yang kawin secara sah dengan warga negara Indonesia karena perceraian dan/atau atas putusan pengadilan, kecuali perkawinan yang telah berusia 10 (sepuluh) tahun atau lebih.

UU 6/2011 Pasal 63.5 ~ Ketentuan sebagaimana dimaksud dalam Pasal 62 ayat (2) huruf g tidak berlaku dalam hal pemegang Izin Tinggal Tetap tersebut putus hubungan perkawinannya dengan warga negara Indonesia memperoleh penjaminan yang menjamin keberadaannya sebagaimana dimaksud pada ayat (1).

Pasal 62.1 ~ Izin Tinggal Tetap dapat berakhir karena pemegang Izin Tinggal Tetap:
a. meninggalkan Wilayah Indonesia lebih dari 1 (satu) tahun atau tidak bermaksud masuk lagi ke Wilayah Indonesia;
b. tidak melakukan perpanjangan Izin Tinggal Tetap setelah 5 (lima) tahun;
c. memperoleh kewarganegaraan Republik Indonesia;
d. izinnya dibatalkan oleh Menteri atau Pejabat Imigrasi yang ditunjuk;
e. dikenai tindakan Deportasi; atau
f. meninggal dunia.[/learn_more]

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(1) Yes, you can . PT companies must add a work permit to the KITAP . For informal work you would not need a Work Permit (see some examples below) .

(2) The KITAP is the basic document. Some employers may require KK and KTP too. You are also required to have both the KK and KTP Orang Asing . These documents usually are free but if you apply for them late (around 60 days after the issuance of the KITAP) , you might have to pay a fee.
(3) No , you don’t need a work KITAS or a work KITAP) Holders of KITAS/KITAP sponsored by spouse are allowed to work for a local company as long as he or she has a work permit (IMTA) .
B) Foreigner workers cannot work in two different places (the same profession or different) EXCEPT investor / commissioner of PMA (If one works in three places the number of IMTA must also be 3).
C) If the activities of the foreign worker are in more than 1 place / province then he/she must have inter-provincial IMTA .
D.Small businesses do not require IMTA. When the business grows you will need necessary operating permits. When the businesses becomes a legal entity, then this foreign worker must have IMTA.
E) Retired foreign husbands of a mixed marriage who enters Indonesia with VOA and becomes an investor in Bali. If he/she does any work, they must have KITAS and IMTA.
F) A foreigner in a mixed marriage with KITAS sponsored by the wife. A foreigner working from home operating a online businesses who doesn’t have an office and legal business such as PT PMA. (limited liability company in Indonesia) must also have the IMTA.
G) A foreigner who works and owns a business as an acupuncturist, must obtain an official recommendation from the local health office before conducting any business must also have the IMTA.
H) A foreigner holder of KITAS/KITAP sponsored by spouse is allowed to work in Indonesia. You just need a  IMTA from the company you work for. Legal entity or not, small or large business .

Although the Immigration Act 6 of 2011 Article 61 states that the holder of a Limited Stay Permit and Permanent Stay Permit can work and/or do business to make ends meet for him/her and/ for his/her family. You still have to refer back to  Labor Law No. 13 / 2003 and Permenakertrans No. 12  2013. Which means that any foreign worker in a mixed marriage is allowed to work without a work permit if in the informal sector. Such as a freelancer or have a small business which is not a legal entity. When working in a legal entity then you must have a IMTA.]


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Popular Jobs In Bali

Popular Choices to Working in Bali

Construction Project Manager
Dive Instructor
Foreign Language Teacher
Start Your Own Business
Startup Entrepreneur
Yoga Instructor

If you are a model, photographer, DJ, or dancer then opportunities are plentiful in Bali, as events and festivals are held regularly and usually require your skills. An Artist’s Visa is now required for DJs, artists, and photographers who are going to work in the Republic of Indonesia.

Many senior construction and project management positions are held by expats who have the experience, credentials, and qualifications for the job on offer and basic language skills to manage a team.

great choice if you have a certification from PADI or SSI, but dont expect too much compensation.

English-speaking foreigners have an advantage when finding work in Bali as many schools are in regular need of English teachers or tutors.

Besides the abundant four- to five-star hotels offering positions for qualified chefs and general managers, other luxurious private villas on the island have expats managing their operations too, as they better understand the needs of visiting tourists.

Starting a business in Indonesia, as a foreigner, is not without its bureaucratic hurdles, and few people make it successfully.

Blogging or travel writing, and starting a YouTube channel with affiliate marketing or influencers

Almost every resort and yoga center on the island regularly features visiting “guest yoga instructors.”

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