Digital Nomad in Bali, Blessing or Disaster?
Indonesia has officially approved the digital nomadic visa digital nomad. Bali is one of the best places for digital nomads. However, will this really bring blessings or will it threaten disaster for the Island of the Gods?
It’s Phoebe Greenacre Bali with her husband for more than a year. This Australian woman makes her living online by creating podcasts and yoga videos.
“The lifestyle here is more amazing than living in the city. The standard of living here is amazing,” said Greenacre, as quoted from ABC.
She and her husband have a residence permit or Kitas, which allows for a longer stay than a tourist visa. Now, with the digital nomad visa or B211A visa, remote workers are allowed to work online for up to six months without paying taxes.
The B211A visa is expected to attract more freelancers and remote workers from abroad to settle in Bali.
In fact, Bali and everything in it has become the talk of the world. But it must be admitted, the outbreak of digital farming has made Bali ‘sexy’. Putu Sudiarta, space manager with Genesis Creative, said the number of customers has increased because more workers are online.
Meanwhile Tobi Konopka, a German-born property manager in Canggu, said many Balinese are selling their land and property to developers. Most are built to handle digital enemies.
An example of Balinese culture. (Photo: Pixabay/keulefm)
The villa market has exploded in the last five to seven years, especially during the pandemic. The villa business can provide the Balinese with profit for the guests, because the price is economical.
“The villa will be around Rp. 20-35 million [sebulan]which is about 2,000-3,000 US dollars,” he said.
At first glance, digital nomads do Bali it’s very good. But in the long run, digital nomads can be a disaster.
One of the most interesting things about Bali is its nature, especially the rice fields. It’s just that the rice farm may have become a memory because it turned into a cement farm.
Konopka said that thanks to the construction of houses or apartments, the rice fields in Bali are disappearing fast. “Two years ago when we moved, these were just rice fields. If you look, now they are all villas,” he said.
Not only rice fields, Balinese culture and spirituality are also under threat. I Wayan Suarsana, head of culture and tradition in the banjar of Canggu village, said he was worried that Bali would lose his life.
He noted that the society is full of foreign influence. There is concern that children may be separated from the culture that raised them.
“But we have to keep up with the times, we can’t deny this progress, I need to think about how to reduce this problem through our cultural program,” he said.