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Jakarta Post

What law? Digital nomad brouhaha raises legal vacuum concerns

  • Gisela Swaragita
    Gisela Swaragita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 22, 2021   /  03:34 pm
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Foreign tourists walk along Berawa Beach in Badung, Bali, on June 19, 2020. (Antara/Nyoman Hendra Wibowo)

The recent brouhaha between an American woman and Indonesian netizens on Twitter has shed light on the fact that the country has yet to have clear regulations on digital nomads, especially in terms of immigration and taxation. Indonesian internet users accused 28-year-old Kristen Gray of making money from social media posts suggesting that foreigners could move to Indonesia and live a luxury lifestyle on the cheap amid the global health crisis and strict travel restrictions. The Bali Immigration Office eventually deported her for “spreading information that unsettles local residents”, including painting the island as “queer-friendly”. Digital nomads are flourishing in Indonesia with the rise of the digital economy. Bali is among the popular destinations for foreign nomads who like to work while traveling, aside from Jakarta and Yogyakarta. However, Indone...