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What's the best way to get a visa for Bali?


by @danielgenser | 6yr  | 12 comments

How do people typically handle the Bali visa situation? Is it better to just arrive and get the 30 day visa on arrival, and then figure out an extension, if desired once youโ€™re there?

Or is it advisable to go through the process of getting the 60 day (single or multiple entry) visa ahead of time through the consulate here in the USA?

For some context, weโ€™re not 100% sure of how long we are planning on staying thus far, and were hoping to buy tickets to our next destination while in Bali.

Thanks for any advice you may offer!

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@syabro | 5yr

VOA extension cost now is around 600-700 with an agent and 350ยฑ if youโ€™ll do it on your own

Also check my other comment about visas

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@betoayesa | 5yr

Get in Facebook Ubud Community Group. I didnโ€™t know that files could be uploaded to facebook groups. Go to the group, and find โ€œfilesโ€ or docs tab, there you will find 2 docs with all the information, prices, etc โ€ฆ

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@walkertraylor | 6yr

Call Liza in Ubud. She is an Indonesian lawyer who precesses visas for foreigners. Charges a little extra but gets things done that you might not be able to do without substantial saavy yourself. 081338424617. Valid as of August 2014. Her office is behind AlchemyBali. If you donโ€™t get her on the phone, go to Alchemy, walk behind it, go upstairs, and there is usually a line of people waiting to see her. If you need her Singapore or Bangkok office number, youโ€™ll have to call her and get it to make arrangements there. She is no nonsense, efficient, and direct, favors the prepared.

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@walkertraylor | 6yr

If you choose to stay you can find a visa agent who will get you an extra extension via the โ€œsocial visaโ€ rules. You can save money and get a much longer stay if you get a โ€œbusiness visa,โ€ extendable up to 12 months (maybe more) if you get the visa before you go. You need to work with the right agent, and start the process outside of Bali for the business visa.

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@danielgenser | 6yr

Iโ€™ve heard getting an extension for longer than 30 days once in Bali is fairly easy, but costs โ€“ any idea how much? Just trying to figure out if itโ€™s worth the consulate hassle, just to get the 60 day ahead of time.

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@walkertraylor | 6yr

No need to deal with consulate. Just go to a visa agent a week or so before your 30 day tourist visa expires and they will renew it (but you need to go a week early else you face fairly high daily overstay charges.) I think it was about 500,000 through an agent. If you do it yourself at the immigration offices for 250,000 but it is a lot more hassle, I hear. I wouldnโ€™t bother unless youโ€™re super penny pinching and have time to waste. Iโ€™m not in Bali now and rules were changing when I left in August. I recommend asking around for a good visa agent when you first get there and ask them what to do so you are prepared for when the time comes.

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@walkertraylor | 6yr

Or try to call Liza or someone like here (a visa agent) before you go. Rules change, and the โ€œback rulesโ€ change so internet information is sometimes outdated, and people donโ€™t always have the same experiences. The most up to date information is talking to well connected visa agents. If you donโ€™t hear what you want, you can ask around to see if there are other ways to get done what you want, but usually there isnโ€™t too much variation. It is not like the USA/EU where the rules are fairly consistently applied and published.

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@danielgenser | 6yr

Thanks for the tips! Cheers!

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@manu | 6yr

I stayed there in 2011. Most people just extend their visa after 30 days. Seemed to be an easy process. Going through a consulate is often much more painful due to the paperwork. Getting the visa at the airport was easy from what I remember.

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Manu, do you need a return ticket to be issued a visa on arrival, or is that just for when you want to extend it? Many thanks :smile:

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@syabro | 5yr

Marta, it depends on your luck. I got this visa more than ten times and never was asked about return tickets.
My friends came first time and they were asked.

You can find a website where you get an iterinary without actually buying a ticket.

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thanks so much for your help and apologies for a late reply! I may try he sites you suggested, great tip!

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Currently in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico and heading to Santa Teressa, Costa Rica next week.
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However I feel I want to head back to Central America to bring living costs down, rather than staying in the Caribbean Sea among the expensive Islands.

This means I have around 2 - 2,5 month of unplanned travelling.
Any digital nomads who have ideas about where to head in that timeframe?

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Is it easy to renew your tourist visa for 6 months in Colombia?


in Colombia by @julien | 6mo 5 months ago | 1 comment

Hello everyone,
I will come to live in Colombia for one year.
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I thought to have a Visa for tourists for 3 months and renewal the visa for 6 months. Is that hard to renewal a tourist Visa in Colombia?
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Hi everyone and nice to e-meet you!
finally, after so long I found a job that allows me to work remotely.
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by @jammingsloth | 12mo 11 months ago | 33 comments

Planning ahead for the winter. Iโ€™ll be in Spain in the Fall and want to go someplace warm for the winter in or near Europe, but not Schengen. Was first thinking Cape Town, but the internet is slow and it is very far. Was also thinking:
Israel - but airbnb listings are very pricey.
Morocco?
Turkey - maybe a little chilly.

Any other suggestions?

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What's the best bank account for a global nomad?

 

by @barrybjjoubert | 12mo 11 months ago | 25 comments

Dear all
As a wanna be nomad figuring out a way to get free of the rat race, I was wondering what is the best bank account to have while travelling the globe? I need an account where is easy for me to receive payments from all over the world and it also need to be a bank that I can find almost anywhere in the world. I want to avoid carry cash on me if itโ€™s possible.

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How do I ensure that getting refused entry to the UK won't keep me from getting an Australian 462 (work and holiday) visa?


in Australia by @allisonkirschbaum | 1yr 1 year ago | 0 comments

On New Yearโ€™s Day this year, I was refused entry to the UK due to not having proof of funds, an outward-bound plane ticket (I was road-tripping out with a friend via car) and not being able to prove that I had indeed canceled the lease on the apartment I had leased during a prior recent trip.

I havenโ€™t had any entry issues to any of the several countries Iโ€™ve visited after, but now Iโ€™m applying for a 462 visa (work and holiday) visa in Australia, and since Australia and the UK share an immigration info system, I want to make sure getting refused entry wonโ€™t keep me from getting a visa. None of the issues that cropped up in the UK (the proof of funds, the plane ticket, and the apartment) will be an issue in Australia, as Iโ€™ve never traveled there before, donโ€™t know anyone and will have proof of more than sufficient funds for the trip and an outbound plane ticket.

Anybody have any suggestions on how to make the approval process go as smoothly as possible?

Many thanks in advance! :smiley:

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by @panoramica | 1yr 1 year ago | 3 comments

Iโ€™m currently doing some work through Upwork, but itโ€™s sporadic and Iโ€™m keen to get more active on other platforms like Freelancer, Toptal, CodeMentor, Fiverr etc

Currently Iโ€™m managing leads in a Google sheet. Basically itโ€™s just a list of projects I pitched for, how much I bid, what I did differently from the last pitch/bid, how much time went by before I got a offered a job etc.

Iโ€™m not actively following up anybody, and Iโ€™ve in fact โ€˜lostโ€™ a few jobs where the client was keen, but then disappeared without a trace. I guess I need to keep in touch with those people to ensure that they remain focussed on our agreementโ€ฆ

Iโ€™m also keen to take on more small projects concurrently, without dropping the ball on any of them.

Iโ€™ve done a quick Google and turned up a few names including Salesforce, Zoho, Nutshell, HighRise, Base, Nimble, etc etc. But testing out all these products isnโ€™t all that appealing, so I thought Iโ€™d ask here first :slight_smile:

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by @octave | 1yr 1 year ago | 63 comments

I have an commerce website. We get around 1000 orders per month and this is going to get quite a bit bigger in next few years.

I am British. I live in Thailand.
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Does PayPal need me to be a resident to the country i register my account to? Are there complications being a non resident to get other payment solutions?

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I really want to avoid paperwork and book keeping. I hate it.

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Most nomads i see donโ€™t really have a high volume of small monthly transactions which i do. Im going around in circles and donโ€™t know where to start.

Ill also need a bank account for business and a personal bank account to pay my salary into

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Hi All! Iโ€™ve heard Spark and Vodafone are the best. I plan to move around, so I care mostly about having good coverage, and all Iโ€™ll need is around 1 GB of data or so.

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in South Africa by @kirst85 | 2yr 1 year ago | 12 comments

Iโ€™m a South African about to become a Nomad next year. I will still be employed by a South African company and receive a salary into my FNB bank account monthly.

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Iโ€™m unsure of the best way to handle things. Should I try get another bank account outside of SA (Can I even do that)? I also have a British Passport if that makes a difference.

If any of you have any experienced advice I would be very grateful, Thanks in advance!

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in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico by @oskar | 2yr 2 years ago | 12 comments

Iโ€™m going to travel to Mexico by the end of february and i would like to know which place do you recommend to stay at for a month or so. Which one would fit better for a digital nomad? Pros and Cons for each place are welcomed :smile:

thanks!

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in Russia by @shaulsolomon | 2yr 2 years ago | 1 comment

I am an English/American currently in Israel, and heading in a week to Georgia/Armenia for two weeks and then want to head to Russia for a week.
As I am only in Israel for another week, would it be possible to apply for the visa in Israel and ask to receive it in Armenia (my last stop before I want to go to Russia)?
Or perhaps there is another better option that I have available?

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by @vong | 2yr 2 years ago | 12 comments

Hi all,

What do you guys use for call and sms forwarding?

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Sarah

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How to find a villa in Bali?


by @juliakostreva | 2yr 2 years ago | 3 comments

My husband and I are looking for a place with nice weather, fast internet, comfortable/modern/nice housing, (hopefully walk to town/shops) and budget friendly for 2-3 months in June-July-August 2018. We are looking at Canggu, Ubud, Bali, Seminyak. I canโ€™t seem to find a good house (the entire place) for less than $1400USD on airbnb, TripAdvisor, VRBO, or Facebook groups. Can anyone recommend a realtor or agent in Bali/Canggu/Ubud that can help me find a place thatโ€™s nice? Or if itโ€™s just unrealistic- where in Southeast Asia (or surrounding) area would you recommend for that kind of nice town, fast internet, and good weather in June, July, August? Thank you!

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Can I enter Thailand on a tourist visa and obtain an education visa there?


in Thailand by @hydrofog | 3yr 2 years ago | 7 comments

As an American Citizen, would it be safe to fly into Thailand without a visa? You can get a 30 day upon entry right?

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What's a good and warm place in April to surf with fast internet?


by @jakegibson | 3yr 2 years ago | 9 comments

I landed a remote job that is fully remote with only one team skype meeting a week. Iโ€™m looking to leave around March 13th and stay 1 - 3 months in each place. The first place I want somewhere that is warm with good surf. For the group video chat I need at least 5/2 down/up reliable internet. Any recommendations for a place that meets that end of March - April?

Iโ€™ve read through the forums / nomads list. Iโ€™ve already done Costa Rica and Indo and would like to try somewhere new. Currently looking at Sayuliata Mexico, Canary Islands, and Morocco though I think Iโ€™ll wait on the second two since they sound like they are better in the fall.

Thanks!

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What's the weirdest thing you travel with?

 

by @gigigriffis | 3yr 2 years ago | 21 comments

I was thinking about packing today and Iโ€™m curious: whatโ€™s the weirdest thing you guys have in your bags? Nomads are, by nature, minimalists, but Iโ€™m sure we all do it differently. I have a friend who travels with BASE jumping gear, another a sequin dress. So, whatโ€™s the most unusual thing in your bag?

Mine is probably that I travel with a dog.

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How to get US visa outside home country?


by @ibobriakov | 3yr 2 years ago | 6 comments

Hi guys!
Iโ€™m originally from Ukraine and now traveling through SEA.
And I was thinking about potential possibility to apply for US visa in any of South East Asian countries.
Does anyone has successful experience of getting US visa in SEA region?
Or maybe it is not possible and I have to apply from my home country?
(for example, friend of mine from Ukraine tried to apply for South Korean visa in Bangkok, but they refused to do so and asked him to apply for the visa from Ukraine)

Thanks in advance!

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