How To Retire In Bali [Essential Guide]

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Why Retire In Bali?

Dream of retiring to a paradise where the sun and sea are all but a stroll away, and the cost of living doesn’t break the bank? Bali is not just a destination for honeymooners and surfers; it’s a haven for retirees as well. Imagine enjoying tropical living with impeccable weather, experiencing a luxury lifestyle that’s easy on the wallet, while immersing yourself in the wonderful Balinese culture. Plus, navigating is a breeze even if you only speak English.

In this guide we’ll dive in to discover why Bali could be your ideal retirement haven.

Tropical Living, Beaches & Great Weather

There’s something about tropical living that soothes the soul and makes time stand still. One of the prime attractions of retiring in Bali is, without a doubt, its great weather and plethora of beaches that each offer their unique benifits. The regular dose of vitamin D, the joy of being close to nature – it all contributes to a sense of well-being and tranquility.

The climate of Bali is typically tropical, but it varies throughout the year. From November to March, you might experience the rainy season, where downpours are frequent. However, these showers usually pass as quickly as they come.

April brings in the much-awaited dry season, lasting until October. This period is marked by delightful breezes, everlasting sunshine, and consistent temperatures that are pleasantly less humid.

Western Lifestyle At A Discount

Dreaming of a paradise-like retirement without breaking the bank? Bali might just be your answer. This Indonesian haven offers not only a vibrant tropical lifestyle but does so at a fraction of the cost compared to many western countries, yet has nearly all the same benefits.

From affordable shopping to reduced cost of food, activities and ammenities, there’s a good chance that Bali offers comfortable living at a fraction of what you’d spend back home.

Balinese People and Culture

The heart and soul of Bali is its people. The Balinese people are renowned for their warmth, hospitality, and a culture steeped in tradition and spirituality.

Every day, you’ll notice locals offering prayers, lighting incense, and placing intricate flower offerings in temples, on street corners, and even in front of shops. This devotion stems from a deeply rooted belief system that harmoniously intertwines life, nature, and the divine. At its core is a communal culture where individual needs often take a backseat, ensuring the good of the greater community always comes first.

Being embraced by the Balinese community is both a privilege and a responsibility. As you get adopted into this tight-knit fabric, you’d be expected to respect their traditions, but in return, you’ll be rewarded with a genuine sense of belonging!

It’s Easy To Get Around Speaking English

One might think that moving to an exotic island would pose a linguistic challenge, but in Bali this concern is easily put to rest. Thanks to its longstanding reputation as a global tourist hotspot, English is widely spoken across the island, making it quite convenient for retirees.

Whether you find yourself wandering through tourist areas, checking into hotels, eating at local restaurants, taking a taxi, or browsing the shops, you’ll discover that English usually gets you by just fine.

Incredible Variety Of Scenery, Landmarks, And Wonders To Behold

One of the best parts of Bali, is you’re not restricted to Bali! Indonesia is a vast array of other islands that are a reasonable boatride or extremely fast flight away to access, and each island has a completely different landscape, environment and personality with unique sights and attractions that will leave you with life long memories.

Not to mention, Bali is close proximity to neighboring countries, so if you want to send off to Singapore for a weekend holiday, it’s only a few hours travel time.

Retire In Bali Cost Of Living

Considering retirement in Bali? The allure goes beyond its scenic beauty and rich culture. One of the island’s most enticing draws is its cost of living. From accommodation that offers more bang for your buck compared to many countries, to affordable shopping and activities, delectable meals that don’t dent the wallet, and the availability of household and support staff without stretching your finances – Bali makes luxurious living achievable on a budget.

Quick note – we’ll be using USD as the example for relative pricing as we most often use USD when setting property values.  

Exchange Rate Advantage

The Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) is generally weaker compared to major Western currencies like the US Dollar, Euro, or British Pound. This means that even if the nominal price of accommodation might seem higher in IDR, it often translates to a much more affordable amount in foreign currencies.

Affordable Shopping, Activities & Facilities

Bali is renowned for offering an array of affordable shopping, activities, and facilities that cater to a wide range of preferences yet fit with almost any preferred retirement lifestyle. Here’s some particular items where you can expect to find extra value:

  1. Diverse Shopping: Shopping isn’t limited to just local souvenir shops. From artisan crafts to designer boutiques, the island offers a plethora of options without the hefty price tags you might find elsewhere. From traditional markets like Ubud Market to beachside stalls, visitors can find souvenirs, clothing, handicrafts, and artwork at prices that are often negotiable.

  2. Local Handicrafts: Bali’s rich artistic heritage means that visitors can purchase locally-made handicrafts directly from artisans. These items, such as intricate wood carvings, textiles, and jewelry can often be bought at lower prices compared to similar items in other countries.

  3. Balinese Massages and Spas: The island is renowned for its affordable and indulgent spa experiences. Balinese massages and wellness treatments are available at a fraction of the cost found in many Western countries, allowing travelers to enjoy relaxation and rejuvenation without straining their budget.

  4. Activities and Tours: Bali offers endless activities and tours that cater to your interests. Whether it’s exploring temples, participating in water sports, trekking in rice terraces, culinary classess, adventure tours, scuba, surfing, live music activities – you name it. All have good options for budget-conscious travelers. Group tours and packages also provide cost-effective ways to experience various attractions.

  5. Affordable Dining: Bali’s dining scene ranges from high-end restaurants to budget-friendly local eateries and street food stalls. Enjoying local Indonesian cuisine or international dishes can be done without overspending, however there are still plenty of options for high-end fine dining that will require a fatter piggy bank.

  6. Recreation Facilities & Wellness: Bali is known for it’s specialty in self improvement. There’s an abundance of world class options to keep your mind, body and spirit in peak shape. Gyms, spas, fitness and wellness facilities, yoga centers, spiritual and wholistic healing, meditation retreats.. People come to Bali from all over the globe to discover the best in themselves, and enjoy self improvement benefits that won’t go beyond your budget.

  7. Local Transportation: Getting around Bali is substantially less expensive then what you’d pay for a taxi or Uber ride elsewhere. Renting a scooter or using ride-sharing services such as Grab and GoJek have a bit of a learning curve, but are extremely cost-effective. Simply download either app and a ride is only minutes away and you can pay cash. Mainstream taxi companies, on the other hand, will charge premium fees, so learning how to use GoJek can be a life saver (not to mention more convenient).

*** INSIDER’S NOTES

  • A small local eatery is known as a ‘warung’
  • Bali is infamous for its coffee

Great Food At Reasonable Prices

The local food scene in Bali is nothing short of a culinary adventure. With a diverse blend of local and global options, it’s easy to indulge in every day without feeling the pinch like you might elsewhere.

The heart of Balinese cuisine lies in its traditional dishes, typically using fresh ingredients sourced locally. From succulent meats cooked in rich spices to vegetarian-friendly dishes that make ample use of local produce, there’s something for everyone at world class quality.

For vegetarians or those seeking a healthier bite, Bali has a high demand and you’ll find plenty of options. Think vibrant salads, tofu dishes, and an array of flavorful vegetables cooked to perfection.

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You can find great deals delivered to your doorstep by using the order apps Grab or GoJek. Note that GoJek is a little more foreign friendly with better English translation capabilities built into the app.

Accommodation And Costs Of Bali Real Estate

When it comes to the cost of living for accommodation, Bali offers options that can be more budget friendly than other countries, however it’s important to note that the real estate market has experienced a boom in the last couple years, and prices are not what they used to be. Bali also has nuanced logistics when it comes to renting or buying property; it’s essential to understand the options for living, as well as how pricing variables such as location, size, and quality.

Considering your options for finding a place to live, there’s a few possible options:

Renting a villa

Renting a villa typically requires you pay in full for 1 year or longer up front. Rental prices have increased, especially around the popular areas of Canggu, Umalas, Pererenan, Seminyak, and Uluwatu. Also, inventory for long term rentals has dropped so the selection is a bit more limited and prices a bit higher.

Here’s a few price budget ranges and example property descriptions based on current listings in 2023 relating to higher demand areas. This is to give you some insights and is not set in stone as of course prices and selection fluctuate.

  • $10,000 – $20,000 USD per year: this can get you a 2 bedroom villa with smaller size and typically older developments.

  • $20,000 – $30,000 USD per year: you’ll find substantially more options and can find villas with abundance of space, style, and improved quality, however you may still be looking at some older properties.

  • $30,000 – $40,000 USD per year: large villas with premium architecture. A mix of older properties and newly developed projects.

  • $40,000+ USD per year: the ultimate options of luxury and high-end Bali living! Truly find a dream property like nowhere else in the world 💎

NOTE: there’s no centralized real estate listing service in Bali, so it’s important to do your research across all real estate websites as each may offer unique selections!

Buying a leasehold contract villa

When looking to ‘buy’ property in Bali as a foreigner, you’ll almost always be looking at purchasing what’s called a Leasehold contract. The other contract type is called Freehold which is exclusive to Indonesian citizens, with few exceptions for foreigners that requires complex business and legal establishments.

In a nutshell, Leasehold means you’re purchasing the ownership rights to the villa for an extended period of time – typically 20-30 years. During your time of ownership you often have the rights to modify / develop the villa depending on if it’s agreed upon with the native land owner, as well as Indonesian development laws; essentially you’re buying the rights to the land, and within those rights comes the potential ability to build or modify the structure.

You may also have the ability to rent out the property, but this also depends on permitting. To learn more and ensure you have proper understanding, it’s essential to contact a trusted real estate company. At Propertia we can help answer any questions!

Here are some loose budget ranges pertaining to high-demand areas to give you some insights. Again, villa prices are highly variable depending on location as well as a quickly changing market landscape:

  • $150k USD: Considered a minimal investment. In premium areas this budget may be able to find you a newer small 1 bedroom or studio apartment, or possibly a slightly larger older property. Note that lower budget properties are sold quickly, so inventory of high value and lower cost units may be limited. You’ll also find many ‘off-plan’ lower budget projects, however this means the property hasn’t been built yet – you’re paying to secure a unit which will then be developed and could take up to a year or more to be completed.

  • $200k-$300k USD: Considered a lower to mid range investment. You’ll find more options for 2 or 3 bedroom units in popular locations with a mix of style and quality ranges. You’ll also still find a lot of off-plan developments being listed as this range is also in high-demand and good value properties are sold quickly.

  • $300k-$500k USD: A mid to higher range investment. Options open up for larger villas with improved designs, architecture and views. This range offers entry to proper luxury living.

  • $500k-$1MM+: Although this represents a very large range of possibilities, here you’ll find properties with luxurious spaces, designer architecture & finishing, and the best of what Bali has to offer!

Looking to start searching for your perfect property? That’s what we do at PROPERTIA BALI. Contact us today and our team will be more than happy to help you start your journey in Bali real estate!

AIRBNB

It may not be likely you hop around from one Airbnb to another for the long term, but considering how much there is to see around Bali and the surrounding islands(*** LINK TO BLOG POST***) Airbnb and daily vacation rentals are extremely convenient and are all over the place at fairly reasonable prices.

Airdna.co notes the average daily price for an Airbnb on the island of Bali at $165

Of course your nightly rate depends on the location and type of accommodation you are looking for, but you’ll find a myriad of options. A night in a single bedroom guest house could be as low as $30, or a day at a high end luxury villa could run you a few hundred – it all depends.

Keep in mind it is possible to rent Airbnb villas for longer periods such as a month at a time, and you will likely pay more per month than if you secure a long term yearly villa rental, however the freedom to change from location to location may just be worth the premium.

Household & Support Staff

One of the most important perks of retiring in Bali is the opportunity to hire local household and support staff, adding a touch of luxury to your everyday living. Be aware, one unique facet of Bali’s expatriate setup is that there’s an unspoken, yet typical condition: if you’re going to settle here for the long haul, it’s often expected you’ll employ local workers. This not only helps the local economy but also creates a deeper connection between expats and the locals.

In terms of finances, hiring staff in Bali is incredibly affordable compared to many western countries. Imagine having a dedicated house cleaner keeping your home spotless for as little as $20 per week. Or perhaps you fancy a well-kept garden without lifting a finger? Hiring a gardener can cost you around $15+ weekly. And if you’re a food aficionado, the idea of a private chef preparing local delicacies might just be the icing on the cake.

Requirements to Retire in Bali

Retiring in Bali is a dream for many, but it’s essential to navigate the legal landscape to make that dream a reality. Understanding the visa requirements and options is crucial. From identifying which visas are tailored for retirees, to grasping the specific criteria of Indonesia’s retirement visa, you’ll want to be well-informed.

Types of Visas Available for Retirees

Navigating Bali’s visa landscape is pivotal for retirees wishing to make the island their long-term haven. Here’s a breakdown of the types of visas you might consider:

1. Retirement Visa: As the name suggests, this visa is tailored for retirees. It’s a type of temporary residence visa that’s valid for a year and can be extended annually. To qualify, you must be 55 years or older, have no intention of working in Indonesia, and show proof of a steady income. One of the benefits of this visa is that it allows retirees to live continuously in Bali without the need for frequent visa runs.

2. Tourist Visa: This is suitable for short-term stays. While initially valid for 30 days, it can be extended for an additional 30 days. However, this visa doesn’t permit long-term residence. It’s perfect for those still exploring Bali as a potential retirement destination or those who plan to live part-time on the island.

3. Social Visa: This is a bit more flexible than the tourist visa, allowing for longer stays (up to 6 months). It’s designed for those visiting friends or family or engaging in social/cultural activities. While it doesn’t cater specifically to retirees, it can be a viable option for those looking for a slightly extended stay without committing to a retirement visa.

Understanding these types of visas, their requirements, and their associated benefits ensures you’re equipped with the knowledge to make the best decision for your retirement in Bali.

Retirement Visa Requirements in Indonesia

To dive a bit deeper into the Retirement Visa, it’s essential to understand there are specific requirements to be met:

1. Age Requirement: To qualify, you need to be 55 years of age or older. Indonesia considers this the retirement age for the purpose of this visa.

2. Proof of Health and Life Insurance: Your well-being is a priority. Before granting a visa, Indonesia wants to ensure you’re covered. Hence, valid health and life insurance is mandatory.

3. Proof of Pension or Lump Sum: To ensure retirees can sustain themselves without working, there’s a need to provide evidence of a regular pension or a substantial lump sum that would cover living expenses. The amount can vary, but a general guideline is a monthly income of around USD 1,500 or an equivalent lump sum.

4. Rental Agreement: You must have a lease agreement in place for the duration of your visa, demonstrating a commitment to a long-term stay.

5. Employment of Indonesian Citizens: A unique requirement, retirees are encouraged to employ local help. This could be in the form of housekeepers, gardeners, or other support staff.

6. Agreement Not to Work For Any Indonesian Business: The essence of retirement is relaxation. As such, holders of the retirement visa must sign an agreement stating they won’t engage in any form of employment in Bali or the broader Indonesian region.

Understanding and fulfilling these retirement visa requirements is your first step towards ensuring a hassle-free, extended stay. It’s important to keep up to date of any changes in visa regulations for a smooth transition into Balinese retirement, and make sure to speak to a qualified visa agent to ensure you’re completing the right steps.

Best Places To Retire In Bali

For retirees, choosing the perfect spot can be a delightful dilemma. From the tranquil landscapes of Ubud and the rugged cliffs of Uluwatu to the beachfront serenity of Nusa Dua, Sanur, and the trendy hangouts in Canggu & Umalas, Bali spoils you for choice. Let’s take a mini tour through the main areas you’ll likely be looking at for your ideal haven.

Ubud

Ubud, nestled in the heart of Bali has rapidly evolved as a haven for those seeking a deeper connection—both with oneself and the world. The meandering streets are dotted with coffee shops that brew the perfect cup, healthy cafes offering a plethora of organic delicacies, yoga studios resonating with chants and meditative vibes, and it’s all surrounded by jungle and cascading rice terraces.

But beyond its vibrant eateries, Ubud boasts some of the best restaurants on the island, catering to a wide palate—from traditional Balinese to modern fusion. The town is a playground of spiritual and physical activities, beckoning those keen on holistic growth. Older retirees find solace in its tranquil corners, yogis immerse themselves in its transformative energy, and digital nomads tap into its inspiring ambiance. Together, they form a community bound by cultural appreciation and long-term lifestyle aspirations.

So, if you’re searching for a place where ancient traditions blend seamlessly with modern comforts, Ubud might just be the spot to anchor your Balinese retirement.

Uluwatu

Perched on the southernmost tip of Bali, Uluwatu is rapidly increasing in popularity, as it offers an experience like no other and is catering more and more to the expat community. Characterized by breathtaking beaches and clifftop views, it’s a completely different experience than anything else on the island. Though seemingly secluded, Uluwatu’s is around the same travel time from the airport as other areas north such as Seminyak or Kerobokan.

The allure of Uluwatu isn’t just in its gorgeous views and bountiful beach options. The region is dotted with beautiful villas that grant unimpeded ocean views and easy access to ammenities, promising a comfortable stay that provides a tropical island vibe more than almost anywhere else on the island. The boom in development over the last couple years has also created an influx of new businesses, so there’s no shortage of boutique shopping, spas, restaurants and cafes, and everything else that makes the region a great place to retire.

Whether you’re taking a leisurely walk along its pristine beaches, marveling at the sunset from a cliff edge, or simply enjoying an espresso in a gourmet cafe where time seems to slow down a bit, Uluwatu promises a serene and unforgettable escape.

Nusa Dua and Sanur

When you think of paradisiacal retirement destinations in Bali that have a bit slower pace of life, Nusa Dua and Sanur may climb to the top of your list. These twin havens offer retirees the kind of lifestyle dreams are made of.

Nusa Dua, with its pristine, long white sandy beaches, is a canvas of luxury. This area is where most of Bali’s 5-star hotel resorts are located and caters to corporate retreats and vacationers from all over the world. If golfing is your passion or perhaps a newfound retirement hobby, the beautifully manicured golf courses here provide the perfect setting for a leisurely game with an ocean view.

Located a bit further north, Sanur has its own distinctive atmosphere, and tends to be more on the affordable side vs other areas in Bali. It boasts an array of shopping and dining options that cater to varied tastes. From boutiques to local markets, and from upscale restaurants to cozy street-side cafes, Sanur ensures your culinary and shopping adventures never run dry, while having accommodation costs that are typically much more affordable.

Canggu & Umalas

Canggu and Umalas have been some of the highest-demand areas for expats over the years. These areas are located close to each other, and have the highest concentration of newer businesses, entertainment venues, cafes & restaurants, and access to some of Bali’s most popular beaches.

Canggu, in particular, has gained immense popularity among the young and spirited – digital nomads and influencers are drawn by the allure of its co-working spaces, trendy cafes, nightlife options, and picturesque landscapes. It’s not just a retirement haven but a hotspot for global connectivity and creativity.

However, as popularity and price points have increased dramatically, a large population has migrated from Canggu to less traffic-heavy areas such as Uluwatu. Villa prices in particular have seen a meteoric rise around Canggu and close proximity neighborhoods, causing many to search elsewhere. That being said, the cost of convenience may still be far below what you’re used to paying elsewhere without the luxury of being minutes to the beach!

Adjacent to Canggu, Umalas offers a slightly subdued ambiance and slower pace, yet still is within arm’s reach of the dynamism Canggu offers. And for those eager to explore, neighboring areas like Berawa and Pererenan are nearby ensuring there’s always a new experience on the horizon.

Pererenan

Located just minutes north from Canggu, Pererenan has been one of the most up-and-coming areas of Bali, offering expats and retirees a slice of paradise where peace and tranquility reign supreme. Unlike the bustling locales teeming with tourists, Pererenan has less traffic and more of a neighborhood feel, while still offering plenty of shops, cafes and facilities, with close access to the beach.

Enjoy undisturbed morning strolls on substantially less populated beaches, taking in the feels and sounds of what island life should truly be like. In addition, the vast expanses of rice paddies scattered throughout offer a soothing visual of Bali nature at its best.

Pererenan’s secluded environment with close proximity to ‘the action’ is perfect for those retirees looking to get the best of both worlds: the calm of a retreat and the accessibility of urban comforts.

Kuta

When you think of Bali’s most iconic destinations, Kuta often springs to mind. Per it’s close proximity to the airport, Kuta developed as one of Bali’s initial tourism locations, and still caters to tourists today with endless beaches perfect for swimmers and surfers, and condenseded variety of shops and nightlife. Kuta is a sun-seeker’s paradise by day and a vibrant hub of activity by night.

Kuta’s bustling atmosphere ensures you won’t be wanting for entertainment, however since it’s been around for awhile it has been built out to capacity and you’ll have to take a drive to enjoy the lesser developed areas boasting rice paddies and purer vistas.

Kuta’s large selection of local shops and eateries make for affordable prices. In addition, many of the villas and homes are a bit older, so it’s certainly possible to find cheaper housing vs newer developed areas such as Canggu. Whether you’re on the hunt for bargain deals in its bustling markets or seeking the perfect home, Kuta offers a myriad of shopping options and accommodation choices that suit all budgets.

In essence, Kuta perfectly marries the exciting buzz of a beach town with the practicalities of everyday living, making it not just a great vacation spot but also an enticing place to call home in retirement.

Bali Outskirts

While Bali’s well-known destinations capture the headlines, the outskirts of Bali hold a charm that’s uniquely their own. These lesser-traveled areas offer retirees a distinctive flavor of the island, blending traditional Balinese life with untouched natural beauty. Imagine waking up to sound of chirping of birds and feeling the warm breeze while taking in the panorama of emerald rice fields — that’s the promise of life on the outskirts.

One of the biggest draws to these remote locations is the opportunity to live closer to nature. Away from the bustling crowds and commercial hubs, retirees can find solace in the island’s natural beauty, embracing a simpler life and a chance to connect better with the Balinese culture and community. This isn’t just about scenery; it’s about lifestyle. The pace is slower, the air is fresher, and the cost of living tends to be less expensive.

Accessibility, once a concern, is becoming less of an issue. There are proposed construction projects in the pipeline that aim to improve roads and infrastructure, bridging the gap between these tranquil retreats and Bali’s more populated areas.

How To Retire In Bali

From ensuring your documents are in order to finding that perfect property, the process might seem overwhelming at first. Here’s a step-by-step guide to ease your transition:

1. Check Your Passport Validity

One of the foundational steps is to check your passport validity. Bali, like many international destinations, has certain regulations regarding this. A valid passport with more than 18 months of validity is a non-negotiable requirement. Why is this so important? First, this extended validity ensures you’re eligible for longer-term visas and won’t face immediate renewal challenges. Second, it streamlines the retirement process, avoiding bureaucratic hurdles and potential delays.

2. Visit Before You Commit

It’s crucial to “try before you buy.” By visiting first, you get firsthand experience of the island’s diverse regions and can figure out what best fits your goals and lifestyle. This step is not just about sightseeing; it’s about immersing yourself in the different areas as much as possible to determine if you can find that perfect fit.

3. Prioritize Where You Want To Live

As noted above, different areas in Bali have their own unique personalities and benefits. While some may yearn for the tranquil embrace of rice paddies in Ubud, others might prefer the vibrant beats of Kuta’s beachfront. Factors to prioritize when picking a location include proximity to amenities, accessibility to other parts of the island, and of course, aligning with your lifestyle. After you have a good idea about where you’d like to stay to can start the search for housing.

4. Look For Housing

Naturally, after you get a better understanding on the area(s) you want to spend your time, then it’s time to start searching for options on where to live for your housing. At this point it’s good to start a list noting properties you’d prefer, while continuing the next steps to ensure you can actually get here with the proper visa. At this point you’ll be patching together all the essentials to solidify your stay.

Keep in mind, if you’re looking to rent a villa or purchase a property, the best advice is to consult with a professional local real estate company who knows how to navigate your options safely, legally, and look out for your best interests. It is highly recommended you do NOT try and use an individual, independent local property agent, as there are all too many horror stories of expats getting taken advantage of.

5. Apply For A Retirement Visa

Whilst delving into your search for the perfect property, you’ll want to make sure you can properly stay in Bali confidently. At this stage you should be applying for the visa that best applies to you – likely the Retirement Visa – and get the process started so you can time your transition appropriately.

6. Have Medical Insurance

Retiring in Bali brings with it a myriad of new experiences and adventures. It’s essential not to overlook the practicalities of living overseas, and one of the most paramount among these is medical insurance. The healthcare system in Bali, while improving, can present challenges, especially when specialized treatments or procedures are needed.

Having comprehensive medical insurance ensures that retirees can access the best medical care available without the worry of exorbitant costs. Whether opting for personal insurance tailored to long-term stays or more general travel insurance, it’s crucial to ensure that the coverage is adequate to handle both minor medical emergencies and more serious health concerns.

7. Know Your Preferred Mode Of Transportation

Understanding your transportation options is pivotal to ensure ease of movement and independence. For those accustomed to driving, an international driver’s license is both legal and affordable and allows you freedom to drive a car or scooter.

Cars and scooters are readily available for rent, allowing retirees the flexibility to explore the island at their own pace, however can be quite cumbersome due to chaotic traffic dynamics. It’s quite affordable to hire private drivers, or use the ride share apps like GoJek or Grab to catch a quick ride at low cost.

8. Get Your Local Driver’s License

If you’re ready to weather the bustling streets of Bali in a car or on a scooter, acquiring a local driver’s license in Bali is a required and straightforward process, though it does come with specific requirements. To start, foreign retirees must possess a valid international driving permit alongside their home country’s driver’s license.

Additionally, temporary residents can apply for a one-year Balinese driving license, though this necessitates a KITAS (temporary residency permit). The process involves providing essential documentation such as a copy of your passport, residency proof, and a health certificate from a local clinic. A nominal fee is also charged for the license. Once obtained, this local license opens the gateway to an array of transportation options in Bali.

9. Hire Some Support Staff

One of the distinguishing aspects of retiring in Bali is the opportunity to hire local workers at affordable rates, elevating the quality and comfort of your daily life. Embracing the expertise of house cleaners, gardeners, private chefs, and housekeepers doesn’t just simplify day-to-day tasks, but also provides retirees with an immersive cultural experience and a chance to support the local community.

Not only does this ensure a spotlessly maintained living environment, but it also means enjoying delicious local delicacies prepared right in your kitchen, beautifully landscaped gardens, and well-kept premises, all contributing to an unparalleled retirement experience.

Hiring support staff in Bali, thus, isn’t just about convenience, but also about embracing the richness of Balinese culture while enjoying a relaxed and comfortable lifestyle.

Visualize The Possibility

Bali beckons as a tropical paradise for those seeking a haven for retirement. With its all-year-round great weather, retirees can bask in the sun and enjoy its beaches whenever they desire. But beyond the allure of its natural beauty, Bali offers an affordable living cost, making the dream of a discount lifestyle attainable. From reasonably priced local goods to housing that won’t break the bank, Bali ensures a quality life without the hefty price tag. In essence, retiring in Bali provides a blend of relaxation, cultural enrichment, and affordability, making it a place you should absolutely consider in your search.

FAQs

Q. Is it safe to live in Bali?

Bali, as a popular tourist destination, is generally safe for both visitors and expatriates. While petty crimes like pickpocketing can occur in crowded areas, serious crimes are less frequent. As with any place, it’s essential to take standard safety precautions and stay updated on local news.

Q. Can you move to Bali permanently?

While many expatriates live in Bali for extended periods, Indonesia does not offer permanent residency to foreigners in the way some other countries might. Most foreigners live in Bali on a series of visas, the most common being the retirement visa for those aged 55 and above. You will always have to do visa renewals; it’s crucial to ensure you’re always on the correct visa to avoid legal issues. Make sure and connect with an approved and reliable visa agent to ensure you’re doing things properly.

Q. Are there any cultural norms I should be aware of?

Yes, the Balinese follow a unique blend of Hinduism, and there are frequent ceremonies and rituals. Respecting local customs, dressing modestly, especially when visiting temples, and understanding local etiquette will help in building good relationships with the locals. One extremely important tip for best practice in Indonesian etiquette: avoid using your left hand in social interactions! Traditionally Indonesians use their left hand after using the toilet, meaning the right hand is used for everything else: touching someone; shaking hands; handling cash etc. You’ll get dirty looks for using ‘dirty’ left handed interactions.

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