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Exploring the Charm of Indonesia with a Second Home Visa

The Second Home Visa, often referred to as the Sosial Budaya Visa, is a long-term visa designed for foreigners who wish to reside in Indonesia for an extended period. This visa is an excellent choice for retirees, digital nomads, investors, and anyone who wishes to enjoy the tropical paradise that Indonesia has to offer. The visa provides the opportunity to live in Indonesia for up to five to ten years.

Benefits of the Second Home Visa

Extended Stay: One of the most obvious benefits of the Second Home Visa is the extended stay it offers. Unlike the standard tourist visa, which typically allows stays of only 30 to 60 days, this visa can be granted for up to 5-10 years, making it an ideal choice for those who plan to reside in Indonesia for a longer duration.

Investment Opportunities: Indonesia's rapidly growing economy presents numerous investment opportunities, particularly in sectors like tourism, real estate, and agriculture. With a Second Home Visa, you can explore and potentially invest in these sectors with ease.

Immersive Cultural Experience: Indonesia is a nation of diverse cultures, languages, and traditions. With a Second Home Visa, you can truly immerse yourself in Indonesian life, learn the language, participate in local festivals, and build lasting relationships with the friendly locals.

Travel Flexibility: This visa allows multiple entries.

Be the Guarantor for Family Members: you can be the guarantor for family member (spouse, children, parents) to have same duration of stay in Indonesia.

Eligibility and Application Process

Eligibility criteria for the Second Home Visa vary slightly depending on the specific regulations at the time of application. However, some common requirements typically include:

  • Proof of financial stability. (in the Indonesian Bank Account for equivalent of 2 billion rupiahs)

  • Health and travel insurance.

  • Proof of accommodation in Indonesia.

  • A sponsor or guarantor in Indonesia.

The application process can be somewhat bureaucratic, and it's advisable to engage the services of a reputable visa agent or immigration consultant who can assist with the paperwork and streamline the application process.


  • Do we have to save our money in the Indonesian local bank?

You don't need to transfer your funds to a local Indonesian bank when applying for the e-visa. Instead, you just have to provide evidence of having at least IDR 2 billion or USD 130,000 in your own bank account, whether it's in your home country or under your name anywhere. However, once you obtain the e-visa and enter Indonesia, you are required to deposit an equivalent amount of IDR 2 billion into a local state-owned bank.

  • Do we need to extend the visa to stay in Indonesia around 5 years?

No, there's no need to renew the visa; with the second home visa, you're granted a 5-year stay in Indonesia. So, while the IDR 2 billion may seem like a substantial amount to place in an Indonesian bank, it essentially serves as your financial support for your 5-year stay in Indonesia. You have the option to invest this money in property or various instruments within Indonesia, eliminating the yearly visa renewal hassle, and you become eligible for multiple entries during these 5 years.

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