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  • Expatriate Work and Stay Permits
    • The following information will help to guide you to understand the documents needed by expatriates working and staying in Indonesia. The Department of Manpower issues regulation on this matter in form of a list of professional position in every positions in every business sector which are open for the employment of expatriate personnel. However, it has relaxed this list a great deal and continues to consider further relaxations accordingly. An expatriate wishing to take up or continue employment in Indonesia must possess a work permit. Work permits are also required to be possessed by expatriates who hold the post of directors.
      • First we apply for the (1)UU No. 7 / 1981 (Compulsory Company Manpower Report) from the Regional Department of Manpower (DEPNAKER WILAYAH).
      • To apply for the IMTA (expatriate work permit) the PMA/PMDN company would submit the
      • RPTKA (Foreign Manpower Utilization Plan – The RPTKA is a foreign worker utilization plan that will outline his position in the company, the duration of his terms, details of other foreign employees, etc. It is on the basis of the RPTKA that work permits (IMTA) are issued. To obtain this RPTKA, the employer (also referred to as the “Sponsor” – sponsoring the expatriate concerned) must submit an application to the Manpower Department;
      • TA-01.9 Recommendation –
      • Following the approval of the RPTKA, the employer/Sponsor could submit an application to the Director of Management of foreign worker Utilization plan for the (TAwork-01.9 )Visa Recommendation, which is required for the processing of the IMTA ( Work Permit ) by depositing  Payment Evidence of Skill and Development Fund (Dana Pengembangan Keahlian dan Ketrampilan/ “DPKK”) levy/Fee
      • The Sponsor must pay DPKK in the amount of US$ 100 per month per foreign employee to offset the costs of training Indonesian nationals, and the amount must be paid  upfront or amounting to US$ 600 for 6 months IMTA or USD 1200 for 1 year depends on the approval stated in TA-01.9. to BNI bank on behalf of Manpower Account, The green duplicate copy receipt is attached to process the IMTA in Manpower Department.  This TA-01.9 is valid for 14 days from the date of issuance. If levy is not paid during this period , it becomes void and we have to apply for new TA-01.9
      • VITAS or VBS (Limited Stay Visa or Semi Permanent Residence Visa). With IMTA in hand (attached), the VITAS application may be submitted to the Directorate General of Immigration (DGI) in Jakarta, Indonesia for VITAS (telex visa) approval. If the VITAS application is accepted, the DGI will send a telex conveying the approval to the applicant/agency and the Indonesian Embassy / Consulate General where the foreign worker is to pick up the approval and to get the VITAS stamped on his / her passport. Foreign workers of certain countries of origin intending to work in Indonesia can only pick up their VITAS in the Indonesia Embassy / Consulate General in their country of origin. The VITAS will allow the foreign worker with single entry into Indonesia.
    • Entry Permit

Upon arrival in Indonesia, the VITAS holder will obtain an Entry Permit at the Immigration Check-Point (stamped by the immigration officer on the Passport).

  • KITAS – Limited Stay Permit Card The foreign worker should submit the application for the Limited Stay Permit to the Regional Immigration office ( KANIM) with your passport and embarkation card within not later than seven days upon his/her arrival in Indonesia (proven by the Entry Permit), for his/her photo image and fingerprint. At this point, the process of transforming the VITAS visa into KITAS card (Residency Permit) starts.
    • IMTA (Izin Memperkerjakan Tenaga Asing or IMTA)- Work Permits for Expatriate
The IMTA is a permit to employ a foreign worker by the employer for a certain function and for the period of time stated in the IMTA. The IMTA and the KITAS expire one year from the date of the issuance, but they are extendable.
      • If the IMTA/KITAS is valid for 6 months or less it is NOT extendable. After obtaining all of the above mentioned required documents, the foreign worker can legally conduct working activities in Indonesia.
    • In certain regional areas, after obtaining KITAS and IMTA, foreign workers are also required to obtain the following (depending upon the respective regional regulations):a. Report Letter (Surat Tanda Melapor or “STM”);
b. Identity Card for Foreign Citizen (Kartu Identitas Pendatang or “KIP”);
c. Report on Foreign Citizen Existence (Surat Keterangan Melapor or “SKT”).
    • MERP (Multiple Exit Re Entry Permit)
      • To leave and Re-Enter Indonesia for holder of Residency Permit (KITAS) to be used many times before the expiry date
    • Things to consider about work permits in Indonesia
      • The company hiring you will need to prove your expertise to the Indonesian government and prove why they could not hire an Indonesian national to do the job.
      • Expats can be deported for “abusing” their work permits. This usually means that the expat is working in a position different to what it says on their work permit. If your business card states a slightly different role to what is on your work permit, (e.g. Finance Director instead of Managing Director) this is ground for deportation. Expats should also ensure that their work address on their work permit is the same as the address on their business card.
      • Expats should also consider that the work permit actually belongs to the company, not to the employee, so if they lose their job they no longer have a work permit for Indonesia.
      • Work Contracts
        • A foreign worker is required to have a work contract with the company that is providing the job in Indonesia. The duration of the contract is normally 1 year, with extension possibility. Only certain job positions are available to foreign workers.
      • There is no mandatory requirement for an expatriate to obtain a driver’s license. However, the driver’s license can be obtained by applying for it to the Indonesian Police Office. The cost is around US$ 110
      • There are a number of international schools in Indonesia’s big cities. Expatriates can lease a house or an apartment in Indonesia.An expatriate can own property, but the types and ownership titles that are available to foreign nationalities are limited.
      • Investors do not get tax benefits from providing their employees with housing allowance. Expatriate workers in Indonesia are subject to Indonesian income tax, unless there is a tax treaty between the expatriate’s country of origin and Indonesia – in which case the tax amount will be reduced/less.
    • Other Visa Types
      • Visa-Free Short Visit for Tourist
        • The following countries do not require a visa to enter Indonesia for a short visit of up to 30 (thirty) days.


According to the Presidential Regulation No. 69 Year 2015 on Visa Free Short-Visit, the following countries do not require a visa to enter Indonesia for a short visit of up to 30 (thirty) days:

5Antigua and Barbuda61Honduras117Portugal
6Argentina62Hong Kong SAR118Puerto Rico
12Bahrain68Jamaica124San Marino
13Bangladesh69Japan125Sao Tome and Principe
14Barbados70Jordan126Saudi Arabia
21Bosnia and Herzegovina77Latvia133Solomon Island
22Botswana78Lebanon134South Africa
23Brazil79Lesotho135South Korea
25Bulgaria81Lithuania137Sri Lanka
26Burkina Faso82Luxembourg138St Kitts and Nevis
27Burundi83Macau SAR139St Lucia
28Cambodia84Macedonia140St Vincent & Grenadines
30Cape Verde86Malawi142Swaziland
34Commonwealth of Dominica90Malta146Tajikistan
35Comoros91Marshall Islands147Tanzania
36Costa Rica92Mauritania148Thailand
37Cote D’Ivoire93Mauritius149Timor-Leste
40Cyprus96Monaco152Trinidad & Tobago
41Czech Republic97Mongolia153Tunisia
43Dominican Republic99Mozambique155Turkmenistan
46El Salvador102Nauru158Ukraine
47Estonia103Nepal159United Arab Emirates
48Fiji104Netherlands160United Kingdom
49Finland105New Zealand161Uruguay
53Georgia109Palau165Vatican City
56Greece112Papua New Guinea168Zambia
  • Please note that this visa waiver scheme is non-extendable and cannot be converted into other visa types.
    • Visa on Arrival
      • Nationals of the following countries are eligible to apply for a paid and extendable Visa on Arrival upon arrival at designated Airports/Seaports in Indonesia.


Nationals of the following countries can apply for their Transit (7 days maximum stay) and/or Tourist visa upon arrival at the following Airports/Seaports in Indonesia for a maximum visit of 30 days:

4Armenia27India50Republic of Korea
7Bahrain30Japan53Saudi Arabia
11Bulgaria34Liechtenstein57South Africa
16Czech Republic39Mexico62Taiwan
20Fiji43New Zealand66United Arab Emirates
21Finland44Oman67United Kingdom
22France45Panama68United States of America
23Germany46Papua New Guinea  
  • There are two types of Visa on Arrival: a Transit visa for a maximum stay of 7 days and a Tourist visa for a maximum visit of 30 days, which may be extended for a 1 (one) time for a period of 30 (thirty) days when you are already in Indonesia.
    • Business Visa
      • This visa is given by the Indonesian Embassy to applicants visiting Indonesia for normal business activities (including attending a conference/seminar) which do not involve taking up employment or receiving any payments whilst in Indonesia.
      • Type of entries :
        • Single Entry :
          • Maximum length of stay is 60 days
          • Extensions can be applied for and obtained in Indonesia from the Immigration Authorities
        • Multiple Entries :
          • Issued upon authorization of the Immigration Office in Indonesia.    
      • Please Note: It is suggested that the applicant’s counterpart in Indonesia should apply locally on his/her behalf.
      • Based on a written approval from the Immigration Authority, the applicant will then apply for the issuance of visa by submitting the required documents.
      • Valid for up to 12 (twelve) months.
      • Applicant’s business sponsor in Indonesia needs to apply locally or his/her behalf.
      • Applies for business purposes only.
      • Validity of visa will be three months from the date of issue.  
        • NOTE: This is the period by which you will have to use the visa to enter Indonesia before it expires, as shown in the Expiry Date. The visa itself will be valid for 60 days (for single entry) from the date of arrival.
    • Social/Cultural Visit Visa
      • This visa is issued by the Indonesian Embassy to applicants who are going to Indonesia for a social/cultural visit, such as visiting relatives/friends; social organizations; exchange visits between educational institutions and attending study and training programme in Indonesia.
      • Type of entry : Single Entry
      • Maximum length of stay is 60 days.
      • Extensions can be applied for and obtained in Indonesia from the Immigration Authorities.
      • Approval from the Immigration Office in Indonesia is needed for applicants who wish to stay longer than 60 days which must be applied for by the applicant’s sponsor/relative/friends who reside/based in Indonesia. Visa will only be issued by the Embassy after receiving the authorization/approval from the Immigration office in Indonesia.
      • A person granted a student, research or training visa is not permitted to take up employment, and may not remain in Indonesia for any purpose other than that for which the visa was granted.
      • Multiple entries need special permit from the Immigration Office in Indonesia.
      • Validity of visa will be three months from the date of issue. NOTE: This is the period by which you will have to use the visa to enter Indonesia before it expires, as shown in the Expiry Date. The visa itself will be valid for 60 days (for single entry) from the date of arrival
    • Permanent Residence Permit (KITAP)
      • KITAS Visa holders can apply for a KITAP Visa or permanent residence visa after five years. It is valid for a total of 25 years, and every five years it has to be re-validated.
      • Only a retired person does not need a KITAS Visa to apply for a KITAP Visa.
      • Local immigration offices determine how each KITAP Visa is granted. A person should contact their local immigration office for specific information.
      • The visa conversion is initiated with a formal letter to immigration requesting a conversion at the same time as a KITAS Visa is renewed.
      • Usually, the following holders of a KITAS Visa are eligible for a KITAP Visa:
        • Foreign spouse of a foreigner with a KITAP Visa
        • Foreign spouse of an Indonesian husband or wife
        • Legitimate child with a foreign passport who wishes to join an Indonesian parent
        • Legitimate foreign child under 18, unmarried, wishing to join a foreign father or mother who has a KITAP Visa
        • Investors
        • Foreign expert in a rare area of expertise
        • Foreign manager of a company operating in Indonesia
        • Foreign church official with religious duties in Indonesia
        • Retired foreigner
      • KITAP Visa holders can add their names to the Family Identity Card or Kartu Keluarga (KK), which is an official family card registered with the Indonesian government. The KK is very important for the application of inheritance laws because it verifies:
        • Property owned by a family
        • Blood relatives
    • Indonesian Citizenship
      • A foreign citizen can apply to become an Indonesian citizen with the following requirements:
        • being the age of 18 years or older, or being married
        • when applying, having resided in Indonesian for a minimum of 5 consecutive years or 10 non consecutive years
        • physically and mentally healthy
        • never convicted of a crime for which the punishment is imprisonment for one year or more
        • if having Indonesian citizenship will not give the person dual citizenship
        • employed or have fixed income
        • pay the citizenship fee

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