In order to visit, work or do business in Indonesia, you must secure the appropriate visa for your visit. There are a whole host of factors for employers and employees that need to bear in mind when obtaining the relevant visas and permits. The following guide covers what you need to know about the business and work visa in Indonesia.
A business visa is valid for one year and enables the holder to visit Indonesia for the purpose of conducting business, such as attending meetings or conferences. The holder must not undertake paid work when visiting the country on a business visa Indonesia. All business visas must be sponsored by a local entity (either foreign, local or a representative office).
The application process takes approximately 6 to 10 working days for the Indonesian immigration authorities to issue and invitation and telex. The applicant must convert the telex to a business visa at their nearest Indonesian embassy abroad, with which they can then enter the country.
There are two types of employment permits available to foreign workers planning to work in Indonesia.
While the ITAS is a limited-stay permit allowing the foreign worker to remain in the country for a limited duration, the VITAS (Visa Izin Tinggal Terbatas) is a limited-stay visa, a prerequisite to the application of the ITAS permit.
The permit is valid for between 6 to 12 months, depending on the length of the contract. Extensions are possible. We recommend starting the Indonesia work permit visa extension application at least 3 months in advance of the end date.
Foreign nationals are restricted from holding positions in certain industries. For example, an expatriate in Indonesia cannot hold certain positions in a number of fields including HR, medical and legal. The Ministry of Labor issued Regulation No. 228 of 2019 defining the types of jobs foreign nationals can hold in Indonesia. The full list can be found here.
According to Indonesian Law, foreign nationals can only be hired to fill positions if local candidates do not meet the requirements. Therefore, employers in Indonesia should only plan to hire foreigners to fill positions that require skills in short supply in the country.
In addition to requirements set out for employees, the company in Indonesia must ensure that they meet the following requirements to be able to hire foreign employees:
Moreover, foreign experts can only be hired in Indonesia if the hiring company has a permanent business licence (IUT). It is recommended that business owners apply for the IUT as soon as the company is incorporated.
The application process for the Indonesia work permit visa takes around 30 days and is done by the employer, on behalf of the foreign employee. The application process is as follows:
INS Global has experiencing assisting companies with the administrative burden of hiring in Indonesia, including securing the appropriate visas and work permits in Indonesia for your employees. Whether you have your own company or wish to take advantage of our quick and easy PEO solution, we can assist you with your project in Indonesia. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.