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Visa for Indonesia

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.

Business Visa 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.

Indonesia work visa

There are two types of employment permits available to foreign workers planning to work in Indonesia.

  • ITAS (Izin Tinggal Terbatas) – A limited-stay permit issued by the Indonesia Immigration Directorate General through a local immigration office;
  • KITAP (Kartu Izin Tinggal Tetap) – A permanent-stay permit that is available for those who have held ITAS for a minimum of three consecutive years.

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.

Requirements for Foreign Nationals

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.

Requirements for the Employer

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:

  • Sufficient capital: The company is a foreign entity (a PT PMA with a minimum capital of 2.5 million IDR) or a local company with at least 1 million IDR capital.
  • Allocated Indonesian worker: For every foreign national hired, the company must hire an Indonesian national as the designated ‘co-worker’.
  • Permitted job title for foreign worker: The foreign national’s work must fall under the Ministry of Labor’s list of approved jobs. See above for more information.

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.

Work Visa Indonesia Process

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:

  1. Submit Expatriate Placement Plan (KPTKA) to the Ministry of Manpower
  2. Obtain IMTA from the Ministry of Manpower
  3. Apply for the Limited-Stay Visa (VITAS) and Limited Stay Permit (ITAS)
  4. Apply for a KITAS card

INS Global: Your Partner in Indonesia

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.

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