There are various types of visas available for entry into Indonesia. The appropriate visa for you will be determined by your reason for visiting and the length of time you intend to stay. Continue reading to find out which Indonesian visa is the best fit for you.
Work Permit & KITAS
An RPTKA (Pengesahan Rencana Penggunaan Tenaga Kerja Asing or Foreign Worker Utilization Plan) is an Indonesian work permit that includes the job title and duration of employment of a foreign worker. According to Ministry of Manpower (MOM) Regulation No. 8/2021, RPTKA approval has been valid as a pass to automatically convert into a stay visa or VITAS (Visa Tinggal Terbatas) since March 20, 2021. This allows foreigners to work legally in Indonesia for a set period of time.
A KITAS (Izin Tinggal Terbatas) is a temporary stay permit, on the other hand. It is also known as a working visa because it is required to work, stay, or start a business in Indonesia. The most important visa requirement is that foreign workers be sponsored by a legally recognized Indonesian company. A KITAS is valid for five years and can be renewed for an additional ten years. If a foreigner’s total stay does not exceed 180 days, a KITAS for employment purposes with a dependent is valid for 90 days and can also be extended
Foreigners visiting Indonesia for business can obtain a Single-entry or Multiple-entry Business Visa. The visa requirements are relatively lenient for these, and the vast majority of applicants meet them.
These Indonesian visa holders are permitted to stay for up to 180 days; however, holders of Single-entry Business Visas are not permitted to extend their visas. A holder of a Multiple-entry Business Visa, on the other hand, can extend their visa for up to 12 months. A Multiple-entry Business Visa holder does not have a limit on the number of stays in Indonesia per year, unlike a Single-entry Business Visa holder, who must apply for a new visa when their current one expires.
In the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak, foreigners who meet certain criteria can apply for offshore and onshore visas. Offshore visas are available to foreigners who are currently residing outside of Indonesia. They can obtain offshore visas from the embassy of their home country, which also serves as an entry permit. Foreigners currently residing in Indonesia can apply for an onshore visa at their local immigration office.
The Investor KITAS visa is a popular Indonesian visa for individuals looking to invest in the country. It has some advantages, such as a streamlined application process and the elimination of the work permit fee. To be eligible for an Investor KITAS, you must invest at least IDR 1 billion in Indonesian shares, with the company’s invested capital exceeding IDR 10 billion.
Depending on your position within a company, you may be required to meet more stringent visa requirements in order to work in Indonesia on an Investor KITAS. A foreigner serving as a director or commissioner of a company, for example, may be eligible to work on an Investor KITAS, but not if they hold other positions with less involvement in the company’s day-to-day operations
A KITAS for a spouse or family member is also known as a Dependant visa. This allows a foreigner with a KITAS to travel to Indonesia with their spouse and/or minor children. An applicant must first obtain a Limited Stay Visa (VITAS) before converting to a Dependent Visa. A foreigner who has been legally married to an Indonesian citizen for more than two years is also eligible for a Permanent Stay Permit (KITAP).
Permanent Stay Permit
A KITAP (Indonesian Permanent Stay Permit or Kartu Izin Tinggal Tetap) is a document that allows you to live permanently in Indonesia. This stay permit is valid for five years and is automatically renewed if the expat’s status remains the same. After holding a KITAS for an extended period and extending it multiple times, one can apply for a KITAP. Foreigners who are married to an Indonesian spouse, are investors, directors, or commissioners in an Indonesian enterprise, want to retire in Indonesia, or are Indonesian nationals who want to reclaim their citizenship are eligible for KITAP.
Holders of the KITAP may conduct business in Indonesia if they meet one of the following criteria:
- They are married to an Indonesian national
- They work for a company that helps them obtain a work visa (RPTKA)
- They begin as sole proprietors.
A foreigner who plans to stay in Indonesia for more than 30 days must apply for a Social Visa (which is longer than the maximum visa-free duration). Because the requirements are simple, social visas are relatively easy to obtain in comparison to other Indonesian visas.
Applicants for an Indonesian Social Visa may not seek employment. This visa allows you to visit friends and family, as well as participate in educational, social, and cultural activities. A foreigner with a Social Visa may enter Indonesia only once for up to 60 days, with the option of extending the stay to 180 days. When your current visa expires, you must leave the country and apply for a new one.
A Retirement Visa is a type of short-term visa for foreigners who wish to retire in Indonesia. A bank statement with sufficient funds, proof that they have no intention of working in Indonesia, the employment of a domestic helper, and health documents are all required for obtaining a Retirement Visa.
While applying for an Indonesian Retirement Visa is simple, not all retirees over the age of 55 are eligible. Only foreign nationals from 60 countries are eligible for the visa.
How We Can Help
If you are not an Indonesian citizen and plan to stay in the country for work or pleasure, you must first complete the necessary visa requirements and procedures. InCorp Group has a long history of providing visa options and problem-solving services. Contact our team right away to find out how we can assist you in obtaining an Indonesian visa.