If you are planning to work or stay in Indonesia for longer than a few months then you will have to acquire a limited stay permit called KITAS in Indonesia. This article guides you through the different options for getting a KITAS and how to proceed.
Limited stay permit/KITAS
There are three most common types of KITAS in Indonesia:
#1 KITAS sponsored by Indonesian entities
For a KITAS sponsored by an Indonesian entity, or a working KITAS in other words, you must first make sure that you have a sponsoring entity that is registered in Indonesia.
This entity can be a:
Foreign-owned company (PT PMA)
100% (at least medium size) Indonesian-owned company classification
Secondly, you need to confirm your position at the sponsoring company as the limited stay permit is issued based on the approval of your working permit/IMTA and IMTA requires the details of your job title and location.
The length of your stay depends heavily on your job title. For example, Directors and Commissioners are guaranteed to get an extendable 1-year KITAS whereas Advisors can only get a non-extendable 6-month KITAS.
Sponsorship entity should propose a job title by the regulations issued by the Ministry of Manpower, and this depends on the business classification of the entity.
As soon as your position at the sponsoring company is secured, the entity should proceed to your work and stay permit application.
#2 KITAS sponsored by your Indonesian spouse
Being married to an Indonesian citizen enables you to apply for a KITAS sponsored by your Indonesian spouse. However, note that it only allows you to live, not to work in Indonesia.
See our previous blog post for more detailed information about spouse-sponsored Indonesian marriage KITAS.
#3 Retirement KITAS
If you are 55 or older and meet some particular requirements, you can apply for a retirement visa which enables you to enjoy an early retirement in Indonesia.
Take a look at our step-by-step guide on how to prepare for a retirement visa to see if you match the criteria.
How to get a working KITAS in Indonesia
Frequently asked questions
KITAS sponsored by an Indonesian spouse
#1 How long should I be married before I can get a KITAS sponsored by my spouse?
You can apply for a spouse-sponsored KITAS immediately after getting married. However, for a spouse-sponsored KITAP (permanent stay permit) which is valid for five years, you should be married for at least two years.
#2 Since I have a spouse KITAS, can I work in Indonesia as well?
No, it does not allow you to work in Indonesia. However, if you have a KITAP sponsored by your spouse, you are allowed to work as an independent consultant.
#3 If I’m not allowed to work with a KITAS sponsored by my spouse, how can I sustain my family?
If you start working for a company (i.e. will be employed or start your own business), you have to obtain a working KITAS sponsored by the company and give up your spouse KITAS.
#4 If my wife has her KTP in Jakarta, can I get a spouse KITAS for living in Bali?
No, your wife should change her Kartu Tanda Penduduk (Indonesian identity card) first.
#5 Can I have a spouse-sponsored KITAS/KITAP and a working KITAS at the same time?
No, if you apply for a working KITAS, you have to give up the spouse KITAS, according to the law. In practice, however, some local authorities make an exception and allow to have a spouse KITAS and a working KITAS sponsored by a company at the same time.
#1 What is the minimum age for a retirement visa?
Retirement visa is available for people starting from the age of 55.
#2 My wife is not 55 yet, but we want to retire in Bali, what kind of KITAS should she obtain?
She can obtain a dependent KITAS. You can sponsor her dependent KITAS once you have your retirement visa.
#3 If my pension is less than US $1,500, do I qualify?
Instead of this, you can also provide a copy of a deposit account showing US $18,000 in the statement.
#4 Do I have to rent a house before moving to Indonesia?
Yes, we have to submit a lease agreement valid for at least one year to proceed with the visa application. Straits Partners can assist you in finding a house.
#5 How long is the retirement KITAS valid?
Retirement visa is valid for one year, and it is extendable four times. After that is is possible to proceed with retirement KITAP which will be valid for five years.
#6 Can I extend the retirement visa?
Yes, the requirements for extension are the same as for visa application.
#7 Can I take my dog with me?
Yes, but your dog needs to meet some requirements. For example, vaccination against rabies and a health certificate are necessary. You also need a local importer since an import license is requisite for bringing pets to Indonesia.
However, note that some parts of Indonesia, for example, Bali do not allow to import pets.
#8 Can I import my personal belongings?
Yes, you can use an importer of record service.
#9 Is my health insurance issued in my home country suitable?
Yes, if it also covers you in Indonesia and is valid for at least one year.
#1 Should I be in Indonesia during the whole process?
No, you only need to be in Indonesia to convert the VITAS into a KITAS when your presence at the immigration office for the biometric process is required. It is a 5-7-day stay.
#2 I’m currently working as a Manager at an Indonesian company and have a valid work and stay permit. Can I work for another company?
Based on the Ministry of Manpower Regulations No.16 2015, a sponsoring company is not allowed to hire a foreigner who is currently working for another company. However, it is possible if they are on the Board of Directors and Commissioners and have a valid working permit for each entity hiring them.
#3 I am a shareholder in a company, but I do not wish to pay for the DKP-TKA of US $1,200, is there any way around this?
You can avoid this by not being a Director or a Commissioner and maintain your status only as a Shareholder. Instead of a working permit, shareholders can obtain an investor visa which does not require you to pay US $1,200.
Contact us for more information via [email protected]
#4 My working permit/IMTA states that I am a Marketing Manager at a cafe – can I also do some Chef work?
It is not allowed to do any other work or work in any other locations unless stated in your working permit/IMTA.
#5 Is it true that the ratio of foreign and Indonesian employees needs to be 1:10 if a company wants to issue a work and stay permit for an expat?
No, according to current regulations, the ratio is 1:1 and applies only to foreign titles other than Director and Commissioner.
#6 How many work and stay permits can a Representative Office issue for foreign workers?
Only 2. A 12-month KITAS for the Chief of the Representative Office and a 6-month KITAS for the Assistant of CRO.
#7 Can my wife and children come to Indonesia at the same time when I apply for my KITAS or separately?
Yes, they can come in at the same time when you enter Indonesia using a limited stay visa.
#8 The sponsoring company hiring me is located in Jakarta, but I want to reside in Bali with my family, can I do that?
You can only get a KITAS in the city where your office is located as it is related to your working permit/IMTA. However, living in another city is possible only if the sponsoring company has valid branch documents in that city. Contact us for more information.
#9 What should I do once my work and stay permit expires, and the company will not extend my work?
You need to proceed to Exit Permit Only procedure which requires you and the sponsoring company to return your IMTA and KITAS to the issuance authority. EPO takes one working day and you are given seven days to leave the country after the EPO stamp is issued.
Straits Partners can assist you with the EPO process. Read our previous article to find more information about why you need to apply for EPO in Indonesia.
#10 I got a 6-month work and stay permit, but the company would still employ me for another 6 months. How to proceed then?
You need to apply for an EPO and re-apply for the new working permit.
#11 My KITAS will expire in 2 months, but I needed to go back to my home country due to an urgent situation and won’t be able to proceed to Exit Permit Only. What should I do?
This is not a problem at all. If you already left Indonesia, we can apply for an alternative to EPO. However, we need the original of your IMTA and KITAS. You will get a notification document later on stating that you already canceled the permit.
#1 How long does the KITAS process take?
Depends on the type of KITAS and how fast the authorities process:
Spouse-sponsored KITAS – around one month
Retirement KITAS – 10 business days from the submission of the application
Working KITAS – 1-1,5 months
#2 What should be the minimum validity of my passport?
12 months for a 6-month KITAS
18 months for a 12-month KITAS
30 months for a 24-month KITAS
#3 My passport is full. Does it have any impact on the process?
Yes, you should have at least a few empty pages. However, if your passport is full, you need to apply for a new passport, and the Telex Visa must be changed.
We recommend getting the maximum extension for your passport before you leave your country. It can be a huge hassle for the sponsor company to go through the entire process again if the passport expires too soon.
If you have any children, you should get separate passports for them, too.
#4 What can be the position of the foreigner in KITAS, and does it affect its validity?
12 months valid extendable KITAS is guaranteed for a Director or a Commissioner, but for a Manager/Advisor position, the validity is discretionary decision of the immigration.
Other temporary jobs, however, can get a non-extendable working KITAS for 1-6 months.
Available positions also depend on the company’s business classification, i.e. a foreigner can be a diving instructor only if the company has a diving license, etc.
#5 What if my visa has expired, but I haven’t left Indonesia?
Overstaying your visa can have serious consequences. It may result in a daily fine or even in deportation and blacklisting. However, Straits Partners can handle your immigration situation caused by a long overstay. Find more information in our previous article on overstaying a visa in Indonesia.
Different types of visas and stay permits in Indonesia
|Visa Type||Index Number||Information||Purpose|
|Visa Exemption||Citizens from 169 countries can enter Indonesia without a visa. |
Single-entry, max stay 30 days, cannot be extended.
|Tourism, family visits, social purposes, art and culture, government duties, give lectures and visit seminars, attend business meetings, transit to other countries.|
|Visa on Arrival||213||Available for citizens from 69 countries, obtainable at international airports upon arrival in Indonesia.|
A 30-day stay, extendable for 30 days while in Indonesia.
|Holiday, family, social, cultural, business, educational, governmental, benchmarking, non-commercial sports activities, comparative studies, short courses/trainings, consultation and training in application and innovation of industrial technology to improve the quality and design of industrial products in Indonesia and overseas marketing, working on urgent matters, journalistic and non-commercial filmmaking (needs permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), conducting business meetings, buying goods, giving lectures and attending seminars, participating in international exhibitions, attending business meetings held by Head Office or Branch Office in Indonesia, conducting audits and quality controls, inspection of a branch office in Indonesia, foreign workers on probation, transit, joining a transport in Indonesia.|
|Social Visit Visa Single Entry||211||A 60-day stay, extension 4 x 30 days inside Indonesia.|
Obtained while abroad, a sponsor letter is necessary. Straits Partners can sponsor.
Single-entry visa. Exiting the country when this visa is valid will cancel the visa.
|Social Visit Visa for Multiple Entries, or known as multiple entry business visa||212||Allows you to get a 1-year visa with multiple entries, maximum 60 days per entry.|
A sponsorship (Straits Partners can provide) and an approval (Telex Visa) is necessary for this visa.
However, you need to convert the telex at the nearest Indonesian embassy abroad for obtaining this visa.
|Limited Stay Visa//VITAS convertible to a limited stay permit/ KITAS||312, 313||For a temporary or long-term stay in Indonesia.|
Sponsorship from Indonesian spouse or Indonesian entities where you are currently working.
However, you need to convert this visa to a limited stay permit.
|Investing, working, with a spouse, and retirement|
|Permanent Stay Permit (KITAP)||You can apply for a KITAP if you: Have an Indonesian spouse and have been married for two years at least have had a work and stay permit from the same company with a title of Director or Commissioner. You can also open your own company in Indonesia||Spouse-sponsored KITAP allows you to live and work as an independent consultant in Indonesia.|
Apply for a KITAS by contacting us at [email protected]