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How to Register a Company in Indonesia

Many people have dreams to be an entrepreneur and to open a business someday. Besides, given the fact that Indonesia is the most populous country in the entire South East Area region and the fourth most populous country in the world, it had most definitely attracted many foreign investors’ attention to start a business in Indonesia. In this article, we will provide you with a thorough overview of how to register a company in Indonesia as any possible legal entity. 

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Reasons to Expand Your Business in Indonesia

As a global investor who wishes to expand their business in South East Asia, one would most definitely take into consideration of investing in Singapore it is well known globally for its high-income economy. Nevertheless, many would also come across Indonesia as Indonesia is the biggest country and most populous country in South East Asia. Here are the reasons why Indonesia should be a country of choice for foreign investors: 


Indonesia is blessed with abundant Natural Resources

Indonesia is endowed with rich natural resources. The nation also has fertile soils that support a variety of cash crops. Indonesia is a major supplier of commodities such as coffee, rubber, timber, palm oil, and cocoa to the world market and to a lesser extent tea, sugar, copra, spices, and tobacco. 


Population in Indonesia

Indonesia is the most populous country in the entire South East Asia. In addition to the substantial number of people, the island nation lying off the Australian shore boasts demographics exceedingly propitious for the extended term economic growth. 


Foreigners are accessible to Land Ownership

Besides gaining ownership of a PT PMA company in Indonesia, foreigners are now permitted to have land in Indonesia. This policy had been applicable in 2015 when the Regulation No. 103/2015 were established and signed by the current president. 


Types of Legal Entities and the Ways to Register a Company  


Local Person 

A local person simply means a local Indonesian citizen that holds an Indonesian passport. Here, a local person can only opens a Local Company (PT short for Perseroan Terbatas) in Indonesia. As the regulations stated, if a company is fully owned by a local person, it will be registered as a Local PT company. Do note that local Indonesian citizens are capable of.


The steps of opening a PT company are as follows: 

  1. Application for company’s name at Indonesia’s Ministry of Law and Human Rights; 
  2. Preparation of Article of Association from public notary; 
  3. Approval of Deed of Establishment at Indonesia’s Ministry of Law and Human Rights; 
  4. Acquisition of Certificate of Domicile from local government; 
  5. Obtain Taxpayer Registration Number (NPWP); 
  6. Obtain Trading Business License (SIUP); 
  7. Obtain Company Registration Certificate (TDP). 

Click here to have a better understanding of how to register a PT Company  as a local citizen. 



A foreigner simply means that a legal entity who does not have an Indonesian passport. In Indonesia, foreigners can only own a Foreign Owned Company (PT PMA). However, the available business activities are subjected to the Negative Investment List as it indicates to foreigners as to the requirements that are required to be fulfilled by foreigners in setting up a business in Indonesia. 

As for the registration of a foreign owned company, PT PMA in Indonesia, the steps are illustrated as follows: 

  1. Approval of company name at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights; 
  2. Preparation of Article of Association by Notary; 
  3. Obtain Deed of Establishment at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights; 
  4. Obtain Domicile Letter at the local government office; 
  5. Obtain Tax payer registration number (NPWP); 
  6. Register Business Identification Number (NIB = Nomor Induk Berusaha); 
  7. Register Business License (Izin Berusaha) 

For a further clarification of how to register a Foreign owned company (PT PMA) in Indonesia click here. 

Foreigners will not be able to own shareholdings of a Local Company, PT as it must be 100% owned by local citizens. However, they could still open a Local Company, PT but only if they were to get a Local Nominee for the company. 

Click here to read article on way in which foreigners could still be in control of the PT Company even though the local nominee fully owns it.  

Besides that, click here for further understanding on Registering a Company in Indonesia for PT and PT PMA companies. 


Local Person and Foreigner as Owners 

The only company that can be set up in Indonesia with the shareholding being held by local and foreign entities are the foreign owned companies, PT PMA. Similarly, the investors are required to refer to the Negative Investment List prior to setting up and registering a business in Indonesia depending on the business classifications. Foreigners would need to check the list on the maximum allowed shareholdings that the foreigner can hold for certain specific business classification. The ways in which these types of companies with different legal entities are registered are similar to how to set up a Foreign Owned Company, PT PMA. 


Foreign companies who wants to set up a company in Indonesia 

A foreign company can expand their business in Indonesia by establishing: 

Subsidiary Company; or 

The main type of company foreign company used to create a subsidiary company in Indonesia is the foreign owned companies, PT PMA. Therefore, similar registration procedures will apply as how any other foreigner would register for a PT PMA company in Indonesia 


Representative Office

For representative offices, its business activity is limited to supervising and coordinating the business and branches, but it is not allowed to make any business transactions either for export, import or domestic trading with both companies or people in Indonesia. 

Click here to have a better understanding on what are the functions of a Representative Office in Indonesia. 

Paul Hype Page & Co – OSS service provider and Asean Chartered Accountant.

Paul Hype Page & Co. have 3 physical offices in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia

Our Firm Goal is to assist Foreigner and Foreign Companies to set up business in Asean.


How we can help you:

Step 1- Listen to your Business plan and Relocation needs.

Step 2- Analysis your Malaysia Tax Planning

Step 3- Recommend the most suited type of Company Incorporation, Open Bank account and Work Visa

Step 4- Arrange for your Spouse and Children Visa

Step 5- Assist as your company to hire staffs and handle all HR matters

Step 6- Every financial year end, we assist you with your yearly SSM Finanical and Tax Compliance

Step 7- Assist you to expand business to Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand.

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