Dependant Visa in Indonesia: Requirements & Visa Laws

4 min read|Last Updated: January 19, 2023|

As Indonesia attracts foreigners to move to Indonesia for work opportunities or to incorporate a company, there is a high chance that they have a spouse or child that they would want to bring with them. That is where the Dependant Visa in Indonesia comes in.

Before you can work in Indonesia, you will need a work visa so as to avoid being denied entry into the country. Once the work visa is secured, you may then proceed to utilise a dependent visa in order to bring any eligible family members to Indonesia.

What is a Dependant Visa?

A dependant visa is a visa which enables the dependant of a person, primarily a spouse or child, to travel to the country in their capacity as a dependant.

It should be noted that in most countries, the dependant visa can be used for different purposes. Some might choose to use it for purposes of employment while others may prefer to use it for leisure activities such as vacations.

A dependant visa holder can be allowed into the corresponding country as long as the dependant visa holder adheres to all the existing visa laws of the country.

This means that one needs to ensure the visa belonging to the primary visa holder needs to be renewed occasionally so that it does not expire. After the dependant visa expires, an individual becomes liable to certain legal consequences.

Requirements to Apply for a Dependant Visa in Indonesia

In order for you to obtain a valid dependant visa in Indonesia, you must receive approval from the local immigration office, regional immigration office, and Ministry of Law and Human Rights.

In this way, a foreigner who is married to an Indonesian citizen and already possesses a valid residence permit may become eligible for a spouse-sponsored dependant visa.

The requirements for application of a dependant visa in Indonesia are the following:

  • A valid Passport
  • A completed Indonesia visa interview
  • A copy of the primary visa holder’s passport
  • Photographs of the primary visa holder and applicant together
  • A passport-sized photograph of the applicant
  • The confirmation page on the online DS-160 form

However, acquiring a visa is not the only issue which is important in ensuring entry into Indonesia. For you to be accepted into the country, the visa holder is expected to complete a passenger arrival card before passing through customs and passport control.

Passenger arrival card is given to passengers during the flight. After the clearing of passport control, one is to collect luggage and proceeds to customs for further checks. An airport tax of 150,000 rupiah is imposed by airports on departing passengers on international flights and 40,000 rupiah for those on domestic flights.

Visa Laws in Indonesia

Indonesia has a number of laws which govern how visas are given to people. These measures put in place are intended to prohibit illegal movement into and out of the country.

Here we will touch on the various types of visas to see if you are eligible in any of these categories:

  • Visa-Free Entry for Selected Countries
  • Visit Visa
  • Visa on Arrival
  • Visa Exemption
  • Tourist Visa

Visitors who would like to visit the country are expected to obtain a visa from one of the Indonesian diplomatic missions unless they come from any of the visa-exempt countries.

The requirements for travellers from any of these visa-free countries are that all visitors must hold a passport valid for six months as well as a valid return ticket. In some can special cases or business travels passports with validity of more than three months can be accepted.

Visit Visas

Alternatively, foreigners can apply for visit visas from the Indonesian embassy or consulates. The guarantor could apply to the Directorate General of Immigration in Jakarta.

This visa is issued with;

  • mandatory requirements of application,
  • guarantee letter,
  • passport with a minimum of six months’ validity,
  • copy of bank accounts,
  • return tickets, and
  • re-entry permit.

A holder of a visit visa may use it for up to 60 days and can have it extended by 30 days by an immigration officer up to five times.

Visa on Arrival

There is also the Visa on Arrival which is an important documentation in any visit to Indonesia. Citizens of 68 countries may apply for this visa for a length of stay of 30 days at designated entry points by paying 35 US dollars. These countries include Algeria, Greece, Hungary, Egypt, Argentina, and many others.

Visa Exemption

Indonesia’s government has also instituted the Visa Exemption which allows a person who holds a passport issued by any of the 170 jurisdictions, can visit Indonesia without a visa for 30 days.

The permitted activities while the passport holder is in Indonesia include tourism as well as work-related activities. Passport holders from all visa-exempt countries can enter Indonesia through one of 124 designated border crossings including 29 airports, 88 seaports, and seven land border checkpoints.

Tourist Visa

A tourist visa is applicable for people who intend to visit Indonesia for 60 days. One can extend this twice for 30 days each time in a fairly straightforward manner. Therefore, one can effectively use this visa to stay in Indonesia for up to four months.


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Is Indonesia a good place to work or live in?2021-11-01T19:35:39+08:00

Indonesia has the biggest economy in South East Asia, this means that there is potential in the economic growth. Thus, Indonesia has a wide range of goods and services along with better standards of living.  

In the city of Jakarta and Bali, there is a large expat community as it is popular amongst tourists and travellers alike.  

Can I convert my dependant visa into a permanent stay visa?2021-11-01T19:35:19+08:00

Yes, an individual who is eligible for a dependant visa can convert their single-visit visa into a dependant visa upon arriving and after 3 years holding onto the dependant visa, the individual is eligible to convert their pass to a KITAP, a permanent stay permit.  

Can a Dependant Visa holder work in Indonesia?2021-11-01T19:35:03+08:00

No, a dependant is not allowed to work in Indonesia under the dependant visa. However a dependant is able to apply for an IMTA and KITAS which would allow them to work full time in Indonesia. 

What is the penalty an individual may face if they overstay?2021-11-01T19:33:00+08:00

Overstaying for more than 60 days is regarded as a crime in Indonesia, the individual may be subjected to IDR 1000,000 each day of delay, risk of being deported as well as blacklisted  

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