Indonesia has put herself on the map with its tremendous growth in digital transformation. Despite the pandemic, Indonesia’s digital economy grew by 11% in 2020 from 2019, showing its resilience. Such growth has attracted many investors and entrepreneurs to set up a company in Indonesia.

FUN FACT: Did you know that all Indonesian companies are required to have a corporate bank account?

For those who have incorporated a company, the next step is to open a corporate bank account.

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Why a Corporate Bank Account is Important for Businesses

Aside from the incorporation requirements of opening a corporate business bank account, the need for one is further emphasised based on these reasons:

  • To conduct financial transactions with other stakeholders and governmental agencies
  • Reduce financial administration work for yourself and your employees

  • Leveraging on the bank’s services and capabilities to support your financial operations and/or business expansion plans in the future

NOTE: Every company has to have their own business bank account, and bank accounts cannot be shared with another company.

Corporate Bank Account Opening Requirements for Foreigners Setting Up PT or PT PMA Company

If you are a foreigner who wishes to set up a PT company in Indonesia, you can still do so under a local nominee arrangement. In this situation, having a corporate bank account is essential for you as you can take control of your company by managing all cash flows.

The requirements to open a corporate bank account in Indonesia is relatively simple and straightforward. These requirements include:

  • Initial deposit – the initial deposit differs from bank to bank
  • Original or copy of your passport and KITAS will be required
  • Original or copy of the business permit and proof of identity
  • Original or copy of your company tax identification number (NPWP)
  • Original or copy of your Deed of Establishment
  • Original or copy of your Articles of Association (if any)
  • Business license
  • Domicile letter
  • Monthly account administration fee
NOTE: Not all banks have the same requirements, but the above mentioned are some of the more common requirements for opening a business bank account in Indonesia.

Documents Required to Open a Corporate Bank Account for PT or PT PMA Companies in Indonesia

If you fulfil the requirements for opening a corporate bank account, it is important to note the documents that you will need to submit for a successful application.

The documents that you will need to submit as listed below:

1. Copy of tax identification number (NPWP) and tax certificate (SKT)
2. Copy of your Domicile letter from the building management or tenancy agreement
3. Copy of your Deed of Establishment (AKTA)
4. Copy of Business Registration Number (NIB)
5. Copy of the identification cards of all directors, shareholders, commissioners, and authorised signers
6. Copy of Business License (Izin Usaha)
7. Copy of Approval of AKTA from the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights (SK Kehakiman)
NOTE: You will need to bring all the original documents for verification purposes by the bank officer, except for document 5. Should you be not allowed to travel (e.g. lockdown or closed borders), a video call will be conducted to verify these documents.

Aside from those documents, you are to also fill up and complete the bank application form. Some banks require more documents aside from the list above – your bank of choice will let you know which documents that they will require upon registering of your bank account.

Opening a Corporate Bank Account for Representative Offices in Indonesia

Representative offices in Indonesia can also open a corporate business bank account, although they are not allowed to generate any revenue within the country. To do so, you will need to submit the following documents to your chosen bank:

  • Copy of tax identification number (NPWP) and tax certificate (SKT)
  • Copy of your Domicile letter from the building management or tenancy agreement
  • Copy of KPPA attachment
  • Copy of Business Registration Number (NIB)
  • Copy of the identification card of the Chief Representative Office

Similar to the procedures for a PT or PT PMA company, verification of the original documents will be conducted by bank officer physically or through a video call.

Factors to Consider When Opening a Corporate Bank Account

Before you decide on your bank of choice for your corporate bank account, there are some factors to consider. It is important that you choose a bank that aligns to your financial needs, else you will need to spend time and effort to switch banks.

Some of the factors to consider and questions to ask yourself are:

  • Internet banking services – do they provide internet banking services, and if so, is the online banking platform intuitive and easy to use?

  • Minimum deposit amount – how much do you have to put as a minimum deposit to open your corporate bank account?

  • Monthly fees – how much is the bank charging for monthly fees?

  • Ease of conducting transactions – is it easy for you to transfer funds to other organisations?

  • Financial services & capabilities – do they have the services and capabilities that you will need?

  • Reputation – do they have any track records that are undesirable such as scams, frauds, etc.?

  • Currencies availability – do they have the currencies that you plan to transact in?

Here are some of the fees that you may want to check with your shortlisted banks to help in making your decision:

  • Monthly average balance

  • Fall-below fees
  • Early closure fees
  • ATM withdrawal fees
  • International transfer fees
RECOMMENDATION: Shortlist 3 banks that are most suited for your business and financial needs and speak to them personally before making the decision to open your business bank account – remember, customer service do play a part too!

Banks in Indonesia

After understanding what you should take note of when deciding on your financial partner, you must be wondering what are banks in Indonesia that you can consider. There are both local and international banks in Indonesia.

Here’s a list of the top 3 local banks in Indonesia:

For those who are considering or prefers international banks, here are some of them who have branches in Indonesia:

TIP: You don’t need to be physically present in Indonesia to open a corporate bank account – all you need are the completed documents and a trusted partner to facilitate and follow through with your application!

Anti-Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing Policies

With the rise of digital banking, financial institutions have stepped up their security, including banks in Indonesia. All the banks in Indonesia have implemented polices to combat anti-money laundering and financing for terrorists.

In order to do so, banks have put forth a set of guidelines, which includes:

  • Confirming the identity of the customer and the beneficial owner(s)
  • Ensuring all data collected during the customer due diligence process and financial transactions are accurate
  • Terminating any business relationship should they identify and have verified links to money laundering or terrorist financing activities

  • Rejecting any financial transaction should they identify and have verified links to money laundering or terrorist financing activities

Banks will also undertake customer due diligence measures in these scenarios:

  • Establishing business relations with customers
  • Carrying out financial transactions that are above USD/EUR15,000 or equivalent to IDR 100 million
  • Suspicions of money laundering or terrorist financing activities
  • Suspicions of data and information received from the customer

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