Getting a permit or visa, also known as KITAS, is a first step to living and working in Indonesia. Despite the pandemic, Indonesia is fast becoming one of the top destinations for expats, foreigners, and investors who would like to start a company in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.

What is a KITAS in Indonesia

Kartu Izin Tinggal Terbatas (KITAS) is a type of limited stay permit for foreigners and expats have to apply before making their move into Indonesia. With KITAS, you are granted residency in Indonesia for a period of 6 months and up to 24 months, or longer, if extension is applied.

There are 5 common reasons why people are coming into Indonesia, which are:

  • Work
  • Investment
  • Marriage
  • Retirement
  • Study

KITAS are issued to the following group of individuals:

  • Foreign investors (PMA owners)
  • Foreigners who are working in Indonesia as experts in their field
  • Foreigners who are legally married to an Indonesian citizen
  • Children of foreigners (legally married to an Indonesian citizen)
  • Foreign researchers
  • Dependants of KITAS holder (husband/ wife & children)
  • Child of KITAS holder born in Indonesia
  • Retired foreign citizens

To obtain a KITAS, you must have successfully applied for a VITAS (Visa Izin Tinggal Terbatas) and ITAS (Izin Tinggal Terbatas).

Visa/ StatusRole
VITASIssued by the Indonesian Immigration Department as a temporary or limited stay visa upon approval of entering the country
ITASImmigration status that allows the immigration offices to stamp your passport
KITASTemporary stay permit card that will be issued after obtaining your ITAS and serves as your ID

Types of KITAS in Indonesia

The types of KITAS available in Indonesia mirror the top reasons why people are coming into Indonesia. The table below summarises the types of KITAS in Indonesia and its functions.

  • CIssued to foreigners who works in an Indonesian company
  • Sponsorship from the employer is required
  • Companies in Indonesia include:
  1. Local-owned company (PT PMDN)
  2. Foreign-owned company (PT PMA)
  3. Representative office
  4. Foundation
  • KITAS issued is based on the duration of your work contract
  • Employers are to submit the application for a work permit (IMTA) or Expatriate Placement Plan (RPTKA) to obtain the work KITAS
Investment KITAS
  • Issued to foreign investors who invest a minimum of IDR 1 billion in shares
  • Has many benefits like ease of application & waiver of application fee for work permits
  • 2 types of Investors KITAS: 1-year KITAS & 2-year KITAS
  • Allows investors to enter & leave the country multiple times throughout the validity of the permit
Marriage/ Family KITAS
  • Issued to a foreigner who is legally married to an Indonesian citizen and their children, if any
  • Grants residency only
  • Official marriage certificate that has been endorsed by the Indonesian government is required as proof
  • Indonesian-legalised Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage is required if you were married overseas
Retirement KITAS
  • Issued to foreigners who are 55 and older and looking to retire in Indonesia
  • Not allowed to be employed in any capacity
  • Required to show proof that you have the means to sustain your lifestyle during your stay without being employed
CStudent KITAS
  • Issued to international students who wishes to study in an Indonesian educational institution
  • Valid for only 1 year and can be renewed for the duration of study
  • Not allowed to be employed in any capacity
NOTE: While most have the perception that KITAS is a work permit, it’s actually not. KITAS is only a limited stay visa and does not grant you the rights to work in Indonesia.

Process of Obtaining Work KITAS in Indonesia

Majority of foreigners who would like to come to Indonesia will apply for a Work KITAS. The process of applying for a work KITAS is listed below, along with which party are required to action on the steps.

Application of RPTKA to the Indonesia Ministry of ManpowerEmployer
Application of IMTA to the Indonesia Ministry of ManpowerEmployer
Application of VITAS to the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM)Employer
Issuance of Recommendation Letter to the Indonesian Immigration DepartmentBKPM
Application of VITAS at the Embassy of IndonesiaEmployee
Issuance of ITAS & conversion of KITAS upon arrival into IndonesiaImmigration Department
Obtain a Police Report Letter (STM) from the police departmentEmployee
Register for a Certificate of Registration for Temporary Resident (SKPPS) at your local municipality’s population officeEmployee
Apply for the IKTA at the Indonesia Ministry of ManpowerEmployer

The entire process for a KITAS application usually takes 6-10 weeks.

Documents Required for Work KITAS Application

There are a number of documents that you will need to prepare for your work KITAS application.

For the submission by the employer, the documents include:

  • A copy of the RPTKA
  • A copy of their sponsor’s identity card (KTP)
  • A copy of the identity card of a local employee already working for the company
  • Company documents, such as:
  1. The NPWP tax identification number
  2. The Business licence (SIUP)
  3. The Capital Registration Licence (SPPMA) from the BKPM;
  4. The company’s registration letter (TDP)
  5. The company’s annual reports on the number of local and international employees (Wajib Lapor)
  6. The company’s certificate of domicile (SKTU)
  7. The company’s approval certificates and any related permits (SITU & HO)
  8. The authorization of deed establishment (Akta Notaris) by the Department of Justice
  • A blank sheet of paper with the company’s letterhead
  • The company’s stamp

Documents that you will need to provide include, among others:

  • Coloured copy of your passport with a validity of at least another 18 months
  • Coloured copy of your resume/ CV which includes the company’s stamp and signature by the company director
  • Coloured copy of your university certificate or degree in English or Bahasa Indonesia which includes the company’s stamp and signature by the company director
  • Certificate of work experience (at least 5 years) and related to the job you are applying for
  • Proof of an insurance policy issued by an Indonesian insurance company
  • 2 coloured pictures that are of passport size
  • Valid Indonesian insurance
  • Description of job title
  • Location of work
  • Description of nearest Indonesian Embassy or Consulate to stamp visa

Applying for KITAS in a Covid World

As we are dealing with the global pandemic, there are certain restrictions that the Indonesian government has imposed to protect its citizens. To enter Indonesia, you will require a proof of full vaccination for all foreigners, previously taken negative PCR swab test, and undergo a quarantine.

Aside from those, foreigners are also required to submit the following documents:

  • Health certificate issued by the health authority in their home country and negative PCR test result 7 days before arrival in Indonesia.
  • Written declaration letter in English that consents a mandatory self-isolation or undertake a medical treatment and consenting to be monitored during the quarantine or self-isolation. This includes a statement of willingness to pay for all expenses during quarantine, compliance with the prevailing laws and regulations, and willingness to be monitored by the local health authorities.
  • Provide proof of health insurance or travel insurance that covers the medical expenses of COVID-19 treatment, or a statement of willingness to pay for all expenses that occur during the treatment of COVID in Indonesia
An 8-day quarantine order is mandatory upon arrival into Indonesia at the Indonesian government-designated hotels, along with 2 PCR tests administered.

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If I have an investor KITAS, can I work in Indonesia?2021-09-27T13:01:22+08:00

A director of a company that holds the investor KITAS can work in Indonesia if these requirements are fulfilled:

  • All tasks handled by the director shall fulfill the scope of the company’s business activities
  • The company provides equal opportunities to all Indonesians to make a living.
Am I allowed to work if I’m a KITAS holder?2021-09-27T13:00:51+08:00

You are only allowed to work if you have successfully obtained a work KITAS, along with the IMTA. Other types of KITAS do not grant you the permission to work, except for the investor KITAS. However, there are certain criteria that need to be met.

Can I apply for KITAS online?2021-09-27T13:00:28+08:00

Yes, application for KITAS can be done through the Izin Tiinggal website. Do note that you are required to provide your VITAS Authorisation Number. While application can be done online, you will need to go to the Immigration offices in person to pay for the application fees and obtain your ITAS stamp.

Can I extend an Indonesian Work Visa?2021-09-27T12:59:32+08:00

Yes, extension can be applied before your work visa expires. If you have lived in Indonesia for 3 consecutive years, you may also opt to apply for the permanent resident permit (KITAP) which has a longer validity period of 5 years and renewable.

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