Visas: Indonesia

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The limited stay permit commonly used by expats employed in Indonesia.

  • The visa is issued for one year and has to be extended each year at least 30 days in advance.
  • There are multiple steps required in order to legally work in Indonesia; it is important to note that this process is not something you can do alone—your future employer will need to be involved heavily:
  1. The hiring company needs to obtain a special work permit called an IMTA; it can only be acquired if they can prove that foreign nationals are needed to fill certain positions;
  2. The company can then submit an application on your behalf for the VITAS, a limited stay visa;
  3. Once you have arrived in Indonesia, you have seven days in which to report to the regional immigration office with your passport and embarkation card in order to get yourself fingerprinted and exchange your visa for a KITAS, a limited stay permit card. It is valid for one year and can be renewed annually—after five years, you can apply for a permanent stay permit card (KITAP);
  4. After you have received your KITAS card, you can obtain your expatriate work permit called IKTA, subsequent to paying an annual fee of 1505 AUD to the Skill and Development Fund.


  • An educational background related to the position you are going to assume in Indonesia
  • A certificate of competence, or 5 years working experience related to the position (a letter of reference is sometimes required)
  • Proof of health/life insurance for your whole stay in Indonesia.

NOT to be confused with the Business Visa, which is only for doing business activities without taking up employment.

This is intended as a guide only. To find the most up to do date information, you will need to check in with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before applying for a visa. Advance always recommends reaching out to a qualified immigration attorney for legal advice about your specific situation.