How to Register a Company in Indonesia

This article summarizes the steps for registering a company in Indonesia and what types of companies are available to foreigners. Learn more

Indonesia is a member country of the G20, which represents the world’s major economies. With a population of nearly 250 million people, Indonesia has the 4th largest population in the world.

These promising conditions make Indonesia a very attractive market for investment from around the world.

Government regulations in Indonesia could classify it as a very bureaucratic country.

About foreign investment, is regulated and monitored by a government institution called the BKPM (Badan Koordinasi Penanaman Modal or Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board.

All legal arrangements, including company registration, business licenses, and other licenses are issued through the BKPM.

Foreigners intending to establish a business in Indonesia should be aware of few points:

  1. What type of legal entity do you need: A foreign direct investment company or a representative office?
  2. What line of business will your legal entity will be engaged in? Is it open to foreign investment? If yes, what is the percentage of ownership that is open to foreign participation?
  3. What are the requirements for a regulatory framework, minimum capital, organizational structure, tax regulations, Indonesian staff, activity reports, etc?

Company Registration in Indonesia with Foreign Direct Investment Company (PT. PMA)

Foreign investors are only allowed to undertake a company registration process in Indonesia in the form of a Limited Liability Company – Foreign Direct Investment, which is called PT. PMA (Perseroan Terbatas – Penanaman Modal Asing).

First, it is important to verify the business field on the Negative Investment List (DNI), which is issued by the BKPM, to confirm that the sector is open to foreign investment, closed to foreign investment, or open with restrictions. 

The laws governing PT. PMA establishment is UU No. 25 / 2007 of Capital Investment as well as UU No. 40 / 2007 of Limited Liability Company. The characteristics of PT. PMA is as follows:

  • Foreign ownership up to 100% (according to the business field)
  • Minimum of two shareholders
  • Minimum one director and one commissioner
  • The minimum investment plan is US$1.2 million, with paid-up capital of 100%
  • Requires a business license and other licenses according to specific business activities

The process of PT. PMA registration takes around 1.5 months, however a PT. PMA enables the company to perform business activities in Indonesia.

PT PMA Registration in 2021

Since 2020, the process of registering a company is quicker. It takes as fast as four weeks to get your PT PMA up and ready to run. The following table elaborates the timeline of PT PMA registration in Indonesia:

No. Procedure Duration
(working days)
1 Approval of company name at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights 1
2 Preparation of Article of Association by Notary 3
3 Approval of Deed of Establishment at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights 3
4 Obtaining Taxpayer Registration Number 2
5 Obtaining Certificate of Domicile from local district office (except for Jakarta) 10
6 Approval of Business Registration Number (NIB), Business Permit, Commercial/Operational Permit, Location Permit, Environmental Permit, and BPJS through the Indonesian Online Single Submission (OSS) System 2

Company Setup in Indonesia with Representative Office

For foreign investors interested in exploring business opportunities in the Indonesian market, a representative office might be an efficient way to begin.

To open a representative office, there should be an existing parent company overseas to manage the representative office in Indonesia. A majority of representative offices focus on conducting market research activities as well as marketing and promotion through selling or buying agents.

Some foreign investors prefer to set up a representative office first to grow the market in Indonesia before establishing a PT. PMA.

Advantages of a representative office:

  • Can be owned 100% by foreign investors
  • No minimum capital requirement
  • No shareholder, director, commissioner requirement
  • Set up process is relatively easy and quick, requiring about 1.5 months

Disadvantages of a representative office:

  • Limited role as supervisor, coordinator, and representative of the parent company in Indonesia
  • Not allowed to conduct direct sales and generate revenue in Indonesia, thus all financial transactions shall be conducted through the parent company overseas

How to establish a business in Indonesia?

Setting up a business in Indonesia must be done correctly and carefully. Considering the changing regulations and heavy bureaucracy in Indonesia, it is crucial to engage a professional partner who understands local regulations and the culture in Indonesia.

Cekindo is providing one-stop services for foreign companies and entrepreneurs from various industries to enter the Indonesian market.

We will assist you in setting up your business in Indonesia, supporting your daily operations and administration, and representing your company in Indonesia.

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Pandu is the Consulting Manager at Cekindo. He has extensive experience in working with government agencies. Notably, he has provided market-entry solutions for enterprises in Indonesia and managed regional partnership channels in Southeast Asia. At Cekindo, Pandu aspires to lead the consulting team to provide top-quality market-entry services and maintain a portfolio of global clientele. His specialty is market-entry advisory and business process outsourcing.