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How to Register Foreign Company as PT PMA in Indonesia

Posted 22.06. 2015 by Nurmia Agustina / Last update on 8.01. 2019

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Undoubtedly, Indonesia offers great business opportunities whether for local citizen and also for the foreign people. To carry out and start a profitable business in Indonesia, a foreigner needs to be incorporated as a foreign limited liability company in Indonesia.

The Incorporation of a limited liability company is governed by the Company Law No. 40 of 2007 (the “Company Law”). Once a business decides to expand and takes advantage of this growing market, it will need expert help in navigating the rules on how to register a company in Indonesia.

Advantages of PMA

Most foreign-owned companies establish the Indonesian version of a Limited Liability Company (LLC), which is known as a PMA—Penanaman Modal Asing –in Indonesia, since it can take the form of a 100% foreign-owned limited liability company or can be established as a limited liability company through a joint venture with Indonesian partners. The advantages of this type of company are that it gives the foreign investor full control over the direction of the company, no restriction on where a PMA can operate in Indonesia and reduces the risk in finding a suitable local partner.

Certain business fields require a foreign-owned company to establish a local partner and are allowed up to a certain percentage of ownership depending on the sector. The specifics of this are covered in the Negative Investment List. However, there are some business activities that are closed for foreign ownership based on Negative Investment List, therefore should be established as Local Indonesian companies (refers to President Regulation of Republic of Indonesia No.39/2014 concerning the list of business field that is closed to Investment and business field that are conditionally open for investment). In this case for foreign investors still have the alternative option by establishing a local nominee company in form of local limited liability (i.e. Perseroan Terbatas) with 100% local shareholder but keeping under foreign investors control.

Investment Plan for PMA

Regarding the updated regulation from BKPM (Read: New Regulation on Capital Submission Proof), investors should invest above USD 1 million or refers to IDR 10 billion as their investment plan with the minimum paid-up capital is above USD 250,000 or refers to IDR 2.5 billion. An investment plan can be either cash or fixed assets such as machinery however it is excluded for Land and buildings (Read: How to Own Land and Property in Indonesia).

Paid-up capital shall be paid after the company is established and has a bank account (stated by notary letter). A company needs to reach investment realizations above USD 1 million for obtaining a Business license as their permanent license, import license, and other licenses which relate to the company’s sector.

The Steps for PT.PMA company in Indonesia

Procedure Institution Expected Duration
Approval of company name (should consist 3 words) The Ministry of Law and Human Rights 2 days
Review, Revision, and Approval of Principle License as their temporary license BKPM 14 days
Article of Association (AKTA) Notary 4 days
Legalized of Legal Entity (Deed of Establishment/ SK Kehakiman) The Ministry of Law and Human Rights 3 days
Certificate of Domicile The landlord of the office building and Local Council 3 days
Tax Payer Registration Number (NPWP) and letter of registered tax (SKT) Tax Office 3 days
Company Registration Certificate (TDP) Provincial Government 10 days


  1. Company Name approval. The application for a company name is conducted through an online system, which can be accessed by a notary. The Ministry of Law and Human Rights can reject the name for a variety of reasons, including if it already exists or is similar to the name of another company. Based on the latest Indonesia’s regulation, the company name should consist of three words. It shall not contain words that are considered as vulgar or obscene in Indonesia.
  2. Principle License (BKPM Approval). The Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) is the central authorized body for receiving, reviewing and approving foreign investment applications as well as monitoring approved and running projects. The investor should submit their application and investment plan which describes their investment realizations above USD 1,000,000. The investment plan will be reviewed and revised by BKPM. Once it has been approved, BKPM will issue the Principle License as a Temporary Investment Permit. Principle License will be valid for one year and can be extended for two years. Then the company needs to apply for Business License within three years.
  3. Article of Association (Akta Perusahaan). After obtaining a Principle License from BKPM, the investor is allowed to establish a Foreign Owned Limited Liability Company (PT. PMA) by arranging for an Article of Association through a notary, which is valid as an Article of Association for the company.
  4. Ratification of Legal Entity (SK Kehakiman). The Article of Association shall be submitted to the Ministry of Law and Human Rights to be legalized.
  5. Certificate of DomicileThe next step is to obtain a Certificate of Domicile from the landlord of the office building and from the Sub District (“Kelurahan”), which states the address of the company.
  6. Tax Registration Number (NPWP). The company shall obtain a Tax Payer Registration Number (NPWP) and a letter of registered tax (Surat Keterangan Terdaftar Pajak/SKT) at the Tax Office located at the same sub-district. NPWP is valid as company’s tax ID and beneficial for proposing bank loan, obtaining other necessary company’s documents as well as for company’s tax payment (Read: Corporate and Personal Income Tax in Indonesia).
  7. Company Registration Certificate (TDP). To finalize PT PMA company registration, the company must arrange a Company Registration Certificate from Provincial Government to officially register the company in the region.


The PMA company registration process in Indonesia is very precise and can be demanding.  In addition, as the ASEAN nations update and alter business regulations, having an expert partner on the ground in Indonesia can be critical to success. Engaging professional assistance helps companies navigate local regulations and understand the culture of business in Indonesia. You can check more for a complete overview of business services here

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25 Responses to “How to Register Foreign Company as PT PMA in Indonesia”

  1. Kevin says:

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  3. Latashia says:

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  5. Maria Fannd says:

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  6. Martin Malonda says:

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  7. Mark Seneker says:

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  8. Titi Dimagra says:


    thanks for your blog. We found here all necessary information and will contact you soon.


  9. […] that, the company’s paid up capital should be IDR 2.5 million. This condition often hindered new foreign companies or start-up businesses to invest in Indonesia. Therefore, the government tried to formulate a new […]

  10. mushtaq hussain says:

    hi this is mushtaq hussain kindly please send me the total expenses to register a company in indonesia in USD.

  11. Libor Uhlík says:

    Dear Mushtaq,

    thank you for contacting Cekindo. Our consultant will contact you very soon.

    If you have any other question, just let us know.
    Thank you

    Libor Uhlík

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  18. Yew Quin Chye says:

    Hi ,

    We will like to have your quotation for the incorporation of a company PMA with a local Indonesian
    nominated as a partner .

    Our company is set up to export agriculture and frozen sea food product from Indonesia and possibly import
    other consumer products into Indonesia .

    Kindly advise as what other restriction we might face eventually .

  19. Siti Junima Faradella says:

    Hi Yew,

    Thank you for contacting Cekindo.

    Following your inquiry, we have wide experiences in assisting your client from various industries to register their company in Indonesia. Based on your email, we noted you would like to set up company for export business and already have a partner in Indonesia. Please be informed that your business activities (trading) is open for maximum 100% foreign ownership. Further, please find below my explanation of PT PMA in Indonesia.

    Foreign Investment Limited Liability Company or PT PMA

    Indonesian company which shares own by foreign is classified as PT PMA. As PMA you will have to forward investment plan of US$ 1,000,000 with 25% paid up capital in order to obtain Permanent Business License (IUT). For the minimum investment plan is above USD 1,000,000, which is allocated as your plan of investment in Indonesia for land, building, work capital, etc. The minimum paid in capital for USD 250.000 shall be deposit after the company is established and has a bank account. After establishing PMA, you will receive principal license as temporary license however, you need to apply for permanent business license after fulfilling the investment realisation above USD 1 million and generally it will take around 1 year to fulfil investment realisation.

    For your reference, we will send directly to your email the general proposal for company registration in Indonesia including our other management services such as visa application, tax reporting, payroll processing and many others which can support your business in Indonesia.

    Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

    Thank you and looking forward to hear from you,

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  21. Yustin says:


    How about I want to make a PMA for managing property? Can I buy or lease under PMA as well as managing the property?

  22. Siti Junima Faradella says:

    Hi Mr. Yustin,

    Thank you for contacting Cekindo.

    Based on your inquiry, we note that your business plan as managing property. However we would like to reconfirm the business activity you are planning, because the type of your business activity will determine the regulatory requirement for the company set up. In the mean time for your information there are 2 types of legal entity you may choose, local company and foreign owned company, you can check the explanation here.

    Should you have any further question, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Thank you,

  23. Jude Jensen says:


    Thank you for a very informative blog. We are putting up a tuna processing plant in Indonesia with 100% foreign shareholders. Can the shareholders be related with each other, like brothers ans sisters?

    Thanks, we will contact you soon.


  24. Mallappa says:

    Dear Team,

    We are in a process to set up a dialysis center in Indonesia in partnership with local entity. It would be very helpful if you could address a query regarding the regulatory aspects of dialysis center setup.

    1. Joint Venture (JV) Entity Registration: What are the licensing requirements for setting up of JV entity (majority holding) and time taken for the same
    2. What are the required licenses to import medical instruments and consumable from India or Europe to Indonesia, timeline for each licenses, cost etc.
    3. What are the requirement to set up distributorship to import medical devices and then distribute them locally, timeline, cost
    4. Operation of dialysis center: What are the licenses required for operation of dialysis centers including Bio Medical Waste Disposal License including timeline and cost
    5. Operation of office: What type of licenses are required to set-up operation office in Indonesia, including timeline and cost.
    6. what are the regulations applicable for audit of dialysis center and expected yearly costs

    We are looking forward for your valuable response.

    Thank you,

  25. tenissa.tjahjono says:

    Hi Mallappa, thanks for reaching out. Our consultant has already contacted you for further details regarding your questions. Don’t hesitate to contact us again should you require further assistance.

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