• Indonesian

Indonesia Company Registration: Requirement and Process

Contact our consultants

Type of Legal Entities

The process of starting a company in Indonesia can be done by one of these 3 ways. These legal entities are: Local Company, Foreign Direct Investment Company known as a Limited Liability Company, and Representative Office.

A. Local Company (PT)Company Registration Indonesia as Local PT

A foreigner can start doing business in Indonesia as a local citizen or a foreign investor under a local nominee arrangement as this kind of company allows only 100% local ownership. On the contrary to other legal entities, a local company is not a subject to such strict requirements and limits.

Learn how to Register a Local PT.


B. Foreign Owned Company (PT PMA)Company Registration Indonesia as PMA

Foreign-owned limited liability company is a legal entity that can be fully owned by foreigners. However, the maximum foreign ownership is determined by the business sector and business activities. The restrictions are listed in a regulation called the Indonesian Negative Investment List.

Learn how to Register a PT PMA.


C. Representative OfficeCompany Registration Indonesia as Representative Office

Commonly considered as a branch of parent company overseas, it can be your first step to enter the Indonesian market. The purpose of this legal entity is marketing activity, preparing the establishment of PT PMA, or conducting market research. No direct selling or generating revenues is allowed.

Learn how to Register a Representative Office.



A Comparison table of company types in Indonesia

Contact Us

Cekindo registers several companies every month, and our legal team is ready to answer your questions. Fill in the form below and get the latest information on company registration in Indonesia.

Also, we will be happy to meet you in our offices located in Jakarta, Semarang, and Bali.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I set up a locally-owned company as a foreigner?

Of course. To do so, you need to engage with a local nominee service provider.

Can I expand my business to Indonesia without having to establish a company?

Yes, this particularly applies to import and export businesses. Instead of establishing a company, you can use an undername import service, also known as importer of record.

How long does it take to do company registration Indonesia?

It should take between 1 to 1.5 months. For speedy incorporation, you can choose a shelf company (ready-made company) instead.

Can I set up a joint venture company for my business?

Yes. A joint venture company can be in the form of PT PMA (foreign company) or PT (local company). Requirements for each establishment are different.

What is Business Registration Number in Indonesia?

Business Registration Number is proof that a company, regardless of type, is legally registered in Indonesia. A company that does not have a Business Registration Number may have to face dissolution.

Can I set up a company in Indonesia without calling a notary or a lawyer?

Yes. You can do it with the assistance of a professional consultant who usually has in-depth knowledge of company registration process in Indonesia.

Do local and foreign companies pay the same tax?


What is the cost for opening a company in Indonesia?

It depends on the company type and area in which you want to open your company. But, the cost starts from USD 1,500 for a local company (PT) in Jakarta area.


Selected clients for Business Registration:

Our Clients Find This Helpful. Please Review.

Rating: 4.59/5. From 37 votes.
Please wait...