Enter Indonesia with valid legal documents such as a visa and work permit
Indonesia offers several types of visas which differ based on the purpose of foreigners’ stays in the territory. The frequently used ones are a temporary stay permit called KITAS (ITAS) and a work permit known as IMTA. Effective from November 2018, a work permit (IMTA) is now combined with TELEX visa in the form of so-called “Notification”, and its validity is the same as the employment agreement.
Work Visa – KITAS
Having a temporary stay permit (KITAS), also known as a working visa or working KITAS, is one of the necessities when working in Indonesia. On the contrary to a spouse-sponsored KITAS or a retirement KITAS, a work KITAS must be sponsored by an Indonesian company (an individual sponsorship is not allowed).
The length of each working KITAS is based on job positions commonly ranging from six to 12 months, and it goes hand in hand with a Multiple Exit Re-Entry Permit (MERP).
Work Permit – IMTA
Foreigners who plan to work or obtain income in Indonesia have to apply for a work permit prior to their arrival. This is a bureaucratic procedure that involves the Ministry of Manpower as well as several immigration offices.
A work permit is the only document which allows foreigners to work in Indonesia legally. Its requirements are quite strict and many job position, as well as business sectors, are restricted to foreigners.
KITAS and Work Permit
The Indonesian government has recently implemented Presidential Regulation (No. 20/2018) concerning foreign workers and simplified the process of securing a work permit. The implementation is, however, expected to happen continuously and be finalised during upcoming two years. As such, a visa agent or consultant with the understanding of current legislation became an essential part of the application process.
Thanks to being present on the Indonesian market for almost a decade, Cekindo is able to assist you during the preparation and the application process for both work permit and work visa.
Expats who wish to own a work visa (KITAS sponsored by a local company) might struggle to find such a company without employment. Cekindo provides advisory visa services as well as local sponsorship.
Important – Employment in Bali
The number of foreigners coming to Bali who fail to comply with the Indonesian regulations is increasing. Please note that requirements for a work permit, work visa in Bali, as well as the process of extension of visa, are the same everywhere in Indonesia.
Tourists coming to Bali are not exempt from the legal obligations, and they are not allowed to work without a valid work visa and work permit. Incomers should also pay higher attention when choosing a visa agent in Bali as they frequently become a subject to organised crime.
Fill in the form below and get detailed information about a work permit and work visa KITAS in Indonesia. Lists of restricted countries, sectors and positions are provided upon request or during face-to-face consultancy in one of our offices located in Jakarta, Semarang, and Bali.