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Spotlight on APAC Series: Indonesia

In our Spotlight on APAC series, we round up the latest developments across Asia Pacific.  In this post we explore the regulatory update to immigration policy for Visitor Visas and Limited-Stay Visas in Indonesia.



Here we provide an brief overview of the update on Indonesian Immigration policy pertaining to the definitions and classification of Visitor Visas and Limited-Stay Visas for foreigners. Foreigners who wish to attain visas to enter Indonesia will do so based on their purpose and the updates to Government Regulation GR 40/2023.

Since June 2023, the Government of Indonesia has temporarily ceased visa free visit for 159 countries where this is only applicable for non-Asean nationals and excluding Asean countries. Amendment through GR 40/2023 are primarily intended to ease and simplify Immigration procedures for foreign nationals to visit Indonesia by having the right procedure for the purpose of the visit.


Visitor Visas

Under the GR 40/2023, the single/multiple-entry visit visa now covers visits for the purposes of government duty, education, social and cultural matters, tourism, pre-investment, business, family visits, journalism, or transit.

The visitor’s visa mainly consists of two types of visas which is 1) Single-Entry Visa and 2) Multiple-Entry Visa.

Based on GR 40/2023, Multiple entry visa is now valid for a maximum of 10 years from date of issuance (previously valid for 5 years).

More details on the activities allowed under single-entry and multiple-entry visit visa will be regulated in a Minister of Law and Human Rights (“MOLHR”) regulation. For reference, B211A & D212.


Indonesia Limited Stay Visa

The Limited Stay Visa for Indonesia is a type of “long-stay” visa, despite the name. The following shows the various types of limited stay visas:

  • Indonesia Work Visa
  • Indonesia Student Visa
  • Indonesia Family Visa
  • Indonesia Retirement Visa
  • Indonesia Digital Nomad Visa

Limited Stay Visa is a single-entry visa that is not limited to investment, research, family unification, performance, sport, social activities, retirement, etc. This is the type of visa required if the foreign national wants to work, study, join a family member, or retire in Indonesia.  The applicant’s sponsor or guarantor in Indonesia (i.e., the employer, school, or family member) must apply for a Letter of Visa Authorisation from the Directorate General of Immigration in Jakarta, Indonesia. Once the Directorate General of Immigration authorises the visa in pre-approval, the individual must notify the Indonesian Embassy or Consulate who will then approve the visa.

This visa can be extended and the  visa holder can obtain the temporary permit (KIMS/KITAS) after arrival in Indonesia.  ITAS is the Izin Tinggal Terbatas, an Indonesian limited-stay permit. Similarly, approval of this temporary permit would need a sponsor and approval is required from the Directorate General of Immigration if visa holder is planning to exit and re-enter Indonesia within the period of valid stay permit. Validity varies for six months to two years.  The period to be granted is considered on case by case basis.


Should you require more details on how to apply for the visitor or Limited Stay Visa please contact [email protected] or [email protected]



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