IMMIGRATION SERVICES

Category: Human Resource Services
Written by Riza Zahrotun Nisa on 30/06/2022
The author’s views are entirely their own and may not always reflect the views of Putranto Alliance.

Immigration documents are needed by everyone who enters or exits Indonesian territory. Rules regarding immigration are regulated in Law No. 6 of 2011 concerning Immigration (UU No. 6 Tahun 2011 tentang Keimigrasian). The law consists of 145 articles (pasal) and 15 sections (bab). Documents related to immigration consist of Travel Documents (Dokumen Perjalanan), which are Passports and Travel Letters in Lieu of Passports, and Immigration Documents (Dokumen Keimigrasian), which are visa and sign or permit.

IMMIGRATION DOCUMENTS

According to Law No. 6 of 2011, article 1, concerning immigration, some documents related to immigration are as follows:

  1. Travel Document (Dokumen Perjalanan) is an official document issued by the competent authority of a country, the United Nations, or other international organizations to travel between countries containing the holder's identity.

  2. Immigration Documents (Dokumen Keimigrasian) are Travel Documents of the Republic of Indonesia and Stay Permits issued by Immigration Officers or foreign service officials.

  3. Travel Documents of the Republic of Indonesia (Dokumen Perjalanan) are Passports of the Republic of Indonesia and Travel Letters Like Passports of the Republic of Indonesia.
    • Passport of the Republic of Indonesia is a document issued by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia to Indonesian citizens to travel between countries, valid for a certain period.
    • Travel Letter in Lieu of Passport (Surat Perjalanan Laksana Paspor) is a document in lieu of a passport given under certain circumstances and is valid for a certain period.

  4. Visa of the Republic of Indonesia is a written statement given by authorized officials at the Representative of the Republic of Indonesia or at another place determined by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia which contains approval for Foreigners to travel to the Territory of Indonesia and become the basis for granting a Stay Permit. Visas consist of diplomatic visas, service visas, visit visas, and limited-stay visas.

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VISAS IN INDONESIA

Below are four types of visas in the Republic of Indonesia:

  1. Diplomatic Visa

    A visa granted to foreigners holding diplomatic passports and other passports to enter the Indonesian territory to carry out diplomatic tasks.

  2. Service Visa

    A visa granted to Foreigners holding official Passports and other Passports who travel to the Indonesian territory to carry out non-diplomatic official duties from the foreign government concerned or international organizations.

  3. Visit Visa

    A visa granted to foreigners who travel to the Indonesian territory in the context of visiting government duties, education, social culture, tourism, business, family, journalism, or stopping to continue their journey to other countries.

  4. Limited stay visas are granted to Foreigners:

    • As clergy, experts, workers, researchers, students, investors, the elderly, and their families, as well as foreigners who are legally married to Indonesian citizens, who travel to the Indonesian territory to reside for a limited period; or
    • In the context of joining forces to work on ships, floating equipment, or installations operating in the territorial waters of the archipelago, the territorial sea, the continental shelf, and/or the Indonesian Exclusive Economic Zone.

  5. Entry Sign

    A stamp affixed to the Travel Documents of Indonesian citizens and Foreigners, both manual and electronic, which is given by the Immigration Officer as a sign that the person concerned has entered the Indonesian territory.

  6. Exit Sign

    A certain sign in the form of a stamp affixed to Travel Documents of Indonesian citizens and Foreigners, both manual and electronic, which is given by the Immigration Officer as a sign that the person concerned has left the Indonesian territory.

  7. Permanent Stay Permit:

    A a permit granted to certain Foreigners to reside and settle in the Indonesian Territory as Indonesian residents.

  8. Re-entry Permit:

    A written permit given by the Immigration Officer to Foreigners holding limited Stay Permits and Permanent Stay Permits to re-enter the Indonesian territory.

WHO NEEDS IMMIGRATION DOCUMENTS?

According to Law No. 6 of 2011 article 8, everyone who enters or exits the Indonesian territory is required to have a valid Travel Document (8.1). Every foreigner entering the Indonesian territory must have a valid Visa unless otherwise stipulated by this Law and international agreements (8.2). Foreigners referred to in article 8 are those who are not Indonesian citizens (Law No. 6 of 2011 article 9).

Thus, Indonesian citizens need a passport to enter and leave their country’s territory. Meanwhile, foreign nationals need a visa to enter and leave the territory of another country (Indonesia). If foreign nationals wish to stay within the territory of Indonesia for a certain period, they need a stay permit. The government, in this case, the immigration official, has the right to revoke, supervise, and prohibit certain people, whether Indonesian citizens or foreigners, from entering and leaving the territory of Indonesia.

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HOW CAN WE HELP

All foreigners traveling to Indonesia for longer than 30 days stay must have a valid stay permit. Indonesia is known for having complex immigration procedures. There are various types of short and long term stay visas such as Business Visa, Social Visa, Dependant Visa, Temporary Stay, and Work Permit. Some permits require local sponsorship and other documentations. Local sponsors may be an Indonesian company having relations with you, a visa agency, or an Indonesian citizen.

Putranto Alliance has a team of immigration lawyers and consultants who specialize in Indonesia Immigration regulation. Through experience from processing countless visa applications, we are equipped with accurate and up-to-date regulations in order to provide timely immigration services to our clients. We are a local company and may act as your sponsor if required.

FAQs

Referring to Law no. 6 of 2011 concerning Immigration (UU No. 6 Tahun 2011 tentang Keimigrasian), a guarantor is a person or corporation responsible for the presence and activities of foreigners while in the Indonesian territory. The following are three legal subjects entitled to become these foreigners’ sponsors or guarantors.

  1. Husband or wife of foreign nationals who come to Indonesia, in the case of mixed marriages.
  2. Every Indonesian citizen can also be a guarantor or visa sponsor for foreign nationals.
  3. Indonesian companies can also become sponsors or guarantors for Foreign Workers (Foreign Citizens who come to Indonesia with the aim of working).

Some countries that apply visa-free for Indonesian passport holders:

Visit visa-free:

  • Asia
    1. Singapore – 30 days
    2. Thailand – 30 days
    3. Philippines – 30 days
    4. Myanmar – 14 days
    5. Brunei Darussalam – 14 days
    6. Malaysia – 30 days
    7. Vietnam – 30 days
    8. Cambodia – 30 days
    9. Laos – 30 days
    10. Hong Kong – 30 days
    11. Macaws – 30 days
    12. East Timor – 30 days
    13. Uzbekistan – 30 days
    14. Qatar – 30 days
    15. Kazakhstan – 30 days

 

  • Europe
    1. Belarus – 30 days, provided you must come and go from Minsk International Airport and don’t fly to or from Russia. Have a return ticket within 30 days and insurance worth 10,000 euros
    2. Serbia – 30 days

 

  • America
    1. Bermuda – No time limit
    2. Brazil – 30 days
    3. Chile – 90 days
    4. Colombia – 90 days and can be extended to 180 days within a year
    5. Ecuador – 90 days
    6. Guyana – 30 days
    7. Peru – 183 days
    8. Barbados – 90 days
    9. Dominica – 21 days
    10. Haiti – 90 days
    11. Vincent and the Grenadines – 30 days

 

  • Africa
    1. Gambia – 90 days, subject to a request for entry clearance and require an International Certificate of Vaccination
    2. Mali – 30 days, requires International Certificate of Vaccination
    3. Morocco – 90 days
    4. Namibia – 30 days
    5. Rwanda – 90 days, requires International Certificate of Vaccination

 

  • Oceania
    1. Cook Islands – 31 days
    2. Fiji – 120 days
    3. Micronesia – 30 days
    4. Niue – 30 days

 

Visa on Arrival/e-Visa/eTA:

  • Asia
    1. Kyrgyzstan – One-month VoA, available at Manas International Airport
    2. Maldives – Free VoA for up to 30 days
    3. Nepal – VoA 90 days
    4. Tajikistan – 45 days e-Visa
    5. Pakistan – e-Visa
    6. Sri Lanka – VoA 30 days
    7. Armenia VoA or e-Visa 120 days
    8. Azerbaijan – e-Visa or e-VoA at Baku International Airport
    9. Iran – VoA 30 days
    10. Jordan – VoA 90 days

 

  • America
    1. Nikaragua – VoA 90 days

 

  • Africa
    1. Cape Verde – VoA from Nelson Mandela International Airport, Cesaria Evora Airport, Amilcar Cabral International Airport, and Aristides Pereira International Airport
    2. Comores Islands – VoA 45 days
    3. Gabon – VoA/e-Visa 90 days, entry via Libreville International Airport
    4. Guinea-Bissau – VoA/e-Visa 90 days
    5. Kenya – Three months VoA/e-Visa, requires an International Certificate of Vaccination
    6. Madagascar – VoA/e-Visa 90 days
    7. Malawi – VoA/e-Visa 30 days, can be extended up to 90 days
    8. Mauritania – VoA at Nouakchott-Oumtounsy International Airport requires an International Certificate of Vaccination
    9. Mauritius – VoA 60 days
    10. Mozambique – VoA 30 days
    11. Senegal – VoA requires an International Certificate of Vaccination
    12. Seychelles – Visitor’s permit on arrival 3 months free
    13. Sierra Leone – VoA requires an International Certificate of Vaccination
    14. Somalia – VoA
    15. Tanzania – 3-month VoA/e-Visa
    16. Togo – 7 days VoA
    17. Uganda – VoA/e-Visa, requires an International Certificate of Vaccination
    18. Zimbabwe – VoA/e-Visa 90 days

 

  • Oceania
    1. Marshall Islands – VoA 90 days
    2. Palau Islands – 30 days free VoA
    3. Papua New Guinea – Free VoA/e-Visa 60 days
    4. Samoa – Entry permit on arrival 60 days
    5. Tuvalu – VoA 30 days

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