Frequently Asked Questions


Can foreigners live in Indonesia?

Yes, foreigners can live in Indonesia by obtaining the appropriate visa or residence permit such as a KITAS (Temporary Stay Permit Card) or a KITAP (Permanent Stay Permit Card), depending on the length and purpose of their stay.

Do I need a sponsor for Indonesia visa?

Yes, for many types of visas and residence permits including work visas and the KITAS, a sponsor is required. The sponsor can be an Indonesian company, a government institution, or in some cases, an individual.

Toursist Visa (B211 if you apply by yourself through molina) and eVOA.

Please note that, B211 obtained without sponsor has a maximum validity of 60 days and cannot be extended further.


What is a Kitas in Indonesia?

A KITAS, or Kartu Izin Tinggal Terbatas, is a Limited Stay Permit Card in Indonesia that allows foreigners to stay in the country for an extended period to carry out various activities. Initially, a foreigner must obtain a VITAS (Temporary Stay Visa) which is then converted into a KITAS at the Immigration Office within 30 days of arrival.

How much is the cost for Kitas Indonesia?

The cost of a KITAS in Indonesia varies depending on the type of KITAS and the specific circumstances of the applicant. Prices can range widely from IDR 10 million ($650) to 45 million ($2800) depending on the type and duration of the KITAS, along with other factors like processing fees and associated permits.

How long can a foreigner stay in Indonesia?

The duration a foreigner can stay in Indonesia with a KITAS varies from 6 months to 2 years depending on the type of KITAS. It’s possible to extend this permit without leaving the country for up to 5 years.

Can I stay with my girlfriend in Indonesia?

Cohabitation between unmarried couples is prohibited by law in Indonesia, which could affect your ability to live with your girlfriend in the country. A new criminal code passed in Indonesia bans cohabitation between unmarried couples, with penalties including up to 12 months’ jail for adultery or sex outside marriage, and up to six months’ jail for cohabitation. However, reports to the police can only be made by parents, children, or a spouse.

As of October 2023, there have been no reports of tourists in Indonesia being prosecuted or denied accommodation for sleeping together outside of marriage, despite the new law banning such behavior.

How can I get permanent residency in Indonesia?

One of the primary types of permanent residency in Indonesia is the Kartu Izin Tinggal Tetap (KITAP), which is issued to foreign nationals who have lived in Indonesia for an extended period and met the eligibility criteria. The Indonesian KITAP is a permanent stay permit for foreigners who have lived in Indonesia with a temporary stay KITAS for a few years.

KITAP is issued for a period of five years and can be renewed as needed.

Eligibility for permanent residency depends on your KITAS type and you can apply for permanent residency after three years of holding a KITAS visa. Permanent residency can also be obtained after living in Indonesia for five years on an ITAS, but if married to an Indonesian national, you can apply for KITAP after two years

How long does it take to get Kitas in Indonesia?

The processing time for obtaining a KITAS in Indonesia can vary depending on several factors, such as the immigration office’s workload and the completeness of your application. Typically, the process takes around 2-3 months from the submission of your application to the issuance of the KITAS card.

However, more commonly the processing time can range between 2-4 weeks.

In case of extending a KITAS, it might take around 10 to 20 working days.

How much if family Kitas Indonesia?

The cost of a Family KITAS in Indonesia ranges from about $760 to $1,500 USD. The exact cost can vary depending on the service provider and whether the application is handled independently or through an accredited visa agent. Family KITAS is intended for the spouse and children of a foreigner married to an Indonesian citizen or a foreigner holding a working or investor KITAS.

Can I live in Indonesia if I marry an Indonesian?

Yes, marrying an Indonesian citizen can provide a pathway to living in Indonesia. You would initially apply for a KITAS, and after holding it for a specified period (minimum two years), you can apply for a KITAP which is a permanent stay permit. The KITAP allows you to reside in Indonesia on a long-term basis.

How to get Kitas in Bali?

To obtain a KITAS in Bali, you’ll need to:

  1. Have a sponsor in Indonesia (can be a Company or individual).
  2. Submit the required documents including a copy of your passport, sponsor’s identity, and necessary fees to the Indonesian Embassy or Consulate.
  3. Once in Bali, convert your VITAS (Temporary Stay Visa) to a KITAS at the local Immigration Office within 30 days of arrival.

Visa Agents may help with fulfilling document requirements, safely submitting and process them and even provide sponsorship for certain type of KITAS.

Can I work on Kitas Indonesia?

Yes, you can work in Indonesia on a specific type of KITAS known as a Work KITAS, which is issued to foreigners employed by Indonesian companies. It’s essential to ensure your KITAS is the correct type permitting work, as other types of KITAS do not allow employment.