Immigration Corner

If you’re not sure what the best sort of visa is for you, get in touch with our team of experienced professionals. Our immigration services are quick, reliable and competitively priced and cover every option so you can stay and/ or work in Indonesia legally.

Visa on Arrival

If you're thinking of visiting Indonesia as a tourist, you can either apply for a Tourist Visa before you arrive in Indonesia or get a Visa on Arrival (VoA) at the airport when you land, if you're from one of the countries allowed to do this. You are not allowed to work on a VoA or Tourist Visa. Both visas allow you to stay in Indonesia for up to 30-days.

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Work permit and KITAS

A KITAS is a Temporary Residency Permit Card and is generally mistaken for an Indonesian work permit. It isn’t. All types of KITAS will allow you to stay for a certain period of time but they do not allow you to work or do business legally in Indonesia. If you plan to work in the country, you still have to apply for a work permit, called an IMTA.

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Investor KITAS

An Investor KITAS is a visa specifically designed for business investors in Indonesia, allowing them to live and manage their business in Indonesia. The main difference between an Investor KITAS and a regular KITAS is that the investor does not need to apply for a work permit (IMTA) and therefore is not required to pay monthly contributions in the DKP-TKA (Development Funds in Exchange of hiring a foreign worker.)

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Permanent Stay Permit (KITAP)

A KITAP is a permanent stay permit, which is more difficult to obtain but provides enormous benefits to foreigners who wish to establish their livelihoods in Indonesia. KITAP stands for Kartu Izin Tinggal Tetap which translates as a permanent stay permit card. You can only apply for a KITAP once you have obtained a KITAS (limited stay permit) and have extended it multiple times.

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Business Visa

A Business Visa is a type of visit visa, which means you're not allowed to work. It is intended for foreign nationals who wish to stay longer in the country to study the market, meet with potential distributors or suppliers, set up a representative office, attend meetings or seminars, and do other business-related activities.

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Spouse Visa

A Spouse KITAS is a temporary resident visa which is valid for one year and can be extended. You’re allowed to work in Indonesia under the Spouse KITAS, which is sponsored by your Indonesian spouse, and your working permit is sponsored by the company in Indonesia who hires you to work. If you’ve been married to an Indonesian for at least two years, you can apply for a permanent resident permit, called a Spouse KITAP.

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Dependent Visa

A dependent visa in Indonesia allows foreigners to bring their family while settling down in the country. Specifically, a dependent visa allows work permit or KITAS holders to bring their spouse and children under 18 years old.

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Social/Tourist Visa

A Social/ Cultural Visa is issued to travelers who intend to visit Indonesia for lectures, short internship programmes, short courses, arts, meetings, volunteer programmes, sports activities, visiting family and other related social activities. A Social/ Cultural Visa is single entry and allows you to stay in Indonesia for a maximum of 60 (sixty) days for each visit. This type of visa can be extended at the Indonesian Immigration Office up to 4 (four) times, with each extension being for a maximum of 30 (thirty) days each time.

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Retirement Visa

If you’re over 55-years old and don’t plan to work in Indonesia, you can apply for a Retirement Visa which enables you to live in Indonesia, lease property, and enter/ exit the country as many times as you like. The Indonesian Retirement Visa is valid for one year, and is extendable four times under the same conditions as when you initially applied. After that, it’s possible to proceed with retirement KITAP (a permanent stay permit) which is valid for five years.

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Andrzej Barski

Director of Seven Stones Indonesia

Andrzej is Co-owner/ Founder and Director of Seven Stones Indonesia. He was born in the UK to Polish parents and has been living in Indonesia for more than 33-years. He is a skilled writer, trainer and marketer with a deep understanding of Indonesia and its many cultures after spending many years travelling across the archipelago from North Sumatra to Irian Jaya.

His experience covers Marketing, Branding, Advertising, Publishing, Real Estate and Training for 5-Star Hotels and Resorts in Bali and Jakarta, which has given him a passion for the customer experience. He’s a published author and a regular contributor to local and regional publications. His interests include conservation, eco-conscious initiatives, spirituality and motorcycles. Andrzej speaks English and Indonesian.

Terje H. Nilsen

Director of Seven Stones Indonesia

Terje is from Norway and has been living in Indonesia for over 20-years. He first came to Indonesia as a child and after earning his degree in Business Administration from the University of Agder in Norway, he moved to Indonesia in 1993, where he has worked in leading positions in education and the fitness/ wellness industries all over Indonesia including Jakarta, Banjarmasin, Medan and Bali.

He was Co-owner and CEO of the Paradise Property Group for 10-years and led the company to great success. He is now Co-owner/ Founder and Director of Seven Stones Indonesia offering market entry services for foreign investors, legal advice, sourcing of investments and in particular real estate investments. He has a soft spot for eco-friendly and socially sustainable projects and investments, while his personal business strengths are in property law, tourism trends, macroeconomics, Indonesian government and regulations. His personal interests are in sport, adventure, history and spiritual experiences.

Terje’s leadership, drive and knowledge are recognised across many industries and his unrivalled network of high level contacts in government and business spans the globe. He believes you do good and do well but always in that order. Terje speaks English, Indonesian and Norwegian.

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Ridwan Jasin Zachrie

CFO of Seven Stones Indonesia, Jakarta

Ridwan is one of Indonesia’s top executives with a long and illustrious career in the financial world. He holds several professional certifications including being a Certified Business Valuer (CBV) issued by the Australian Academy of Finance and Management; Broker-Dealer Representative (WPPE); and The Directorship Certification for Directors and Commissioners, issued by the Indonesian Institute of Commissioners and Directors.

His experience includes being the Managing Director at one of the top investment banking groups in the region, the Recapital Group, the CFO at State-owned enterprises in fishery industry and the CEO at Tanri Abeng & Son Holding. He’s also been an Independent Commissioner in several Financial Service companies and on the Audit and Risk Committee at Bank BTPN Tbk, Berau Coal Energy Tbk, Aetra Air Jakarta as well as working for Citibank, Bank Mandiri and HSBC. His last position was as CFO at PT Citra Putra Mandiri – OSO Group.

Ridwan has won a number of prestigious awards including the Best CFO Awards 2019 (Institute of Certified Management Accountant Australia-Indonesia); Asia Pacific Young Business Leader awarded by Asia 21 Network New York USA (Tokyo 2008); UK Alumni Business Awards 2008 awarded by the British Council; and The Most Inspiring Human Resources Practitioners’ version of Human Capital Magazine 2010.

He’s a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alumni Association of the Faculty of Law, Trisakti University, Co-Founder of the Paramadina Public Policy Institute and actively writes books, publications and articles in the mass media. He co-authored “Korupsi Mengorupsi Indonesia” in 2009, which helps those with an interest in understanding governance in Indonesia and the critical issue of corruption. Ridwan speaks Indonesian and English.

Per Fredrik Ecker

Managing Director of Seven Stones Indonesia, Jakarta

Per is the Managing Director of the Seven Stones Indonesia (SSI) Jakarta office and has more than 25-years’ experience in Indonesia, China, and Western Europe. He previously worked in senior management positions with Q-Free ASA, Siemens AG, and other companies in the telecom sector. Over the last six years, he has been the Chairman of the Indonesia-Norway Business Council (INBC) and recently become elected to be on the board of EuroCham Indonesia.

His most recent experience is within Intelligent Transport Solutions (ITS), Telecom, and other sectors within the Indonesian market. He is today through his position in SSI and by representing Norway Connect, promoting Nordic and European companies that would like to explore business opportunities in the Indonesian market. He’s also playing an active role to help create the Nordic House concept in Jakarta that will provide an excellent platform for Nordic companies entering Indonesia, where they’ll find a community that can offer support with trusted information and affordable services to enter this market.