Emigration to Indonesia

Emigration to Indonesia

Area: 1,904,569 km²
Residents: 255,461,700 (2015 estimate)
Population density: 134 E / km²
Form of Government: Republic
System of Government: Presidential democracy
Neighboring countries: Malaysia, (Singapore), (Thailand), (Philippines), Papua New Guinea, East Timor, (Australia)
Capital: Jakarta National
language: Indonesian
88% Muslim,
6% Protestant,
3% Roman Catholic,
1.8% Hindus,
1% Buddhists,
0.01%Jehovah’s Witnesses
Currency: Rupiah (IDR)
1 IDR = 100 Sen
Exchange rates:
1 EUR = 16,963.60 IDR
10,000 IDR = 0.59 EUR
1 CHF = 15,665.20 IDR
10,000 IDR = 0.64 CHF
(exchange rate from 19.02.2021)
Telephone area code: +62
Time zone: UTC + 7, UTC + 8 and UTC + 9

In 2020, 222 Germans officially emigrated to Indonesia and 385 came back to their homeland. Within the 10 years from 2010 to 2019, 3,814 Germans officially emigrated to Indonesia and 3,974 moved back to Germany.

The population of Indonesia is made up of around 360 different peoples, most of whom are of Malay origin. The peoples with the largest proportion are Javanese (41.7%) and Sundanese (15.4%). The population density is very different. For example, more than half of the residents of Indonesia live on Java because of the fertile soil and the capital Jakarta (city with around 10 million residents, metropolitan region with over 30 million residents). The official language is Indonesian.

The most famous of the 17,508 islands (6,044 inhabited) in Indonesia are Bali, Sumatra, Borneo, Papua, Sulawesi and the Moluccas, as well as the Great (Jawa) and Lesser Sunda Islands. Indonesia has a tropical climate with monsoon winds that create a dry climate in summer and heavy rains in winter. Nevertheless, the temperatures do not drop below 25 degrees. The country is also characterized by volcanoes and is very mountainous, so it can get much cooler in the higher regions.

Travel and Visa

Changed travel regulations during and after the corona pandemic

Tourists are not allowed to enter Indonesia until further notice. The entry ban for foreign nationals to Indonesia continues. Until July 31, 2021, only holders of permanent residence permits (ITAS and ITAP) are allowed to enter the country, see the website of the Indonesian immigration authorities. Visit rrrjewelry.com for Indonesia destinations.

Travelers (including children of all ages) must present a health certificate from the country of departure in English on entry, which must contain a negative PCR test that is no more than 72 hours old and the absence of symptoms of illness at the time of departure. In addition, from the age of 12, proof of complete vaccination protection in accordance with the requirements of the home country is required.

After entry, an eight-day hotel quarantine takes place in a hotel specified by the Indonesian government at your own expense, where a new PCR test is carried out within 24 hours of entry for a fee. On the seventh day of the eight-day quarantine, travelers have to undergo another paid test. If the test result is positive, you will be referred to a hospital. False positive test results occur again and again; the test results must not be verified by repeat tests.

Treatment of an infection in an Indonesian hospital is always chargeable for foreigners. After the eight-day hotel quarantine, a fourteen-day home quarantine should be observed. Travelers who come from abroad without a vaccination certificate or without a valid PCR test will be deported immediately for a fee.

For those who have been vaccinated or recovered, there are no relief or exemptions on entry or in everyday life.

Upon entry at the airport, registration in the Indonesian “ Health Portal ” is required, which should be done using the “eHAC” app. In individual cases, however, filling out a form provided in paper form is also accepted.

General provisions for travel and residence (until the corona pandemic)

German citizens and people from 44 other countries can stay in Indonesia for up to 30 days without a visa. It is not possible to extend your stay beyond 30 days, but you can leave the country shortly before the time expires (e.g. travel to a neighboring country) and you will have another 30 days stay when you re-enter.

Short stay visas

Visa on arrival. This visa allows you to stay for 30 days (costs: 35 USD) and can be extended once for 30 days (costs of the extension: approx. 30 USD. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months and is also a return flight or Proof of onward travel ticket.

Visit Visa. It allows you to stay for 60 days (cost: 50 USD) and can be extended 5 times by 30 days each time.

Multiple visit visas. Validity 1 year, cost: 110 USD. This allows you to enter the country several times a year and stay in the country for up to 60 days at a time. No extension is possible. To do this, the following documents must be submitted:

  • Application document
  • Return ticket
  • Copy of your passport (valid for at least 18 months)
  • Copy of bank statements

The visa fee for applying to the embassy / consulate is RP 100,000.

Immigration and permanent residence

There are some possibilities to be able to live in the country for several years or even indefinitely. For the respective purpose, various documents are required for the application, which are best requested from the consulate or embassy.

visa for a limited stay (ITAS / KITAS) can be applied for for the following purposes, among others:

  • work
  • investment
  • research
  • study
  • Family reunion
  • Retirement (from 55 years)

You can apply for a temporary stay for the following duration:

  • 6 months: 55 USD
  • 1 year: $ 105
  • 2 years: $ 180

The extension of a KITAS visa is granted for 2 years with a maximum stay of six years.

The following documents must be submitted when applying for a limited stay visa:

  1. Passport (valid for at least 6 months)
  2. A fully completed application form (PDF form)
  3. 2 passport photos
  4. Written approval (telex visa) by the immigration authorities in Indonesia
  5. Letter of invitation or support from the sponsors of the applicant in Indonesia
  6. Proof of financial independence (e.g. current bank statement, etc.), or a guarantee from a third person who is willing to support the applicant financially during his stay (proof required)
  7. Proof of the obligation in the applicant’s country (e.g. letter from the employer / university certifying the applicant’s intention to return after the end of their stay in Indonesia)

The following groups of people can apply for a long-term stay (ITAP / KITAP):

  • Foreign nationals with an Indonesian spouse (the marriage must have existed for at least 2 years)
  • Investors or workers who have been working in an Indonesian company for several years
  • Retirees (with a minimum income of $ 1,500 per month)

The ITAP / KITAP allows a stay of 5 years and can be extended. Before one has the right to ITAP / KITAP, one must first be in possession of the ITAS / KITAS residence permit.

Documents that must be submitted to apply for long-term residence:

For foreign investors and foreigners:

  • Copy of passport (photo and personal data pages valid for at least 18 months)
  • Original daycare
  • Original RPTKA (A document approving your company’s proposal to use foreign labor – issued by the Indonesian Ministry of Labor)
  • Copy of IMTA / work permit (issued in the last 5 years)
  • Copy of SKPPS, SKTT / residence permit (issued in the last 5 years)
  • Copy of KITAS (issued in the last 5 years)
  • Passport size photos (4X6 = 4 pieces and 2X3 = 2 pieces with a red background)
  • Copy of the identity card (KTP) of the Indonesian companion (Tenaga Pendamping)
  • Evidence from the company / sponsor

Required documents for foreigners with an Indonesian spouse:

  • Copy of passport (photo and personal data pages valid for at least 18 months)
  • Original daycare
  • Copy of KITAS (issued in the last 5 years)
  • Copy of SKPPS, SKTT / residence permit (issued in the last 5 years)
  • Passport size photos (4X6 = 4 pieces and 2X3 = 2 pieces with a red background)
  • Copy of the Indonesian spouse’s identity card (KTP)
  • Copy of the family register (Kartu Keluarga) of the Indonesian spouse
  • Copy of the marriage certificate (Surat Nikah)
  • Account statement of the Indonesian spouse with a minimum balance of Rp. 10,000,000

In the event of a divorce, you will lose your residence permit if the marriage has lasted less than 10 years, unless you find a new sponsor within 60 days. Then the visa can continue to exist.

If you have been married for more than 10 years and a divorce then occurs, there is no influence on the permanent residence permit.

Emigration to Indonesia

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