The visa system for Indonesia is complicated, and policies and procedures may vary across different regions, so there is often confusion about applying for the correct visas or permits for Indonesia. 

Due to the intricate nuances associated with Indonesia's visa system, many find themselves in a tangle of bureaucracy. Different regions within the country can have varying regulations, adding layers of complexity to the visa application process.

This guide seeks to provide an overview of tourist and residence permits in Indonesia. That said, it's always wise to touch base with an Indonesian embassy nearby, as the country is known to amend its visa regulations from time to time without significant prior notice.

Tourist visas for Indonesia

Jet setters keen on exploring Indonesia for a short spell will likely require a tourist visa. Nationals of many countries will be able to obtain this visa at the airport on arrival in Indonesia as long as they can produce an onward or return plane ticket. Visitors must also hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from their date of departure from Indonesia. 

Standard tourist visas allow a stay of up to three months, while tourist visas obtained on arrival allow for a stay of up to 30 days. Both types of tourist visa can be extended.

Expats planning to do business in Indonesia will need to apply for their visit visa ahead of time. During the application process, they will need to submit documents from the companies involved stating the nature of the business to be conducted.

Visitors from Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam are eligible for tourist visa exemption.

The Indonesian Directorate General of Immigration is the official platform to delve deeper into visa regulations and requisites. For those applying for a visa ahead of their visit, outlines the e-visa application process.

Residence permits for Indonesia

Limited stay permit

Expats intending to stay in Indonesia for a period beyond that covered by a tourist visa will need to obtain a limited stay permit, also called an ITAS (Izin Tinggal Terbatas). The ITAS is valid for six to 12 months for foreigners employed in Indonesia. An ITAS can be renewed for the same period it was initially granted. This can be done for a total of up to four times.

For a deeper understanding of the ITAS and its nuances, visiting the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website could provide valuable insights.

Permanent stay permit

After an expat has been in Indonesia for five years on a limited stay permit, they're eligible to apply for a permanent stay permit, also known as a KITAP (Kartu Izin Tinggal Tetap). Expats married to Indonesian nationals can apply for the KITAP after only two years.

Indonesia Travel provides extensive information for those looking to make Indonesia their permanent abode.

*Visa regulations are subject to change at short notice, and expats should contact their respective embassy or consulate for the latest details.

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