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Navigating Indonesia’s calling visa system

Navigating Indonesia’s calling visa system

A calling visa is a unique travel document issued by a country to people of another nation deemed to have a certain level of vulnerability. Individuals from these countries must apply for this visa before entering the host country.

In Indonesia, calling visas are issued explicitly to nationals from countries facing unstable political and security conditions, high crime rates, frequent cases of visa abuse, or uncontrolled disease spread.

Understanding the calling visa in Indonesia

A calling visa in Indonesia serves as an entry permit for nationals from specific countries, allowing a short stay of usually 30 days.

During this period, individuals must apply for a regular visa at the Indonesian immigration office.

The regulation governing this visa is stipulated in Article 1 (35) of Regulation of Ministry of Law and Human Rights Number 22, 2023, concerning Visa and Stay Permit.

Essential Points Regarding Calling Visas in Indonesia:

  • Issuance Points: Typically, calling visas are granted at airports and seaports in Indonesia, emphasizing accessibility and efficiency.
  • Work Limitations: Visa holders are only permitted to work or engage in activities within Indonesia if they possess a valid work permit.
  • Consequences of Overstaying: Overstaying is a severe offense and can lead to fines, imprisonment, or deportation, underlining the importance of compliance with visa regulations.

Why are calling visas issued?

Navigating Indonesia's calling visa system

Several factors contribute to a country being included in Indonesia’s calling visa country list.

These factors include unstable political and security conditions, high crime rates, frequent cases of visa abuse, and uncontrolled disease spread.

1. Unstable political and security conditions

Countries experiencing political turmoil or security threats are more likely to be on the calling visa list, as their nationals may seek refuge due to conflict or persecution.

2. High crime rates

Nations with high crime rates may find their citizens attempting to avoid legal consequences by overstaying in Indonesia.

3. Frequent cases of visa abuse

Countries with a history of visa abuse, where nationals exploit visas for illegal activities, are more likely to be included in the calling visa country list.

4. Uncontrolled cases of disease spread

Nations grappling with rampant disease spread may be included in the calling visa country list to mitigate potential health risks to Indonesia’s public.

Calling visa country list for Indonesia

The Indonesian government officially removed Cameroon from the calling visa list. This decision is supported by the Minister of Law and Human Rights (Kepmenkumham) Decree Number M.HH-05.GR.01.06 of 2023, issued on November 23, 2023.

The current countries included in the calling visa list for Indonesia are:

  • Afghanistan
  • Guinea
  • Israel
  • DPR Korea
  • Liberia
  • Nigeria
  • Somalia

Types of calling visas in Indonesia

Indonesia offers two primary types within the calling visa category: the Visitor Visa and the Limited Stay Visa. The Visitor Visa is divided into Single Journey Visitor Visa and Multiple Journey Visitor Visa.

1. Single journey visitor visa

This type of visa is granted for various purposes, including tourism, family visits, social activities, arts and culture, government duties, non-commercial sports, study tours, short courses, business discussions, and more.

2. Multiple journey visitor visa

This type of visa is granted for family visits, social activities, arts and culture, government duties, business discussions, attending seminars, participating in international exhibitions, and more.

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Application process for a calling visa in Indonesia

To apply for an Indonesian calling visa, individuals must follow a comprehensive process involving document submission, application fee payment, and additional requirements specific to the type of visa pursued.

1. Document submission

Submit the following documents to your country’s Indonesian embassy or consulate:

  • Valid passport
  • Completed application form
  • Recent photograph
  • Proof of financial support
  • Round-trip ticket

2. Application fee

Pay the required visa application fee.

3. Additional requirements

Additional requirements for calling visa applications will be provided directly by the Representative of the Republic of Indonesia and may include:

  • Letter of guarantee from the Guarantor
  • Recommendation from the Strategic Intelligence Agency (BAIS) of the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) for activities in conflict areas that pose a threat to the presence and security of Calling Visa citizens
  • Permanent Resident Card for visa applications submitted outside the home country

4. Multiple journey visitor visa requirements

For Multiple Journey Visitor Visa applicants, it is necessary to have:

  • Proof of having visited Indonesian territory at least three times in the last 12 months
  • and/or Permanent Resident Card for those residing outside their home country.

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Calling visas is essential in enabling Indonesia to regulate the inflow of immigrants from specific countries, safeguarding the nation’s security and public health. For citizens of countries on Indonesia’s calling visa list, obtaining this visa is a prerequisite for entry into the country.

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Frequently Asked Questions

    For business and work visas, the sponsor must be a company legally registered in Indonesia. Regarding social-cultural and retirement visas and KITAS & KITAP, the sponsor must be an Indonesian legal entity or a citizen. InCorp provides visa sponsorship should you require this service.

    You will need to register your products with the BPOM (National Agency of Food and Drugs) and MoH (Ministry of Health) before you can distribute them in Indonesia. It can only be registered with an Indonesian legal entity. Your local distributor will register your product in Indonesia under their entity and become the license holder if you distribute via the entity you choose.

    Yes, in a foreign-owned (PT PMA) company, a foreigner can be a director or a commissioner

    Yes, you will receive an administrative penalty for delaying or not correctly and promptly filing the tax report. It is best to hire a local third party to handle your taxation matters in Indonesia, such as InCorp.

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