Retirement KITAS

If you are at least 55 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 the country as many times as you like. 

Indonesian retirement visa is valid for one year, and it is extendable four times on the same conditions as when initially applying. After that, it is possible to proceed with retirement KITAP (permanent stay permit) which is valid for five years.

Key requirements for applying for a retirement visa in Indonesia are:

  • Age 55 or older
  • Health insurance that covers Indonesia, validity at least one year (Emerhub can assist you with the insurance)
  • Lease agreement in Indonesia, valid for at least one year (Emerhub can help you find a house)
  • Must employ a maid or a domestic helper in Indonesia
  • A monthly pension of at least US$ 1,500 or a copy of a deposit account showing US$ 18,000 in the statement

If your spouse is not 55 yet, but you both want to retire in Indonesia, the spouse can obtain a dependent KITAS which you can sponsor once you have your retirement visa.

Indonesia Retirement Benefits for Foreigners: 

You will experience plenty of benefits by settling in in Indonesia:
  • You can live in Indonesia for years
  • Enter and exit the country as often as you would like
  • Lease land
  • Get a local bank account

Three Stages of Retirement Visa in Indonesia:

There are three simple steps you need to follow to process your retirement visa in Indonesia:
  1. Collect and send documents over to your agent at Emerhub
  2. Pick up your new retirement visa from an Indonesian Embassy
  3. Convert your visa to a Temporary Residence Permit (KITAS) once you arrive to Indonesia with your visa

👉 Make sure you also inform the agent about the Indonesian Embassy you are planning to pick up the visa from. If you don’t have an Indonesian embassy in your country you can obtain your visa from another country. 

✅ Prepare Documents for Your Retirement Visa:

Take the extra precautions not to run into trouble months or years down the line and present all the documents that are required:

  • Copies of all passport pages. Your passport needs to be valid for at least another 18 months and have at least 6 remaining blank pages
  • A letter that states you will employ a maid, will not be working in Indonesia and that you have secured your accommodation
  • In case you are renting, the lease agreement must include the property owner’s name, address of the house, the amount of rent, and you must also attach a copy of the landowner’s identity card (KTP)
  • Copy of both your health insurance policy and life insurance policy
  • Copy of a bank account statement; or a proof that you are holding a pension (and any other documentation that proves you have sufficient funds at your disposal).
  • The minimum amount is $US 1,500 per month to provide the applicants living expenses during the proposed stay in Indonesia (a total of $US 18,000 per year)
  • Photographs with red background
  • A sponsor letter which Emerhub will provide you with

✅ Pick Up Retirement Visa From an Indonesian Embassy. 

Once the application is approved you will get a telex visa that you have to take to an Indonesian embassy abroad. You will then go to the embassy together with your passport and pick up the visa. Before going to the embassy please check the embassy homepage or turn to the embassy directly to learn about any additional requirements besides the copy of telex, sponsor letters and a passport. The most common requirements are to fill in an application and provide a passport photo. However, some embassies require additional documents. Keep in mind that embassies have their own processing times, thus make sure to have enough time to finalize your visa on spot. One of the fastest ways is traveling to Singapore. Together with the help of a local agent, you will receive your visa within one business day. Once having received the visa in Singapore you can pack up and enter Indonesia – it is time to continue with converting.

✅ Convert visa to a Temporary Residence Permit (KITAS)

Once you are in Indonesia it is up to your agent to convert your visa into a KITAS. You only need to visit the immigration office to give fingerprints and take a photo. As a retirement KITAS holder, you will receive the following documents:
  • A retirement KITAS
  • A certificate of registration of temporary residency (SKPPS & SKTT)
  • Resort police report (STM)
  • Police card (SKLD)

The above visa gives you the permission to stay in Indonesia for one year. Retirement KITAS is extendable for up to a maximum of five years with annual extensions. After that you can apply for a Permanent Stay Permit KITAP, which is valid for five years. Or, instead, cancel the KITAS with an Exit Permit Only (EPO).

Note that if you want to visit other countries while on your retirement visa, you can not just be up and running. You should apply for either an Exit Re-entry Permit (ERP), valid for three months, or the Multiple Exit Re-entry Permit (MERP), valid for six months 🥳