Explainer: Indonesia travel permits for foreign researchers

Amid some recent confusion, the Australian Government Department of Education has released a detailed list of visa requirements for foreign researchers wishing to carry out research in Indonesia.

Government of Indonesia Regulation No. 41/2006 requires all foreign researchers undertaking research activities in Indonesia to have a permit.

Research activities are those systematically conducted in accordance with scientific norms and method in order to gather information, data and/or facts.

The Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (RISTEK DIKTI) is responsible for the permit process, but the process also involves many other government bodies. RISTEK DIKTI’s Coordinating Team for Foreign Research Permits (TKPIPA) is the contact point.

The permit process can be as quick as 9 days, but we recommended starting the process as early as possible. A research permit is valid for up to 12 months. It can be extended twice, up to a maximum of 36 months validity in total. Fees depend on duration and category of research, ranging from Rp. 750,000 to Rp. 10,000,000 (approx. $75-$1000).

The permit process has three stages: pre-arrival, post-arrival, and post-research.

There are three main outcomes to the process: the research permit, research visa 315 to allow initial entry into Indonesia, and the KITAS and MERP (limited stay permit card and multiple exit re entry permit).

Foreign researchers planning to visit Indonesia for purposes other than research activities may be eligible for the social cultural visa (211) or business visa (211). The Indonesian Embassy in Canberra can provide advice.

This guide aims to provide clear information on the process and requirements for obtaining a research permit and research visa, based on information available at the time of publication. However, policies and processes are subject to change. If unsure, refer to the RISTEK DIKTI website for up-to-date information.

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