Indonesian retirement visas, Jakarta, Bali, Lombok
(a retirement KITAS visa, temporary residence Indonesia)
This visa title is VERY misleading because it is described as an “Indonesian retirement visa”. It is not. It is a POTENTIAL one-year visa for people over 55, and it has to be renewed each year. It does not give you the right to stay in Indonesia and has to be converted to a KITAS, by you or an agent, once you arrive inside Indonesia.
NOTE. Most websites detail this incorrectly. It is a one year Indonesian visa, and you can have a local bank account, you can get local (resident) medical insurance, but you cannot work or run a business.
NOTE. Depending on who you talk to, you can use this retirement visa to come and go as often as you like, or you must not leave the country but get a MERP as well.
Entry Requirement Permit – ERP
Multi Entry Requirement Permit – MERP
ERP will allow you exit and entry for 3 months, MERP for 6 months, so you would need 2 x MERP for your one year stay.
My research suggests that you CANNOT travel with such retirement a visa, it will be cancelled as soon as you fly out. You need a MERP to fly out.
Requirements for an “Indonesian retirement visa”.
You need to be 55 or over, have a sponsor, and at least 18 months left on your passport.
You will have to prove that you have the means to support yourself, plus medical cover, plus money sat in the bank. The listed income is $18,000 a year, or approx 12,000 GBP, 1,000 GBP a month.
You can extend four times, up to five years, after which you apply for a KITAP, permanent residence, you will have difficulty trying to get another retirement visa unless you leave for a year or two.
Domestic help – a requirement?
One requirement (now a grey area) is that you should give someone in Indonesia a job. Most retirees have a cleaner come in once a week, very cheap, $50 a month. So don’t worry about the cost of employing someone.
An “Indonesia retirement visa” is similar in application to the SOSBUD but takes at least 10 working days, 2 weeks. Best bet is to use an agent or a local Indonesian. Some websites state that only your sponsor can apply for your retirement visa, but an agent can also be the sponsor. You can also try and do it yourself, not recommended.
You will need to pick up the visa stamp from outside of Indonesia as with a SOSBUD.
Indonesian Visa Paperwork for your agent/sponsor – Indonesian retirement visa
Medical cover statement (you cannot get cover unless you are resident somewhere already, Indonesia or at home, and that cover is often less than a year. To get Indonesian medical cover you already need the visa in your hand!)
Letter detailing domestic help (grey area)
Scan of passport pages, 18 months remaining in passport
Intended address, lease agreement. (this is a grey area since you should already have a lease agreement yet can’t get a lease agreement without a KITAS visa, Catch 22)
Passport photos from a company in a shopping mall (you cannot make them yourself), yet you will be photographed and they will not ask you for the stated photos.
An “Indonesia retirement visa”” is not what you think it is!
NOTE. Medical insurance is a huge scam, and most of the time they DO NOT pay out. 80% of all claims are settled either in court or through the ombudsman. When you buy medical cover you state your home address and usual doctor. If you then fly to Indonesia then you have TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE, and that covers certain things and will include repatriation if you are unconscious or in a coma. If you new home is in Bali, with your possessions, then being sent back to Europe will be a shock for you when you wake up!
When resident in Asia you can get proper medical cover, hospital and out-patient, but it is not cheap. One year travel cover for a Westerner might be just $200, one month medical cover in KL is $500, $6,000 a year for basic cover, and many people pay more. Your travel medical insurance is not the same as your resident medical insurance.
If you tell your home country insurance agent you are going to live in Indonesia they will tell you that you cannot get cover but must arrange it locally. You can get travel insurance only. Catch 22, you need your visa before your get the local cover, but you need valid medical cover to get the visa.
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