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Employing Expatriates in Indonesia

The employment of expatriates in Indonesia is regulated by the Menteri Tenaga Kerja (Manpower Ministry). Visas for expatriates are issued by the Directorate Jenderal of Immigration, under the Ministry of Justice. There are many documents that are required and need to be processed by these two government entities in order for a foreigner to work and live in Indonesia.

Ministry of Manpower Laws/Regulations

2003 - Presidential Manpower Act No. 13/2003

2015 - No. 16 of 2015 - Tata Cara Penggunaan Tenaga Kerja Asing

Interpretation/Clarification from Makarim & Taira S.

2016 Manpower Law update - Peraturan Menteri Ketenagakerjaan RI No. 35/2016

2018 Manpower Law update - Peraturan Menteri Ketenagakerjaan RI No. 10/2018


Manpower Ministry website


For more information, see:

Info on Work Permits, Visas and other required Documents

Employee Compensation Benefits: Indonesian Regulations

Indonesia Labor Law

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Last updated January 25, 2021