Just for your reference, please find these questions and answers as follows :
Q1. When was the retirement Visa established and for what reason ?
Retirement Visa was announced by the Department ministry of Justice and human rights, in 1998 with No.M.04-IZ.01.02 and published and starting to operate on April 18,2002. Designed for foreign pensioners to stay & live in Indonesia after their retirement, to avoid leaving the country every month to get a new Visa. With the retirement visa they can stay in Indonesia for long term and just need visa extension once a year. TOP
Q2. Who can apply Retirement Visa ?
Aged 55 years old or over, no Indonesian or international police records. Nationalities must be one of these :
Japan / Taiwan / Malaysia / Singapore / Thailand / Brunei / Philippine / Australia / New Zealand / Sweden / Norwegian / Denmark / UK / Holland / Belgium / Finland / Luxembourg / Germany / France / Swissland / Italy / Austria / Spain / USA / Canada TOP
Q3. How much is the cost ?
MAS tours & travel charge Rp.7,500,000 (around US$857, US$1=Rp.8,760) for the first arrangement. And you need to pay the application fee at embbasy / consulate of Indonesia to apply your Retirement Visa, this fee is not inclueded in our arrangement fee. Our arrangement fee is included these item and service as follows :
- TELEX VITAS
- KITAS (Limited Stay Permit)
- Blue Book (Registration foreigner at immigration)
- Yellow Book (Police report)
- STM (Police Documentation)
- SKLD (Poloce Documentation)
- Sponsor Fee TOP
Q4. Who will be my sponsor during my stay in Indonesia ?
Your sponsorship must be one of travel agent which has special license from immigration in Indonesia and you should to be arrange for any your travel document by this kind of travel agent. MAS tours & travel is one of seldom travel agent which has special license from immigration in Indonesia for retirement visa. So MAS tours & travel can proceed anythings for you to arrange the retirement visa from the begining until the end. And MAS tours & travel will be your sponsorship if you requiest to MAS tours & travel for arrangement of retirement visa. TOP
Q5. I don't retired yet but I would like to get a Retirement Visa. Is it possible or not ?
If your age is 55 years old or over, you can apply the Retirement Visa in case you never work or do business activities in Indonesia even though you still work in your country. TOP
Q6. How much is the cost for living in Bali ?
It is depend on the quality of your life which you need or want in Bali, especially the most important factor is how to choose house or accommodation. According to the official announcement of immigration, Retirement Visa holder should have at least US$1,500 from pension or bank deposit per month. Of course you should consider to your living expenses in Bali with around US$1,500 per month as the official announcement, but we have some cases that some of our clients have been able to have the Retirement Visa even though their conditions are not enough. It is most important for immigration that foreign pensioner has enough money by his / herself to live in Bali. And MAS Travel recommends you should estimate around US$1,000 - 1,200 for living expenses in Bali per month for a couple. TOP
Q7. Regarding to the Health Insurance, Life Insurance, and Personal Liability Insurance, I must have all the insurances? Which insurances canl I be to insured in Bali? And if yes, Is it Indonesian insurance company ?
Please prepare just copy of health insurance and life insurance which you are insured in your country. There are some Indonesian insurance companies in Bali also, if you don't have any insurance yet. Regarding to Personal Liability, only "Allianz Indonesia”. has this kind of insurance. In Indonesia any insurance company can accept the customer whose age is to 60 years. Please ask us more detail information if you don't have any insurance yet until now. TOP
Q8. What kind of document should be prepared if I want to apply Retirement Visa ?
You are required to prepare all the documents as follows.
For some of documents, MAS tours & travel will help for your documentation. Please don't hesitate to ask us.
- Copy of your Passport （The validity should be one year more)
- Passport photo 4cm X 6cm = 10pcs, 3cm X 4cm = 4pcs , 2cm X 3cm = 4pcs
* The background should be red color.
- Your Resume (Curriculum Vitae)
- Proof of holding a pension or Deposit - Bank statement
- Proof of receipt or through renting proof of rental agreement. The mentioned accommodation must be located at an authorized tourist area and in accordance with the prevailing regulations.
- Copy of Health insurance, Life Insurance and Personal Liability
- Employment Letter - Affidavit. You must emply at least one Indonesian citizen for assistancces kind of work, such as nursing, housekeeping or any other kind of assistances during your stay in Indonesia.
- Copy of marriage certificate (any applicant whose spouse wishes to apply for Retirement Visa)
* It is possible for your spouse to apply the visa with marriage certificate eventhough he / she is still under 55 years old. TOP
Q9. Regarding to "employment agreement", must be written the details of wages and occupation in it? Or just kind of announcement to employ Indonesian citizen ?
Indonesian goverment requires this kind of letter because the unemployment rate is very high in Indonesia and so that the employment rate could be higher. MAS tours & travel will help you for the documentation. TOP
Q10. Must I come to immigration and police office by the person myself for my documentarion of the visa ?
Almost all arrangement will be done by the staff of MAS tours & travel after our clients checking through the dodument. But you must come to immigration office by the person yourself just for signature to arrange your KITAS. Of course MAS tours & travel will attend you to go to immigration office. TOP
Q11. For the required document, is it possible to be accepted just the deposit bank statement instead of the proof of holding a pension ?
Yes, your deposit of bank statement will be accepted instead of the proof of holding a pension surely. It is important to certify that you have enough money to live in Bali without any job or business activities. TOP
Q12. How long will it take the process from the begining until I get the Retirement Visa ?
After MAS tours& travel recieve all the required documents from you, MAS tours & travel will apply your TELEX VITAS to immigration head office in Jakarta immediatelly. It will take 2 - 3 weeks to get your TELEX VITAS. And you go to the embassy / consulate of Indonesia by the person yourself to apply your Retirement Visa, this process will need 3 - 4 days (it depend on the embassy). But if you apply at the embassy of Indonesia in Singapore, you can be assisted by agent which can arrange for the embassy. If you use this agent, you need just 1 day in Singapore and you don't need to go to the embassy by the person yourself. After you get your Retirement Visa, please come to Indonesia immediately and you need report to immigration office in Bali within 7 days. After reporting at immigration office in Bali, it will take 2 - 3 weeks to arrange your KITAS (Limited Stay Permit) and Yellow Book (Police Report). But if in the period of Indonesian national holiday or Balinese religious holiday, it might be taken more long time for the arrangement because immigration office and police office are also closed. TOP
Q13. Can all the applicant get the Retirement Visa ?
Almost all the cases the Retirement visa will be issued if the applicant has suitable condition and submit all the documents. However, it depend on judgment by the embassy / consulate of Indonesia and immigration office in Indonesia. TOP
Q14. What kind of document should I prepare if my wife also want to get the Retirement Visa ?
You need to prepare Marriage Certificate between you and your wife. And the arrangement fee is same price for your wife also, There is no discount system even though for 1 couple. It is possible for your wife to apply the visa with marriage certificate even though she is still under 55 years old. But you don't have any marriage certificate with her, she can apply other kind of visa, for example "Sosial Budaya Visa". If your wife use this kind of visa, the length of her stay become so far shorter than you, and she can't get KITAS (Limited Stay Permit). So she need to make visa trip per 6 month at least. MAS tours & travel recommend that your wife also apply the Retirement Visa so that both of you just need visa extension 1 time 1 year in same period. TOP
Q15. What should I do or is there any process if I want to go back to my country or make a trip for abroad just for a while ?
You are required to arrange "Re-entry Permit" before you leave from Indonesia, and this arrangement fee is not included in our arrangement fee for Retirement Visa. There are 2 types of Re-entry Permit, one is "Single Re-entry Permit" that just 1 time (exit and re-entry) is permitted in 90 days. Another is "Multiple re-entry permit" that plural times are permitted in 180 days. If you leave from Indonesia with Re-entry Permit, you must come back to Indonesia within the validity which is written in your Re-entry Permit. If you don't come back within that validity, your visa will be expired. And it will take 2 - 3 days for arrangement of Re-entry Permit. Please ask MAS tours & travel to arrange one of Re-entry Permit immediately if your planning is fixed up for trip to abroad. Or MAS tours & travel recommend that you ask us to arrange Multiple Re-entry Permit in once time when we arrange your KITAS, so that you can leave from Indonesia for emergency case. And you must pay FISKAL (Exit tax for Indonesian citizen / Rp.1,000,000) at the international airport in Indonesia before departure. KITAS holder required to pay FISKAL as well as Indonesian citizen. TOP
Q16. Is my Retirement Visa expired if I leave from Indonesia ?
Your Retirement Visa is never expired if you arrange Re-entry Permit before you leave and you come back to Indonesia within the validity. Please refer Q15 as above, too. TOP
Q17. Can I work or do business activities in Indonesia if I have the Retirement Visa ?
Retirement Visa holder is prohibited to work and do business activities in Indonesia if foreigner has the Retirement Visa from Indonesian immigration and the embassy / consulate of Indonesia. So if you have planning to work or do business activities in Indonesia after you get the Retirement Visa, you must change your visa into Working Visa, Single Entry Visa, or Multiple Entry Visa. Please ask MAS tours & travel about the detail immediately if you need. TOP
Q18. Can I join any volunteer activities in Indonesia if I have the Retirement Visa ?
Yes, possible. You need to be issued some agreement letter by the organization / association where you join as a volunteer. And MAS tours & travel will help for the documentation so that you can join volunteer activities. Please contact to MAS tours & travel if you get the place for volunteer activities. TOP
Q19. How much the cost to rent a house or accommodation in Bali ?
It depends on the quality of accommodation you need. There are so many kind of accommodation and category, for example hotel, deluxe villa, bungalow or home stay. MAS tours & travel also has many information about accommodation in Bali for long stay. Please ask us for the detail if you need. And we sincerely recommend that you stay at bungalow, home stay or hotel if you live in Bali alone, so that you can call staff there at anytime for emergency. TOP
Q20. When should I pay any arrangement fee to MAS Travel and where can I pay ?
- If you still residence in your country or other country:
Please pay the fee to us when you need to arrange KITAS (Limited Stay Permit). After you enter to Indonesia with your visa, please contact us because you must report and arrange KITAS at immigration office in Bali. We can accept by cash and credit card (if you use any credit card for your payment in Indonesia, your payment will be added for extra charge for credit card). If you pay by cash, we request your payment should be in lump sum. The currency of your payment should be in Indonesian Rupiah.
- If you already in Bali before the process:
Please pay the fee to us when you bring all the required documents to us. We can accept by cash and credit card (if you use any credit card for your payment in Indonesia, your payment will be added for extra charge for credit card). If you pay by cash, we request your payment should be in lump sum. The currency of your payment should be in Indonesian Rupiah. TOP
Q21. How long the validity of Retirement Visa ?
The validity of Retirement Visa is for 1 year. If you need to extend it, MAS tours & travel will arrange to extend your visa in advance 1 month at least before your visa is expired. You can extend your visa inside of Indonesia, don't need to make any visa trip. Your visa can be extended per year until 5 times, after that you will apply KTAP (Permanent Stay Permit) for 5 years. TOP