Company registration in Indonesia

Indosight registers over dozen foreign and joint venture (PT PMA) companies monthly with 100% success rate.

Signature of Marlissa Dessy, head of company registration in Indonesia service

Marlissa Dessy
Co-founder & senior consultant at Indosight

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What kind of company can foreign investors register in Indonesia?

All limited liability companies with any foreign investment are called PT PMA's. This stands for limited liabilty company with foreign direct investment.

  • Can be owned up to 100% by foreigners (depending on industry)
  • Minimum 2 shareholders that can be both individuals and companies
  • Investment plan for at least $1.2 million USD
  • Additional licenses are required for certain industries
  • Takes on average 10 weeks to register

Indosight provides a full company registration service that has proved to guarantee succesful registration. There won't be any hidden fees and you'll find it very easy to work with us.

About Indosight

Indosight co-founder Lauri Lahi speaking at a conference

Indosight provides full range of services to companies expanding in Indonesia.

Founded in 2011, Indosight has quickly become a key player in the market research and company registration services. The key competitive advantage - focusing relentlessly on quality client servicing and providing 100% success rate.

In 2013 alone, more than 50 companies worked with Indosight, investing total of more than 80 million dollars in Indonesia.

Benefits of registering a PT PMA company in Indonesia

Legal presence in Indonesia
PT PMA company will have equal rights and responsibilities as any locally owned LLC company in Indonesia. This allows you to legally do business in Indonesia.

Work permits
All shareholders, directors and commissioners of PT PMA are eligible to recieve work and residence permit (usually referredto as KITAS) in Indonesia. Once you have permanent business license, you can issue work permits also to the foreign experts working in your company.

Get import and other business licenses
In order to import goods to Indonesia you will need to have a company. One company can have import license for only one product category.

PT PMA company registration process

1# Preparation
At this stage our consultant will advise you on several topics that will determine the successful investment application:

    Best business classification to apply for based on your activities

    Corporate structure

    Location

    Additional business licenses you will need to acquire

#2 Incorporation
This is the actual company registration process. We will submit all the documents on behalf of you to the 7 governmental agencies involved in the incorporation process.

In most cases you won't need to come to Indonesia at this stage and we will regularly update you on the progress.

Duration: usually 10 weeks.

#3 Permanent business license
After the initial approval you will have up to 2-3 years to apply for a permanent business license.

In case your investment plan doesn't involve any long term investments, such as constructing a plant, you can apply for a perment business license immediately after incorporating.

Once you receive permanent business license you are also entitled to hire foreign experts to your company.

How much money I need to invest?

There are two key terms in order to understand how much money you need to invest in order to set up a PT PMA - investment plan and paid up capital.

Investment plan
In order to protect local small businesses, Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) requires foreign investors to present an investment plan for minimum $US 1.2 million.

Paid up capital
However, only 25% (300,000 USD) of that needs to be paid up as capital. Since foreign companies cannot open a bank account before the incorporation process is completed you are only required to present a notary statement letter that the funds will be transfered once the incorporation is complete.

Indosight will handle both your investment plan and notary statement letter.

What is the maximum allowed foreign ownership?

Maximum foreign ownership depends on the business classification and can be anywhere from 0 to 100%.

The regulating document is Negative Investment List that states what are the classifications where foreign ownership is either restricted or forbidden.

If your business is not in the Negative Investment List, it can be owned up to 100% by foreign investors. In such case you won't have to involve any local partner.

Negative Investment List is updated every few years and our consultants will advise you on what is the best classification for your business based on your business activities and restrictions.

That's what our clients are saying about Indosight's service:

"Indosight has assisted our market entry from the very start and has been of great help with the processes and logistics involved in registering our company in Indonesia."

Benjamin Cass, Director of Living Well Communities

"Indosight were instrumental in helping Restubumi establish our presence here and manage the various application process, which enabled us to focus on the work in hand."

Mark Shiels, Managing Director of Restubumi

"The cooperation with Indosight has been very successful and we hope to always have more brands coming to Indonesia."

Francesco Pasquetti, Director of FB Consultants

Cost of company registration

All prices in USD

  • Basic
  • $2599
    Basic plan that gets your company registered without any extras.
  • Incorporation of limited liability company (PT PMA)
    Order company name, Principal License from Investment Coordinating Board, Public notary article of association, Capital Statement Letter, Domicile Letter, Tax registration, Business Registry
  • Ongoing consulting throughout the registration process
  • English translation of all incorporation documents
  • 10 weeks
  • Express
  • $4999
    Express plan for companies that need to get the company registered ASAP.
  • Incorporation of limited liability company (PT PMA)
    Order company name, Principal License from Investment Coordinating Board, Public notary article of association, Capital Statement Letter, Domicile Letter, Tax registration, Business Registry
  • Ongoing consulting throughout the registration process
  • English translation of all incorporation documents
  • Single entry business visa sponsorship for one person whose nationality is not in the clearance house
  • 5 weeks

Contact us for receiving quotation and detailed overview of the process


Basic (just incorporation, no extras)
Complete (full package including VAT registration and permanent business license)
Express (only 5 weeks delivery)

Our consultant will get back to you with a quotation or ask for more information.

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You can also send us an email to [email protected] or call (+62) 21 8378 1725

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