Why You Need to Ap­ply for an Exit Per­mit Only/EPO in In­done­sia

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If you are a for­eigner hold­ing a tem­po­rary stay per­mit (KITAS) in In­done­sia, keep in mind that you must ap­ply for an Exit Per­mit Only (EPO) if you change jobs, leave In­done­sia or shift from one form of KITAS to an­other. Not do­ing so can lead to com­pli­ca­tions such as re­fusal to al­low you to re­turn to In­done­sia.

Find out how you need to re­voke the doc­u­ments re­lated to your stay per­mit as the process of your exit may also af­fect your re­turn to In­done­sia.

When do you have to get an Exit Per­mit Only (EPO) in In­done­sia?

For­eign­ers who hold a tem­po­rary stay per­mit (KITAS) in In­done­sia need to can­cel it with an Exit Per­mit Only be­fore: Leav­ing In­done­sia when the KITAS is ex­pir­ing, and there is no plan to ex­tend it

De­cid­ing to work for a dif­fer­ent In­done­sian com­pany that pro­vides them a new KITAS

Chang­ing the KITAS form (for ex­am­ple, switch­ing from a work­ing KITAS to a re­tire­ment KITAS)

How to pro­ceed if your KITAS is about to ex­pire?

While it is com­mon that a visa ex­pires and needs no fur­ther at­ten­tion, take note that a KITAS re­quires ter­mi­na­tion once its va­lid­ity ends. It is your re­spon­si­bil­ity and part of the KITAS process to can­cel it by ob­tain­ing an EPO.

The pur­pose of KITAS can­cel­la­tion is to re­turn the orig­i­nal doc­u­ments such as the work per­mit to the au­thor­i­ties and clear the le­gal sta­tus be­tween you and your spon­sor.

Emer­hub’s le­gal con­sul­tants will re­view the in­for­ma­tion that the im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials re­quire and sub­mit your doc­u­ments to the im­mi­gra­tion of­fice on your be­half.

Re­quire­ments for can­celling KITAS with EPO from In­done­sia

Can­celling your KITAS is oblig­a­tory and a part of its process. It is im­por­tant to file a timely EPO ap­pli­ca­tion, par­tic­u­larly if you plan on re- ap­ply­ing for an In­done­sian visa. Emer­hub can process the EPO for you and only needs the fol­low­ing:

Your orig­i­nal pass­port

Copy of your exit flight tick­ets

Orig­i­nal doc­u­ments re­lated to your KITAS

(IMTA, DPKK pay­ment, etc.)

Make sure not to leave this process to the very last minute and start col­lect­ing your pa­pers in ad­vance. Emer­hub will present the in­for­ma­tion to the im­mi­gra­tion in one set and be­gin with the EPO pro­cess­ing around two weeks be­fore your de­par­ture from In­done­sia.

How to can­cel your KITAS from abroad

If you have al­ready left In­done­sia with­out sub­mit­ting doc­u­ments for an EPO stamp, you should now ap­ply for an Exit Re- en­try Per­mit (ERP). If you have the in­ten­tion to re- en­ter In­done­sia, it is es­sen­tial to set­tle ev­ery­thing with your old KITAS per­mit.

Here is what Emer­hub needs to pro­ceed with an ERP and fi­nalise your KITAS:

Copy of your flight tick­ets

Copy of the exit stamp in your pass­port

Orig­i­nal doc­u­ments re­lated to your KITAS

(IMTA, DPKK pay­ment, etc.)

Fre­quently asked ques­tions about EPO in In­done­sia

There are plenty of ques­tions that Emer­hub reg­u­larly re­ceives about EPO and its pro­ce­dures. Find an­swers to some of the most com­monly asked ques­tions below.

#1 When should I sub­mit an EPO ap­pli­ca­tion?

Pro­cess­ing the exit per­mit takes around three to five work­ing days (ex­clud­ing pub­lic hol­i­days). Once the EPO is ready and you have a stamp in your pass­port, you must leave In­done­sia within five days.

Ac­cord­ing to the law, there is no obli­ga­tion to process EPO im­me­di­ately af­ter re­sign­ing from your pre­vi­ous com­pany. It only ap­plies if your work­ing per­mit is still valid. You can ob­tain the Exit Only Per­mit dur­ing the time you are still in In­done­sia.

How­ever, if you are al­ready abroad and and did not can­cel your KITAS be­fore leav­ing, you must ap­ply for an Exit

Re- en­try Per­mit (ERP).

#2 What in­for­ma­tion does Emer­hub need to process EPO?

All par­ties must co­op­er­ate for the of­fi­cials to pro­ceed with your EPO. For ex­am­ple, sup­pose that you have a KITAS spon­sored by a com­pany. In this case, you as well as the com­pany must sign a doc­u­ment that al­lows you to can­cel the KITAS. If one re­fuses to sign, it is not pos­si­ble to con­tinue with the EPO.

#3 What is the pri­mary pur­pose of EPO in In­done­sia?

The chief pur­pose of the EPO process is for the for­eign na­tional to re­turn the re­quired im­mi­gra­tion doc­u­ments to the of­fi­cials and re­ceive a stamp in their pass­port as proof. The bot­tom line be­hind the reg­u­la­tion is that the im­mi­gra­tion au­thor­i­ties are col­lect­ing the orig­i­nal doc­u­ments re­lated to KITAS. For ex­am­ple, they wish to re­ceive your ac­tual work per­mit (IMTA), etc. Thus, we must stress how im­por­tant it is not to skip any steps when you ap­ply for a KITAS.

Some agents sug­gest keep­ing your orig­i­nal doc­u­ments with them – do so only if you find that safe. If you are un­able to present the orig­i­nal doc­u­ments re­lated to your KITAS, the im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials may de­cline the EPO ap­pli­ca­tion al­to­gether.

If you think about ap­ply­ing for a new KITAS, note that it is never wise to ac­cept an of­fer that prom­ises to process your doc­u­ments un­re­al­is­ti­cally fast. It com­monly comes at the ex­pense of skip­ping some steps, and this leaves you with­out the pa­per­work you need in the fu­ture. Emer­hub’s le­gal team is up-to- date with the most re­cent reg­u­la­tions and will

process all nec­es­sary doc­u­ments when sub­mit­ting your KITAS ap­pli­ca­tion.

#4 What hap­pens if I leave In­done­sia with­out can­celling my KITAS?

There won’t be any prob­lems with leav­ing In­done­sia with a valid KITAS as you are al­lowed to travel. An­other story is when your KITAS ex­pires while you are abroad and you plan on tak­ing no fur­ther ac­tions to can­cel it.

When re­turn­ing to In­done­sia, you can face a lot of trou­ble, once the im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials re­alise that you haven’t can­celled your pre­vi­ous KITAS. Be ready to an­swer a lot of ques­tions.

How­ever, keep in mind that they also have the author­ity not to al­low you to en­ter In­done­sia.

KITAS hold­ers some­times have the false im­pres­sion that by avoid­ing an over­stay in In­done­sia and leav­ing dur­ing visa va­lid­ity time they are set­tled with no fur­ther com­mit­ments.

But the im­mi­gra­tion of­fice is dili­gent, and it is risky to leave a KITAS with­out an EPO or ERP. Es­pe­cially if you plan on re­turn­ing to In­done­sia.

#5 Will my KITAS ex­pire once I go work at an­other In­done­sian com­pany?

An­other com­mon myth is be­liev­ing that your ini­tial KITAS ex­pires when you change an em­ployer and ap­ply for a new KITAS. Al­though mov­ing from one com­pany to an­other may seem like a swift move­ment, it re­quires an EPO sub­mis­sion.

You still need to can­cel your cur­rent KITAS in co­op­er­a­tion with your ini­tial em­ployer. Once that has been done, and you have EPO, you can move for­ward with the new KITAS per­mit.

Con­tact Emer­hub ( and we will as­sist you in ap­ply­ing for an EPO in In­done­sia or ERP while you are abroad. In case any of your ques­tions are still left unan­swered, kindly leave them below.


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