Indonesia’s Work & Holiday Visa for Australians

Indonesia’s Work & Holiday Visa for Australians
Bali, Indonesia. Photo by Aron Visuals on Pexels.com.

Would you like to live in Bali, or elsewhere in Indonesia? If you’re an Australian citizen aged between 18-30 years old, have functional Indonesian language skills and have completed at least two years of university education, one avenue is to apply for an Indonesian Work and Holiday visa.

This visa allows you to live in Indonesia for up to a year. During this time, you may work for up to six months per employer and may study for up to four months. You can also leave and re-enter Indonesia as many times as you like during the year.

As a working holiday maker, you’ll be permitted to work in Indonesia in the “education, tourism, health, social, works, sport, art and cultural” fields. You may work as an English teacher, but only in a formal education institution.

This visa is currently available to up to 1,000 Australians annually (as well as 1,000 Indonesians coming to Australia under the reciprocal agreement), but this will soon increase to 4,100 places per year.

This page contains information about Indonesia’s working holiday visa for Australian citizens. It was last updated on 12 August 2021.

Please note that COVID-19 may impact your ability to travel to Indonesia during this time.

Key facts about Indonesia

  • Population: Approx. 276 million
  • Official language: Indonesian
  • Capital city: Jakarta
  • Largest cities: Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan, Bandung, Bekasi
  • Currency: Indonesian rupiah (IDR)
Jakarta, Indonesia
Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo by Iman Boer on Pexels.com.

Indonesia Work and Holiday Visa requirements for Australians

To apply for an Indonesian work and holiday visa as an Australian citizen, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Aged between 18-30 years old (inclusive) at the time of application
  • Have an undergraduate university degree, or successfully completed at least two years of university study
  • Have functional Indonesian language skills (you should be able to understand and communicate in Indonesian)
  • Have at least AUD5,000 in savings
  • Have good health and “good character”

You cannot apply for this visa if you:

  • Will be accompanied by dependent children
  • Have already participated in the working holiday program in Indonesia
  • Are in possession of another Indonesian visa

Documents needed to apply for this visa

When applying for a Work and Holiday Visa for Indonesia as an Australian citizen, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Completed and signed visa application form from your nearest Embassy/Consulate General (example)
  • Australian passport valid for at least 18 months from the date you intend to enter Indonesia
  • Evidence of tertiary qualifications and/or at least two years of university study
  • Evidence of functional Indonesian language skills
  • Medical certificate from a doctor, stating you are in good health
  • Bank statement/s or other proof of sufficient funds (at least AUD5,000)
  • Return plane ticket to Indonesia
  • Letter of Australian government support

There is a visa application of approx. AUD235 and a further AUD21 fee for an approval letter (these amounts are subject to change). These fees are payable by EFTPOS/credit card if applying in person at the Indonesian embassy, or otherwise by Money Order if applying by mail.

If applying by mail, you will also need to provide a self-addressed registered post envelope for the return of your passport.

Additional fees apply when arriving in Indonesia (approx. AUD175 – see Entering Indonesia below).

More information is available on official Indonesian government websites including the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra website or the Indonesian Consulate General in Melbourne website.

How to apply for an Indonesian Work and Holiday Visa

You must apply for a work and holiday visa before you travel to Indonesia. Once submitted, the visa application normally takes at least four weeks to process.

You can lodge your visa application in person (you may need to make an appointment first), or by mailing all required documents, at any of the following locations:

Please contact the relevant Indonesian mission in Australia for more information.

Entering Indonesia

Once your visa has been issued, you may travel to Indonesia. You must enter the country through one of the following six ports:

  • Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) in Jakarta
  • Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Denpasar/Bali
  • Adi Sucipto International Airport (JOG) in Yogyakarta
  • Sam Ratulangi International Airport (MDC) in Manado
  • Kualanamu International Airport (KNO) in Medan [note: the Indonesian embassy website still lists the old “Polonia Airport” in Medan, but this airport is now closed and has been converted to a military base]
  • Citra Titunas Seaport in Batam

When arriving in Indonesia, visa holders will also need to pay IDR1,000,000 (approx. AUD100) for a limited stay permit (KITAS), IDR700,000 (approx. AUD70) for a multiple exit permit (MREP) and IDR50,000 (approx. AUD5) for a biometric photograph.


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