to Government Decree No. 41/2006, every foreign university, research
institute, enterprise, and individual are welcome to conduct research in
Indonesia. They are encourage to participate in R & D activities in
order to develop S & T cooperation and finally to increase Science
and Technology transfers in Indonesia. Foreign researchers who will
conduct research in Indonesia have to involve scientist as local
counterpart from local university, research institute or Non government
Organization (NGO) who has competency in the research topic.
Research Permit Procedure
every non-Indonesian citizen researcher that plans to conduct research
within Indonesia territory, prior to the passage, he or she should apply
individually for receiving a research permit from the State Minister
for Research and Technology. Without such consent, any research activity
by a foreigner is illegal. The completed application by form of a hard
copy must be addressed to:
Secretariat of Foreign Research Permit
Bureau of Legal and Public Relations
State Ministry of Research and Technology – Republic of Indonesia
BPPT building II, 8th floor
Jl. M.H Thamrin No.8 Jakarta 10340
Tel : +62 21 316 9293
Fax : +62 21 398 36180
Email : email@example.com
Homepage : http://www.ristek.go.id
Online registration : http://frp.ristek.go.id
Documents Required for Application
The following enlists required documents that must be prepared during the submission for research permit application:
formal letter of request addressed to the State Ministry of Research
and Technology, c/o Secretary to the State Minister for Research and
Technology. A copy of this letter including CV and research proposal,
which is designated to the Indonesian Representative abroad where the
researcher will obtain the visa, must also be enclosed.
(six) copies of research proposal which contains at least: title,
objectives, methodology and concept, location, and duration of the
research in Indonesia.
- 6 (six) copies of abstract on the research proposal.
(four) copies of the researcher’s passport which must be valid until at
least six months after the completion of the proposed research in
- 6 (six) copies of the curriculum vitae (CV) of the researcher including a list of publication.
- 4 (four) recent close-up photographs (4×6 cm) with red background.
of Understanding (MoU) and Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) between
the researcher and his/her Indonesian counterpart if the researcher
plans to take specimen or samples to analyse either in his/her home
country or in Indonesia.
- 2 (two) letters of recommendation from:
- professor or senior researcher/supervisor
- official letter of recognition issued by the institution or university where the researcher employed.
- Recommendation letter from related Indonesian Representative Office (Indonesian Embassy or Consulate General) abroad.
- Letter of support from Indonesian counterpart stating that the institution will act as research counterpart.
certificate from legal-practicing medical-doctor stating that the
researcher is physically and mentally capable to conduct the research.
of guarantee stating that the researcher has sufficient fund to cover
research and living expenses during conducting research in Indonesia.
of research equipments that will be brought to Indonesia, along brief
technical specification which mention the estimated value for each
equipment on use.
researcher plans to bring his/her spouse and children, he/she must also
submit a copy of marriage certificate or other citizen partnership
certificate, child birth certificate, copies of his/ her family
passports, and 4 (four) recent close-up photographs of each family
- In particular, for point 2-7 the documents should be submitted by soft copy and hard copy.
Arrival in Indonesia
arrival in Indonesia, the foreign researcher must report to the
Secretariat of Foreign Research Permit at BPPT building II, 8th floor,
Jl. M.H. Thamrin No.8 Jakarta 10340.
researcher has to fill a form presented by the secretariat. The
applicant must then attach a red-background recent photograph within the
- By the following day, 1×24 hours of working day, the applicant will receive some letters from the Secretariat, as follow:
- Letter of Research Permit and Research Permit Card;
of Travel Permit application which addressed to Kepala BAINTELKAM POLRI
(Police Intelligence), up. Kabid YANMIN, MABES POLRI (Police
Headquarter), Jl. Trunojoyo No.3, Kebayoran Baru Jakarta;
of Research Notification Application addressed to Direktorat Fasilitas
Organisasi Politik dan Kemasyarakatan, Direktorat Jenderal Kesatuan
Bangsa dan Politik, Ministry of Home Affairs, Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara
- Copy of Certificate of Police Registration (Surat Lapor Diri) forwarded to foreign researcher’s counterpart;
of request for KITAS (Kartu Izin Tinggal Terbatas, Limited Stay Permit
Card) addressed to the local Immigration Office where research will be
done. Foreign researcher has to report to the Immigration Office not
later than 7 days from arrival date. Belated report will be fined each
of recommendation requesting for receiving grace time to make a
self-report and area denizen registration among the immigration
offices/representatives. The complete data required for issuing KITAS
which is addressed to Direktur Dokumen Perjalanan, Visa dan Fasilitas
Keimigrasian, Directorate General of Immigration.
of request for SLKD addressed to specific research area particularly
for foreign researcher who has KITAS and research permit for at least
six months should be forwarded to Kepala Direktorat IPP, MAPOLDA;
researcher may commence the research in Indonesia after submitting all
requirements and receive documents from the Secretariat as described
Temporary Recess, Resuming and Completion of Research
the researcher wish to make a temporary recess of the research process,
a written request must be submitted to Secretary to the State Minister
for Research and Technology with enclosed consent letter from the
request letter addressed to the Immigration Office to issue Exit
Re-entry Permit (ERP) or Multiple Exit Re-entry Permit (MERP)will be
issued. The researcher need to submit the request for ERP or MERP to the
Immigration Office where the KITAS was issued.
the researcher has completed the whole process of the research, a
wirtten request for completion should be submittedto Secretary to the
State Minister for Research and Technology with enclosed consent letter
from the Indonesian counterpart.and 6 (six) copies of the tentative
request letter addressed to the Immigration Office to issueExit Permit
Only (EPO) will be issued and the researcher should submit the request
tothe Immigration Office where the KITAS was issued.
who conduct a research for less than six months may be allowed to exit
directly without submitting a request to the Immigration Office,
however, tentative final report must be submitted prior to leaving
Request for Extension
request for extension of research period must be submiited not more
than 30 days before the expiration date of the granted research period.
Extensions of research period may be given to applicant for a maximum of
two terms, with 6 months extension per term. Researcher need to submit
the following documents:
Rights and Obligations for the Local Counterpart
- Written request for a research extension with clear arguments on why an extended period is needed;
- Letter of recommendation from the Indonesian counterpart;
- Six copies of tentative final report.
individual/ organization which is justifiable to become working
counterpart of the foreign researcher could be either from government or
private higher education institution, research and development either
government or private, and non-governmental organisation which are
competent and suitable with a research topic;
counterpart should help the foreign researcher, giving a technical
direction, support and effort during his/ her research in Indonesia;
- The counterpart must take active responsibility and giving guidance to foreign researcher during his/ her research;
counterpart must report to the State Ministry of Research and
Technology if his/ her foreign researcher partner leave Indonesia.
- The counterpart might ask one or more Indonesian researcher to help foreign researcher's fieldwork;
counterpart must involve/ becoming the starter party in preparing
Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) and data sharing referring to
International and National legal aspects;
counterpart could make an agreement with foreign researcher in term of
co-authorship of patent, Intellectual Property Rights, and any
publications such as books, journals, scientific magazines;
copy of all material transfer agreement between counterpart and foreign
researcher has to be forwarded to Secretariat of Foreign Research
Permit, the State Ministry of Research and Technology.
Foreign Researcher's Obligation
foreign researcher must submit full report to the State Ministry of
Research and Technology after the research application has been approved
in order to receive preliminary letters which addressed to the
stakeholders and Research Permit Card.
The foreign researcher must make pre-project consultations with his/ her counterpart before starting research.
The foreign researcher must completely comply to his/ her approved working plan with the local counterpart.
The foreign researcher is not allowed to take another side job during conducting research in Indonesia.
The foreign researcher must perform good/ agreeable manner, tolerant, and obey all custom rules in every area in Indonesia.
foreign researcher has to submit a progress report in every three month
and final report once he/ she has completed the research project in
The foreign researcher is prohibited from bringing any specimen/ samples without the stakeholder permission.
foreign researcher should make an agreement between the State Ministry
of Research and Technology and counterpart refer to the existing
Indonesia’s positive law if there is any patent, intellectual property
rights, brand, and registered mark as research result.
foreign researcher has to submit three copies of research result
include thesis/ dissertation, paper, report, or another publication to
State Ministry of Research and Technology.
publications to be issued in Indonesia must receive permission from the
State Ministry of Research and Technology prior to publicising
foreign researcher should gives one copy of photo, slide/ microfilm,
video cassette, and cast as research result to State Ministry of
Research and Technology
Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)
Researcher who will bring or take research sample/ specimen out of
Indonesian must have written permit from related governmental
stakeholder and must sign Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) with related
researcher who will conduct research in Indonesian waters and use
research vessel must request for permission to the Secretary to the
State Minister for Research and Technology. In addition, he/ she must
request security clearance as well an escort by security officer to
Ministry of Defence.