Visa Information

Indonesian Work and Holiday Visa

The Work and Holiday Visa is designed to create opportunities for young people to engage in social and cultural exchange between Indonesia and Australia. The visa is designed to encourage more Australians and Indonesians to visit each country, and allows its holders to work to subsidise their holiday.

In Indonesian, the visa is known as the Visa Bekerja dan Berlibur.

The Work and Holiday Visa is now granted to up to 1000 young Australian citizens each year who wish to travel and work in Indonesia for a maximum period of 12 months. Throughout that period, visa holders may work in temporary or casual employment to supplement their time in Indonesia and must not engage in any studies or training for more than four (4) months.

What does the visa allow?

The Indonesian work and holiday visa permits its holders to take up work in certain industries for up to six months at a time, and to study for up to four months. The work and holiday visa does not permit work as an English teacher in Indonesia.


The visa is valid for 12 months’ stay in Indonesia.

Who is eligible?
  • Must be between eighteen (18) and before thirty (30) years old
  • Understand and can communicate in Indonesian Language (functional Indonesian language skills);
  • Not in possession of another Indonesian visa;
  • Have not previously taken part in the work and holiday program;
  • Have no dependent children who will be joining;
  • Have sufficient funds for their  maintenance during the period of initial stay in Indonesia (min AUD 5,000);
  • Have good health and good character;
  • Possess a passport of minimum 18 months validity;

The visa is intended for young people interested in working and travelling in Indonesia for a period of up to 12 months. Applicants should be between 18 and 30 years of age, with tertiary qualifications or at least two years of undergraduate university study—this means that the visa would not be suitable for students planning a gap year between high school and university.


Applicants for the visa are also required to demonstrated an ability to understand and communicate in the Indonesian language – a basic conversational standard of Indonesian will be sufficient to meet the visa requirements. You should also have sufficient funds to meet their personal expenses for their first three months in Indonesia – in general, this means that you should have savings of around $AUD5,000 – in addition to an onward or return ticket from Indonesia.

Applying for a visa

Applications can be submitted to the Indonesian embassy in Canberra, or at Indonesian consulates in Sydney, Melbourne or Perth. The application fee for the Work and Holiday visa is $AUD134, with an additional charge of $10 for an approval letter. Visa applications forms can be found on your respective Indonesian consulate.

With your application, you should include a letter of recommendation from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship stating that the application meets the visa’s eligibility requirements.

Once your application has been submitted, you should allow at least four weeks for the application to be processed and approved by Indonesian authorities in Jakarta.

Visa application fee $135.00
Approval letter  $10.00
Total cost $196.00
Application checklist
  • Your passport is up-to-date, and will be valid for at least 18 months;
  • Photocopy of your passport proving your identity and age;
  • Academic transcripts to indicate at least two years of undergraduate university study;
  • Proof of at least AUD5,000 in savings
  • A medical check indicating good health
  • Letter of recommendation from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship
  • Proof of return/onward journey ticket
Travelling with the visa

If your application is successful, you’ll need to enter Indonesia through one of six designated entry airports:

  • Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta;
  • Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali;
  • Adi Sucipto International Airport, Yogyakarta;
  • Tritunas Semesta International Airport, Batam;
  • Polonia International Airport, Medan; or
  • Sam Ratulangi International Airport, Manado.

When you arrive, you will also be required to additional fees for a limited stay permit (KITAS), multiple exit permit (MREP) and a biometric photograph.

Limited stay permit (KITAS) IDR1.000.000
Multiple exit permit (MREP) IDR700.000
Biometric photograph IDR50.000
Total cost IDR1.750.000
Working in Indonesia

Check out our Working in Indonesia page, and our jobs board, for advice and opportunities for finding work once you arrive.

Further resources has produced a useful page with information about the visa application process in Indonesia.

The information provided on this page is given as guidance only – you should be sure to clarify all requirements, rules, and costs before you apply. These suggested costs do not include other charges like travel insurance, departure tax, photocopying and passport photo charges.

Australian Work and Holiday Visa

The Work and Holiday (Temporary) visa (subclass 462) is for young people from Indonesia who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year.


It is a temporary visa that encourages cultural exchange and closer ties between Australia and eligible countries.

Who should apply for a work and holiday visa?

The Work and Holiday visa is for tertiary-educated people, aged 18 to 30, who want to travel and work for up to 12 months in Australia. This visa allows you to supplement the cost of your holiday through periods of temporary or casual employment. You can generally only work six months with one employer.

Do I need a letter of support?

Yes. In Indonesia, you need a letter of government support from The Indonesian Directorate General of Immigration.


Please be aware that the letter of support does not guarantee that you will get a visa. However, it is still required as part of your application.

Contact details (Imigrasi):

Direktorat Lintas Batas dan Kerjasama Luar Negeri
Desk Work and Holiday Visa
Jl. HR Rasuna Said Kav 8-9 Lt. 4
Jakarta Selatan – 12940
Phone: 021- 4955 3330, Fax: 021- 522 5033
Email: [email protected]

Application checklist
  • Application form (Form 1208) (Check that this is fully completed and signed)
  • The visa application fee
  • Certified copy of passport (biodata page, amendment page and visa/stamp pages on their passport), valid for at least 12 months and any previous passports held
  • Ensure you are between 18 and 30 (on the day that the application is received at the Immigration Section)
  • One recent passport-sized photo
  • A letter of Government Support (details above)
  • Evidence that you have access to enough money to support yourself -generally at least $5,000 AUD to support the initial stage of your holiday. This amount will vary depending on whether you can show a return or onward ticket, your proposed length of stay and the extent of your travel. The evidence you can provide is a certified copy of a bank statement
  • Evidence that you have tertiary qualifications, or have successfully completed at least two years of undergraduate university study
  • Evidence that you have good English which is assessed as at least “functional” on a language test.
  • Undertake a chest x-ray examination at our Panel Radiologist. They will forward your result to the Immigration Section
How do I pay the application fee?

Payments at the Australian Visa Application Centre can be made by cash, or bank cheque. You can only pay with Indonesian Rupiah – this is an Australian Government requirement.

The payment for an application received at the Australian embassy directly must be in cash only.

Alternatively, a friend or relative in Australia may pay the Australian dollar application fee at any Immigration Office in Australia. They will forward the receipt to you, which you can then attach to your application as evidence of the payment of the application fee.

Bank CHEQUE or GIRO is addressed to: AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY JAKARTA INDONESIA PT Bank ANZ Indonesia 08 2222 10001

Please include the clearing fee in IDR CASH only for each Bank CHEQUE or GIRO:

  • Bank CHEQUE and GIRO from Jakarta costs IDR5,000
  • Bank CHEQUE and GIRO from outside Jakarta costs IDR50,000
How (where) do I submit my application?

The Immigration Section has an agreement with VFS Global to provide Australian visa collection services in Indonesia through the AVAC. Although applications are submitted at the AVAC, visa decisions are only made by immigration staff at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta or the Australian Consulate General in Bali.

When submitting your application with the AVAC, no appointment is required, staff can verify photocopies of documents, you can receive basic visa information from the AVAC staff, they have a tracking service for your passport, have longer opening hours, parking facilities, close proximity to public transport, and a courier option if you live outside of Jakarta. A fee is charged by the AVAC for their services. For information on their fee, see:

The AVAC address and contact details in Jakarta, are:
Kuningan City 2nd Floor No L2-19 Jl Prof Dr Satrio Kav C18, Setiabudi Kuningan, Jakarta 12940

The AVAC address and contact details in Bali, are:
Australian Visa Application Centre Benoa Square 3rd floor No. 7-9.3/A Jl. Bypass I Gusti Ngurah Rai No. 21 A, Kedonganan, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

Application opening hours: 830am to 4pm – Monday to Friday Website: Telephone: +62 21 3041 8700 Email: [email protected]

You may use also use a registered migration agent, travel agent or student education agent who can submit your visa application for you.

Citizenship and Declaratory visa applications can be submitted directly at the Immigration Section by post, or in person (email the embassy to make an appointment).

If you are sending your application by post or courier, your application should:

  • clearly state your full name, KTP number, and contact details
  • include a pre-paid return envelope / return-courier advice
  • be in a sealed envelope, and be clearly addressed to:

Australian Embassy (Immigration Section) Jalan H.R. Rasuna Said Kav C15-16 Jakarta Selatan 12940

Note that courier delivery hours are on weekdays between 8am and 5pm.

Please note that sending the application by registered mail is NOT recommended. Sending applications by courier is preferable.

The information provided on this page is given as guidance only – you should be sure to clarify all requirements, rules, and costs before you apply. These suggested costs do not include other charges like travel insurance, departure tax, photocopying and passport photo charges.

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