Updated: Jun 9
Effective as of June 4, 2022, Indonesia has officially acceded to the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, more commonly known as the Apostille Convention. In simple terms, Indonesia is now a member of the Hague Apostille Convention of 1961 and now accepts Indonesia Apostilles.
The Apostille Convention facilitates the use of public documents abroad by eliminating the frequently long and costly legalization process with the issuance of a simple Apostille certificate. With the accession of Indonesia, the Apostille Convention has grown to 121 contracting parties worldwide.
The Country of Indonesia
Indonesia, or the Republic of Indonesia, is a country in Southeast Asia and Oceania between the Indian and Pacific oceans. It is mad up of of over 17,000 islands, including Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, and parts of Borneo and New Guinea.
Indonesia is recorded as the world's largest island country and the 14th-largest country by area, at 1,904,569 square kilometers (735,358 square miles). With over 270 million people, Indonesia is the world's fourth most heavily populated country and the most heavily populated Muslim-majority country. Java, the world's most heavily populated island, is home to more than 50% of the country's population.
The people of Indonesia are some of the friendliest and most pleasant people you'll ever meet. Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital has the best-rated Hard Rock Cafe in the world. If you gain their trust, Indonesian people may be willing to open doors for you that you never thought could exist.
Living in Indonesia as an Expat
Living in Indonesia is quite affordable for expats. In addition to this, entertainment and leisure activities are conveniently available everywhere.
Only foreigners living in Indonesia on temporary or permanent permits are permitted to purchase houses to live in or sublet. Also, if an expat investor can prove that their business will bring value to the people of Indonesia and their environment, they will be permitted to own land or property.
Foreigners who are legally married to Indonesian citizens and have lived in the territory of the Republic of Indonesia for at least 5 consecutive years or 10 consecutive years, can obtain Indonesian Citizenship by submitting a statement to become citizens before an authorized official.
Doing Business in Indonesia
According to The World Bank Group's Ease of Doing Business ranking, Indonesia ranks 73 in the world as places to do business, ahead of the Philippines (rank 124), below China (46) and Malaysia (15). Over the years, the country has shown an upwards trend in ranking for ease of doing business.
Besides its attractive investment climate, Indonesia also has a wide range of natural resources, a young and well trained labor force and a steadily growing economy. Since 2014, the GDP of Indonesia has been increasing at an annual average of 5% every year. Indonesia also has the largest population and economy in Southeast Asia.
Now that Indonesia is a country that participates in the Hague Convention of 1961, an Indonesia Apostille will need to accompany official documents from other participating Convention members.
An Indonesia Apostille certifies your document(s), so they’ll be recognized in Indonesia now that they’re a member of the 1961 Hague Convention Treaty. Apostilles can only be issued in countries that are members of the 1961 Hague Convention.
The law of the country where a document is issued considers it to be a public document. Therefore, the country in which the document is to be used requires an Apostille in order to recognize it as a foreign public document.
Some personal and business documents that often require international Apostilles include but are not limited to:
● Powers of Attorney
● Birth Certificates
● FBI Background Checks
● Marriage Certificates
● Articles of Incorporation
● Certificate of Good Standing
● Certificate of Origin
To learn more about international Apostilles such as Indonesia Apostilles contact American Apostille & Notary Services.