IMEI Regulation in Indonesia: A Guide for Indonesian Citizens Returning from Abroad

IMEI Regulation in Indonesia A Guide for Indonesian Citizens Returning from Abroad

In today’s digital era, telecommunication devices like mobile phones are an essential part of daily life. However, Indonesian citizens (WNI) returning from abroad need to understand certain aspects regarding the use of their mobile devices in Indonesia, particularly concerning International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) regulations.

The IMEI regulation in Indonesia aims to control the circulation of illegal telecommunication devices and support the prevention and reduction of illegal distribution of telecommunication devices. This article will discuss in more detail the options available for Indonesian citizens regarding the use of their mobile devices in Indonesia, as well as the applicable consequences and conditions.

Using an Original SIM Card

Indonesian citizens returning to Indonesia may choose to continue using the SIM card from their country of origin. However, it is important to note that using roaming services can incur substantial additional costs.

Using a Local SIM Card

Another alternative is to use a local SIM card and register the IMEI in accordance with the prevailing regulations. The IMEI registration process can be carried out at the airport or arrival terminal upon first arriving in Indonesia. Several documents need to be prepared for IMEI registration, including a passport, boarding pass, IMEI registration QR Code (fill out the form at beacukai.go.id), the mobile phone unit to be registered, the purchase invoice for the mobile phone, and the taxpayer identification number (NPWP), if available.

IMEI Registration Fees and Charges

IMEI registration at the airport or arrival terminal is exempt from US$500 of the mobile phone value. If you have left the airport or arrival terminal, you can still register the IMEI (within a maximum of 60 days), but the US$500 exemption will not apply. The fees for IMEI registration consist of 10% import duty, 11% VAT, and income tax (10% if you have an NPWP and 20% if you do not).

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IMEI Registration Time Limits for Indonesian Citizens

Indonesian citizens can register their IMEI upon arrival or within a maximum of 60 days from arrival. If more than 60 days have passed, IMEI registration cannot be processed. IMEI registration upon arrival is done at the airport/arrival terminal with the benefit of a US$500 exemption. If you have left the arrival terminal, you can still register your IMEI within a maximum of 60 days at any Customs office in Indonesia, but the US$500 exemption will not apply.

IMEI Registration Time Limits for Foreign Nationals

Temporary IMEI activation for 90 days is only for foreign nationals/tourists. If you plan to stay in Indonesia for more than 90 days, you must register your IMEI. If you leave Indonesia and then return, the 90-day period will be renewed. IMEI registration can be processed no later than 60 days after the arrival of passengers or transport crew.

Conclusion

The IMEI regulation in Indonesia aims to control the circulation of illegal telecommunication devices and support the prevention and reduction of illegal distribution of such devices. For Indonesian citizens returning from abroad, there are several options regarding the use of their mobile devices in Indonesia. However, each option has consequences and conditions that need to be understood and carefully considered.

Indonesia Customs website here.
Collection of Indonesia customs consultations here.

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