Yes, you need to get permits. I know several botanists who work in Indonesia, including one who is a consultant to the Indonesian government. Permits to collect are not easy to obtain, it is much easier obtaining permits to enter into restricted areas just for viewing/photography etc. No permits will be given to collect edwardsiana seed. Many have tried to get them, nearly all have failed. The only reason MT succeeded was due to its links with the Indon. government. It is a pity as MT has not commercialised it, and appears to have no intention to do so given the abandonment of its Nepenthes programme.