Moving to Indonesia
An archipelago country Indonesia is made up of some 17,508 islands of varying size, with 33 separate provinces. Its largest city, Jakarta which is located on the island of Java, is also its capital. Tourism brings the greatest wealth to Indonesia’s economy and it is no surprise that people would consider permanently moving to this beautiful part of the world.
There are several different visas available for those considering relocating to Indonesia; however, the application process can be both long and difficult due to the differences between each provinces immigration laws.
The most commonly issued type of visa issued to foreign nationals is the Kartu Izin Tinggal Terbatas (KITAS). To be granted this visa an individual needs to have an Indonesian sponsor, primarily an employer. This visa is granted for a maximum period of five years.
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Once an individual has resided in Indonesia for five years they can apply for permanent residency, a Kartu Izin Tinggal Tetap (KITAP) visa. Valid for 25 years in total it needs to be renewed every five years, and as with the KITAS visa an Indonesian sponsor is required. The KITAP visa is most often given to those who are married to an Indonesian citizen.
As Indonesia has a high rate of unemployment work permits are only given to those with experience in a specific sector, and only if the position is unable to be filled by an Indonesian national. Work permits are granted for one year at a time, and if, in that time a suitably qualified Indonesian national has been found to take on that role then it is unlikely the permit will be renewed. Work permits are applied for by the employer and not the employee.
Expats can be found all across Indonesia; however the two largest expat communities can be found in Jakarta and Bali. Jakarta in particular, as the nation’s political, economic and cultural centre has the greatest concentration of British expats.
There is a strong Chinese influence to be found in Jakarta, and Jakarta’s Chinatown area, Glodok, has a vibrant nightlife combining restaurants and bars. The Central Jakarta Merdeka Square area of the city is home to most of the cities museums, including the National Museum of Indonesia, the Jakarta Cathedral Museum and the Monas Museum.
Bali has long been considered a tourist mecca. It’s white sandy beaches, coral reefs and relaxed atmosphere mean tourism is the biggest source of income on the island. Balinese culture is rich and diverse. The island is famed for its performing arts; in particular its dances, and dance performances are regularly displayed in the local temples or in local festivals.
Arranging international removals to Indonesia can be a simple task if you utilise the services of an experienced International moving company, such as Fox Moving & Storage. We have a carefully chosen global network of removals affiliates, meaning that once your shipment has arrived at the port in Indonesia our experienced local removal company will give it the same care and consideration as it was by our team back in the UK.
If you are moving to Indonesia contact Fox Moving & Storage today for more information on how we can help you with all your removal requirements.
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