Have you been mulling over a possible move to Indonesia? If so, you may be interested in knowing that there are plenty of homes ranging from simple family homes or homes for single people to luxury homes that have many upscale amenities to enjoy. Whether you plan to rent or buy, there is a home waiting for you in this beautiful country in Asia.
Let’s get something out of the way before we begin. Language is important in Indonesia and if you don’t speak the language already, you need to learn to speak it before you move. Most people you meet on the streets will speak Bahasa Indonesian and they will speak with dialects depending on which part of the country you are in. In the business sector, you will most likely hear proper Indonesian but on the streets, be prepared to hear some Indonesian slang. You will of course hear English from the expats living locally, but it’s easy to get lost without knowing how to understand the official language of the country.
Expats have long been venturing to Indonesia to live as tourists or to start a new life completely as well as to be able to live out the retirement years. If this is something you believe you may want to do, you should take a little time to discover all that a move to Indonesia involves and what the country can offer you once you arrive.
Fun Things to Do
Everyone enjoys a little adventure in their life, and if you are getting ready to hop on a plane and begin life anew in Indonesia, you most likely have an adventurous side to you. Fun things to do can range from docile activities like visiting a local temple or watching the sunset after a scrumptious dinner to flying down a waterslide at a local water park or heading off for diving lessons in the ocean. You can also take a long hike to splash in a waterfall, tour a monkey sanctuary or even hop on a board
and hit the waves surfing all day. In Indonesia, you will never find a dull moment and you’ll be amazed at the many things offered for fun in this country.
Finding a Home
Homes throughout Indonesia are plentiful, and many are quite luxurious. Depending on whether you are seeking a home for one or maybe even a large family home, you’ll find that no matter the area, there will most likely be a few amenities you won’t want to miss out on. These may include a swimming pool or even a doorway that leads directly to an isolated beach where you will have plenty of privacy as you sunbathe or swim.
With the help of a local real estate professional you can find the best homes to rent, or if you prefer to find a home to buy, you will find many new homes on the current market. It is also possible to design and build a home depending on the property you purchase. Only an agent that specializes in homes throughout Indonesia will be able to point you in the right direction for the property you’re searching for. Once you locate the home you want to live in, you may need to consider bringing your personal property over as well.
Bringing Family Pets
No pet lover wants to leave a beloved pet behind during a move, even when the move is overseas. Once you’ve found the ideal home, obtain your visa and are ready to make the move, be sure to take a little time to ensure that your pets can go with you. Pets are allowed into Indonesia, but they must have the following documents for entrance:
- Owners Passport
- Health Certificate – Must be filled out within 5 days before arrival
- Rabies Vaccination Certificate – Cannot be older than a year
- Import Permit – Issued from the Indonesian Department of Agriculture
Moving Household Items
Hiring a company, as well as a shipping agent for the household goods you’re bringing can offer a great deal of help during an overseas move. The items you bring must be cleared through customs, since heavy fines are likely if the shipment should be exported back. All boxes must be clearly labeled with the owner’s full name and you may need the following documents:
- Passport and Visa Pages
- Residence and/or work Permit
- Pack List – Original and 1 Copy Faxes Prior to Arrival
- Bill of Lading – Original, Faxed Copy and Prepaid Copy
- Authorization Letter
There are prohibited items that are not allowed to be transported into the country. Some of the items include, but are not limited to:
- Controlled Substances
- Cordless Phones
- Pornographic Materials
- Weapons of Any Kind
- Animal Skins
Bringing Along Your Luxury Vehicle
Specific guidelines are set in place for vehicles entering Indonesia. Currently, used vehicle shipments are limited to diplomats in Indonesia. New cars may be imported but they will cost a 300% duty from the government to process the import. A company like A-1 Auto Transport, Inc. will be able to assist with moving a vehicle to Indonesia. You must provide a few important documents to customs when importing a vehicle and these include the following:
- Original Title & Registration
- Copy of Passport
- Bill of Lading
- Work Permit
- PP-8 form (diplomat form)
- Packing List
It is recommended that you speak with the Embassy further to find out additional documents, visas or other relocating guidelines required for your move. Taking time to properly discuss the move with an experienced shipper can be a great way to ensure that your move to Indonesia goes smoothly so you can begin your new life abroad in a stress-free way that allows you to fully enjoy your new surroundings without worry.