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Welcome to our newest sponsor - The American Club (AECRA) - for decades this oasis of relaxation and sports has welcomed the expatriate community as members to enjoy its tennis, gym, squash, basketball and pool facilities. February 68, 2023

The immigration Directorate has announced a Multi-Entry Business Visa - more information on the requirements. November 21, 2022

25th anniversaryDid you find a needed update on this site? We update various bits of info on a daily basis, but it's impossible to stay on top of 1,200+ articles by ourselves. If you find something that is out of date, or inaccurate please let us know so that we can get it up to date!

We celebrated our 25th anniversary on September 1, 2022. The Living in Indonesia website has now been online helping expats for 25+ years! It's been our pleasure to help literally hundreds of thousands of expats ease their transition to their new lives in Indonesia!

In the light of increasing inquiries for information on expatriate communities Outside Jakarta, we continue to gather more information for visitors to this site. If you live in a city outside Jakarta, consider contacting us about expat living your town so that we can share your insights with future expatriate residents. They'll sincerely appreciate your help.

We are continuously working on updating ALL of our community organization information pages as we know that many expats leave throughout the year and club leadership positions change. If you are a member of a expat community organization in Indonesia, can we ask your help to check the listings for the groups you belong to, to see if our contact information should be updated. If so, please write to us with the changes.

COVID-19 Information

Covid-19Bali Covid-19 Update - an authoritative, fully vetted source of information on COVID in Indonesia

Government annoucnes quarantine-free international entry policy is now in place throughout Indonesia for fully vaccinated travelers, with entry PCR tests or proof of insurance no longer required! Bring your vaccination card, or paper copy to show to immigration/health officials and Download COVID tracking application prior to entry: PeduliLindunggi (see below).  But, having a picture on your phone will suffice. July 2022

Register for a COVID vaccination in Jakarta - see also this Expat Forum post

'WHO's COVID Dashboard for Indonesia

COVID-19 vaccinations are available through one of the government programs. The Vaksinasi Gotong Royong (VGR) program is intermittently open for new registration. Timing and amount of vaccine distribution under this program is determined by the Indonesian government. If you want to have a vaccine that is not readily available (Pfizer or Moderna), you will need to search online to find out when and where the government will be offering the specific vaccine. The locations that are offering specific vacines will have a list of requirements that you will have to meet in order to be eligible to receive the vaccine, including a letter from a doctor explaining your health condition.

Foreigners are entitled to receive the vaccination under the government programs if they are holding residency status (KITAS/KITAP) and the registration uses the citizenship number (NIK) displayed on those documents. You must present your passport and NIK displaying document. Note that not all provinces have issued a NIK for foreign residents. Many vaccination centers have been opened in order to expedite the vaccination program. The registration can be done through the official application based online platform, from a link provided by these vaccine centers or the individual can “walk in” to register. We recommend that you register through the available links and online platform, if possible as walk-in vaccinations are subject to vaccine availability. Several different brands are available, but they differ from month to month depending on availability and donations from Covax and various countries. August 31, 2021

Peduli Lindungi - official government covid tracking and vaccination proof app for entering protected spaces. To register for the app, you must have a NIK number, or it may be possible to register using your passport number. The app can be used to show you are vaccinated upon arrival in Indonesia at the airport, and before boarding any domestic flight (you'll also need a negative antigen test before boarding, even if you're vaccinated). Based on the Government's Letter, the PeduliLindung application must be used to screen all related employees/employees and visitors to shopping centers & malls, trade centers, and movie theaters. All visitors entering these "protected spaces" must have been fully vaccinated and must be able to scan the QR code upon entering to prove they have been vaccinated. September 1, 2021


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