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Welcome to our newest sponsor, NP Consultant Indonesia, providing legal services, business formation, and expat document services for international companies and expatriates. October 21, 2021

The Indonesian government is now allowing international visitors / flights into Bali from these countries with low COVID rates: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Liechtenstein, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Poland, Hungary and Norway. Proof of negative test 72 hours prior to arrival and 5-day quarantine at the visitors expenses in a Bali hotel are required. Allowed visas are for deiplomatic visas, service visas, limited stay permits and visitor visas. No tourist visas (VOA) available yet. October 14, 2021.

List of Official Holidays for 2022 has been released by the government. September 30, 2022

The government has reopened online eVisa applications from outside the country for Visit visa B211A and Limited Stay Visas (Investor Kitas - C314, Working KITAS C312, Dependant Kitas C317, Retirement Kitas C319, etc.) Kemenkumham No 34 Tahun 2021 - Indonesian | English September 25, 2021


COVID-19 Information

Covid-19Bali Covid-19 Update - an authoritative, fully vetted source of information on COVID in Indonesia August 31, 2021


Register for a COVID vaccination in Jakarta

Admission to Indonesia now requires PROOF of FULL Vaccination for all foreign travelers (except diplomats), as well as the previously required negative PCR Swab Test and 5-day quarantine at your own expense at an approved hotel. July 6, 2021

'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

Retirees can register for a COVID vaccine on this government health website. March 31, 2021

Vaccination card and COVID TEST Required for flights to/from Indonesia, with negative PCR test required at least 72 hours before departure to Indonesia. The results must be uploaded through the Indonesia Health Alert Card Alert prior to departure - see COVID entry requirements process. as of late Sept 2021, You will also be tested at the airport and not allowed to leave the airport until the negative test results come through. 5-day quarantine in a hotel (at your expense) is required, with a negative text results on day 7, before you can be released. Package deals are available that include airport transfer, hotel stay, meals and covid tests.



We've celebrated our 24th anniversary on September 1, 2021. The Living in Indonesia website has now been online helping expats for 24+ years! It's been our pleasure to help literally hundreds of thousands of expats ease their transition to their new lives in Indonesia! September 8, 2021

Welcome to our newest sponsor - Verde Two, offering gracious living in the heart o fthe Golden Triangle, easily accessible from both Rasuna Said and Dr. Satrio. June 4, 2021


For newcomers to Indonesia, learn about the upcoming Lebaran holidays and see how it will affect your lives! May 13-19 May - Hari Raya Idul Fitri - May 10, 2021

The Expat Family Guide to Living in Bali The Expat Family Guide to Living in Bali - This book will help your family prepare for the move to bali, smooth the settling in process and explain some of the common problems you may encounter along the way and how to deal with them. If you are still on the fence about moving to Bali, this book will give you a good idea of what to expect, as it doesn't take long for anyone to realize that living in Bali is not all about sitting around a pool, sipping cocktails! The book includes information on Culture shock and children, what to bring and what to leave behind, where to live - highlighting popular neighborhoods, renting a house or villa, education, health concerns, cost of living, finding work, managing staff, visas, and other helpful information specific to relocating to the island paradise of Bali.

How to Retire in Bali - Bali retirement information "How to Retire in Bali" - as the title suggests is a complete guide to retiring in Bali. The guide book covers all of the essential information you need to know before contemplating a move to Bali, such as visas, health care, insurance, buying property, finding accommodation and adapting to life in Bali. The book includes interviews with retirees who have already made the move to Bali. You can learn from their experiences and come out with a better understanding of what it is actually like to live in Bali, rather than just visiting the island for a holiday

How to Start a Business in Bali

How to Start a Business in Bali - It can be difficult enough starting a successful business in your own country, let alone in a foreign country like Indonesia. The dream of running your own guesthouse or restaurant by the beach on a tropical island like Bali, doesn't stop people wanting to give it a try. This guide on how to start a business in Bali was written to help guide people through the ropes of setting up a company and establishing a successful business. The book goes beyond the author's experience by including interviews with successful expat entrepreneurs who have a combined experience of over 80 years in Indonesia. The advice is practical and to the point. While the guide focuses on Bali, the information could also be applied to other locations in Indonesia as well.

Beginning January 1 2021, the official stamp duty (meterai) in Indonesia increases 66% to Rp. 10,000 per stamp. Previously the cost for this tax stamp on official documents was Rp 6,000.

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.

Check out the many great books on Indonesia - Fiction, Non-Fiction and Community Publications on the Recommended Publications page.

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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.

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Last updated October 21, 2021