Category: Info for Expats

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WORKING IN INDONESIA, why on Earth not!

A visit visa, a temporary work permit with a visit visa or a normal work permit with a stay permit, that is the only question.    After Immigration has targeted...

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Writing the Indonesian Experience

When I first arrived in the early ‘90s, it was close to impossible to find any English language books about Indonesia. Things have changed. The Internet was not yet...

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The PMA Company and the Negative List in Indonesia

This article is the result of numerous questions from expats regarding the setup of a company and the function of The Negative List. It describes the establishment of...

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The Death of Tax Evasion?

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death … and taxes” So said Benjamin Franklin a few years back. But was he right? Most of us would agree...

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Immigration Targets Expats Again

“Carry original documents with you.” At 3am on the Sunday morning of June 5, the South Jakarta Immigration Office held another raid on the popular entertainment...

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Life Back Then

Author of Olivia & Sophie, Rosie Milne, explores what expat life was like 200 years ago. My novel Olivia & Sophia explores the lives of two predecessors of...

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Violations on Stay Permits or Visas!

It just happens, violating the rules of your stay permit (KITAS) or your visa. Sometimes totally absent-mindedly. What happens if you do violate the rules, or more...

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Property: Nightmare or Sound Investment?

Will Rogers (the actor, writer and real-life cowboy) said it best: “Don’t wait to buy land. Buy land and wait.” It was true for him at the turn of the...

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Hammer to Fall: Property Ownership

It’s time to bring out the legal eagles for a look at expatriate matters What with various cable TV channels imploring those with a few million bucks kicking about to...

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The Phenomenon of the KITAP

 The KITAP: A blessing in disguise and the final gateway to Indonesia There is much to say and much being said about the KITAP (Kartu Izin Tinggal Tetap), the Permanent...

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Bali’s Co-working Spaces

Those ready to abandon their uninspiring home or hotel desks for greener pastures will be happy to know that Bali now offers numerous co-working spaces with access to...

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Safe as Houses: Owning Property in Indonesia 

Expat bars in Bali are treasure troves of secret knowledge and hidden wisdom. It’s where the mysterious oracles live. If you need an answer to any question,...

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Indulge in Festive Cheer This Holiday Season

The holidays are a time for joy and sharing with your loved ones. We have taken the liberty of compiling the best Christmas and New Year’s celebration offers for you...

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The Visa Confusion Unravelled

Having visa nightmares, running the risk to be deported? No need… The visa is the most misunderstood document issued by Immigration. Whether, a business, cultural,...