Category: Info for Expats

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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,...

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Manpower Expresses Regrets; Extends Expats a Warm Welcome

The Indonesian Ministry of Manpower recently caused panic and demoralization among companies hiring expats. All of this was following the drastic change of rules laid...

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Heads Up, Tourist Extortion in Bali Still Business as Usual

The island’s image as an attractive holiday destination may be marred by a tradition of local authorities taking cash off unwitting tourists.   Bali is known as a...

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The Immigration Inquisition

Carrying a photocopy of your passport, KITAS or KITAP in Indonesia may no longer be good enough if you don’t want to be treated like a criminal by overzealous...

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A Tribute to Alan Nye

Alan Nye passed away on 16 May 2015, a day after his 67th birthday. He was born in the United Kingdom and also lived in Australia and Indonesia. He had six children from...