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Moving To Indonesia From The UK

Moving to Indonesia

If you’re moving to Indonesia Britannia is able to help you through each stage of the process. Whether you’re moving to one of the big cities like Jakarta, Surabaya or Bandung our expert knowledge and expertise will meet your needs and requirements.


Importing Personal Effects to Indonesia

Shipments of used household and personal effects may be imported duty free subject to certain restrictions. The shipper and wife both need a 12 month visa, original residence permit and work permit. Single consignees must obtain a statement to this effects from the embassy in Jakarta. Arrival of the effects must be within 6 months of the date of residence permit, and only two shipments (one by sea/one by air) are allowed. Returning Indonesian residents require documentation from the Embassy at origin, and must have spent a minimum of three years abroad. Your local Britannia Member will provide you with detailed customs regulations.


Prohibitions and Restrictions

In general it is in your interest not to import the following items:

  • Firearms & ammunition
  • Inflammable goods & substances
  • Plants & plant material
  • Foodstuffs, perishables or otherwise
  • Narcotics and dangerous goods
  • Offensive materials
  • Alcohol & Tobacco

Transit Times

Both sole use and crated consignments usually take an average of 6 – 7 weeks.

Bar Coding

All Groupage consignments will be bar coded before they are loaded into the shipping container. This will ensure that no items are left at origin.


Domestic Pets

Britannia can recommend a specialised shipper of animals to assist you in sending your family pet(s) from home to home. They will coordinate all documentation and necessary veterinary procedures.

Find out more about pet transport.


Moving Motor Vehicles To Indonesia

No motor vehicles may be imported except by diplomats.

International currency exchange

International FX

When you are making international payments for individuals you can benefit from IFX expertise in seeking the best possible rate, whether you are sending or receiving foreign currency.

IFX can help to protect you from exchange rate fluctuations and save you time and money on international payments.

IFX offers :

  • International payments
  • Regular Overseas Transfers
  • Prepaid Currency Card
  • Forward Contracts

More info on the IFX website.

Moving to Indonesia with Britannia

Your Move to Indonesia – Britannia has a network of removers who will assist you with moving to Indonesia. We can also provide computer tracking and bar coding to ensure a safe and reliable removal service. Your goods can be transported to Indonesia by sea, or by air.

Packing & Delivery
– Our trained packers can pack and wrap all your items to ensure that they are transported safely. If you choose a full door to door service, Britannia will deliver the goods to your new home. We will then unpack your goods and furniture, and will remove all used packing materials from the site.

Additional removal services – Britannia can provide a variety of additional services when moving to Indonesia. We are authorised to provide a comprehensive insurance, can arrange storage prior to delivery, and can also take care of your pet transport.

If you are interested in our removal services to Indonesia, get a free removal quote, and read more about our international removals, and additional moving services, such as money transfer.

Living in Indonesia

Indonesia is made up of over 17,000 islands. Over 238 million people live in Indonesia making it the world’s fourth most populated country. Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, is the country’s political, cultural and economic centre.

Sport in Indonesia is mostly male dominated. The most popular sports are football and badminton. Since badminton was introduced as a recognised Olympic sport in 1992 Indonesia has been very successful and collected dozens of medals.

Indonesian food is influenced by Chinese, European, Middle Eastern and Indian cooking styles. Rice is the main staple food in the country and is often served with side dishes of meat, fish and vegetables.

Interesting facts about Indonesia

  • Around 85% of Indonesia’s population is Muslim and the remaining 15% are Christian
  • Indonesia is made up of 17,508 islands, about 6,000 of these islands are inhabited by people
  • Indonesia was invaded and occupied by the Japanese during the Second World War
  • Badminton and football are the two most popular sports in Indonesia
  • Spices, coconut milk, fish and chicken are common ingredients in traditional Indonesian cooking

Tips for moving and living in Indonesia

  • Living costs in Indonesia are much lower than they are in most Western countries. In most towns and cities you will find that local food from local restaurants and shops is often much cheaper than imported Western food. So by experiencing the local culture you can make your money go much further.
  • Indonesia has relatively strict laws about issuing long term working visas that will allow an individual to stay in the country for considerable amount of time. Working visas are issued to individuals in senior professional positions who are employed by Indonesia firms. However the Indonesian authorities will only issues working visas for such positions if there is not an Indonesian citizen that can fill the role.
  • In Indonesia’s main cities like Jakarta there are plenty of international schools that aim to provide for education for the expat community. Most of these schools offer a curriculum that follows the International Baccalaureate, but some of them will offer teaching for GCSE or A-Level exams.

Key Information

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Time Zone:

various (UTC+7 to +9) - Summer (DST) not observed (UTC)

Currency: Rupiah (IDR)
Calling Code: +62


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