Moving to Indonesia guide

Moving to Indonesia

Indonésie / Indonésia / Indonesien

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A Guide to Relocating to Indonesia

Want to move to Jakarta? Considering moving to Surabaya? Here’s the moving advice you’ll need for any international removal to Indonesia…

Moving Household Goods And Personal Effects To Indonesia

Below is a list of the documents you will need when planning an international removal to Indonesia:

  • Original Passport (Of the individual moving/importing the goods)
  • Original removal packing list stamped by the Indonesian Embassy at origin
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB) – We will take care of this if completing the entire international removal to Indonesia for you.
  • Boarding pass
  • Original residence permit (KITAS)
  • Letter of employment from company at origin
  • Original letter of approval from the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – PP8 (applicable only to diplomatic relocations / diplomats moving)
  • Original letter of approval from the Indonesian Ministry of State Secretariat – PP19 (Semi-Diplomats)
  • Original work permit (IMTA)
  • Diplomat passport

We recommend providing these as soon as possible to reduce delays with your removal to Indonesia. Late receipt of documentation can lead to missed shipments, additional charges and penalties at Indonesian Customs. For your own protection, we will almost never ship your goods without the above in place.

Additional Removal Advice

  • For foreign citizens, documents must be valid a minimum of 1 year before arrival of shipment.
  • Household goods and personal effects can be imported duty free for returning Indonesian citizens who worked or studied abroad for at least 1 year.
  • For air and sea shipments, the air shipment must arrive first; only one importation of each type is permitted.
  • Sea shipments must arrive within 3 months after the owner of the goods’ arrival date in Indonesia.
  • Sea shipments take approximately 10-12 business days if a full container load (FCL) or 12-15 business days if a less than container load (LCL) after port arrival for delivery to Jakarta.
  • Air shipments must arrive within 14 days after the owner of the goods’ arrival date in Indonesia.
  • Air shipments take approximately 5-8 business days for delivery after receipt of the necessary documents from the client.
  • For returning Indonesian nationals, the letter of employment must state that the owner of the goods lived abroad for a minimum of 1 year.
  • All shipments should be sent to POE Jakarta to avoid complications, intensive examinations, and delays with Customs.
  • Incomplete documentation resulting in delays may result in extra charges to include demurrage, port storage, and Customs penalties.
  • All shipments are physically inspected by Customs, excluding diplomatic shipments.

Popular Destinations in Indonesia

Global Moving Services is vastly experience in international removals to cities all over the globe. Their long history and detailed knowledge of different countries makes them the perfect choice for your move. Here are some of the most popular destinations we are asked to move people to in Indonesia:

Jakarta (Java), Surabaya (Java), Bandung (Java), Bekasi (Java), Medan (Sumatra), Makassar (Sulawesi), Denpasar (Bali). Get a quote to one of these places

Need Help?

If you are unsure about what you need, one of our international move managers is always willing to help. Just call us on +44 121 392 1720, or fill out an international removal enquiry, and we’ll ease you through the process.

Moving Your Money

If you’re moving to Indonesia, it’s very likely you’ll have to exchange a large amount of currency. Many people waste thousands doing this through their bank as they think there is no alternative; but we partner with FC Exchange who specialise in doing just this. FC Exchange will offer all Global Moving Services customers preferential rates when exchanging currency and guarantee to beat other rates you’re receiving. Ask one of our move managers about this, to find out more call:  +44 121 392 1720

Get Insurance

We always advise taking out an insurance policy with us on every move. Although we like to think we’re the best in the industry, the odd accident can occasionally happen. For added peace of mind, make sure to speak to one of our move managers about this.

If you have already contracted us for your international removal to Indonesia, then you can download the insurance form and email the completed form back to your international relocation manager.

Moving Your Car Or Motorcycle

Below is a list of the documents you will need when planning to move your vehicle to Indonesia:

  • Copy of Passport (Of the individual moving/importing the goods)
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Original removal packing list, stamped by the Indonesian Embassy in the origin country (applicable only to diplomatic relocations / diplomats moving)
  • Original letter of approval from the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – PP8 (applicable only to diplomatic relocations / diplomats moving)
  • Copy of ID card of the signed statement letter
  • Copy of ID card of the consignee
  • Original title and registration of the vehicle
  • Statement letter of the consignee from the organization.

Additional Import Advice

  • Only Diplomats may import motor vehicles.

Relocating Your Pets to Indonesia

These documents will be required when planning to relocate your pet to Indonesia:

  • Import permit (issued by the Indonesian Directorate General of Livestock Service)
  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate

Additional Import Advice

  • The veterinary health certificate and the vaccination record must be issued by an authorized veterinarian in the origin country.
  • Vaccinations must be given at least 30 days prior to import but no laterthan 1 year.
  • Pets cannot be imported to Bali.
  • Pets must be at least 90 days old for import.
  • Pets should not be pregnant, nursing, or require food from another animal.
  • Pets are subject to 14 days’ quarantine.
  • The Directorate General of Livestock Service must be notified of the arrival of pets 2 days prior to import.
Restricted & Dutiable/Taxable Items

Think very carefully before moving these items to Indonesia. Items on this list will be taxed and/or require specific permission to import. In all cases they must be declared prior to you relocating to Indonesia:

  • Cultural objects/statues may be taken to the Indonesian Directorate of History and Archaeology to be examined.
  • The following items may qualify for free import at ‘reasonable’ quantities: Cigarettes, cigars, tobacco, Perfume, Dry food
Prohibited/Banned Items
Do not move any of these items to Indonesia:
  • Buddha head statue made of stone is strictly prohibited
  • Alcohol
  • Motor bikes/motorized scooters, vehicle spare parts
  • Politically sensitive material
  • Protected species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
  • Pornography
  • Firearms and ammunitions, explosives gas, gasoline
  • The following additional items are prohibited in GMS Baggage/Courier Consignments:
    • Aerosols (all kinds, Hairspray, Deodorant etc)
    • Aftershaves / Perfumes / Fragrances
    • Airbags
    • Alcoholic Drinks or Bottles
    • Ammunition of any kind
    • Animals of any kind (Dead or Alive)
    • Any items containing Petrol (Liquid, Gas or Fumes)
    • Biological Samples
    • Car Batteries
    • Cash & Cards (Credit / Debit)
    • Chainsaws
    • Cheques (Bank)
    • Christmas Crackers
    • Counterfeit Currency
    • Dangerous Goods
    • Driving Licence
    • Drugs (Including Prescription)
    • Engines
    • Excrement / Filth
    • Fire Extinguishers
    • Fish (Dead or Live)
    • Foodstuffs (all kinds)
    • Hazardous Goods
    • Human Remains (including ashes)
    • Infectious Substances
    • Knives
    • Laptop Computers, Mobile/Smart Phones or Tablets
    • Lighters
    • Lottery Tickets
    • Nail Varnish / Nail Varnish Remover
    • Oils
    • Paints
    • Passports
    • Perishable Goods (All)
    • Plants / Seeds etc
    • Printer Toner
    • Seatbelt Tensioners and Steering Wheels
    • Stamps
    • Tobacco
    • Water
    • Weapons (all kinds, including replicas)
    • Windscreens

Disclaimer: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This information is provided as a guide only. While Global Moving Services has exercised reasonable care in publishing this information, Global Moving Services makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.