9 Things to Consider When Moving to Jakarta


So you’ve made the decision, you are moving to Jakarta! A new adventure and once you’ve come to terms with the macet, the noise, and the smell,  the city is just brimming with things to be explored. But what are the things essential in settling in Jakarta? You’re new, without friends, and not knowing how to cross the road! Here are some things that you can consider once you have collected your bearings and ready to start a life in the city:


1. Where to Live?

With the utmost consideration to Jakarta’s traffic and the immense size of the city, you’ll want to pick a house/apartment that’s reasonably close to where you/or your spouse works and your children go to school. Many expats favor central & south Jakarta, including Kemang, due to their proximity to many of the international schools, and the abundant choice of international restaurants, bars and shops.  It is where the of Jakarta’s premium business districts are located. The only downside of this area would only be its higher prices than most of other areas.

2. Visa & Permits

For first timers to Indonesia, this can be a real hassle. Having to deal with immigration office and knowing the actual rules and steps, is a challenge even for those that have lived in the country for decades. Even the officials themselves might not know the regulations that they need to enforce! Do note that visas or temporary stay permits can take weeks or even months to be ready. So make sure with your employer or organization that all the permits and visas line up and ready by the time you need to relocate. If you are responsible for your and your family’s permits, make sure you choose a trusted agent or relocating firm to help you. For more information, read http://www.whatsnewjakarta.com/visa-immigration-entry-and-stay-in-indonesia-jakarta/

3. Set Up Bank Account

After having the permits situated, you can look into setting up a bank account. Of course this depends on your period of living in Indonesia. Some expats that have shorter period of stay prefer to use their home country bank account. But for those living for an extended time, we recommend setting up a bank account for ease of use and safety precautions. With the level of credit card fraud and ATM crimes, it is recommendable to have a local bank account for daily use. Most Indonesian banks also provide a reasonably safe and secure internet banking system, which come really handy for payment of utilities, salaries (for house workers), and other use.

4. Selecting Schools

Finding school for your children is crucial to get them settling in, finding friends, and getting comfortable as soon as possible. It is going to be their second home, after all.  Over the years, there has been a constant rise on the number of quality international schools in Jakarta. You will be surprised at the number of options and level of education and facilities that many of them offer. Some of the most popular include Jakarta International School, British International School, Australian International School, etc. Read also: http://www.whatsnewjakarta.com/international-schools-in-jakarta/

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