Ten Frequently Asked Questions About Moving to Indonesia

This past month we bring you a few of the questions which we're most often asked. We expect that the answers will be valuable to you.

Is tipping customary in Indonesia?


Q1. Is the atmosphere in Jakarta consistently polluted?

Seventy percent of the air-pollution from town is made by motor vehicles -- private cars, buses, buses trucks and motorbikes. The atmosphere is extremely polluted throughout the area, even in South Jakarta.

Q2.Is it safe to walk the streets?

Lots of Jakarta's roads don't have proper sidewalks, and these sidewalks that do exist could be in bad condition, and are stuffed by street sellers or parked bikes; consequently, walking in Jakarta could be a true challenge. On the other hand, the provincial authorities of DKI Jakarta has spent substantial funds on attempting to boost sidewalk states in numerous regions of the town leading to a far more friendlier environment compared to previous decades. Main thoroughfares from the Central Business District, Casablanca, Kemang, Pondok Indah have been updated and widened to create walking less toxic than in previous decades. Many places are known to be frequented by pickpockets or thieves riding motorbikes who could be searching for the opportunity to catch your purse. As in many big cities anywhere in the world, you will find regions of Jakarta which might not be safe after dark.

Q3. What's the medical attention?

There are lots of hospitals and hospitals in Jakarta offering international standard facilities, and a number of the physicians practicing have obtained their fundamental or specialist training abroad. For minor health ailments Jakarta healthcare is fine, nevertheless many expatriates still want to visit nearby Singapore for surgeries and important medical issues time allowing. Additionally, there are

Global dental centers offered in Jakarta and a lot of the dentists got their degrees from schools that are overseas so it's not tough to locate English-speaking dentists. Very good dentists can be pricey, and many expatriates create a habit of getting regular dental checkups throughout their residence leave.

To Learn More, read our post on Medical Facilities at Indonesia

Q4. What are typical disorders in Indonesia, Jakarta especially?


The most Frequent illnesses are:


  • Bacteria/gastric issues -- guarantee you and your employees follow appropriate hand washing and appropriate washing/disinfecting/handling processes of veggies, fruits and other food items, eat just completely cooked meats, prevent ice from unidentified sources, drink only bottled water;
  • Dengue Fever -- use mosquito repellent and take steps around Your House and while on vacation, keep your lawn clear of standing water
  • Typhus -- disorder Brought on by bark urine, completely clean the tops of your canned products prior to launching;

In most cases don't self-diagnose or self-medicate. See a doctor as soon as you can so as to comprehend and treat neighborhood ailments.

Q5. Must our maid's live-in? Where do I find a maidservice?

It's not crucial to own your maid reside in at your house or apartment. This is completely a question of personal taste.

In Jakarta there are a variety of techniques to track down and set up interviews with prospective employees for your house. Perhaps the best method is via word-of-mouth out of friends and coworkers as you'll have private references to go by. One more means to supply staff is by different helpers' friends and loved ones. It's likely that somebody who's working to get a buddy may know of a person who's searching for work. Indonesians normally wouldn't only recommend just anybody, since it's viewed as a loss of face if this individual doesn't work out. Another superb source is a categorized list - send an email to mary.a.wiley@uppercrustjakarta.com asking to join to the daily classified list (small version of a Craig's List type list ) where you'll see notices of personnel available for employment in addition to items available. Organizations like ANZA and BWA can offer reference letters from past employers for employees seeking employment. It is also possible to test community bulletin boards, in which expatriates that are departing the nation often post notices so as to put their employees. Frequently you'll have the opportunity to talk with the prior company. These bulletin boards are observed in organizations and clubs supplied with the expatriate community, yet to guarantee validity of advice, it's strongly recommended to select staff from boards which aren't available to the public and are situated within the buildings of their clubs and associations.


To Learn More, read our post on Hiring Household Staff


Q6. Do I want a safety guard?

Many expatriates residing in a home have a watchman (or even jaga) to safeguard their property. They are frequently known as daytime jaga or nighttime jaga, each operating a 12-hour change. Jaga's responsibility is to guarantee the security of the home, the occupants and family contents. In addition, he opens the gate to your automobile when you depart and come home, and copes with individuals coming into your gate. Your jaga should display these folks and, in keeping with your coverage, either turn them away or notify you of the existence. Your jaga shouldn't ever allow anybody to get into your gate without your particular permission. It's far easier to turn into an unwanted individual away if they haven't yet entered your lawn. The afternoon jaga frequently doubles as a gardener and also will regular pool maintenance. The nighttime jaga, though he's supposed to, doesn't necessarily remain awake all night to look over the home. The existence of a jaga doesn't make the home impregnable nevertheless his existence could function as a deterrent to a possible intruder. Hopefully the jaga could function as an alert in the event of trouble. He must be sleeping at a tactical place on the front terrace or at the garage. To be able to assist the jaga stay alert, it is a fantastic idea to set a little television set or a radio in the garage or other proper site. Some houses are guarded night and day by groups of satpam that are trained in guard duties and are distinguishable from the fact that they use official looking uniforms. The expression satpam is the abbreviation of Satuan Petugas Keamanan, meaning Security Officers' Unit. Satpam are regarded as more specialist than jaga since they've engaged in a training program and are accredited by the local authorities. The responsibility of a satpam is to guarantee the protection of your family particularly in any hazardous situation and also to open the gate and display visitors to your house. They aren't expected to help with national duties or pool function. Satpam are hired through a service or safety adviser firm. In case you've got a satpam there's absolutely not any requirement for you to use a jaga.


It's not a requirement that expats have a shield or even a Satpam. However you need to evaluate your personal situation, the total amount of time that the working partner is traveling, the profile of their working partner in the business, and also the sensation of other household members about their security; based on these circumstances you may make a decision regarding what additional security might be required.

Q7.Are the schools good?

Choosing a school for the kids is an extremely important choice for expatriate families going to Jakarta and normally among the greatest priorities. Luckily there are a lot of foreign schools of quite a high standard accessible. The college is available to English speaking pupils of all nationalities and contains lots of excellent facilities. A very Higher grade of instruction is also provided from the British School Jakarta (BSJ) after the British National Curriculum and supplying GCSE in Addition to the International Baccalaureate. The college is situated on a large modern campus with notable facilities at Bintaro around the South West outskirts of town. The school is available to British citizens as well as other English speaking pupils and has an enrollment of over 1,500 pupils.

Q8. Where do I purchase a mobile phone?

Major foreign manufacturers of mobile phones are easily available, such as the most recent versions of smart phones. Any shopping mall in Jakarta will have a lot of shops or kiosks offering mobile phones or hand mobiles, since they're called in Indonesia. Some hand mobiles bought overseas can work in Indonesia provided which you sign up for a operator which uses the identical system. The goods vary regarding prices of national and global calls, frequency of messaging and information utilization, in addition to prices for minimal"top up" along with global roaming. It's possible to use prepaid card to top up your telephone as necessary (that can be known as buying"pulsa") or do it electronically from the seller. You might even utilize the postpaid system and pay a monthly invoice for the price of calls you've made. Should you use a prepaid SIM card that you don't have to sign up for some service, just buy a coupon from a store or phone kiosk and enroll some private information to trigger it. There are lots of methods of getting connected to a community, and all mobile sellers can help you get online immediately.


Q9. Is tipping customary in Indonesia?

Tipping isn't prevalent in Indonesia; nevertheless there are particular conditions where it's habitual or valued. The bellboy that carries your bag when you check into a hotel ought to be provided a hint of approximately Rp 20,000 per tote. Hotels and lots of restaurants automatically include 10-21% service fee along with 10% tax to food invoices. If you're delighted with the service provided it is not uncommon to bring a bit extra. For taxi drivers 10 percent or a hint of Rp 5,000 into Rp 20,000, based upon the distance traveled is right, or simply round the fare up to the closest Rp 5,000. In a baldness there's a hierarchy with all the hair stylist anticipating a greater tip than the individual who treats your hair. Tips can also be habitual for massages, manicures, etc. and for golf caddies and basketball boys around the tennis court.

Q10. Where do I purchase western-sized clothes?

Western-sized clothes can be found at several department stores belonging to international chains and at factory outlet shops. If you cannot find what you like you might also benefit from this excellent and cheap tailoring and dressmaking services accessible across town.

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