Expatriate Community in Indonesia

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Communities of Expatriates

The Number of Expatriates
It is impossible to know the exact number of expats. The Indonesian  Ministry of Labor and Transmigration announced 74 787 foreign workers in 2007, and strangely 15 205 in May 2008.
Blogs For Expats
Forum on the AlloExpat website
Link to a list of associations of expats living in Indonesia
For Further Information
Portal for information about Indonesia for expats
Immigration Authority
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Directorate General for immigration in Indonesia:
Direktorat Jenderal Imigrasi Jalan H.R. Rasuna Said Kav. 8-9 Kuningan Jakarta Indonesia Tel: (+62-21) 5225048

Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals
See the Allo'expat Indonesia website

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
Prices vary a lot in Indonesia and inflation is very high. Bali is often more expensive than the rest of Indonesia. The cost of living is, nevertheless, not very high, and you can easily live on  10  EUR a  day.
Quality of Life
The large Indonesian cities have all the attributes of modern cities in terms of services (post offices, banks, cinemas, etc.) but they are often polluted and congested (especially Jakarta).
Sanitary Conditions
You should go to international clinics. Otherwise the level of healthcare is lacking. In the case of serious symptoms, except for minor infections, you should go to Singapore where the doctors are competent and have equipment equivalent to that of western practitioners.
For Further Information
Comparison of cost of living in the main Indonesian cities available on the Indonesiamatters website

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Renting an Apartment

Description of Apartments
There are three types of appartments: furnished and serviced, only furnished, unfurnished. In complexes, appartments benefit from leisure services (sports grounds, swimming pools, etc.)
Normal Lease Term
Since the economic crisis, it is no longer necessary to rent an appartment for several years, nor to pay for these years in advance. You can sign a three-month renewable lease, or only pay one year's rent in advance on a three-year lease. Bargaining is possible.
Rental Costs
For a standard appartment prices vary from 600 USD/month (in the south of Jakarta) to 5 000 USD/month. You are generally asked to pay in advance the amount corresponding to the total rental period.
Agencies or Private Rentals
Going through a rental agency offers certain guarantees and facilitates administrative formalities. However, looking for an appartment yourself is not complicated if you have a list of places to visit. Word of mouth is useful.
Rental Agency Websites
Rumah Pro, real estate agency for buying and renting
Rumah 4 Sale agency
Private Rentals Announcements Online
Website for expats
Indonesian website of adverts for rental and sale of appartments and houses
Other Possibilities For Accommodation
You can rent a room in a "kos", a sort of boarding house for students. Bathrooms are shared and the rooms give onto an inner courtyard. There are also youth hostels, listed  here.
For Further Information
Living in Indonesia, an information website for expats

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School System

School Level
From 5, 6 or 7, children go to nursery school (Taman Kanak-kanak) (not compulsory); then elementary school ( Sekolah Dasar) from 7 to 12; then primary school  Sekolah Menengah Pertama for 3 years ; then secondary school Sekolah Menengah Atas ; and finally they can continue in higher education.
International Schools
The French international school (EIF) takes pupils of non-Indonesian nationality from nursery school to sixth form. There is an  International French Lycée in Jakarta, an International French School in Bali, as well as the Total firm's school at Balikpapan.
For Further Information
Ministry of Education
Information about Indonesia on the Studyabroad website

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Health System

Quality of Healthcare
As the country's means are limited, the quality of healthcare suffers from this. In an emergency, go to hospital in Singapore.
International Hospitals

The medical structures are lacking in quality. Some establishments in Jakarta are recognized as being of good quality and are used by expats:

SOS International, Medikaloka, Rumah Sakit Pondok Indah,Global Assistance & Healthcare.
Health Insurance
There are 3 ways of insuring your health:
- paying into the State firm PT Asuransi Kesehatan (Askes), reserved for civil servants, retired civil servants and their families (2.5% of salary).
- paying into PT Jamsostek, a State company offering cover to the private sector, or into a private insurance (3 to 6% of salary which the employer pays).
- having your health expenses reimbursed by your employer, if you are ill. The rare companies which have set up this system fix an annual upper limit or reimburse just part of health expenses.
Accessibility of the Health Insurance Network to Foreigners
Health System Insurance Body
PT Asuransi Kesehatan (Askes)
PT Jamsostek
Health Ministry
Ministry of Health

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