Moving to Indonesia

Country Guide

Country Guide: Indonesia

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Updated: October 04, 2016

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Original passport
  • Original packing list stamped by the Indonesian Embassy at origin
  • Original inventory
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Boarding pass
  • Original work permit (IMTA)
  • Original residence permit (KITAS)
  • Letter of employment from company at origin
  • Original letter from Indonesian Embassy or Consulate at origin (returning citizens)
  • Original ID card / KTP (returning citizens)
  • Copy ITAS online
  • Copy ID card (diplomat)
  • Copy visa (diplomat)
  • Diplomat passport
  • Original letter of approval from the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – PP8 (Diplomats)
  • Original letter of approval from the Indonesian Ministry of State Secretariat – PP19 (Semi-Diplomats)

Specific Information

  • For foreign citizens, documents must be valid a minimum of 12 months 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 12 months.
  • 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 12 months.
  • Diplomatic shipments are free of import duty and tax.
  • 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.
Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Original packing list, stamped by the Indonesian Embassy in the origin country (Diplomats)
  • Original letter of approval from the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – PP8 (Diplomats)
  • Statement letter of the consignee from the organization.
  • Copy of ID card of the signed statement letter
  • Copy of ID card of the consignee
  • Original title and registration of the vehicle

Specific Information

  • Only diplomats may import motor vehicles.



Documents Required

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

Specific Information

  • 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 later than 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 Items
  • 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 Items
  • Buddha head statue made of stone is strictly prohibited
  • Alcohol
  • Firearms and ammunitions, explosives gas, gasoline
  • Motor bikes/motorized scooters, vehicle spare parts
  • Pornography
  • Politically sensitive material
  • Protected species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

Cultural and Other Information

CIA World Factbook Entry for Indonesia

Wikipedia Entry for Indonesia