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lukereg a créé une discussion sur le forum Indonesia

Where are you reading this post?

Hello everyone,

Something a little less intense than normal and absolutely no reference to visas or cost of living (yet).

So where are you now while you are reading or writing posts on this forum?

I am sat in Dunkin Doughnuts at The Post Office next to the Istiqlal mosque in central Jakarta.

lukereg a participé à la discussion Visa Requirements? sur le forum Indonesia

Roy, does that make you munchkin or the tin man?  I think I would be a good scarecrow.
Mental health? Lives in Jakarta? Theres a paradox if ever one existed.

lukereg a créé une discussion sur le forum Indonesia

No beer in mini markets from this week.

Forget visa issues. This is more depressing. As from some point this week mini markets etc are banned from selling beer. Cigarettes can of course be sold legally to anyone and it's still ok to take a 10 year old to any movie you like. But bless those dear lawmakers for banning bintang and anker from the local indomaret.
Thoughts?

lukereg a participé à la discussion KITAS Processing time... sur le forum Indonesia

Tom, this is happening all over the place. As I put previously "Getting the telext and stamp in the passport is one thing but getting Immigration to make your Kitas is another."

There are hold ups all over the place. I have now been told I have to have a medical check up as part of the kitas process but no one knows why, where or when or what kind. But this is at the start of the process for me, not even got to the telext stage yet. I am in deep trouble over the health check, what being in two minds over things, often heartless and have a tendency to turn a blind eye as well my funny bone losing its sense of humour. I will tell them I was bitten by a werewolf but I'm alright noooowl  :D

lukereg a participé à la discussion Still rainy season on Java? sur le forum Java

Yep pretty much. The rain currently in Jakarta comes and goes but it has been raining for a bit every day for the last week or so but its all gone by 2. As for the rest of Java, not too sure but we are supposed to be entering the drier season.

lukereg a participé à la discussion KITAS Processing time... sur le forum Indonesia

I have heard up to 12 weeks. Keep calling and pushing your employer to find out whats happening. Getting the telext and stamp in the passport is one thing but getting Immigration to make your Kitas is another.

lukereg a participé à la discussion Expat wife can work ? sur le forum Indonesia

Many international schools recruit western teachers, Philippine teachers, Chinese teachers etc depending on their skills and qualifications then these teachers are often expected to teach other subjects based on their ability. The right qualifications will get you quite far here the rest is sheer luck and a good wind. With the tightening of visa rules and regulations for those working I feel its pot luck if you can get a kitas or not.

lukereg a participé à la discussion Hiring a domestic maid sur le forum Jakarta

Tom, the rates are all different and it depends on how much they can get from their employer. We pay twice as much as the going rate in our area because I can but we have to keep it quiet. Nonsense but that's market forces for you

lukereg a participé à la discussion Need Trustworthy Nanny sur le forum Jakarta

I concur with ieltsband7. They are hard to keep, hard to trust and harder to replace. In 2 years I have had 5. Good pay, good working conditions, just care for my son and make sure the house is occupied and the floor is clean ( pretty much all required ) and still they come and go. My current one will stay until July but I dont know from then.

lukereg a participé à la discussion International Divers License sur le forum Indonesia

Whilst not an expert I think it would be more prudent that you get a SIM A for a car or C for a motorbike. The international driving  licence is useful but there are some policemen who would not recognise it or understand it, and perhaps insurance companies too. The SIM is easy enough to obtain as long as you have the correct paperwork.

lukereg a participé à la discussion Changes in Kitas regulations sur le forum Jakarta

No offence taken. The market has always been open to interpretation of the law and how use it to get what was needed. The sudden crack down is not an ideal situation for so many people who come here to work from backpackers to company directors as everyone is receiving the same treatment albeit with differing outcomes. Currently I can't see any end to this kitas issue and I see how it is beginning to impact on people who came here and settled because back then they could and now they are not so sure about what is next. The standards set now by the Indonesian government are very very strict and with a one size fits all it will prevent nearly of all people to come here to work especially when South Korea or Taiwan are easier to gain entry into.
There is still a feeling of hope that this situation will change as this issue has happened before although not for such a long period of time. Personally I have no intention of returning home without exhausting every option but just sometimes it does get become a major worry and the nonsense I have to resolve because of it completely unwarranted or needed.
I can only hope a brighter future for Indonesia results in a more flexible approach to those that want to remain here but are not from here.

lukereg a participé à la discussion Changes in Kitas regulations sur le forum Jakarta

Its just one big annoying stressful mess. The Indonesian language test is too vague, the rules are contradictory but the country still wants things to go the same for them. The government is reducing the number of countries which need to buy a visa to enter Indonesia as long as this is reciprocal in the welcomed countries. I can't see the UK dropping the visa requirements for Indonesia due to this nor the USA and the fact that Australia is not on the list speak volumes. Clearly there are too many cooks spoiling the soup and far too many mixed messages. To be honest with all this visa restriction, lack of clarity and hard work to get anything sorted here at the moment I am getting to the stage where if it was not for the family I have here I would pack up and go.

lukereg a participé à la discussion Changes in Kitas regulations sur le forum Jakarta

Sadly no one is in any hurry to sort this out once and for all so I guess we will just keep waiting and holding our breath until something good or bad happens to us all. I know the powers to be are being lobbied to review policies and directives but so far not much can be said to have changed.