Expat Families Guide To Moving And Living In Indonesia

Moving to Indonesia for some ex-pats sounds both exciting and confusing. It’s nice because you can live in a country that has extraordinary natural beauty, but after all this is not your hometown.

Risks include language problems, confusion with regulations, and health and education facilities for those of you who bring your family. In this article, Abhitech will provide information about how a family visa in Indonesia, namely KITAS C317, will really help you.


Indonesia has stunning natural beauty even according to the site Money.co.uk Indonesia is ranked number 1 in Natural Beauty. According to the article, at least Indonesia is home to more than 17,000 incredible islands, which means that it has over 50,000 km of coastline.

This does not include “natural attractions” in Indonesia including tropical forests in Sumatra and Kalimantan (including orangutan reserves ) and a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Komodo National Park.

Abhitech currently has not mentioned at all the cultural diversity in Indonesia which is also very diverse, according to the Afusa.org site there are currently more than 300 ethnic groups and cultures.

Natural beauty report Indonesia has top 3

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But it’s still not where you were born, so there are some things you have to prepare. If you just move to Indonesia alone, the preparations will be easier, but if you work and move with your family to Indonesia, there are more things to prepare.

One of the things you must prepare is KITAS C317, or Limited Stay Permit Card for families, which is an important key for expatriates who want to bring their families to join the adventure of life in Indonesia.

Abhitech has summarized the explanation about the Family Visa in Indonesia KITAS C317.

Why do you have to have a KITAS C317 family visa?

The KITAS C317 visa allows you to bring your partner and children to live legally in Indonesia. It also addresses your fears about regulation, education, and healthcare.

If you want to know about the benefits of a Family and Spouse visa in Indonesia, you can read here.

Tips for choosing the ideal residence location for Expat Families.

To determine the ideal residence location, it seems you have to calculate several factors such as:

  1. Your Lifestyle as Expat Families

    happy live at Indonesia as Expat Families with VIsa Family

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    The impact of cultural diversity in Indonesia is to make Indonesia a country that provides diverse lifestyle choices.

    You can see the hustle and bustle and entertainment center in Jakarta.

    According to the Exotiqproperty website, Jakarta is also a social hub, with a vibrant expatriate community, countless dining and entertainment options, and a wide range of cultural and recreational activities.

    In essence, you can find everything you need in Jakarta.

    Although Jakarta has a negative side, namely Jakarta has problems with traffic jams, currently according to Tomtom.com site, Jakarta is the 30th most congested city.

    However, if you like a quieter place to work, close to nature, some areas in Bali are very suitable for this.

    Bali is one of the most famous islands in Indonesia, many tourists travel there because it is a convenient tourist destination. Although actually, Bali is also a comfortable place to live.

    Imagine an island with a tropical climate, beautiful beaches, and lush greenery, making it an ideal place for those who love it. natural.

    Your lifestyle preferences, whether city living, beach living, or a mix of both, play an important role in your choice.

  2. Your work location

    Business at Indonesia Jakarta as an Expat with Family

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    Most of the reasons why expats stay in Indonesia is to work. So, you can adjust your residence location not far from your office location.

    Cove website, there are at least 8 regional locations that are office centers in Jakarta.

    1.     Sudirman Central Business District (SCBD), South Jakarta
    2.     Kuningan, South Jakarta
    3.     Gatot Subroto, South & Central Jakarta
    4.     Thamrin, Central Jakarta
    5.     TB Simatupang, South Jakarta
    6.     MT Haryono, South & East Jakarta
    7.     Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta
    8.     Pondok Indah, South Jakarta

    Of course, this is not certain because it can be adjusted to the location of the company that employs you and sponsors your family’s KITAS C317.

  3. Facilities for Expat Families





    Indonesian education for Expat children
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    Indonesian Property website, one of the differences between Expats who travel alone and those who have a family is

    •       For expatriates who live alone, they will usually choose a location that has complete facilities such as a swimming pool, and has direct access to a shopping center or mall.
    •       Meanwhile, expatriates who will live with their families or Expat Families will choose a location close to an international school for their children. Such as in the Pondok Indah, Cilandak, Cipete and BSD areas. Examples include the Jakarta Intercultural School in Cilandak and the British School Jakarta in Pondok Aren. Then expatriates will choose a landed house with 4 bedrooms, a swimming pool, and a backyard.

    One of the benefits of KITAS C317 is that your child can go to school in Indonesia. So you don’t need to worry about your child’s future in Indonesia.
    If you are interested and want to be sure you need KITAS C317, you can contact us here

  4. Expat Community 

    Before Abhitech discusses facilities, maybe you will ask what about the Expat community?

    Of course, expats and local communities are very important for enriching social experiences and learning more deeply about Indonesian culture. Currently, you can find many communities in the areas we mentioned earlier.

    However, you can use social media to meet communities that match your interests.

    Our advice is don’t rush to find a community. According to Internationals Where Expats Meet New People The Expats surveyed are most likely to meet new people through work (64%) and through other friends (56%).

Preparing for Long-term Stay as Expat Families

After discussing tips on interesting locations to live for expats in Indonesia, the next step is to prepare yourself for a long-term stay. This process involves the transition from KITAS (Limited Stay Permit Card) to KITAP (Permanent Stay Permit Card), which is a step towards permanent residence in Indonesia.

Understanding the path to KITAP is crucial for expats who want to make Indonesia their second home. This process requires a deep understanding of the requirements and associated administrative procedures. However, don’t forget the importance of maintaining connections with your homeland while building a new life in Indonesia. Expat communities, social organizations, or even local sports clubs can be places to build relationships and maintain ties to native culture and traditions.

Abhitech has discussed KITAS and KITAP for you to understand here

In addition, preparations for long-term integration also take into account the possibility of obtaining Indonesian citizenship. Although this process may require extra time and effort, having Indonesian citizenship can provide many benefits, including greater access to public services and other social benefits.

Conclusion for a move to Indonesia as Expat Families

By preparing themselves thoroughly and understanding the necessary integration process, expats can live a fulfilling and meaningful life in Indonesia.

Indonesia has many choices for where you can live, and each region has its own diversity. You can easily find a local community here, and network with those who have the same interests as you to develop a career or hobby.

And if you want to bring your family then you must have KITAS C317, which is a family visa for spouses and children.

Abhitech is a professional service provider offering comprehensive assistance in obtaining work permits, visas, and other immigration-related documents for individuals interested in working in Indonesia. 

The company is committed to delivering optimal and efficient services to ensure the successful application of its clients. Abhitech also provides expert guidance to increase the likelihood of a favorable outcome. Additionally, the company offers EOR services and assistance in setting up an Indonesia-based company. If you are interested Contact Abhitech to secure your work visa & Setup up your own Indonesia company with us!

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