Moving To Indonesia

A Shipping Company to Assist You With Your Move to Indonesia

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Customs Regulations for Indonesia

  • Passport with visa pages – original
  • Work Permit – valid for at least 12 months
  • Residence Permit (KITAS card) – original, valid for at least 12 months
  • Pack List – original in English plus one copy faxed to service agent in advance
  • Non-negotiable Bill of Lading – copy
  • Bill of Lading/Air Waybill – original plus copy, copy faxed prior to vessel’s arrival
  • Letter of Authorization to Destination Agent (Surat Kuasa)

For Returning Indonesian Citizens:

  • Passport and clear photocopy of photo page with details
  • Letter from Indonesian Embassy at origin: states original arrival date abroad, return date to Indonesia, and states customer is returning with household goods shipment
  • Surat Kuasa – Authorization letter allowing Destination Agent to arrange Customs clearance
  • Letter of Assignment and Reassignment by customer’s employer or sponsoring company
  • Bill of Lading/Air Waybill – original
  • Diploma or School Certificate for returning students


  • Customers must be in country for the Customs clearance process. Shipments will be completely inspected.
  • Household goods must be in possession of the customer for at least one year and be used by the customer privately and not for resale in Indonesia.
  • Shipment must arrive in Indonesia within three months of issuance of KITAS and IKTA cards. Only one air and one sea shipment of household goods are allowed duty-free.
  • Returning Indonesian citizens must have lived abroad for a minimum of one year and must have been in possession of household goods items for at least two years, with continued use of items in Indonesia to be allowed duty-free.
  • All boxes and shipments should be labeled with the name of the shippers – any other name or nickname can jeopardize clearance.
  • If all documents are not provided the shipment cannot be cleared through Customs.
  • New articles and items not listed on inventory
  • Medications – prescription documents required
  • Materials in Chinese (pictures, texts, tapes, etc.) will require proper permits and are subject to censorship and confiscation
  • Antiques
  • CDs, DVDs, audio tapes and books – Provide a detailed list of titles and authors
  • Controlled drugs and psychotropic substances
  • Pornographic materials
  • Politically sensitive and subversive materials
  • Weapons (including air guns), firearms, explosives and ammunition
  • Reproduction of copyright materials
  • Alcoholic beverages – 1 liter of alcohol is allowed per adult family member, additional quantities will be confiscated and destroyed
  • Foodstuffs
  • Animal skins
  • Cordless telephones
  • Motorized vehicles of any kind

Prohibited except for certain diplomats

  • Pets are allowed to be imported into Indonesia after a government quarantine of 14 days in a quarantine facility.
  • Pets are also subject to duties and import taxes
  • Required documents include:
    • Copy of owner’s passport
    • Health certificate – dated and issued within five days of arrival
    • Rabies vaccination certificate – dated at least 30 days prior to arrival but not older than one year
    • Import permit – issued prior to animals’ arrival into Indonesia from Indonesian Department of Agriculture. Application for import permit should be made two weeks prior to arrival.

NOTE – Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and Customers. Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, International sea & air shipping cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.

Call our International Moving Specialists @ 1 (866) 315-4170

How International Sea & Air can help for moving to Indonesia

Our international moving specialists will assist you every step of your move to make the process smooth and manageable. Your personal moving expert during your move to Indonesia will be able to help you with important questions along the way, such as:

  • When do you need to move to Indonesia?
  • Do you intend to relocate permanently or temporarily with a work visa?
  • Will you be renting or purchasing real estate?

How Much Does it Cost to Move to Indonesia?

When planning a move to Indonesia or any international move, we understand that the cost plays an important role. When planning an international move, the cost will depend directly on the destination and the weight and cubic footage of your cargo. Any additional services will be charged separately.

Interested in a free cost estimate for your move to Indonesia? Make an appointment with our home inspector today by calling 1-866-315-4170 or fill out a free quote form today!

About Indonesia

Located in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is part of the Malay Archipelago. It has a total of 18,108 islands-with only 6,000 that are inhabited. Indonesia shares land borders with Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Malaysia. Neighboring countries include Singapore, Philippines, Australia, and the Indian territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world, with a population of approximately 237,424,363 – with half of the population residing in Java.

Indonesia is a republic, with an elected legislature and president and is a member of ASEAN and the G-20 major economies. The country is home to nearly 300 ethnic groups, including Indian, Arabic, Chinese, and European. It also has the world’s largest Muslim population.

Moving to Indonesia from the U.S.

If you’re planning a move to Indonesia, you’re going to need a reliable overseas shipping company to help you. International Sea & Air Shipping offers the best international moving services and can make your move to Indonesia as stress-free as possible.

International Sea & Air Shipping will help you with all the logistics of moving to Indonesia. Call us today to schedule your free home estimate at 1-866-315-4170.