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West Papua / Re: Whaleshark in Nabire, West Papua.
« on: July 25, 2013, 09:55:16 AM »
List Dive Operators at Cendrawasih Bay
Grand Komodo and Dive Paradise Indonesia
Telp. +62 361 842 7070; 361 808 5858
Fax. +62 361 271 536
Pearl of Papua
Telp. +62 81201045622; 85782261760

Papua Diving
KRI Eco Resort on KRI Island
Telp. +62 951 325 274

The Traveller's Lounge / Re: March Festivals in Indonesia
« on: July 16, 2013, 11:15:42 AM »
Dear all,to get to know all event/festival all over Indonesia please find the information here  :)

The Traveller's Lounge / Ramadan in Indonesia
« on: July 16, 2013, 11:12:16 AM »
Masjid Amirul Mukminin, Pantai Losari, Makassar, Sulawesi Selatan

The fasting month of Ramadan is a month full of blessings for Muslims, who eagerly anticipate its arrival. Muslims believe that Ramadan is a month full of God’s mercy, gifts, and forgiveness when all of one’s good deeds and prayers will be rewarded by God and all one’s sins will be forgiven. It is a lunar holiday and this year, Ramadan comes to Indonesia from July 9 – August 9, 2013.

In Indonesia, where the majority of the population is Muslim, there are various traditions in a number of areas in which people welcome the holy month of Ramadan. Although traditions may differ, the spirit remains the same, which is joyful and gratefulness in welcoming the holy month. The following are the examples of traditions during Ramadan in a number of areas:

• “Dugderan” in Semarang, Central Java
Dugderan takes place in Semarang the capital city of Cenral Java. “Dug” is the sound of a mosque drum to indicate the arrival of Ramadhan, while “Der” is the sound of cannon that is fired simultaneously with the sound of the mosque drum.

• “Meugang” in Aceh, Sumatera.
Meugang is practiced in Aceh (Nangroe Aceh Darussalam) and Muslim over there slaughter goats, sheep or buffalos. This tradition has existed in the province since the year 1400 when the province was ruled by Kings.

• “Nyorog” in Betawi, Jakarta
“Nyorog” for Betawi people in Jakarta means distributing food to elderly family members. Although the terminology Nyorog has almost disappeared the tradition still remains. The food varies such as buffalo meat or beef, packaged noodles, coffee, milk, sugar, syrup and so forth.

• “Ngabuburit” in West Java
Sundanese people in Bandung, West Java often go out before dusk with friends or family to welcome the moment of buka puasa—which means breaking the fast. They call it “Ngabuburit”. There are various activities of ngabuburit starting from playing sports with friends, sightseeing and into religious activities such as spending time in mosque, recites Koran, etc.

• Buka Puasa Bersama—all over Indonesia
Today in many major cities in Indonesia there is also a tradition called buka bersama which means breaking the fast together with relatives, friends or colleagues at restaurants or cafes that have special promotional offers during the holy months.

• Nuzulul Quran (the day commemorating the advent of Koran) and Lailatul Qadar (the night of Koran’ s revelation).
In Indonesia, Nuzulul Quran is celebrated on 17th Ramadhan while Lailatul Qadar is on the 27th of the same month. Both celebrations are uniquely Indonesian traditions.

Due to Ramadan and the Lebaran (Idul Fitri holiday following the fasting month), some tourism destinations in Indonesia might have special opening hours during the fasting month.

In general, you can assume that all museums, galleries, and similar tourism attractions will be closed for the official two days of Lebaran, August 8 and 9. Many companies of all kinds also close during these days and the week following to allow their employees to return to their home villages to celebrate Lebaran with their families.

Hotels generally are open and functioning normally but travel between Jakarta and other places in the days before and after Lebaran is very crowded and difficult to find seats as so many Jakartans “mudik”, or return to their home villages.

Below are some specific examples:

Museum Wayang (Shadow Puppet Museum), Jakarta
Address : Jln. Pintu Besar Utara No. 27 Jakarta Barat 11110
Phone : +62-21-6929560
Opening Hours:
Museum Wayang will be closed from August 8 – 9, 2013 that is the day of Lebaran. Museum Wayang also closes every Monday.
Admission :
IDR 2.000 (20 cent USD) for adults
IDR 6.000 (60 cent USD) for kids

Museum Layang – layang (Kite Museum)
Address : Jln. H Kamang NO. 38, Pondok Labu, Jakarta 12450
Phone : +62-21-7658075
Opening hours: Museum Layang – layang will be close on August 03 – 12, 2013 and will resume
again at August 13, 2013.
Admission :
IDR 10.000 (USD 1) for kids and adults
And free for kids under 3 years old

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature, Jakarta)
Address : Kompleks Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
Phone : +62-21-29369593
Opening hours : Open regularly every day, including at Lebaran
Admission :
IDR 9.000 (USD 90 cent) for children – adult

Ragunan Zoo
Address : Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta
Phone : +62-21-7896975
Opening hours : Open regularly every day, including at Lebaran
Admission :
IDR. 4.000 (USD 40 cent) for Adult
IDR. 3.000 (USD 30 cent) Children Under Twelve

Istiqlal Mosque,
Address : Jalan Taman Wijaya Kusuma Jakarta
Phone : +62-21-3813206
No ticket Admission to enter the mosque, and they’re open every day.

Batik Shops in Jakarta
All batik shops will open every day. Below 3 biggest batik shop on Jakarta :
• Sarinah Departemen store
Gedung Sarina 4th Floor, Jln. Mohammad Husni Thamrin, No. 11. Jakarta

• Alun- Alun Indonesia
Grand Indonesia, 3rd Floor, West Building. Jl. Mh Thamrin kav 28 – 30.
• Batik Keris Ship
Keris Dept. Store 4th floor. Jl. Hos Cokroaminoto 87-89 Menteng, jakarta

Advice during Ramadan:

• Like any holiday, Ramadan affects business as usual. Many venues operate with limited hours and staff, so try to book accommodation, transport, and tours via internet or phone before you arrive. Even if office have posted hours, call ahead to ensure someone’s available to meet your needs.
• Most restaurants close by day, so bring a packed lunch from your hotel or reserve ahead at restaurants that open for lunch in tourist areas.
• Get into the Ramadan spirit. To show your support, avoid eating or drinking on the street in front of people who are probably fasting and grant people privacy at prayer times.

Central Sulawesi / Flight Schedule to Luwuk
« on: July 04, 2013, 11:20:20 AM »
LUWUK (LUW) - DENPASAR (BALI) (DPS) via Makassar

DENPASAR (BALI) (DPS) - LUWUK (LUW) via Makassar

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Central Kalimantan / Flight Schedule to Pangkalan Bun
« on: July 04, 2013, 11:01:46 AM »
Jakarta (CGK)-Pangkalan Bun (PKN)

11.00 AM- 12.15 PM

09.15 AM- 10.25 AM

Pangkalan Bun (PKN) - Jakarta (CGK)

12.40 PM- 13.55 PM

08.05 AM - 09.15 AM

Pangkalan Bun (PKN) - Semarang (SRG)

11.45 AM - 12.45 PM

10:55 AM- 11:50 AM

Semarang (SRG) - Pangkalan Bun (PKN)

01.15 PM- 02.15 PM

12:20 PM- 01:15 PM

Bali / Re: Negara water buffalo race
« on: July 04, 2013, 10:23:33 AM »

Makepung Buffalo Races in Bali 2013
Dates :

• 28 July 2013 Mertasari, Jembrana
• 11 August 2013 Tuwed, Jembrana (Regent’s Cup)
• 25 August 2013 Delod Berawah, Jembrana
• 08 September 2013 Pangkung Dalem, Jembrana
• 22 September 2013 Mertasari, Jembrana
• 06 October 2013 Kaliakah, Jembrana
• 20 October 2013 Delod Berawah, Jembrana
• 03 November 2013 Awen, Jembrana
• 17 November 2013 Delod Berawah, Jembrana (Governor’s Cup)

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Tour & Travel Package / FUN TRIP to BELITUNG ISLAND
« on: June 24, 2013, 03:01:04 PM »
LOMBA   PELEPASAN   ANAK   PENYU   &   FUN   GAMES                                        
PROGRAM     :   2  HARI  /  1  MALAM                                               
TOUR CODE  :   HP  -  006  FT
KEBERANGKATAN  :  JUN.  01.  JUL.  13,  20,  27.  AUG.  03,  31.  SEP.  07,  21,  28.  OCT.  05,  12,  19,  26.
Minimum  Peserta        :  12  Pria  -  12  Wanita,   Maximum  Peserta  :  24  Pria  -  24  Wanita   
Jadwal   Perjalanan  :   

Hari  01   :   Jakarta – Tanjung Pandan  :  BELI  TIKET  SENDIRI,     SJ. 050   Berangkat  :  06.20     Tiba  :  07.20
E – mail  /  Fax  kan  ke  HSL   WISATA,  secepatnya  setelah  anda  membeli  tiket  atau  hubungi  kami  untuk  melakukan  reservasi  tiket  anda  serta  pesan  Paket  nya  di  telepon  :  021 -  6385  4291.
Pada  hari  keberangkatan,  berkumpul di  Bandara  Soekarno  -  Hatta,  Jakarta,  Terminal  :  1  -  B,  di  depan  Kantor  Penjualan  Sriwijaya  Air  pada  Jam  :  05.00  pagi.
Tiba  di  Bandara  H.  AS.  Hanandjoeddin,  dijemput  dan  diantar  untuk  menikmati  makanan Bakmi  khas  Belitung,  mengunjungi  :  Pelabuhan  Laut  Tanjung  Pandan, Pantai  Tanjung  Tinggi,  menikmati  Kelapa  Muda,  melewati  Kampung  Nelayan  Desa  Tanjung  Binga,  makan  siang  di  Resort  Bukit  Berahu.
Selepas  itu,  diantar  ke  Pantai  Tanjung  Kelayang,  dengan  perahu  tradisional,  dilengkapi  dengan  Life  Jacket,
menuju  Pulau  Lengkuas,  anda  bisa  naik  sampai  ke puncak  menara  Mercu  Suar  untuk  menikmati  pemandangan  yang  fantastic,  Lomba  Pelepasan  Anak  Penyu  ke  Laut  serta  program  Fun  Game  :  Find  Your  Own  Partner,  yang  dilakukan  di  tepi  pantai.
Sore  hari,  kembali  ke  Pantai  Tanjung  Kelayang,  diantar  ke  Hotel  Grand  Pelangi  atau  Hotel  Grand  Hatika.
Makan  malam  di Restoran  Mabai di tepi  Pantai,  Acara  Api  Unggun  dan  2  Fun  Games,  disediakan   Teh /  Kopi,  Singkong  Goreng  dan  Pisang  goreng  setelah  makan  malam,   pasti  seru !
Kembali  ke  Hotel,   acara  bebas,  bermalam.  (  Makan siang  &  makan  malam,  Sea-foods  Menu  ).

Hari  02  :  Tanjung  Pandan – Jakarta  :  BELI  TIKET  SENDIRI,     SJ. 053   Berangkat  :  16.05     Tiba  :  17.05
Atau  hubungi  kami  untuk  melakukan  reservasi  tiket  anda.
Makan pagi di Hotel,  tour  melihat Kota Tua dan Baru Kota Tanjung Pandan, singgah di Rumah Adat Belitung, Pasangan  Pemenang  Fun  Game  terakhir  akan  diberikan  kesempatan  untuk  diambil  fotonya  dengan  memakai  Pakaian  Pengantin  Adat  Melayu  di  Rumah  Adat  Belitung  (  jika  bersedia  ),  acara berbelanja oleh – oleh  dan  souvenir,  makan siang di Restoran  Sari  Laut, selepas itu, tour  mengunjungi  Pantai  Tanjung  Pendam  serta  menikmati  indahnya  pemandangan  Areal  Penambangan  Kaolin, diantar ke Bandar Udara guna melanjutkan penerbangan kembali ke Jakarta,  akhir  dari  tour  program.  ( Makan pagi, makan siang,  Sea-foods  Menu )

Hotel Grand Pelangi                 ***   Minimum : 24  Pax   Minimum : 48  Pax
Basis 2 Peserta dalam 1 kamar   Rp.   1.450.000   Rp.   1.400.000
Basis 1 Peserta dalam 1 kamar   Rp.   1.675.000   Rp.   1.625.000

Hotel  Grand  Hatika             ****   Minimum : 24  Pax   Minimum : 48  Pax
Basis 2 Peserta dalam 1 kamar   Rp.   1.575.000   Rp.   1.525.000
Basis 1 Peserta dalam 1 kamar   Rp.   1.900.000   Rp.   1.850.000


1.   Penjemputan di Bandara, diantar ke Hotel, penjemputan di Hotel, di antar ke Bandara.
2.   Kendaraan atau bus ber A.C.   3.   Acara Wisata sesuai program  +  FUN  GAMES  +  API UNGGUN
4.   Makan sesuai program  ( 1 X makan pagi, 2 X makan siang, 1 X makan malam ), tea / coffee & snacks
5.   Tiket masuk ke obyek wisata & biaya Pemandu Wisata lokal.
6.   Penyediaan  Anak  Penyu  untuk  Acara  Lomba  Pelepasan  Anak  Penyu  ke  Laut.
7.   Akomodasi 1  malam,  Grand  Pelangi  ( standard room )  atau  Grand  Hatika  (  superior  room )
   Note    :       ●   BELUM  TERMASUK  TIPS  UNTUK  GUIDE  &  DRIVER,   Rp.  40.000.00   per  pax
         ●   Belum  termasuk  biaya  Airport  Tax  :  Jakarta  &  Tanjung  Pandan,Rp.51.000.00.
                        ●   Jika  persediaan  Anak  Penyu  tidak  mencukupi,Peserta  yang  tidak kebagian  akan diberikan ganti rugi sebesar Rp. 100.000,00 

Jl.Kayoa No 7 Jakarta Pusat 10150
PHONE   :  021  -  6385  4291
FAX.        :  021  -  6385  4286
E - mail    :

South Sulawesi / Re: Foreign Currency Exchange centres in Makassar
« on: June 21, 2013, 10:37:04 AM »
PT. Haji La Tunrung AMC - Authorized Money Changer
Jl. Wolter Mongisidi 42 Mangkura Makassar
Telp. +62 411 872910
PT.Marazavalas (Marasavalas) - Money Changer
Jl.Chairil Anwar VIII Makassar
Telp. +62 411 316999
PT. Marannu Perdana (money changer)
Jl.Jend A.Yani 21 G Pattunuang 90174 Makassar
Telp. +62 411 321891 / +62 411 321901
PT. Munex (Money Changer in Makassar)
Jl.Gn.Latimojong 27-C Makassar
Telp. +62 411 323490
PT. Panca Danamas Investama (money changer)
Jl.Pasar Ikan 52 Makassar 90111
Telp. +62 411 335523 / +62 411 335524
Fax. +62 411 335527
Tenri Liri Latunrung (money changer)
Jl.Veteran Selatan No 6 Maricaya 90142 Makassar
Telp. +62 411 872907
Fax. +62 411 872907
PT.Satria Dana Sakti (money changer)
Jl.AP Pettarani 4 Pert Diamond 90231 Makassar
Telp. +62 411 452777 / +62 411 432377
Fax. +62 411 452777
Bank Sulsel (South Sulawesi Bank)
Head Office: Jl. Dr. Sam Ratulangi No. 16 Makassar
Telp. +62 411 859171
Fax. +62 411 854611

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West Sumatra / Q about mentawai
« on: June 19, 2013, 03:13:33 PM »
Dear I was in beautiful Indonesia 2 year ago and now i want to comeback for a precise scope. Im Italian Photographer who travel the world discovering tribe and indigenous people and their culture, i know that in Mentawei islands there are the Mentawei people that are still living in a very traditional way. Are these people possible to meet? These place are free to go or need a special permit? Do you have any tips Thanks Many Thanks Mattia mattiachill9at)

A question from Mattia,feel free to answer and share your info here.thx

It is official: the Jakarta Marathon 2013 will be held for the first time in Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, on Sunday, 27 October 2013.   The news was announced in Paris, France,  at the Marathon de Paris 2013, on 4th of April .
Six categories will be competed in the Jakarta Marathon 2013, namely:  Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, Wheelchairs, and Sprint for Children.
Deputy Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, Sapta Nirwandar said that the Jakarta Marathon will be an international scaled sporting event that had been carefully planned since some time. Adding that similar to other world class marathons, the Jakarta Marathon itself is intended to further expand sports tourism in Indonesia, and is expected to attract more international tourists to Indonesia.
On his side, Jakarta Governor, Joko Widodo enthusiastically welcomed the staging of the Marathon saying that “Jakarta warmly welcomes the very first Jakarta Marathon, projected to be an annual event for Jakarta and Indonesia. We hope that through this event, the number of international tourists to the city will increase each year. Governor Widodo plans to fully support the Jakarta Marathon with art and culture festivities from all over Indonesia.
The Marathon route will take competing athletes and participants pass some of Jakarta’s most well known landmarks that include the National Monument or Monas, the Istiqlal Mosque the Cathedral Church across, the Old Batavia complex, and the Hotel Indonesia Roundabout.

The event is organized by Inspiro as the appointed promotor and organizer of The Jakarta Marathon working in close cooperation with the Association of Indonesian Athletes (PASI) and the Amaury Sports Organization (ASO).
Indonesia’s participation in the ongoing Marathon de Paris 2013 is intended to observe how a successful marathon should be organized and managed with respect to design, mechanism, methods, and management structure. The opportunity was also used to promote and invite athletes and the international public to come and participate in the Jakarta Marathon 2013.
For registration and more information, please visit the event official website:

West Java / Re: Visiting Gunung Gede National Park in May
« on: April 08, 2013, 11:52:31 AM »
Hi Judy lots of villas and bungalows around Gunung Gede National Park,especially around Cibodas Botanical Garden,i suggest to hired a private bus/car from Soekarno hatta international airport cost about 200K/300K IDR,those are quite free from malaria..

West Java / Shopping for vintage clothes in Bandung
« on: April 08, 2013, 10:32:43 AM »
Vintage shopping in Bandung might involve digging through smelly piles of clothes and haggling, but the most dangerous part is perhaps discovering that you are running out of space in the two big shopping bags you brought for the purpose.
Back in 1996, word of a new shopping spot in Bandung called Cimol — short for Cibadak Mall— began to spread.

Cimol, however, is not actually a mall. It is composed of numerous street vendors selling used clothes at very cheap prices, some as low as Rp 5,000 (51 US cents) a piece, on Jl. Cibadak.
Reeking piles of clothes cover the footpath, while nicer ones, usually sold at a much higher price, are hung-up.

And so suddenly Bandung’s fashionistas began to rave about Cimol. Perhaps because it was the time when everybody was getting into 1960s and 1970s style and wearing bell-bottom pants and tight patterned shirts, thus, making Cimol the place to hunt for these items. Soon, Jakarta began to hear the whispers too.

However, Cimol was to be short lived as the fashion craze was all about the glimmering millennium and welcoming Y2K and so the vendors moved to Tegal Lega and Gede Bage Market.
Fast-forward to 2011, and a trip to Bandung Post Office on Jl. Asia Afrika reveals two spots selling vintage clothing. These stores, inside buildings next to the post office, have good collections and are much more comfortable compared to Cimol.

The first store is Cimol in an effort to channel the legend, and the second is Dezon.
Dezon, which is inside a colonial building, is larger and more comfortable compared to its darker neighbor Cimol. While Cimol houses only one seller, Dezon is composed of many.
Cimol is open anytime of the day unless they need to close for family matters but just to be safe go there around the same time as Dezon's opening hours, which is daily from 10 a.m to around 6p.m.

Both places sell mostly woman's clothes such as dresses, skirts, shirt dresses, tops, coats and even winter attire.

Owners of both Cimol and Dezon quoted the same source for their collection.
"Korea. Some are pre owned clothes and some are new but could not be sold because the export or import quota had been reached," the owner of a stall at Dezon said.  "We buy them in volume or by weight," he added.
That could explain the signature damp, earthy smell that clings to the clothes.
Shopping for vintage records at Bandung's DU 68
Here are some tips to make your shopping for vintage clothes here a winning trip:
If you come here by car, try to park at the post office parking lot, which is easier to get to before 10 a.m or after 3 p.m.
Alternatively, park at Jl. Alkateri, preferably at the same time of the day as the post office car park.
Take the time to visit both places to compare and find the best pieces. When you do find clothes you like, put them aside as it's going to be hard to find them again!
The sellers here are really nice, so even if you do not buy anything it is unlikely that they would mind.
Cash only. Set a budget aside and stick to it.
Bargain. Do not always agree on the first price.
Check for defects and stains. Judge if you can reduce or remove the stains by normal washing. If you shop at Cimol always check by bringing the clothes outside to the bright light. If you decide to buy, despite imperfections, try to ask for a further discount.
Bring some wet tissues not only to clean your hands but to test if the stain on the fabric is easy to remove with proper washing.
While you are in the neighborhood, reward yourself with a nice cup of coffee and kaya toast at the vintage Warung Kopi Purnama at Jl. Alkateri, which is located within walking distance.



“He who knows how to be aggressive and yet remains patient, becomes a receptacle for all of Nature’s lessons,” said Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu,

His words are worth listening to in this airport, where the typical scenario after your flight lands is for everybody to suddenly feel the need to rush. Some even have a habit of standing up before the aircraft comes to a complete halt.
But at Husein Sastranegara International Airport in Bandung, patience is a good thing.  Here’s the first reason: Although there are several lines, including one dedicated for foreigners, at the immigration check point, in practice, things tend to turn chaotic. The queuing space is not big enough and it can get very uncomfortable if you are disembarking from a full flight.
Secondly, after the immigration check point, you will need to wait for your baggage. This will take some time too despite the short distance between the airplane and the terminal. This long waiting time is probably due to the short conveyor belt.
Again, expect some hubbub due to the limited space. My personal view is that being the last one to get off the airplane can reduce the unnecessary competitive edge to be the first to get everything done. This also tends to make you more vulnerable to outbursts from tired and cranky fellow passengers.
It would be better to just walk down the plane at ease. If you do this, you will find your waiting time at immigration, baggage and customs to actually be a lot faster and stress-free.
Taxis and other transportation
The TAKSI (taxi) counter is located just outside the arrival gate. The staff there will ask your name and destination and will give you a coupon with number written on it. Proceed to the outdoor section of the terminal, where the taxi boarding point is located.
If you are carrying a lot of luggage, it would be better to ask for help from the airport porter because even with the help of a trolley the airport's ramps are quite steep and challenging. Tip the porters as you wish but if you have more than three heavy suitcases, the tip should be bigger than Rp 25,000 (US$2.58).
Your cab fare is will depend upon your destination. A trip to Dago will cost you around Rp 45,000 – Rp 50,000, one to Lembang is between Rp 80,000 – 100,000 and one to Gatot Subroto (Trans Studio Mall) is priced at around IDR 50,000.
Alternatively, you can rent a vehicle to suit your needs by inquiring with the person at the rent counter, next to the taxi counter. This counter opens daily from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. while the taxi counter will still be at your service until the last arrival from Kuala Lumpur at around midnight.

Citizens from  countries included in this list do not need a visa for a short visit in Indonesia. If you do need one, the visa on arrival counter is available at the arrival hall before the immigration checkpoint.

Wedding Organizer / Getting Married in Indonesia Part 2
« on: April 03, 2013, 01:14:34 PM »
Getting Married Abroad

A foreign marriage certificate will be recognized by the Indonesian government (for the purposes of Indonesian paperwork) if you take your foreign marriage certificate to the Indonesian consular office and have an Indonesian translation of the foreign marriage certificate "consularized" by the Indonesian consular office for the area which you live. The consularization process means that the verify the validity of the document and stamp the back of the document and sign it and use an official stampl. The Consular office can usually help you to translate your marriage certificate, for a fee. If you're not sure which consulate you should do the paperwork through, contact the Consular office of the Indonesian Embassy in your capital city, tell them which city/state/province you live in and they will tell you which consular office to go to for your paperwork.

In a few cases (usually due to differing religions) the foreign spouse may be asked to convert or the couple must remarry, but in most cases a consularized translation of the marriage certificate is adequate. Especially in cases where the couple already have children and have been married for some time, there are fewer questions about the legality of their marriage.

Indonesian government marriage law of 1974 stipulated that you must register your marriage with the Civil Registry (Kantor Catatan Sipil) within one year after you return to Indonesia (Marriage Law). However in December of 2006, a new bill passed called Undang undang 23 tahun 2006 tentang Administrasi Kependudukan, in which new regulations are now in affect. The prevailing law is now the Law of Administration of the Population (2006) and not the Marriage law (1974):

Indonesian citizens who have married abroad (outside Indonesia) are obligated to register with an appropriate Indonesian government consular office (consulate or embassy) in the country where the marriage took place, in order to report this marriage officially to the Indonesian government.

A report must also be made to the appropriate government authority in your hometown in Indonesia in order to assure that your marriage is legal under Indonesian law. If you are Muslim, you report your overseas marriage to the Kantor Urusan Agama (KUA) in Indonesia, if you are from another religion, you report to the Catatan Sipil in the hometown of the Indonesian spouse. Without reporting in this way, you are not considered married by the Indonesian government! This should be done, at the latest, 30 days after the Indonesian citizen returns to Indonesia. The fine for a late registration is of a maximum of IDR 1.000.000 and is further regulated by regional regulations.

The civil registry officer will check the date of your marriage and the date of your arrival to Indonesia after you have performed the marriage abroad. If the day you arrive to record your marriage exceeds the limit, then the Civil Registry Office in Jakarta may also require a court decree in order for the marriage to be recorded (Jakarta Municipal Regulation). When you register you will obtain a Tanda Bukti Laporan Perkawinan, which makes your marriage legal in Indonesia.

The Kantor Catatan Sipil may ask you for ... are you ready ... a letter from the foreign spouse's parents saying they give permission for the marriage, even after the fact! Seems strange ... but this request has come up repeatedly. So, if you want to avoid hassles, get a letter from you folks or other senior family member before you start through the bureaucracy at Kantor Catatan Sipil.

They may also ask for a certified letter from the foreign spouse's embassy verifying that the marriage certificate is legal ... which shouldn't be any problem if it is notarized, and especially if you have had the translation consularized by the Indonesian consular officials abroad. If you have children, you can bring them with you to these meetings ... more proof that you're married! Don't despair, often the officials are happy with just seeing a copy of your foreign marriage certificate, consularized by the Indonesian consulate and that is adequate to register you. But as with everything else - there is an exception to every rule!

It is customary in Indonesia to throw a big reception to which everyone one of the Indonesian partner's family members, friends and acquaintances is invited. Some couples who have married abroad may opt to have a reception in Indonesia which, in theory, demonstrates the Indonesian spouse's family's support of the marriage. Or, another way to go is to have a "tunangan" (engagement ceremony) in Indonesia in traditional fashion before the wedding,

One visitor to the site wrote about his experience returning to Indonesia after marrying abroad:

We experienced family pressure to make our marriage "syah" after returning from the US in 1997 and registering with the Catatan Sipil. My wife found a sort of kyai in her father's village who performed a ceremony that looked a lot like the standard Muslim ceremony I've seen at KUA two days ago (witness/wali, prayer, etc.) but without the buku nikah. In fact, the kyai and I and anyone in attendance who cared about accuracy knew that I was "declaring respect for Islam" but not converting. This may be enough for some families.

Prevailing law - Undang-Undang nomor 23 tahun 2006 stipulates:

Pasal 37
(1) Perkawinan Warga Negara Indonesia di luar wilayah Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia wajib dicatatkan pada instansi yang berwenang di negara setempat dan dilaporkan pada Perwakilan Republik Indonesia.
(2) Apabila negara setempat sebagaimana dimaksud pada ayat (1) tidak menyelenggarakan pencatatan perkawinan bagi Orang Asing, pencatatan dilakukan pada Perwakilan Republik Indonesia setempat.
(3) Perwakilan Republik Indonesia sebagaimana dimaksud pada ayat (2) mencatat peristiwa perkawinan dalam Register Akta Perkawinan dan menerbitkan Kutipan Akta Perkawinan.
(4) Pencatatan perkawinan sebagaimana dimaksud pada ayat (1) dan ayat (2) dilaporkan oleh yang bersangkutan kepada Instansi Pelaksana di tempat tinggalnya paling lambat 30 (tiga puluh) hari sejak yang bersangkutan kernbali ke Indonesia.

Pasal 90
(1) Setiap Penduduk dikenai sanksi administratif berupa denda apabila melampaui batas waktu
pelaporan Peristiwa Penting dalam hal:
a. kelahiran sebagaimana dimaksud dalam Pasal 27 ayat (1) atau Pasal 29 ayat (4) atau Pasal 30
ayat (6) atau Pasal 32 ayat (1) atau Pasal 33 ayat (1):
b. perkawinan sebagaimana dimaksud dalam Pasal 34 ayat (1) atau Pasal 37 ayat (4):
c. pembatalan perkawinan sebagaimana dimaksud dalam Pasal 39 ayat (1);
d. perceraian sebagaimana dimaksud dalam Pasal 40 ayat (1) atau Pasal 41 ayat (4);
e. pernbatalan perceraian sebagaimana dimaksud dalam Pasal 43 ayat (1);
f. kematian sebagaimana dimaksud dalam Pasal 44 ayat (1) atau Pasal 45 ayat (1);
g. pengangkatan anak sebagaimana dimaksud dalam Pasal 47 ayat (2) atau Pasal 48 ayat (4):
h. pengakuan anak sebagaimana dimaksud dalam Pasal 49 ayat (1):
i. pengesahan anak sebagaimana dimaksud dalam Pasal 50 ayat (1);
j. perubahan nama sebagaimana dimaksud dalam Pasal 52 ayat (2);
k. perubahan status kewarganegaraan di Indonesia sebagaimana dimaksud dalam Pasal 53 ayat (1); atau
l. Peristiwa Penting lainnya sebagaimana dimaksud dalam Pasal 56 ayat(2).
(2) Denda administratif sebagaimana dimaksud pada ayat (1) paling banyak Rp.1.000.000,00 (satu juta rupiah).

Registration at Catatan Sipil

The official fee is Rp 50,000 for "Pelayanan Pencatatan Perkawinan". You can do this registration at:

1. Kantor Dinas Kependudukan dan Catatan Sipil Propinsi
2. Kantor Suku Dinas Kependudukan dan Catatan Sipil

Cost Rp. 50.000 (Pencatatan/Registration),
Rp. 25.000 (Pemakaian Ruang WNI)
Rp. 50.000 (Pemakaian Ruang WNA)

Catatan Sipil West Jakarta / Civil Registry Office of Population and Capil
Jl. S . Parman No. 7 West Jakarta Tel. (021) 564-2808. Fax (021) 564-2808.

Catatan Sipil South Jakarta / Civil Registry Office of Population and Capil
Jalan V No Radio. 1 South Jakarta. Tel. 7280-1284-85

See the Civil Registry's website for more information.
Inter-faith marriages

Indonesian government regulations make it difficult for people of different faiths to marry. If you want to be married in Indonesia, the official government regulation is that either the bride or groom must convert to the other's religion. This can be done in the Kantor Urusan Agama in the Religious Affairs Ministry. While for some this is a true conversion, for others this is simply a paperwork formality to enable the couple to marry and ease documentation procedures. As with everything else - you may find yourself the exception, with no one asking anything about your faith when you go to get married or register your marriage. In many cases the man is asked (by the girl's family or religious leaders in her community) to get circumcised. In some cases they'll ask for visual proof, in others, they'll take your word for it ... !

In Islam, it is forbidden for a Muslim woman to marry a man who is not Muslim - thus the pressure will build from the Indonesian fiance and her family for the expatriate non-Muslim man to convert. Conversely, a Muslim man may marry someone who is one of the "People of the Book" who share the historic religious roots of Islam - Christian and Jewish women. The understanding though is that the children of these couples must be raised Muslim. In fact, these mixed religious couples will raise their children as they see fit. We've seen examples of strict Muslim upbringing, strict Christian upbringing, no religious participation/attendance, and even indifference to religious upbringing.

Some inter-faith Indonesian couples purposefully get married while they are overseas and return with the marriage a fait accompli ... legal documents and all ... and that is one way out of one of the Indonesian partners having to convert in order to marry.

Mind you we are simply discussing legalities here. Once you move to Indonesia, one may find that the pressures from the Indonesian spouse's family and friends may influence the foreign spouse's previous decision to convert or not to convert to the Indonesian spouse's religion. Indonesian society tends to have more of the "image of religiosity" than western societies. Even if your Indonesian fiance isn't particularly religious, be prepared for his/her family to be so. Generally speaking Indonesians find it very difficult to go against their family's wishes.

There is a support group for foreign women married to Indonesian men who are considering converting to Islam, called Sisters.

For more information, see two articles on Inter-Religious Marriage in Indonesia and Conversion to Islam: for expatriate men marrying Indonesian Muslim women.

Registration of Indonesians Spouses Living Overseas

Be advised that all Indonesians living overseas must register their presence with the nearest Indonesian consular office. The penalty if you do not do this within two years of your arrival is certain complications in renewal of passports, and could even entail loss of Indonesian citizenship.

For more information on Indonesian citizenship issues.


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