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Moving to Jakarta

As the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta is the economic, political and commercial centre of the country. This sprawling, densely populated city offers expats many charms including a rich culture, mouthwatering cuisine, friendly locals and vibrant life.

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Top 5 tips for expats moving to Jakarta

The colourful and exotic city of Jakarta will be one of the most unique adventurous experiences for expats. You will appreciate life in the new city once you have become accustomed to the local lifestyle and culture.

Below are the top 5 insider tips for expats moving to Jakarta.

Domestic help
Be prepared to spend long hours outside the home, for work, transportation and social life. Domestic help in Jakarta is very affordable and many expats employ more than one domestic service be it a nanny, maid or even a cook.

Finding a place to live
It’s a good idea to invest time in researching which housing options and which neighbourhoods will be best for you. Due to the complicated property laws, most expats choose to rent a house or apartment in Jakarta. When looking for a place to stay you should also consider the volume of morning prayers, transportation links and the safety of the area.

Getting Around Jakarta
A sense of humour and some patience will definitely help you to get through the heavy urban congestion in Jakarta. It gets to its peak during the rush hours and at the weekends. Be prepared to spend hours in the traffic queue. Jakarta has no subway system and locals rely on overcrowded buses, motorcycle taxis, or personal motorcycles. Most expats choose to hire a driver or use the services of a reputable taxi agency.

Access to healthcare
When compared to other expat cities, the public health care system in Jakarta is not as reliable and accessible. It is recommended expats obtain international healthcare insurance while living in Jakarta. Many expats that require serious medical care often travel to Singapore for treatment, it is therefore advisable that any medical insurance covers both Jakarta and Singapore. 

The “Big Durian”
The city of Jakarta is famous for its “Big Durian” nickname, which is the Indonesian equivalent of New York’s Big Apple. The Durian is a strongly-odored thorny fruit identical to the country. This nickname doesn’t just identify the key location of the city, but also represents life in Jakarta; as many say, life might look unpleasant at first but once you really get to know the city, you will never want to leave it.

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