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Clearing into Indonesia in Kupang

By Josef Oehlinger — last modified Nov 19, 2014 11:40 AM

Published: 2014-07-27 23:00:00
Countries: Indonesia

 

This is to report how we did our entry to Indonesia the last few days.

We are an Austrian Yacht named Sanuk II, reg. W-24055, home port Vienna. We are 2, Josef and Eva Oehlinger.

We had all papers ready we thought. We had a CAIT and both a "so-called" social visit visa good for 60 days. Reading a lot about the excessive paperwork that comes with an entry to Indonesia we contacted Napa Rachman from Kupang Yacht Service to assist us. We had his address from the Southeast Asia Cruising Guide from Stephen Davies & Elaine Morgan. It turned out that this was a very good decision.

Upon arrival at 13.00 hours local time we got into radio contact with him within an hour. He arranged that Health and Quarantine came to the boat within 2 hours. Actually you have to pick them up by dinghy from the beach, and there was a strong breeze, so it was quite wet for everybody. But it did not hamper the inspection, with some searching, but no probelms. We learned that this is only the beginning, next day we should come to their respective offices to pay the fees (450.000R in our case) and to get some forms (in the end it is the so called green book), that you will need at any further port you visit.

The same afternoon we got a further visit from Customs, again this is only the inspection, next day we should come to their main office at the Commercial port Tenau, to sign some papers. It took us 4 hours to sit there to get the required documents, the most important one the "temporary import" document, and we got it without paying any bond, just a letter of guarantee from us!

Our agent had done the morning work at Health and Quarantine and saved us the hours there, got us the green book with all the confirmations of Health and Quarantine. He assisted us during the hours at Customs Head office, knows the people there. And he obtained the port clearance from the harbormaster for us. So in one and a half days we were cleared in. Quite long, but fast for this country we heard.

Mr. Napa also brought us to a telkomsel office with competent staff where we got our micro-sim and a prepaid package for data and phone time and had it checked to work ok while in the office. He advised us on laundry and location of shopping mall and so on, which clearly went beyond an agents duties. He charges 350.000 for his service.

Next to us was an Australian boat, which first reluctantly joined to use him, but at the end they agreed they were happy they had done so when they saw what a lot of time and frustration they were saved.

Mr. Napa Rachman can be contacted under kupangyacht_service@yahoo.com

Josef Oehlinger

 

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orinocoflo
orinocoflo says:
Nov 18, 2014 10:32 PM

I arrived in Kupang this week and having read many positive reviews about the agent Napa Rachman I emailed him in advance unfortunately he wasnt available when we arrived so we used another agent his name was Michael. He was terrible! Having gone through this process before I knew the ins and outs of the clearance procedure. However Quarantine, Immigration and the Harbour Master all needed to be payed "tips" 250,000 each. I had to pay 300,000 for the use of a car for 3 hours. Finally Michael asked me for $1200 US dollars for his remarkably slow and unprofessional services (Napa charges 350,000).

I implore one and all not to use Michaels services

S/Y Orinoco Flo

SY AKKA
SY AKKA says:
Aug 14, 2014 08:09 AM

We - SV AKKA from Hamburg/Germany - cleared in to Kupang about 2 weeks after DANUK did. We had read this comment before leaving Darwin, but had asked our CAIT-agent in Bali, too - Napa Rachman was one of two agents they recommended, so we contacted him.
We had a similar friendly and helpful experience - in our case, it took a bit longer than expected to get the final cruising permit, the "green book". We had announced that we would stay for about a week, so Napa Rachman took his time to finish the work, which included a weekend. Maybe you''d rather define a fixed departure date...
Regarding the costs, we'd like to add that the fee for the agent was similar to the one SANUK paid - we agreed on 50 AUS$, but Napa Rachman did all the paper work for us.
On top of the agents fee, the "Green Book" procedure costs about 450.000 Rupiah, and there is also some money involved "to ease the process", so in total, we paid around 900.000 Rupiah plus agents fee, which we were quite happy to do.

Last but not least, we'd like to give you the coordinates for our anchoring spot, which is not off famous "Ted's Bar". We saw that boats anchored at that spot came over to our anchorage to land their dinghies there, so here is, where we anchored:

10°09.38 S and 123°34.75 East in 5-6m over sand/mud. Good holding. Since we had to dive for a lost item, we saw the bottom and it was clean without rubbish. The dinghy landing is right at the beach next to some palm trees and bushes, where we met Lambert, who lives there with his family and is a trustworthy dinghy watcher and always keen to help you with getting the dinghy ashore. Do not forget to pay him for his services from (20.000 Rp. is fine from time to time!)! The best dinghy spot in Kupang, we think!

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