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Clearing In and Out of Indonesia – Our Experience

By Val Ellis last modified Jan 01, 2011 01:57 PM

Published: 2011-01-01 13:57:09
Countries: Indonesia

We recently arranged a CAIT and used Lytha at PT.KARTASA JAYA (email: [email protected] ). They were extremely fast - less than 4 weeks and professional. We had planned to clear in at Maumere, because it is known to be less corrupt(as advised by Lytha), but due to some boat issues cleared in at Kupang in November 2010. We paid US$120 to an agent in Kupang for clearing in, but did not have to pay any bond.

We cleared out at a different location from the place we intended to clear out (ie as specified in our CAIT), Semerang instead of Batam. Semarang port charged US$40 as a consequence. We understand that you are not normally charged to clear out at a different location and suspect this cost was due to the "inconvenience".

Further, as Australian citizens we had obtained 30 day on arrival visas (note, these can only be obtained from certain ports). These can be extended fairly easily at an immigration office in Indonesia, if necessary. If you do not extend your visa, you will be charged about US$20 per day that you overstay.

Overall we found the authorities to be fairly helpful.

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