May peace, happiness and blessings be with you on this joyous occassion. Selamat Idul Fitri. Mohon maaf lahir dan batin.
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INFO: KITAS Application Part 4
(Part 4: Applying For Re-entry Permit)
KITAS and KITAP holders seeking to leave Indonesia temporarily must secure a re-entry permit. Leaving Indonesia without one would forfeit your KITAS or KITAP and you will have to re-apply for the permits from the beginning. It is also a safe measure to always have a re-entry permit for unexpected trips home.
To apply for a re-entry permit, you will need the original and photocopy of your passport, KITAS/KITAP permit and Buku POA. You will also need to submit a letter of guarantee and a letter from your sponsor. A sample letter could be found here: http://www.expat.or.id/info/reentrypermit.html. Two application forms available from the Immigration Office also needs to be filled out.
The fee for a multiple re-entry permit valid for six months costs Rp 600,00, for one year Rp 1,000,000 and for two years Rp 1,750,000. Single re-entry permits are not available. The whole application process takes three days, one day to submit documents, another day to submit payment and another day to receive your re-entry permit.
Although fixers and agents can help with your re-entry permit, given the simplicity of the process, you can personally apply for the re-entry permit yourself. From personal experience, except for the documents required from the sponsor, I was able to apply for the re-entry permit without any help with my almost non-existent Bahasa Indonesia hassle-free.
*NOTE: This article is Part Four of a series. Part One can be viewed here, Part Two can be viewed here and Part Three can be viewed here. Part Five is set to come out in the following week.
FEATURE: Idul Fitri
Idul Fitri is one of the major national holidays and not surprisingly a large, festive celebration in Indonesia. Idul Fitri, or Lebaran, marks the end of the month of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. Lebaran is the time when Muslims ask for forgiveness from their friends and family for any wrongdoings they have committed in the previous year.
Many practices and traditions are observed during Lebaran. It is customary for adults to give young children some money. Baskets containing food or small household appliances are given as presents to Muslim friends or colleagues. Ketupat and dates are among the food eaten to break the fast. New clothes are bought and worn for this special occassion. But chief among these traditions is the practice of going back to ancestral homes to visit family and relatives.
Strongly held traditions to visit family during Lebaran necessitate the exodus of millions of people from Jakarta. It is not advisable for tourists to move from one city to another during this time, as it is considerably difficult and troublesome to travel in overcrowded buses, trains and ferries. Unless otherwise completely necessary, it is better to stay put in Jakarta.
The dramatic decrease of population in Jakarta causes the city streets to be relatively empty and most businesses and government offices closed. The best way to celebrate and observe Idul Fitri firsthand is to get invited to the house of an Indonesian Muslim friend. Although if you can’t score an invite, many foreigners visiting and living in Indonesia can also celebrate Idul Fitri in Jakarta. Bazaars or pasar amals organized by civic groups abound all over the city. These bazaars are held to sell goods at discounted prices to help the poor celebrate the holidays in new clothing and special food.