After JIS, More Reasons For Expats To Beware- ‘Always Carry Passports!’

Only yesterday, with that JIS shocker…  …the expat community in Jakarta was abuzz with concerns about what goes on here.

If one falls foul of the law, one can find oneself in a precarious situation – to say the least.

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  • So here’s another bone to chew on. 

Expats in Indonesia will maybe remember our previous post on their document concerns…

Iya, Cinta Indonesia…Tapi Jangan Pakai Fotokopi2! 

…about eight months ago, although I myself had forgotten all about it.

It arose from reading an article in Indonesia Expat magazine, and it was only when I came across the latest issue of said mag, last weekend, that the concerns expressed then re-entered my mind.

I should take this opportunity again to praise that vastly improved publication. They had an outstandingly beautiful girl on the front cover just before Christmas…



…apparently her name’s Zahara – but the content too is usually well worth perusal!

Anyway, what sparked interest then was  a story of an Imigrasi raid on Jalan Jaksa, when some ill-starred expat showed a photocopy of his documents and that was deemed insufficient.

Only the real thing would do!

Prior to that, most of us carried photocopies, for the good reason that if your actual passport is lost or stolen, or even, bizarrely, gets wet in the rainy season, you can find yourself steeped in worry, expense or even worse.

Being a cautious fellow, I’ve been asking about and now I am given to understand that at least one major Western Government has recently altered its guidelines. 

Non-Indonesian nationals must be able to show and submit their valid travel document (e.g. passport) or stay permit (e.g. KITAS / KITAP) that they hold at any time when required to do so by an active Immigration Officer in the interests of Immigration control.

And if the UK is advising its nationals so to behave, it’s reasonable to assume other countries’ citizens face similar hazards as they go about their lawful business, or leisure!

Indonesia, of course, is perfectly within its rights to enforce this stern requirement. And we strangers in a foreign land are obliged to acquiesce.

But, especially in the rainy season, do wrap the document in waterproof plastic.