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gjds20
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I've heard lots of unpleasant story about it. That as a 'bule' you have to put at least 10dollar inside your passport when you get in to the country. Even when you've already got visa on your passport they will still nag around about this and that! But actually all they want is the 'uang' ....

And they will open your suitcases/bags/ koffers.. looking for something which is not there! Emoticon: Angry

Friend of mine lost one of his 'oleh oleh' when those guys from the douane asking him around about this and that.. while the other guy quietly took the 'oleh oleh' from his bag! Emoticon: Nooo

Bandit!!!!! Emoticon: Angry

Anyone here have similar experience?!?



Jeroen
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Nope, no experience with it at all, six times entry in Jakarta, one time Bali. All without paying more than my visum (or nothing prior to the visum)

No bags opened or something like that. Ooh well...I guess it helps when you don't react like you do in this topic. Emoticon: So funny



Albert
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Showing money to custom, then they will ask you 10 - 1000 times extra then what you offered to them.

I know from a to friendly and scarred guy at costom on his way out of Ind. they asked him do you have money with you. He said yes 5 million, they said give us 2 million or else we do not let you pass and you will miss your flight.


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Have entered and went out of Indonesia some ten times now, and never had to pay anything to immigration, and my bags were also never opened. Except when I had one day overstay, I had to pay 20 dollars I think, which is the regular fine (off course not a receipt). And twice my wife was refused to enter, but paying a bribe did not help then either! Something else is the attitude of the majority of the immigration-officers, which is at the least not of a very welcoming nature. But, as a generalisation, that comes with the uniform, of which Indonesians -strangely enough, are very fond. When they have authority they are more then eager to show it in a certain manner in a bit oldfashioned way.



Albert
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Although it has got nothing to do with immigration.

Indonesian also like titles very much, in Holland you no longer see any titels in front of somebodies name, Dr. Drs, Ing, ir, etc.

Also many companies like to publish their company name with C.V. infront of it. Titels are easy to buy if you have money in Indonesia.
Or at school you must always give the teacher a present , if not.
Tja, does not matter how smart your child is, sorry bad grates at his/her report.

They also like very much when they are number one or number two of the class best students.
Very funny all of this.

But a present like a sigaret lighter (with Holland on it) or Siroopwafels is enough for the teacher, so it doesn't heart to give them something a few times a year.


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Richy
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I also know some stories from people who were kept at immigration when they wanted to leave the country. They know u'll become stress to take the aircraft in time and will pay for it.

One time I even met a man (already worked for years in Jakarta) who kept $50,- in his pocket as pre-caution to let his wife enter the country. "That's all they will get toda  from me." He also advised me that you shouldn't be the last one leaving the aircraft and entering the row for immigration. They can always do difficult with the last ones. Till now I have never experienced it by myself.


"Veel mensen hebben een te hoge dunk van wat ze niet zijn, en een te geringe dunk van wat ze wel zijn".

dtotays
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I have lived and worked in Indonesia from 1981 to 1999. For my work I had to leave and enter Jakarta frequently. After I left in 1999 until present I have entered/exited Jakarta Airport at least 6 times a year. Most of the comments I read here are valid up until the early nineties. Not any more, they never hassle me at immigration and/or at Customs even though I always speak Indonesian with the officials
Why do Indonesians like academic titles so much? They learned it from the Dutch who colonized them for 350 years!! And who says that they don't use titles in Holland? Give me a break man, they still use it before, after, above and under their names. They even use it on the doors to their offices. The writer probably was mistaken with the USA where they hardly ever use academic titles.. Emoticon: Worship



gjds20
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On 09-03-2005 22:46 dtotays wrote:
And who says that they dont use titles in Holland? Give me a break man, they still use it before, after, above and under their names. They even use it on the doors to their offices. The writer probably was mistaken with the USA where they hardly ever use academic titles.. Emoticon: Worship


Hear hear!!! Emoticon: Yes!



badut
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They try to get money from me when i left indonesia.
The guy said: You been indonesia 6 month, long time, you have to pay tax.
so i asked how much?
the guy said: 500.000
i said: i only got: 10.000
the guy said: also good, give me that

ofcourse i had way more than 10.000 with me. But he didnt know that Emoticon: Bye bye
Same with my friend that left 2 weeks later. But this time it was his police report that was not good. he had to pay 30.000. Because i warned him what happend to me.



indoboy7
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I entered Indonesia at Soekarno-Hatta airport. I was met by courteous, efficient and a few friendly officials..The visa on arrival took all of 13 minutes.I came with the intent of enjoying myself, maybe my vibes got picked up. I have had a great time. Today is the first cloud on my horizon:.long lines at the fuel stations..Hope the anticipated rise in the price of petrol in october will keep the plight of the common indonesian worker in mind......indoboy7



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I've been in and out of Jakarta from KLM flights from Amsterdam every year for a decade and never had any problems at the airport , i found everyone fine.
I carry millions on me , when i come , and have never been asked for anything other than the cost of the visa .
I would never give anything anyway! And i'm white!
(That's a walking cash machine to most Indonesians!)
I have read all the stories of foreigners being robbed , etc , i think they were clueless fools who probably went around with they're money on show!?
Being sensible is the best advice to any white people going to Indonesia.
Just smile and have a great time! Emoticon: Wink Emoticon: Yes! Emoticon: Shiny Emoticon: Smile



Yogya-Bali
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I agree with you. The last years no problems. Even friendly faces from the immigration-officers. But I know that a lot of people still face problems with the immigration. Don't be too hard on them. They payed an enormous amount of money to get the job and they have to earn that back for their investors.
Also depends on your attitude. If your unpolite or they smell that you are afraid, well then they get you.
Once a Dutch lady was so (over)proud of being able to speak the Indonesian language, and ofcourse the immigration-officer found it easy to communicate and she was fined for twice (including her husband who later blamed his wife) paying uang fiskal (tax). If she just had her mouth shut, probably their would be no opportunity for a good communication, and thus no.....



londoh
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I also agree, the last 2 -3 years there are only friendly attempts to get some money out of a white dompet hidup. One of the good things of the new visa regulations Emoticon: Nice



Agung
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Last time we only paid with some chocolate money after they went in the "we want to see that form from 3 years ago" mode.

They could also appreciate giving this type of currency! Emoticon: Puh! Emoticon: Nice Emoticon: Puh!




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