Marrying and Sponsoring an Indonesian Citizen

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Marriage to an Indonesian Citizen

Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to an Indonesian citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps.

You must demonstrate to Indonesian officials that they are not currently married to anyone else – either you have never been married or all divorces are finalized – that your identity is proven, and that you have never committed any crimes in Indonesia. This is done by providing various documents including an Affidavit of Single Status to the Indonesian government either in Indonesia or via an Indonesian embassy. If you want to bring your Indonesian spouse or partner to live in Canada, you must then file a sponsorship application for them to become a permanent resident. If they would like to visit you in Canada while their application is in process, they must also apply for a visitor visa. For more information, please see our family sponsorship page and our visitor visa page.


Indonesian Marriage Basic Requirements

Once a Canadian has made a decision to marry in Indonesia, he/she must choose the type of religious ceremony that he/she intend to have. Indonesian law has no provision for non-religious civil marriages. If the Canadian fiancé (e) is Moslem, the ceremony should be held at the Kantor Urusan Agama (KUA) or the Office of Religious Affairs. These offices will issue a Marriage Book, which is evidence that a Canadian have legally married. Persons wedded in a Moslem ceremony and issued a Marriage Book need not record their marriage with the Civil Registry.

Documents that Canadians must possess if they intent to have a Moslem Marriage Ceremony

The following are documents required for Moslem marriage ceremony (documents required may vary from district to district, particularly outside Jakarta):

  1. Copy of Passport
  2. Copy of Birth Certificate
  3. Certificate of No Impediment -A sworn affidavit witnessed by a Consular Officer at the Canadian Embassy stating that you as a Canadian is legally free to marry your Indonesian fiancé. You also must obtain a similar document from the government district office, or Kelurahan. The fee for this affidavit is US$30
  4. Indonesian Police Certificate
  5. Copy of Islamic convert certificate
  6. Copy of Divorce Decree (if applicable)
  7. Tax receipt or proof of tax settled (for Canadians who work in Indonesia)
  8. Copy of KITAS (Temporary Residence Permit Card) – if applicable
  9. Citizenship letter and Endorsement letter by Police (for those who lives and resides in Indonesia)
  10. Documents written in foreign languages have to be translated into Indonesian by authorized translator

If both the Canadian and the Indonesian who intend to marry are Christians, Buddhists or Hindus, then they must hold the church or temple ceremony first then record their marriage with the Civil Registry. The Civil Registry will in turn issue a Marriage Certificate which is evidence that the couples are legally married. A non-Moslem wedding which is not recorded by the Civil Registry is not considered legal. After the wedding ceremony, the couples must wait for ten-days in order to register their marriage with the Civil Registry.

In order for the couples to register a marriage with the Civil Registry in Indonesia, the following documents must be produced:

  1. Proof of birth
  2. Proof of citizenship (your passport)
  3. Certificate of No Impediment -A sworn affidavit witnessed by a Consular Officer at the Canadian Embassy stating that you as a Canadian is legally free to marry your Indonesian fiancé. You must obtain a similar document from the government district office, or Kelurahan. The fee for this affidavit is US$30.
  4. Proof of legal termination of any and or previous marriages
  5. Certificate of Solemnization of Marriage from the church or temple
  6. Six identical 4×6 cm photographs of you together with your spouse

The documents required for the registration of marriage may vary from district to district, particularly outside Jakarta

The Marriage Certificate must contain the following information: 

  • Place and date of birth, nationality, address, profession or occupation and previous marital status of the contracting parties;
  • Place and date of marriage;
  • Numbers of identity or citizenship cards, or passport in the case of non-resident foreigners;
  • The names of the parents of the contracting parties;
  • Signatures of the consul and the parties, and;
  • Dates and notary or civil registration folio concerned, in the event that a marriage had been concluded.

Indonesian Birth Certificate


Family Members

If your Indonesian spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Indonesian Marriage document application.

If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry an Indonesian citizen.


List of Indonesian Consulates in Canada

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Calling Indonesia from Canada

To make a direct call to Indonesia from Canada, you need to follow the international dialling format given below. The dialling format is the same when calling Indonesian mobile or land line from Canada.

To call Indonesia from Canada Dial

011 – 62 – Area Code – TEL #

Follow the dialing format shown above while calling Indonesia from Canada.

  • 011 – Exit code for Canada, and is needed for making any international call from Canada
  • 62 – ISD Code or Country Code of Indonesia
  • Area code – There are 34 area codes in Indonesia. If there is an area code dial area code of the city in Indonesia you are calling after dialling ISD Code.

Area Codes for Major Centres in Indonesia


Ambon 911 Gorontalo 435 Pekalongan 285
Balikpapan 542 Jakarta 21 Pekanbaru 761
Banda Aceh 651 Jambi 741 Pematangsiantar 622
Bandar Lampung 721 Jayapura 967 Pontianak 561
Bandung 22 Kediri 354 Probolinggo 335
Banjarbaru 511 Kendari 401 Salatiga 298
Banjarmasin 511 Kupang 380 Samarinda 541
Batam 778 Lubuklinggau 733 Semarang 24
Batu 341 Madiun 351 Serang 254
Bekasi 21 Makassar 411 Sukabumi 266
Bengkulu 736 Malang 341 Surabaya 31
Binjai 61 Manado 431 Surakarta 271
Bitung 438 Mataram 370 Tangerang 21
Bogor 251 Medan 61 Tanjungpinang 771
Cilegon 254 Padang 751 Tarakan 551
Cimahi 22 Palangkaraya 536 Tasikmalaya 265
Cirebon 231 Palembang 711 Tebingtinggi 621
Denpasar 361 Palu 451 Tegal 283
Depok 21 Pangkalpinang 717 Ternate 921
Dumai 765 Pasuruan 343 Yogyakarta 274


How to Call Canada From Indonesia

Calling Canada from Indonesia

To make a direct call to Canada from Indonesia, you need to follow the international dialling format given below. The dialling format is the same when calling Canada mobile or land line from Indonesia.

To call Canada From Indonesia Dial

XX – 1 – Area Code – TEL #

XX – Access code for Indonesia, either 001 or 008


Follow the dialing format shown above while calling Canada from Indonesia.

  • 001, 008  – Exit code for Indonesia, it is needed for making any international call from Indonesia
  • 1 – ISD Code or Country Code of Canada
  • Area code – There are 18 area codes in Canada. The area code is the first three digits of your telephone number.

List of area codes in Canada

Province Code Province  Code
Alberta 403 / 587 (southern Alberta)

587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)

Nunavut 867
BC 236 / 250 / 778 (majority of BC)

236 / 604 / 778 (Metro Vancouver)

Ontario 226 / 519 (southwestern Ontario)

249 / 705 (northeastern Ontario)

289 / 365 / 905 (Greater Toronto Area)

343 / 613 (eastern Ontario)

416 / 647 (Toronto)

807 (northwestern Ontario)

Manitoba 204 / 431 PEI 782 / 902
New  Brunswick 506 Quebec 418 / 581 (eastern Quebec)

438 / 514 (Montreal)

450 / 579 (Greater Montreal)

819 / 873 (remainder of Quebec)

Newfoundland and Labrador 709 Saskatchewan 306 / 639
Northwest Territories 867 Yukon 867
Nova Scotia 782 / 902


Time Difference

There are three time zones in Indonesia:

  • Western: Sumatra, Java, western Borneo
  • Central: eastern Borneo, Bali, Sulawesi, etc
  • and Eastern: New Guinea, etc

Indonesia does not participate in Daylight Saving Time so to calculate the time difference between Canada and Indonesia from March to November, subtract 1 hour from the below table, except in Saskatchewan, which does not participate in DST either.

Canadian Time Zone Indonesian Time Zone # of Hours Western Indonesian Time is Ahead # of Hours Central Indonesian Time is Ahead # of Hours Eastern Indonesian Time is Ahead
Pacific (BC, Yukon) 15 hours 16 hours 17 hours
Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan) 14 hours 15 hours 16 hours
Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario, Saskatchewan) 13 hours 14 hours 15 hours
Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec) 12 hours 13 hours 14 hours
Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec) 11 hours 12 hours 13 hours
Newfoundland 10.5 hours 11.5 hours 12.5 hours


Indonesian Money

The unit of currency used in Indonesia is known as the rupiah (Rp). Rupiah is issued and controlled by the Bank of Indonesia. The Denominations of 25, 50, 100 and 500 rupiah are in circulation in both the old silver-coloured coins and the newer bronze-coloured coins. A 1000Rp coin is also minted but rarely seen, and the 25Rp coin has almost vanished. The Bank Notes come in 500, 1000, 5000, 10, 000, 20, 000, 50, 000 and 100, 000 rupiah denominations.

Rp1, 000

The Indonesian 1, 000 bank notes (Rp1, 000) depicts Captain Pattimura on the front and Maitara and Tidore Islands, with fishermen on a boat on the back


Rp2, 000

The Indonesian 2, 000 Bank notes depicts (Rp2, 000) Antasari, Prince of Banjar on the front and Dayak dancers on the back


Rp5, 000

The Indonesian 5, 000 Bank notes (Rp5, 000) depicts Tuanku Imam Bonjol on the front and Songket weaver, Tanah Datar on the back


Rp10, 000

The Indonesian 10, 000 Bank notes (Rp10, 000) depicts Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II on the front and the traditional Limas House of Palembang, South Sumatra on the back


Rp20, 000

The Indonesian 20, 000 Bank notes (Rp20, 000) depicts Oto Iskandar di Nata on the front and Tea plantation, West Java on the Back


Rp50, 000

The Indonesian 50, 000 Bank notes (Rp50, 000) depicts I Gusti Ngurah Rai on the front and Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Bali on the back


Rp100, 000

The 100, 00 Indonesian Bank notes (Rp100, 00) depicts Sukarno and Hatta on the front and DPR/MPR Building on the back



The Coins in circulation include the Rp 1,000, Rp 500, 100, 50 and 25 coins

A set of New Coins

The latest set of coins is made from aluminium


Emergency Contact Information for Canadians in Indonesia

The Embassy of Canada in Indonesia

Embassy of Canada in Jakarta

World Trade Centre, 6th Floor
Jl. Jend Sudirman, Kav. 29
Jakarta 12920

Postal Address
P.O. Box 8324/JKS.MP, Jakarta, 12084 Indonesia

Telephone: 62 (21) 2550-7800
Fax: 62 (21) 2550-7811 E-mail: [email protected]


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Consulate of General of Australia in Bali

Jalan Tantular No. 32
Renon Denpasar, Bali

Postal Address
P.O. Box 80234, Renon Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

Telephone: 62 (361) 241-118
Fax: 62 (361) 221-195 E-mail: [email protected]


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Hours of operation

The Embassy is open to the public:

Monday – Thursday: 07:30 -16:15

Friday: 07:30 -13:00

The Australian Consulate in Bali will assist Canadians with emergencies.

Indonesian Wedding Traditions

The bringing together of 17,508 islands together makes Indonesia a culturally and religiously diverse nation.  Since Indonesia is a very diverse nation, the cultural practices from Indian, Arabic, Chinese, European and great religious influences of Muslim, Catholicism, Hinduism, and Buddhism exists in the country.


Anyone who knows the bride, groom, or even their families are invited to attend the actual wedding and the celebration during the wedding reception. An invitation to the wedding can come in various forms, from elaborately designed stationary to a simple verbal exchange. On occasion a guest will not receive an invitation but knows someone who has therefore they consider themselves invited without any formal communication from the bride or groom.  The bride and groom are truly honoured by guest’s attendance which is why Indonesian weddings can have extremely high number of attendees.


The Wedding Engagement

Traditionally an Indonesian engagement can last for many years. During this time, ceremonial gift giving takes place between the bride and groom’s families to strengthen their familiarity.  Mutual agreement of the engagement is reached with discussions between families of both bride and groom-to-be. The formal announcement of the marriage then takes place at an engagement meeting where often religious readings and traditions take place such as a reading from the Quran, or the Muslim cleansing ceremony.



Since Indonesia is broadly cultural diverse the bride and groom dress in fancy formal wear that is fashioned to particular ethnic groups. However the groom’s cool embroidered barong tagalong and the bride’s Kebaya dress are popular wedding attire selections.  The bride accessorizes with a delicate headdress, stunning gold jewellery, and perfumed flowers.


The Wedding Ceremony

In many Indonesian weddings the bride and groom have a special sponsor who acts as a witness to their marriage.  Other sponsors will handle special details of the ceremony, such as the candle, cord and veil ceremonies. The candle sponsors light two candles, which the bride and groom use to light a single candle to symbolize the fusion of the two families. The veil sponsor places a white veil over the bride’s head and the groom’s shoulders to symbolize the two clothed as one. The cord sponsor drapes the yugal, an ornamental silk cord, in a figure-eight shape over the shoulders of the bride and groom representing their everlasting fidelity. The Arrhae Ceremony, coin ceremony, is one where the groom gifts 13 coins blessed by the priest to the bride.  This demonstrates his dedication and ability to ensure his wife’s well-being and the welfare of their future children.


The Wedding Reception

The long elaborate flower procession, the pagar ayu, is sprinkled with dancers and musical performers in anticipation for the newlywed. The guests bring floral displays that decorate the reception venue and money that they slip into a reception box while signing the guest book.  Upon the start of the reception’s festivities a representative from the bride and groom’s families make a speech expressing their gratitude to their guests. This is then followed by a receiving line where the bride and groom greet each person. After the couples have thanked the wedding attendees and have also congratulated the bride and the groom,  the couple makes their way to their seats that are located on a lavishly decorated stage while traditional dancers perform in their honour. Along with the traditional drum and flute based Gamelan and Keroncong music, the spicy food buffet can be quite extensive.


Wedding Food

The feast could include entrees of: nasi goring, bakmi goreng, ikan asam-manis, sushi, tempura, kambing guling, or dim sum. The food is intricately designed to decorate the reception like fine artwork.

Nasi Goring


Bakmi Goreng


Ikan asam-manis






Dim sum


Religion in Indonesia

The Indonesian Constitution guarantees freedom of religion.  A number of different religions are practised in Indonesia, and they have a significant influence on the country’s political, economic and cultural life. However, the government only recognizes six official religions which are Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism. The Indonesian law requires that every Indonesian citizen hold an identity card that identifies that person with one of these six religions. Indonesia does not recognize agnosticism or atheism, and blasphemy is illegal. The census carried out in Indonesia in the year 2010 indicated that, 87.18% of Indonesians identified themselves as Muslim, 6.96% Protestant, 2.91% Catholic, 1.69% Hindu, 0.72% Buddhist, 0.05% Khong Hu Chu, 0.13% other, and 0.38% unstated.
With many different religions practised in Indonesia, conflicts between followers of different religions arise periodically.


The history of Islam in Indonesia is complex and reflects the diversity of Indonesian cultures. It is the world’s most poplars   Muslim-majority country, with 87 percent of its citizens identifying as Muslim. Traditionally, Muslims have been concentrated   in the more populous western islands of Indonesia such as Java and Sumatra. Politically parties based on and tolerant Islamic interpretations have had significant but not dominant success in the national parliamentary elections in 1994 and 2004.However hardline Islamic parties   have little electoral success and their bases of support remain.



Buddhism is the second oldest religion in Indonesia, arriving around the sixth century. The history of Buddhism in Indonesia is closely related to the history of Hinduism, as a number of empires based on Buddhist culture were established around the same period. Indonesian archipelago has witnessed the rise and fall of powerful Buddhist empires such as Sailendra dynasty, Srivijaya and Mataram Empires. The arrival of Buddhism was started with the trading activity that began in the early of first century on the Silk Road between Indonesia and India.

According to the 2000 national census, roughly 2% of the total citizens of Indonesia are Buddhists, which takes up about 4 million people. Most Buddhists are concentrated in Jakarta, although other provinces such as Riau, North Sumatra and West Kalimantan also have a significant number of practitioners. However, these numbers are high due to the fact that practitioners of Confucianism and Taoism, which are not considered official religions of Indonesia, referred to themselves as Buddhists on the census.

Buddhist Temple of Borobudur in Indonesia

This is the Largest Buddhist Temple in the World


The Indonesian Government officially recognizes the two main Christian divisions in Indonesia, Protestantism and Roman Catholicism, as two separate religions.


Protestantism arrived in Indonesia during the Dutch East India Company (VOC) colonization in the sixteenth century .VOC policy to Catholicism significantly increased the percentage of Protestant believers in Indonesia .The religion expanded considerably in the 20th century, marked by the arrival of European Missionaries in some parts of the country, such as Western new Guinea and Lesser Sunda Islands. Protestants form a significant minority in some parts of the country. For example, in the Island of Sulawesi 17% of the citizens are Protestants particularly in Tana Toraja regency in south Sulawesi province and Central Sulawesi.  Furthermore up to 65% of ethnic Torajan population is protestant. In 2000 approximately 35% of ethnic Chinese were Christians.  However, there is continuous increase among the younger generation. Indonesia has two protestant majority provinces, which are Papua and North Sulawesi with 60% and 64%of the total population consecutively.


Roman Catholicism

Catholicism arrived in Indonesia during the Portuguese arrival with spice trading  .During the Dutch East Indies  era the number of Roman Catholicism practitioners fell significantly, due to VOC policy to ban the religion. With the legalization of Catholicism in the Netherlands starting 1800 and the collapse of VOC, Dutch Catholic clergy predominated until after Indonesia’s independence. Other than Flores, Central Java also has significant numbers of Catholics. Catholicism started to spread in Central Java when Frans van Lith, a priest from The Netherlands came to Muntilan, Central Java in 1896. As of 2006, 3% of all Indonesians were Catholics, about half the number of Protestants at 5.7% the practitioners mostly live in Papua and Flores. The province of East Nusa Tenggara where the island of Flores and West Timor located is notable as the only province in Indonesia where Catholics are majority, about 54.56% of total population.



Hindu culture and religion arrived in the Indonesian archipelago in the first century, roughly coinciding with the arrival of Buddhism. This resulted in a number of Hinduism-Buddhism empires such as Kutai, Mataram and Majapahit. The Prambanan Temple complex was built during the era of Hindu Mataram.

Hinduism in Indonesia takes on a tone distinct from other parts of the world. For instance, Hinduism in Indonesia, formally referred as Agama Hindu Dharma, never applied the caste system. It also incorporated native Austronesian elements that revered hyangs, deities and spirits of nature and deceased ancestors. The Hindu religious epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, are expressed in uniquely Indonesian wayang puppetry and dance. In many areas on Java, Hinduism and Islam have heavily influenced each other, in part resulting in Abangan and Kejawen traditions.

As of 2007, the official number of Hindu practitioners was 10 million, giving Indonesia the fourth largest number of Hindus in the world. The PHDI gives an estimate of 18 million. Of this number, 93% of the practitioners are located in Bali, the majority of the population of which is Hindu. Besides Bali, Sumatra, Java, Lombok, Kalimantan and Sulawesi also have significant Hindu populations; most are Balinese who migrated to these areas through government sponsored transmigration program or urbanized Balinese attracted to cities in Java, especially the Greater Jakarta area. Central Kalimantan has a 15.8% Hindu population. The Hindu variant of Kalimantan is identified as Hindu Kaharingan, although this native Dayak belief may be more correctly categorized as Animism, rather than Hinduism. Sikhs are typically registered as Hindus because the Indonesian government does not recognize Sikhism as a religion.



Confucianism originated from China mainland and brought by Chinese merchants and immigrants. It is estimated as late as the 3rd century AD that the Chinese arrived in Nusantara archipelago. Unlike other religions, Confucianism evolved more into loose individual practices and belief in the code of conduct, rather than a well-organized community religion, or way of life or social movement. It was not until the early of 1900s that Confucianists formed an organization, called Tiong Hoa Hwee Koan (THHK) in Batavia (now Jakarta).

Hence the status of Confucianism in Indonesia in the New Order era was never clear.  There were conflicting laws, as the higher law permitted Confucianism, but the lower law did not recognize it.  Confucians were not recognized by the government and they were forced to become Christians or Buddhists to maintain their citizenship. This practice was applied in many places, including in the national registration card, marriage registration, and even civics education in Indonesia taught school children that there are only 5 official religions.


Other unofficial religions and beliefs


Animism has existed since Indonesia’s earliest history, around the first century, just before Hindu culture arrived in Indonesia. Furthermore, two thousand years later, with the existence of Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and other religion, Animism still exists in some parts of Indonesia. However, this belief is not accepted as Indonesia’s official religion as the Pancasila states the belief in the supreme deity, or monotheism. Animism, on the other hand, does not believe in a particular god. The government of Indonesia often views indigenous beliefs as custom (adat) rather than religion (agama) or as a variant of a recognized religion. Because the government does not recognize animism indigenous tribal belief systems as official religion, as a result followers of various native animistic religions such as Dayak Kaharingan have identified themselves as Hindu in order to avoid pressure to convert to Islam or Christianity.



There are small unrecognised Jewish communities in Jakarta and Surabaya. An early Jewish settlement in the archipelago was through the Dutch Jews who came along for the spice trade. In the 1850s, about 20 Jewish families of Dutch and German origins lived in Jakarta (then Batavia). Some lived in Semarang and Surabaya. Several Baghdadi Jews also settled in the island. Prior to 1945, there were about 2,000 Dutch Jews in Indonesia. In 1957, it was reported around 450 Jews remained, mainly Ashkenazim in Jakarta and Sephardim in Surabaya. The community has decreased to 50 in 1963. In 1997, there were only 20 Jews, some of them in Jakarta and a few Baghdadi families in Surabaya.

Jews in Surabaya maintain a synagogue. They have little contact with Jews outside the country. There is no service given in the synagogue.



Kebatinan or Kejawen (Javanese beliefs) or Kepercayaan kepada Tuhan Yang Maha Esa (Believer of One Supreme God) is an amalgam of animism, Hindu-Buddhist, and Islamic especially Sufi beliefs. The belief is rooted in Javanese history and spiritualism with the tendency to syncretize aspects of different religions in search of the common grounds. The Kebatinan or Kepercayaan have no certain prophet, sacred book, nor distinct religious festivals and rituals. It has more to do with each adherent’s internalized transcendental vision and beliefs in their relations with others and with the Supreme Being. As the result there is an inclusiveness that the kebatinan believer could identify themselves with one of six officially recognized religions, at least in their identity card, while still subscribe to their kebatinan belief and way of life.



Atheism is illegal under Indonesian law. In 2012, atheist civil servant Alexander Aan was sentenced to thirty months in prison for a Facebook post denying the existence of God, sparking nationwide debate. Alexander’s lawyers speculated that there were only 2,000 or so atheists in Indonesia, but stated that it was difficult to estimate due to the threat of imprisonment for open atheism.


Romantic, Scenic and Historic Places in Indonesia

Indonesia is considered to be a tropical paradise filled with volcanoes, waterfalls, rain forests, beaches and sapphire blue water. It is said that it is one among the top tourism and romantic countries in the world.


Hotels and Resorts

Alila Villas Soori – Bali

Located on the beautiful south-west coast of Bali, Alila Villas Soori overlooks sweeps of black-sand beach and across the azure Indian Ocean. It is a sophisticated and contemporary luxury resort, of private villas – each with their own pool – and a great range of amenities. It’s popular with honeymooners, of course, but also families, owing in part to the impeccable staff and the range of excursions/activities they can organize.


Amandari Hotel – Bali

Amandari Hotel Suites are stunning in their simplicity with polished Javanese marble and teak furnished bathrooms. It is located high above the Ayung River valley


Anantara Seminyak Resort and Spa – Bali

Anantara Seminyak Resort and Spa is a lavish island retreat in Seminyak, Bali. It’s a big favourite with honeymooners and romancing couples, owing to its well-appointed, spacious suites, sweeping seaviews and plentiful amenities.


AYANA Resort and Spa in Bali

The resort is set on 77 hectares of land at the southernmost tip of Bali, on some of the island’s finest coastline. AYANA Resort and Spa uses seventy percent of their land to accommodate business conferences, spa junkies, wedding parties and hallmark romantics. It’s so popular to get married here as that the hotel has employed a full time wedding planner together with the staff.


The Mansion Resort Hotel & Spa – Bali

The Mansion Resort and Spa is one of Bali’s hidden gems. Set in a beautiful estate, it offers the outstanding hospitality and extensive facilities expected of a luxury resort.


Hotel Tugu Bali

This is a luxury hotel and it reflects the owners’ passion for the romantic beauty of the art, history and culture of Java and Bali. Priceless Indonesian antiques adorn this luxury hotel, creating an out-of-the-ordinary ambience. It is located a few steps away from the beach.


Viceroy Bali

The Viceroy Bali is an intimate luxury hotel in Ubud, Bali. Set in acres of verdant gardens, it is charming and serene, with impeccably trained staff and a distinctly Balinese architectural influence. Stay here and enjoy spectacular views across the Petanu river gorge, or explore the richly cultured town of Ubud.


Waka di Ume – Bali

The Waka di Ume Ubud Resort and Spa is a very unique boutique hotel in Ubud. This oasis of quiet and serenity is only minutes from the hustle and bustle of Ubud, the cultural and artistic heart of Bali.


Waka Shorea Resort, Bali, Indonesia

Waka Shorea is the only luxury hotel permitted in the Barat Bali National Park, near unspoiled white sand beaches, living coral, crystal clear waters and the famous diving area of Menjangan Island. The hotel nestles on a protective peninsula, a ten-minute boat ride from the main public area.


Oberoi Lombok

The Oberoi Lombok is set in the idyllic surroundings of Medana Beach. It is located on the Coast of Lombok Island, east of Bali in Indonesia. Set in 24 acres of private grounds, the luxury hotel provides comfort inform of luxurious accommodation and well known international cuisine.



Bali is obviously famous for its beaches, but check out these other, less touristy beaches throughout the country.

Belitung Island, Bangka Belitung Province

Tanjung Tinggi Beach

Tanjung Tinggi is a beautiful white sands beach featured with giant granite stones. This beach is also popular because Laskar Pelangi movie took place here.


Lengkuas Island, Belitung Regency, Bangka Belitung Province

Lengkuas Beach

Lengkuas Island is popular for its lighthouse. Tourists can enjoy the white sands beach and group of giant granite stones near the beach as well.


Peucang Island, Ujung Kulon, Banten Province

Peucang Beach

Peucang Beach has amazing white sands beach, located in Ujung Kulon which is a conservation area for the endangered Java Rhino.


Karimunjawa Islands, Jepara Regency, Central Java Province

Geleang Island Beach

Geleang Island Beach has a tranquil white sands and cool blue waters.


Sempu Island, Malang Regency, East Java Province

Segara Anak Beach – Sempu Island

Segara Anak is a lagoon which is located in a conservation island called Sempu Island. People always compare this beach to Maya Bay in Phi Island, Thailand.


Kepulauan Seribu (or Thousand Islands), Jakarta Province

Semak Daun Beach

Semak Daun Beach is located at Thousand Islands and it has cool blue waters and white sand.


Kelapa Island, Kiluan Bay, Lampung Province

Kelapa Island Beach, Kiluan

The beach is located about 10 minutes from Kiluan Bay. The beach is also home to some amazing dolphins


Senggigi Beach, Lombok

This beach is located on the west coast of Lombok, the atmosphere and the beautiful underwater scenery and fascinating. The waves are not too strong and are relatively quiet. It is suitable for romantic lovers and honeymoon.


Bulukumba, South Sulawesi Province

Tanjung Bira Beach

Tanjung Bira is popular for its flour-like white sands. It is located about 5 hours from city of Makassar


Nihiwatu Beach, Sumba Island

Nihiwatu beach is surrounded by lush pandani and rice terraces. This isolated island is inhabited by an ancient people with a unique tribal culture with its animist rituals that have remained unchanged for centuries.


Salaries in Indonesia

Average annual income in Indonesia in 2011/2012 is around 75,445,500 IDR (7,950 USD)

Average and Median Monthly Salary Comparison in Indonesia

The minimum annual salary for biggest towns in Indonesia rose to 15.5 million IDR (1,560 USD) in year 2011 and at the same time, Indonesian wages are among the lowest as compared to the countries in Asian Continent.

Within the Asia Pacific region, incomes were increased for 5.2% in year 2011 and are forecast to rise for 6% at the end of this year (2012). This increase witnessed in the Asian Continent is more than 50% higher than in Europe.

China remains the main target for foreign investment in Asia. But Chinese costs of labour are rising quickly and now more companies are looking in South East Asia for cheaper manual labour. While Indonesia remains competitive wages and rapidly improving technology it is a target for future foreign investment, particularly in the Information and Technology sector.

Indonesian Management incomes are also the lowest as compared to China is the Economic giant in the region.  For example a sales manager in China with 10 years working experiences receives a yearly income of around 45,000 USD or more. In Indonesia, an employee with in the same position, with the same education and experience receives only around 23,000 USD.


Salary Comparison by Job Category (Average Monthly Salary)

Provided below is the salary comparison by job category

Job Category Average Salary
Science 38,000 IDR
Executive and Management 400,000 IDR
Health and Medical 2,500,000 IDR
Administration / Reception / Secretarial 3,000,000 IDR
Banking 3,530,250 IDR
Advertising / Graphic Design / Event Management 4,000,000 IDR
Human Resources 4,256,500 IDR
Marketing 4,500,000 IDR
Information Technology 4,508,000 IDR
Business Planning 6,500,000 IDR
Quality Control 7,848,620 IDR
Import and Export 8,500,000 IDR
Sales Retail and Wholesale 8,900,000 IDR
Accounting and Finance 9,427,500 IDR


How to Sponsor your Indonesian Spouse to Canada

Canadian citizen can sponsor a spouse and dependent children to come and live with him/her if they are outside Canada. Therefore Canadians are free to get a marriage visa to marry their Indonesian spouses and sponsor their application for marriage immigration to Canada provided that they meet all the requirements.   If you were married in Indonesia, the marriage must be valid under the law of Indonesia and under the Canadian law.  A marriage performed in a Canadian embassy in Indonesia must comply with the laws of Indonesia.

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