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    I'm planning on driving from Java over to Bali in my own car. Someone suggested to my wife that I should get a Surat Jalan from my local police to take with me. Anyone know whether you can do without it and what it's actually for? Thanks.

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    This can be a complicated thing since you are going for leisure and not business, right? Usually Surat Jalan or also known as SKLJ is usually good for only 3 months and is used for people who are traveling to certain regions of the country for certain purposes (usually business/technical). In my 26 years of traveling across the archipelago, I have never had to show it to any authority, although it is usually the up to the Human Resource department of companies to obtain it for their employees.

    IMHO, it is another money making opportunity, since a valid passport and visa/KITAS should suffice during travels in country. Sometimes I think it is just extra lunch money for the HR manager to take care of, such since large companies are paying for it.

    Again, don't take my word as I am just giving you an example from experience.
    Last edited by tjamail; 01-02-11, 22:01.
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    • #3
      What da smug:LOL....

      The police is trying to take money from you, Bro....if you have SIM, then proceed with your plan, if you dont, ask one who has it to go with you....
      Road tripping with no license could get you in trouble
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      • #4
        Yeah, I forgot the SIM part too...

        If you don't have a local SIM, just show them a valid license from your country/state and tell them that you just arrived. You can use an outside license for up to 30 days when entering the country.
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        • #5
          What the hell for? Forget the surat jalan. Tell those who suggested the surat jalan that the New Order is no longer.

          The only time I got a surat jalan was when putting the truck on a ferry between Flores and Sumba. The surat jalan was for the truck, not its passangers. No one asked for it in Sumba. In fact, I don't recall seeing a single police officer in the entire island.

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          • #6
            What route are you going to take? First time doing it? I've now done it six times so let me know if you need some route tips...

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            • #7
              interesting, this is the first time I see hombre said, What the hell....

              Use SIM, or ask someone who has 1, showing your country's driving license is a risky move...unless you're a good debater or having a strong connection....
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              • #8
                Well fellas, that was very quick and very clear - thanks.

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                • #9
                  Hombre has a point... Surat Jalan is usually for those who are transporting goods/equipment in a truck usually.

                  If you have a KITAS, you surely have an SKLD (Surat Keterangan Lapor Diri) card also... that too is also sufficient.
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                  • #10
                    Ouch, more posts as I posted! A very interesting topic the Surat Jalan.
                    Hombre - I'm in Malang so nearly there already. Was thinking of going via Lumerjang and Jember to Banyiwangi and then the south coast road to Kuta. Did it once on the overnight bus (which was actually very comfortable) and took the north coast route - but I think that's quite a bit further.
                    Kratos - I've got a valid UK licence and valid international. Was planning to stick with them rather than going to the bother of getting a local SIM. Drove in Bali and Lombok before - was stopped by the police in Bali and they had no problem with that - maybe I just got lucky with a nice policeman. Don't read that last bit in isolation.

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                    • #11
                      The north coast road (pasuruan, probolinggo, situbondo, banyuwangi) route will be quicker, though a lot more congested till probolinggo. The south coast route via Lumajang is more scenic, but slower. The stretch that rounds on the south flank of Bromo will slow you down as it is a lot of hilly curves.

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                      • #12
                        Yep, I know that bit pretty well as my wife's from Ampelgading. Amazing views on a cloudless day as Semeru towers in front of you as you round a bend. Get a real kick out of that every time. My wife, having grown up with the volcano at the back of the house, thinks I'm a bit strange. Well you don't get big gunungs in Manchester.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jonathan wilshere View Post
                          I've got a valid UK licence and valid international. Was planning to stick with them rather than going to the bother of getting a local SIM. Drove in Bali and Lombok before - was stopped by the police in Bali and they had no problem with that - maybe I just got lucky with a nice policeman. Don't read that last bit in isolation.
                          Yeah if you get stopped in Bali or Lombok flashing the officer your International Licence will normally be fine, however if you have an accident you could have a problem. I seem to remember another post stating that KITAS holders must have a local SIM if they wish to drive.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Sky Garden View Post
                            Yeah if you get stopped in Bali or Lombok flashing the officer your International Licence will normally be fine, however if you have an accident you could have a problem. I seem to remember another post stating that KITAS holders must have a local SIM if they wish to drive.


                            Yes, I saw the thread where that was suggested but nobody commented. Anybody know the answer?

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                            • #15
                              We have been living in Malang for years and we have done so many times the trips to Bali ( my husband were driving the car by himself) from Malang. The south coast route is more beautiful and less stress in my opinion and if you like to cut the trip for two days there is a good hotel in Kalibaru (Rp. 400Rb pernight). We have been stopped by the police 3 times, once my husband was staying with sosbud visa and an International driving license, second he was staying with Kitas and an Int'l Driving License and 3rd was staying with Kitas and local SIM. None of this occasion the police asked Surat Jalan. And you are not obliged to have local SIM, it's only because his Int'l DL has finished and he didn't want to make the trip in Europe for get the new one then he took the local SIM. Has a nice trip.....

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