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Latest Procedures & Requirements

Indonesia does away with PCR tests and eases mask-wearing rule.

 

Indonesia has removed pre-flight PCR or ART tests for inbound International and Domestic travelers, including returning Indonesians. Masks are no longer required for vaccinated people in non-crowded outdoor spaces. Arriving travelers will only need to undergo a health check at the airport for any Covid-19-related symptoms.

 

The Circular Letter issued by Indonesia Covid-19 Task Force on May 18 stipulated that travelers must comply with the new health protocol: download the PeduliLindungi tracing app, show proof of their second Covid-19 vaccination obtained at least 14 days prior to departure, and have insurance covering Covid-19 medication and evacuation to referral hospitals.

 

For international arrivals to Indonesia:

The main change is that the remaining PCR test prior to arrival has been removed for fully vaccinated travelers.

 

The latest procedure and requirements for entering Indonesia are:

  • Depending on the nationality, visitors must present a B211A visa approval letter or request a VOA (Visa-on-Arrival). The list of 72 countries eligible for VOA remains unchanged (updated 30May’22)

 

  • Physical or digital evidence in English that shows the visitor is fully vaccinated at least 14 days before departure (no booster necessary)

 

  • Children under 18 years are exempted from this rule

 

  • Download the PeduliLindung application and complete travel details.

 

  • Proof of ownership of health insurance covering COVID-19. No minimum coverage is mentioned in the latest regulation but we recommend a minimum coverage of US$ 25,000 (or equivalent in other currencies)

 

  • Upon arrival, no PCR testing or quarantine is necessary if the body temperature is below 37.5 degrees Celsius.
    A PCR Test and 5 days of quarantine are ONLY necessary if the temperature of the visitor is above 37.5 degrees Celsius.

 

This policy is eligible for entry through the international airports of Jakarta, Surabaya, Bali, Batam, Bintan, Manado, Lombok, Medan, Makassar, Yogyakarta, Banda Aceh, Padang, Palembang, Solo, Banjarmasin and Balikpapan, and all international seaports.

 

The cost of a Visa on Arrival (VOA): IDR 500,000 (approx. 38 USD) and can be paid on a credit or debit card. Cash is accepted in EUR, GBP, AUD, USD, SGD, and IDR.


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Giant sea creature or a colony of tiny individuals?

Let’s face it – the ocean’s waters inhabit a vast amount of species and ecosystems unknown to man. With more than 225k marine species identified, another 2mill remain a complete mystery to human beings. So, we can only imagine the horrific thoughts running through the head of an uninformed diver stumbling across one of these tube-shaped phenomena.

Giant Pyrosome

But that wasn’t the case for Andrew Buttle and his friend Steve Hathaway who immediately knew what they were encountering is a colony of tiny sea animals that link together. It is called a Pyrosome and made up of thousands of smaller creatures called ‘zooids’ held together by a gelatinous tunic that resembles something like a ‘wind-sock’. The tiny individuals work in unison to propel the colony through the water.

They actually get their names from their bioluminescent feature: “pyro” meaning “fire” in Greek, and “soma” meaning “body.” Their blue-green light can be seen more than 100 feet away.

According to Science Alert, their mysterious features and bioluminescent glow have caused some scientists to dub them the “bizarre unicorns of the sea” and reportedly feel “like an exquisitely soft feather boa.”

Buttle and Hathaway came across this majestic sighting off the coast of New Zealand and although these floating colonies are not entirely considered to be rare, a specimen this large is an uncommon sight.

Enjoy the video!

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