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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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Liveaboards

Responsible tourism (which Liveaboards are not) continues to play an important role in providing more sustainable alternatives for locals to make a living, especially with the involvement of many of the scuba diving resorts that are invested in the protection of the marine park. While Indonesia is a Member State of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), many of these vessels do not comply with international standards and brazenly flout the rules. Liveaboard boats carrying more than 15 persons are deemed to be passenger vessels and the most discharge untreated sewage within the marine park. Such sewage pollution leads to nutrient enrichment in ocean water, which favours algal growth at the expense of coral organisms

Irresponsible anchoring causes a great deal of coral breakage and fragmentation in the marine park, and can also damage the habitats near reefs such as seagrasses that serve as nurseries and habitats for the juveniles of different coral reef organisms. Anti-foul paint, which you will find on all liveaboards – is a highly toxic chemical paint that is applied to the bottom of boats to prevent adherence or slow the growth of subaquatic organisms.

Being in the forefront of the scuba diving industry and operating the only Marina in the region, we have experienced firsthand what the Liveaboard boats are not only doing to the income of the locals but to the environment, we so desperately try to conserve. We have, ever since our inception in 2017, invested thousands of dollars to salvage wrecks and clean up contaminants spilt in the waterways.

Dive Resorts

We travel to more dive sites than most liveaboards in Raja Ampat and have access to remote dive sites that have fewer divers visiting them and is, therefore, less spoilt.

Our customised dive boats revolutionise the functionality and comfort of dive boat operations and will change the way you dive forever. Our tried, tested and tailored itineraries maximise your days diving, to deliver the most unforgettable and valuable experiences and activities.

At Meridian Adventure Dive we have not only invested in the community by creating local-first job opportunities in the area but investing in only using eco-optimised practices and transportation on the waters of the protected area.

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