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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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LET US SHOW YOU THE FLASHIEST LITTLE SHELLFISH IN INDONESIA

The disco clam gives a whole new meaning to the word ‘Party Animal’ with its mesmerising light display. Not to mention, that the party never stops for these little molluscs, as they perform their flashy light shows more or less continuously.

This hypnotic display so enthralled Lindsey Dougherty, a biologist at the University of California, Berkeley that she decided to research the clam in detail.

In 2014 Dougherty and her research team discovered that the brilliant flashes are not the work of bacteria, but instead reflecting light through tiny bits of silica in a specialised tissue. “One side of this tissue reflects all visible light, so it’s white. The other side only reflects long, low-energy wavelengths, which is why it appears red.”

This tissue is furled and unfurled up to six times a second, producing the flashing disco effect.

Disco or Fire Clam

In the deep sea it is estimated 90% of animals produce some kind of light, either with their own chemical reactions or in cooperation with onboard bacteria. Down in the dark waters, that light does everything, from confusing predators, to attracting mates or prey.  However, the disco clam lives in the shallow waters surrounding Indonesia where bioluminescence is not as useful, so why flash?

Dougherty’s team tested three possible functions of this showy display: enticing potential mates, attracting prey, and scaring off predators. It is believed that the flash effect would be an ineffectual mating display as the clams have poor vision.  It has been shown that the flashing rate increases in tests that mimic the looming of a predator, suggesting that the display serves to ward off such threats. But it may be a lure for the plankton on which the clams feed. The researchers do not yet know what purpose the disco clam’s flashes serve.

Regardless of the ‘why’, we love to look at them, come see for yourself.

The party is on in Raja Ampat and you’re invited!

Let us take you to the Disco!

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