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COVID-19 UPDATES

When travelling to Indonesia:

Current Rules & Restrictions: Indonesia is open but with the following restrictions:

 Visas:

Every visitor must have a valid visa/residence permit and must have a local sponsor to obtain the visa. (Ref: Permenkumham 26/2020)

The following types of visa/permit are accepted for entry: Official Visa; Diplomatic Visa; Visitor Visa; Temporary Stay Visa; Official Stay Permit; Diplomatic Stay Permit; Temporary Stay Permit; and Permanent Stay Permit.

Visa’s on arrival are not permitted, all visas must be obtained from country of origin.

 

COVID Protocols:

International Arrival Protocol still remains the same

Arrival from International Flight:

– Proven of Complete vaccinated ( Dose 1 and Dose 2)

– PCR test that been conducted at least 48 hrs before boarding

– Upon arrival another PCR test

– Quarantine 2Nights/3Days in Bali or Jakarta, they will conduct 2nd PCR Test on day 3 before you continue elsewhere

– Company Guarantee/Travel Letter

Domestic Flight

– All domestic travellers are required to present COVID-19 vaccination record (first dose is acceptable) and negative RT-PCR or Antigent test which obtained within 48 hours prior departure .

Countries allowed to enter direct to Bali (then do quarantine) and do not have to go through Jakarta. Countries not listed below must fly to Jakarta and proceed with quarantine there.

All Asian Countries

  • China, Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Malaysia, Singapore

Other countries

  • Bahrain
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Italy
  • Kuwait
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • French
  • United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • New Zealand

Diving in Raja Ampat Protocols:  Scuba-Diving-Raja-Ampat-COVID-19-Handbook-Selam_English_260920

 


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We believe in diving to make a difference! That is why we dive differently…

Raja Ampat is the epicentre of marine biodiversity and attracts dive enthusiasts, snorkelers and adventurists all over the world. However, the island’s location and currents make Raja Ampat a trap for man-made waste caused by the increasing population internally and in neighbouring countries, as well as poor waste management/treatment practices.

Ever since our inception in 2017, we have been taking plastic, debris and the education of conservation in the Raja Ampat area very seriously.

PADI Project Aware 2018 Waisai

One such a simple example is the continued clean-up of the mangroves that surround the resort. Below you will see a picture of the current condition of the mangroves. We couldn’t be happier with the results, and the mangroves are starting to host more and more juvenile species on a weekly basis.

PADI’s 2018 Project Aware in Waisai

This year we rallied over 23 people from the local government alongside our Meridian Adventure Dive (MAD) family to combine conservation and adventure with this year’s Project Aware cleanup in Waisai.

In the spirit of doing things differently, we committed to submitting monthly data to Padi’s Diving Against Debris database, in order to enhance the underwater insights to a problem that remains out of sight for most of the public. This data will help identify target areas where waste prevention efforts are needed most.

By looking at the Project Aware map, you will be able to see the number of pieces collected, the type of the debris as well as where entangled animals were spotted across the world.

Dive Against Debris Map

Beach Clean-Up and Diving Against Debris in Waisai

On Saturday 22 September 2018 for our Project Aware Dive Against Debris and Beach Clean-up excursion, we visited Saonek Island (an island nearby that sees a lot of debris washing onto its shores). Hopping onto the speedboats ensured we were there in no time and after a quick welcome from the Transport Head Department of Raja Ampat, the teams got busy on the beach as well as the surrounding waters.

Over 270kg of debris were collected on the day within a mere 3-hour time-span and the two biggest bags came from our local governmental friends:

The biggest number of debris types were water bottles, straws (the silent killer), broken pieces polystyrene, plastic bags, plastic lids; flip-flops and broken shoes.

Plastic pollution and the ocean

Plastic doesn’t break down; it doesn’t degrade and become part of the natural system again. In fact, plastic breaks up. It breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces until it becomes small enough, not only for small fish to mistake it for food, but research has found that even plankton is now mistaking this ‘forever material’ for food and consuming it, introducing it into the food chain at the lowest level.

Waisai Beach Clean UP
Diving against Debris Indonesia

So why not get down and dirty and help keep our oceans free of debris? Keep an eye out for upcoming conservation efforts on our website.

Meridian Adventure will be hosting the next event in October 2018.

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