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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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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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