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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.


Find Out More

Raja Ampat offers loads more than just the opportunity to scuba dive the world’s most biodiverse waters – it is also home to the Birds of Paradise – locally known as the Cendrawasih.

BIRD OF PARADISE

Raja Ampat has long been famous for its Birds of Paradise, ever since the ancient trade in their feathers in the 18th Century. Over 250 species have been connected to the archipelago including the well-known Greater Bird of Paradise. Some of these species can easily be seen during a short excursion – but others will require an extended jungle trek.

The endemic species, Red Bird of Paradise or Cendrawasih Merah is found on the island of Waigeo and Meridian Adventure Dive just loves taking guests out for a hike to view these majestic animals.

RAJA AMPAT JUNGLE

These birds are famous in the area and believed by locals to be the reincarnation of fairies, parading their beautiful colours amongst the canopies of the jungle.

The tour either starts in the early morning or late afternoon – so be sure not to forget to bring mosquito spray, binoculars, hiking shoes and be sure to wear dark clothing.

These birds are actually quite large and known to have a high sensitivity to smell. They are also sharp-eared and can get flustered quite easily if noise is detected in their surroundings – so you need to not only to be quiet but also think about your perfume choices for the day before going on the hike.

BIRDWATCHING IN RAJA AMPAT

As with other sexually dimorphic birds of paradise, the male Red Bird of Paradise is polygamous. It also has one of the most complex courtship displays of the whole family. On high-intensity display, he performs a butterfly dance, spreading and fluttering his wings like a giant butterfly.

It is also well known that the British did not believe in this beautiful bird’s existence – they are truly rare and majestic to behold.  – Besides the trade of their attractive feathers, they were also used as a gift for the Kings in 1522 after the European acknowledgement of the bird’s existence.

Being this beautiful does not come overnight and it takes time to acquire this kind of beauty by the way – the males;’ glossy red plumes with a black corkscrew-shaped tail wire require at least six years to attain. Bird of Paradise plumes are used as currency by certain New Guinea tribes and humans have used Bird of Paradise plumes as symbols of power, wealth, or sexuality for centuries.

BIRDS OF PARADISE FEATHER TRIBE

Researchers are only beginning to investigate their calls in detail as well. The sounds they make run the gamut from basic squawks, to seemingly mechanical noises, to melodious whistles, to sounds that don’t involve their voices at all.

Watch the video:

BIRDS OF PARADISE SOUND VIDEO
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