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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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At first glance, these monstrous crustaceans are VERY scary-looking and you have all the right to feel a little on edge when seeing a gigantic crab that stretches over three feet long. They can carry more than six times their own weight, eat birds, break bones and have claws that can tear a coconut apart.

CAN YOU IMAGINE THE KIND OF POWER NEEDED TO CRACK OPEN A COCONUT?

According to a recent study by Mark Laidre, National Geographic Explorer and an assistant professor of biological sciences at Dartmouth College, it was found that a Coconut Crab can produce up to 1,500 newtons of force – far more than any other member of the animal kingdom.

They truly are a sight to behold and in Raja Ampat they can be found either dangling from coconut trees, holding on for hours with their strong pinchers or eating its dinner in a burrow at the root of a tree.

WATCH OUT FOR FALLING COCONUT CRABS

If you think the only thing you have to be worried about when walking under trees in Raja Ampat is falling coconuts, you are wrong – coconut crabs climb to the top of these trees to knock the coconuts down to the ground, whilst some even prefer free-falling instead of making the trip back down the tree.

But their numbers are dwindling, and little is really known about these majestic terrestrial invertebrates. We do know that they can live up to 60 years and is found to be part of the few creatures who self-cannibalise and even eat its own exoskeleton after shedding it.

Another bizarre and interesting theory is that Coconut Crabs were responsible for eating Emilia Earheart when she crashed on a tropic Island.

THE COCONUT CRAB IS AN ENDANGERED SPECIES

Coconut Crabs do not have any predators beside themselves and humans and it has been customary to hunt and eat these crabs. It is not only locals who consider them to be a delicacy, but restaurants all over the world. Their total population is yet to be calculated by researchers who have categorised them as “Data Deficient” and they need to be protected in order for us to better understand their role within its habitat. At Meridian Adventure Dive we are fully committed to the environment and deeply invested in bringing education and communication to not only the tourists who visit the area but the local people.

Come visit us in Raja Ampat and learn more about the islands biggest crab!

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