Book Now


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


Although the tasseled wobbegong shark may look sluggish and potentially harmless once you encounter them at the bottom of the sea, they are actually known as supreme ambush predators with a bite that can cause considerable damage.

So, best to steer clear of its powerful jaws, since it’s notorious for not letting go that easily.

True to its nickname – CARPET SHARK – the wobbegong spends most of its time lying motionless on the sea floor and with its scientific name (Eucrossorhinus dasypogon) roughly meaning “well-fringed nose with shaggy beard”, you can see why this little guy can go unnoticed. It actually relies on camouflaging as a feeding tactic and has various other tricks up its sleeves for catching its prey.

View this post on Instagram

The perfect shot of the majestic wobbegong 🐠🐡🐙🐚🐟🐋🐳

A post shared by Meridian Adventure Dive Resort (@meridian_adventure_dive) on

The many branched dermal lobes under the shark’s chin makes it resemble a fringed carpet.

This nocturnal hunter will often lie still, perfectly camouflaged – waiting for prey to swim too close, attracted to the tentacles around the shark’s mouth. The wobbegong will also occasionally wave its tail slowly, mimicking a fish, to attract other fish to come closer.

Once its target gets close enough, the wobbegong will strike, clamping down with its wide, powerful jaws, in some cases even using suction to pull its dinner in. The sudden opening of its mouth causes pressure differences in the water, which suck the fish into its jaws before being swallowed whole and digested. The shark can even dislocate its jaw to swallow large fish and has been documented eating prey bigger than itself.

They are well known for slowly sneaking up on its prey from a distance and have been observed climbing rocks between tide pools, with their backs above the water. These sharks are just miraculous!

View this post on Instagram

Schools out! Time for the #weekend! . . . #meridianadventuredive #rajaampat #indonesia #earthfocus #ourplanetdaily #expediapic @lizparkinson1 #padi #paditv #underwaterphotography #uwphotography #uwphoto #instadive #ilovediving #underwatervideo #divingpassport #sharkweek #marinelife #wobbegong #coral #instavideo #nature #scubadiving #scuba #colourful #ilovetheocean #blueplanet #cinemagraph #mustsee

A post shared by Meridian Adventure Dive Resort (@meridian_adventure_dive) on


They are generally a non-aggressive bottom-dwelling shark, however it has been known to bite humans under certain circumstance, such as when accidentally stepped on – given how camouflaged this shark can be against the ocean floor. It will also attack if a limb is put in front of its mouth and is mistaken as prey.
Either way, once something is in a wobbegong’s mouth, it’s game over. Because of its large jaws, a wobbegong can swallow prey almost as big as itself. But if the prey is too large to swallow, the shark will hold it in its teeth until it dies, and then eat it in chunks.

But don’t think the wobbegong’s camouflage is simply just for hunting, it’s also to protect him from being hunted. Wobbegongs are most definitely on the menu for other larger fish and marine mammals in the area.


The picture was taken during a fish census on the reef off Great Keppel Island, conducted by the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.

“During the 30-min observation period,” the researchers said, “neither shark moved … we assume that it would have taken at least several more hours for the wobbegong to completely consume the bamboo shark.”

These images were captured during a field trip funded by the National Environment Research Program (NERP).

Facebook Messenger    WhatsApp    X