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When travelling to Indonesia:

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

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

International arrival via all international airports

 

VACCINATED TRAVELERS

  • Show printed proof of a negative PCR test result. The test results must be valid for 48 hours from the time of sampling until the time of departure.
  • If the traveler has been infected with Covid-19 in the last 30 days, they are released from a negative PCR test result if the traveler can show a medical certificate from a doctor/hospital/ministry or a Covid-19 recovery certificate from the country of departure (in English) stating that the person concerned is no longer transmitting Covid-19.
  • Show printed or digital proof that you have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before leaving for Indonesia (there are exceptions for visitors under 18 years old, diplomatic visitors/official government envoys, and for medical reasons).
  • Download the PeduliLindung application and complete travel details.
  • Upon arrival in Indonesia there will be a body temperature check and if the traveler is considered unwell, you will be asked to do a PCR test at the airport. Otherwise, if the traveler is considered healthy, they are welcome to continue the journey.

 

UNVACCINATED TRAVELERS

  • Quarantine period of 5 x 24 hours for those who have not been vaccinated or have received 1x dose of vaccine followed by a repeat PCR test on 1 day and before the last day of quarantine.
  • Pick up and drop off directly from the airport to the quarantine hotel, or accommodation, or residence in the city of arrival.
  • Comply with quarantine obligations at your own expense.
  • You can continue your journey in Indonesia if the last PCR test result is negative after the 5 x 24 hours of quarantine is complete.​

 

VISA

Visa On arrival is available for the following nationalities listed below. Cost of Visa on Arrival: IDR 500,000 (approx. 38 USD) valid for 30 days renewable for 1 month. Credit cards accepted is Visa and Mastercard.

 

Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Seychelles, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunesia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vietnam.

 

Depending on the nationality, if their nationalities not listed above, they need to apply for B211A visa approval letter at an embassy.


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We all know about the worldwide crisis coral reefs are facing on a day to day basis. From overfishing, pollution, climate change and chemical disruption via personal care products such as face wash and sunscreen. But some corals face an additional problem: being eaten by a giant seastar!

Crown of Thorns
Source: Matt Kieffer – Flickr

Outbreaks of Crown of Thorns Starfish (COTS) pose a significant threat to coral reefs in the Indo-pacific region. According to the Living Ocean Foundation, these starfish often exceed 1,000 animals per hectare and are capable of destroying an entire reef system in a matter of weeks.

One way of being an ocean warrior and ensuring your decisions reflect best practice for our environment is choosing an eco-conscious travel operator. Making an effort to choose the most responsible marine tourism operators while travelling can help to preserve these delicate ecosystems.

Meridian Adventure Dive has been active in the removal of these little critters since our inception in 2017. Monthly expeditions ensure we remove these infestations and record the data for further research purposes.

Removal of COTS in Indonesia

It’s believed the seastars were introduced to the reef through the ballast water of passing cargo ships, and with few predators in Indonesian waters, they have thrived. COTS are known to grow up to half a metre wide and are the second largest starfish in the world. The Living Oceans Foundation also mentions that a single COTS can devour 10 square metres of coral a year. They truly have a significant appetite and can cause great havoc.

COTS Removal Programme in Raja Ampat

Another unknown fact about these predators of coral is that they are covered in venomous spines – making them notoriously difficult to remove which requires special gear such as gloves.

Meridian Adventure Dive, alongside other dive operators in the area, control and remove COTS where infestations occur – mitigating damage to the coral reefs.

COTS

How does it work?

 

COTS outbreaks have the potential to have a devastating impact on coastal communities across the region. Watch a quick video from the Khaled bin Sultan Living Ocean Foundation below:

Wherever you may be – ensure you ask your dive resort about invasive species and keep a look-out during your dives for infestations of 5-10 observed in any one traverse.

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