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COVID-19 UPDATES

When travelling to Indonesia:

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

 Visas:

Every visitor must have a valid visa/residence permit and must have a local sponsor to obtain the visa. (Ref: Permenkumham 26/2020)

The following types of visa/permit are accepted for entry: Official Visa; Diplomatic Visa; Visitor Visa; Temporary Stay Visa; Official Stay Permit; Diplomatic Stay Permit; Temporary Stay Permit; and Permanent Stay Permit.

Visa’s on arrival are not permitted, all visas must be obtained from country of origin.

 

COVID Protocols:

International Arrival Protocol still remains the same

Arrival from International Flight:

– Proven of Complete vaccinated ( Dose 1 and Dose 2)

– PCR test that been conducted at least 48 hrs before boarding

– Upon arrival another PCR test

– Quarantine 2Nights/3Days in Bali or Jakarta, they will conduct 2nd PCR Test on day 3 before you continue elsewhere

– Company Guarantee/Travel Letter

Domestic Flight

– All domestic travellers are required to present COVID-19 vaccination record (first dose is acceptable) and negative RT-PCR or Antigent test which obtained within 48 hours prior departure .

Countries allowed to enter direct to Bali (then do quarantine) and do not have to go through Jakarta. Countries not listed below must fly to Jakarta and proceed with quarantine there.

All Asian Countries

  • China, Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Malaysia, Singapore

Other countries

  • Bahrain
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Italy
  • Kuwait
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • French
  • United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • New Zealand

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

 


Find Out More

So, we had a bit of time during the 2020 lockdown to not only discover new dive sites in Raja Ampat but also finding new ways to have fun while doing it. Jetting off into the turquoise avenues of Indonesia’s waters, we came across a few dive spots that will evoke a new sense of adventure in any kind of diver.

Coral Gardens in Dive Site

We found floors of soft corals and sponges and secret spots ideal for macro lovers. Cruising around Raja Ampat we also came across underwater pinnacles and channels filled with coral gardens.

Whilst exploring the underwater sites of Raja Ampat, we came across one of the best sightings of it all – The Worm!

Strange uderwater behaviour

One of our dive guides started showcasing strange underwater behaviour which did not fit any of the underwater hand signals, divers are accustomed to. This is when The Worm was born and we have been doing it at every dive site we have visited since then. It has become our signature move, expressing the boundless energy we experience being able to explore the hidden pockets of Raja Ampat, Indonesia.

When to do The Worm

It is custom to do The Worm at the end of each dive, on the 3 min safety stop at 5 meters. It’s almost like a little war cry from Meridian Adventure – getting excited to dive all the hidden treasures this location has to offer. Since every dive guide is equipped with GoPros ready to snap all the amazing underwater finds, your Worm is also vital at any characteristic landmark – collecting over 100 of them if you dive with Meridian Adventure and get to experience the various dive sites we have discovered. From sunken planes to underwater forests – you would want to do The Worm and collect them all!

How to do the Worm

Step 1:

Get Excited

Get excited underwater

Step 2:

Extend your arms and legs and think of doing an underwater Superman!

Underwater Warcry

Step 3:

Bring your arms and knees together to meet right beneath your tummy

The Worm Raja Ampat

Step 4:

Do the Shimmy

Shimmy underwater

Step 5:

Repeat

Visit us in 2021 to experience over 100 dive sites in Raja Ampat – and start collecting your Worm!

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