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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

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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