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Last Update: 19th March 2020
The outbreak of Covid-19 or Corona Virus Disease 19 has resulted in several lockdowns worldwide, including some countries in Southeast Asia.
So far, Indonesia has reported over 100 corona cases in the provinces of West Java, Central Java, East Java, Yogyakarta, Bali, North Sulawesi and West Kalimantan.
Indonesia is not in lockdown yet, but in response to the increasing number of cases, entry is restricted for travelers with a specific travel history (such as Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Iran, UK and Switzerland). More information is available on the Directorate General of Immigration website: https://www.imigrasi.go.id/
The Mayor of Sorong immediately followed with a rule that FOREIGNERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO ENTER SORONG CITY, unless they have a Residence Permit (NOT a Tourist Visa). The rule should apply for the next two months.
Updated 19th March 2020
DEMONSTRATIONS IN WEST PAPUA
An incident in Surabaya on 17th August 2019 (Independence Day of Indonesia) was the reason for demonstrations and protests in several major cities in the provinces of Papua and West Papua.
During those protests the internet was blocked by the Indonesian government in both provinces.
Since beginning of September, the situation in Sorong has calmed down. No more demonstrations or protests were being held in the streets. 4G mobile network is available again in the area since mid of September.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR TOURISTS?
It is recommended to avoid large crowds and demonstrations. It is not recommended to interfere or participate in the events.
Taking photos or videos is strictly forbidden.
Visiting Raja Ampat is no problem.
Trips to the highlands of Papua depend on your starting point. Wamena, for instance, has recently been the scene of renewed violent protests. Contact your local guide, hotel or resort for further information.
If you need any further information, contact us HERE.
Updated 9th October 2019