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Last Update: 27th August 2020
Raja Ampat opens its doors to domestic tourists
On the 22nd of August Raja Ampat opened its doors to domestic tourism again. Strict health protocols are being followed to keep Raja Ampat safe from Covid-19. More information about the “new normal” protocol can be found here: http://www.newnormal-rajaampat.com/
In order to prevent Covid-19 from spreading further, domestic traffic throughout the country was minimized until further notice. Tests and permits are mandatory to travel almost anywhere.
Entry to Indonesia is only possible for national Indonesians and KITAS / KITAP holders. Different regulations apply.
Find more information here: https://www.imigrasi.go.id/
It is unlikey that borders for international tourists will be open again before the end of this year.
Coronavirus Update - 27th April 2020
The president declared a state of emergency on 20th March 2020.
No domestic flights or ferries will operate until beginning of June 2020.
CORONA VIRUS - 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.
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