COVID-19 Travel & Visa Information

Page last updated (2-Sep-2022). For those who are fully vaccinated, you will NO LONGER need to do a PCR test prior to flying to Indonesia. For domestic travellers in Indonesia with the status of foreign citizen, originating from overseas with the age of 18 years and above must have received the second dose of vaccination.  Other domestic travellers within Indonesia, must show their COVID-19 third dose (booster) for domestic travel.

The Government of Indonesia has extended Visa On Arrival (VOA) to 72 natioanlities, plus Visa Exemption Arrangement (VEP) to more ASEAN members. Those nationalities not on the list may apply for an eVisa (B211A) BEFORE arrival.  Showing insurance coverage statement for COVID-19 treatment in Indonesia is NO LONGER required.  However, dive & travel insurance are complusory for our trips.  See our 'Insurance' section further below or our Booking Information page 'Travel Insurance' section for more details..

The information within this page is sourced from official websites from the Government of Indonesia, Tourism, and our own local sources. We will keep to official updates rather than speculation / news unconfirmed news articles. We of course will endeavour to update this page with any changes as they are officially announced.

Announcement: Back in Operations!

  • Our KM Blue Manta has already started her Komodo season. See her schedules, prices, & availabilities here.
  • Our New White Manta ihas already started her Sangalaki-Kakaban-Maratua season in East Kalimantan. See her schedules, prices, & availabilities here.
  • We ARE taking bookings, offering our COVID-19 Booking assurance for all bookings.

COVID-19 ATK tests & boarding:

  • We ask that all guests bring 1x home Antigen Test Kit (ATK) & test themselves upon arrival to Indonesia or no later than 12 hours prior to boarding..
  • Please keep the test result or photo of result to show our cruise leader upon arrival.
  • Upon arrival all crew and guests will make a further Antigen Test Kit (ATK). ANY positive results, the guest will be advised to return to local resort or medical facility to isolate. All costs will be borne by the guest/ travel insurance.
  • We therefore strongly recommend that you do check your travel insurance will cover for positive COVID-19 interrupting your travel plans.
  • Reminder: prior to and during the early stages of your trip, wear a mask, wash hands regularly, try to avoid too much contact with others, practicing sensible social distancing where possible.

Entry points and Visa requirements to Indonesia:

  • Entry Airport: Currently entry to Indonesia is possible via the following airports; Jakarta (CGK), Surabaya (SUB), Manado (MDC) & Bali (DPS).
  • Visas:
    1. Visa On Arrival (VOA), single entry is now available for citizens of 72 countries for those entering Indonesia, including major hubs such as Bali, Jakarta, Manado, Makassar airports, for stay up to 30 days and can be extended for a maximum 1 time at the local Immigration Office (charges apply). VOA cost: IDR 500,000 (approx. EUR 32 / USD 35). Payment can be done by: Visa, Mastercard or Debit Card or Cash Indonesian Rupiah (IDR).
    2. Visa Exemption Arrangment (VEA). Available to ASEAN travelers, but you cannot extend this visa beyond your 30 day stay.
    3. Other countries. If you are from one of countries not on the VOA or VEA lists, or if you simply wish to get a visa in advance, you MUST apply for an eVisa (B211A) online PRIOR to arrival before entering all other airports.
  • Note: For a complete list of all entry points plus visa details for your country, click travel & local Embassy of Indonesia.

Pre Travel to Indonesian, all entrants must have:

  • Note: International travellers is Indonesian citizens or Foreign nationals who travelled from overseas in the last 14 days.
  • FAQs / check list:
    1. Passport is in good order with validity of at least 6 months.
    2. Show the COVID-19 card or certificate (physical or digital) has received the full dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 (fourteen) days before departure. Note: 1x COVID-19 vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson, Sputnik V or Convidecia are accepted. How to Verify COVID-19 Vaccination Status for Foreign Nationals. You MUST register with Offical website to upload your COVID-19 vaccinations, used to accommodate your activities in Indonesia through the Peduli Lindungi app.
    3. International travellers MUST download and use “Peduli Lindungi" app, have it on your phone BEFORE departure.
    4. All guests MUST adhere to Health Protocols as implemented by the Government of Indonesia.
    5. Already had and recovered from COVID-19? In the event that the intenationl traveller is confirmed positive for COVID-19 maximum 30 days before departure and is declared inactive in transmitting, then it is excluded from the obligation to show the vaccination card/certificate. Mandatory attach a doctor's certificate from the Government Hospital of the country of departure or the ministry that carries out government affairs in the health sector in the country of departure stating that the person concerned is no longer actively transmitting COVID-19 or a certificate of recovering COVID-19.
    6. Return ticket or a one-way ticket to continue the journey to another country (for VOA & eVISA holders).
  • Note: The above conditions are subject to change / amendment & additions at short notice. All guests are responsible for ensuring they follow current Indonesian rules & regulations regarding entrance & compliance. You may access updated Indonesian entry requirements at your local Embassy of Indonesia. Airline carrier, Garuda Indonesia have updated flight requirements also.
  • Note: Passengers are expected to prepare all original documents (and copy in English, if not already) prior to arrival at the departure airport and present it upon check-in.

Arrival Procedure at Entrance of Indonesia:

  • Note: International travellers is Indonesian citizens or Foreign nationals who travelled from overseas in the last 14 days. Download & complete e-CD (Customs Declaration) app Google Play or iOS
  • To facilitate quicker processing upon departure from home country & arrival to Indonesia, passengers are requested to prepare & print a hard copy of each; COVID-19 vaccination card or certificate, return ticket, plus have updated on the “Peduli Lindungi" app.
  • Note: If some of your guests are having issues with the Peduli Lindungi App & registering their vaccinations, please do not worry too much, they are not alone!  The most important step is to have the app downloaded on your phone. There will be staff on hand at the airport, upon arrival, to help anyone that's finding difficulty setting up the Peduli Lindungi app. The advice we have received, which has allowed for a smooth entry for all of our guests so far, is to please make sure you bring, printed/ hard copies of your vaccination certificates, & return flights for inspection.
  • Upon arrival, international travelers are required to undergo a symptom health check related to COVID-19 including checking body temperature and proceed with the following conditions:
  • Does not have symptoms related to COVID-19 and has a body temperature below 37.5 degrees Celsius.
    1. For international travellers who have received the second or third dose of vaccine at least 14 days before departure, are allowed to continue the journey.
    2. For international travellers with special health conditions or comorbid diseases that cause travelers to have not and/or are unable to take part in the COVID-19 vaccination, they are allowed to continue the journey by attaching a doctor's certificate from the Government Hospital of the country of departure stating that the person concerned has not and/or not can follow the COVID-19 vaccination.
    3. For international travellers who have not been able to get vaccinated or have received the first dose of vaccine at least 14 days before departure, are required to quarantine for 5x 24 hours.
    4. For international travellers who have not been able to get vaccinated or have received the first dose of vaccine at least 14 days before departure, are required to quarantine for 5x 24 hours.
  • For those who have a body temperature above 37.5 degrees Celsius
  • Mandatory to undergo RT-PCR re-examination and continue with:
    1. Inspection of immigration documents and customs documents.
    2. Baggage collection and baggage disinfection.
    3. Pick-up and drop-off directly to the hotel, lodging accommodation, or place of residence.
    4. Waiting for the results of the RT-PCR examination in hotel rooms, rooms at lodging accommodations, or places of residence, and
    5. are not allowed to leave hotel rooms, rooms at lodging accommodations, or residences and are not allowed to interact with other people before the results of the RT-PCR examination showed negative results
  • Note: The cost of RT-PCR re-examination is borne by the government for Indonesian citizens and the costs are borne independently for Foreign nationals
  • For those who do RT-PCR test upon arrival
    1. The results of the RT-PCR upon arrival are negative, then they are allowed to continue their journey.
    2. The results of the RT-PCR upon arrival are Positive:
    3. If asymptomatic or experiencing mild symptoms, isolation/treatment is carried out in isolation hotels or centralized isolation facilities established by the government or self-isolation at the residence; or
    4. If it is accompanied by moderate or severe symptoms, and/or with uncontrolled comorbidities, isolation or treatment is carried out at a COVID-19 referral hospital; and Isolation/treatment costs for foreigners are borne independently, while for Indonesian citizens it is borne by the government.
  • Positive result.. In the event you test positive, you will need to move to an isolation hotel or medical facility, depending on the severity of symptoms, and undergo a minimum 5x 24 hours quarantine with mandatory RT-PCR test on day 4. Equally, the same applies, for international travelers who have not yet received vaccination or have received the 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 (fourteen) days before departure must undergo 5x 24 hours quarantine with mandatory RT-PCR test on day 4.

Domestic Travel in Indonesia:

  • Updated (25-Aug-2022) For domestic travellers in Indonesia with the status of foreign citizen, originating from overseas with the age of 18 years and above must have received the second dose of vaccination.  Other domestic travellers within Indonesia, must show their COVID-19 third dose (booster) for domestic travel.

On Board:

  • Rest assured we have planned for your arrival and safety.  Please find our COVID-19 onboard Safety General Guidelines and Protocols and our our COVID-19 Emergency Action Plan (EAP).
  • Upon arrival all crew and guests are to make a Antigen test (ATK), and during the trip also. Any postive results, the persons will be isolated, either a local boat transfer arranged or our vessel returned to port, to taken to a medical facility. All costs borne by the guest(s).
  • Note: Travel Insurance is compuslory for our trips. We strongly recommend all guests purchase adequate travel insurance, as such an occurance will affect all guests on the trip. Please see our Booking Information page 'Travel Insurance' section for more details.
  • All crew have been full vaccinated, and take a Antigen test Kit (ATK) between and during every trip.
  • Guests must abide by our COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), and the Health Protocols as set by the Government of Indonesia.

Returning home:

  • For most international travellers departing Indonesia, depending on your return destination, you may be required to have taken a negative COVID-19 test 24-48 hours prior to boarding. Please ensure you are familiar with the requirements of your home country and that of your airline carrier.
  • Alternatively our Cruise Leader can assist in taking you to a local mecial facility to arrange. Depending on trip, you can book a RT-PCR test online in Bali, Labuan Bajo, Jakarta, Manado, Balikpapan, Ambon, Sorong. Costs vary IDR275,000 to IDR375,000. Check for Test appointment booking notice. Results between 24-36 hours, or pay extra for Gold service, then 12 hours. Results can be sent to you phone.
  • Note: Rules may change at short notice. It will be the responsibility of all guests to ensure that they meet the requirements to leave and enter the country of (return) destination. While we will do our best to assist, the fulfilment of the requirements is the responsibility of the passenger. Before travelling, we suggest taking advice from your airline carrier(s) and local Embassy of Indonesian, to ensure you are familiar with the current exit/ entry guidelines set by them. 

Insurance:

  • Travel insurance is compulsory for our trips. Our trips are not inclusive of any form of insurance. White Manta Diving cannot be held responsible for any trip disruption or cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control or any flight / hotel expenses. This includes any costs related to COVID-19 issues, resulting in delay/ medical/ extraction/ quarantine/ or trip costs incurred due to potential positive testing / refusal of admittance to the country or your trip, before, during or after. We strongly recommend all guests purchase adequate travel insurance, as such an occurance will affect all guests on trip. Please see our Booking Information page 'Travel Insurance' section for more details.

If you have any questions please, please feel free to ask away. Contact us info@whitemanta.com, where we will be happy to help.