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Travel to Papua during Corona
Travel regulations for Papua and West Papua
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Below is a brief explanation of the current Corona travel situation in Papua and West Papua, based on our travel experiences and current news.
This text is not updated regularly and the situation may change daily.
Please check again for the current situation or ask us before you leave.
Last updated 25 May 2021
Travel to Papua during Corona
There are still daily flights to Jayapura. Most flights are from Jakarta or Makassar, but there is also a daily direct flight from Sorong.
Both before departure and after landing in Jayapura, the test result and the correctly completed Corona app will be checked. If everything is in order, you get a stamp and can move freely from then on. The only exception: flights to Wamena.
WAMENA AND BALIEM VALLEY
There are still several daily flights from Jayapura to Wamena, although somewhat fewer than before the Corona pandemic. However, there is a special regulation for the journey to Wamena and the Baliem Valley: Everyone who wants to fly to Wamena has to present a test result not older than 1×24 hours. A direct onward flight from Jayapura to Wamena might be possible, if your previous test result is not exceeding the 24 hours validity. If you need a new test, it can be done quickly at Jayapura Airport. A rapid antigen test is sufficient, which is made by nasal swab and whose result is available after 20 minutes.
For your return travel from the Baliem Valley, a PCR swab test or rapid antigen test can be done in Wamena. If you time the test correctly, the result can be used for both the return flight to Jayapura and the onward flight to, for example, Bali or Jakarta. For flights to Bali a PCR test or rapid antigen test are valid for 2x 24 hours, for flights to Jakarta the PCR test is valid for 3x 24 hours and the rapid antigen is valid for 2x 24 hours. We will help you to find the best way for your travel planning and to reduce the number of tests to a minimum.
REMOTE AREAS (KOROWAI, ASMAT)
For a long time, an extra travel permit has been needed to travel to areas of Papua that are difficult to access. After a longer Corona break, these permits are now issued again, but only by POLDA in Jayapura. Because of this, the procedure currently takes a bit longer and it is better to take care of it in advance (if you travel with us, we will take care of this permit). For the application you need a copy of your passport, two passport photos and a valid visa. A Corona test is not required for the travel permit, but of course the travel permit does not exempt one from the Corona travel rules or from the Corona rules at the destination.
Travel to West Papua during Corona
SORONG AND RAJA AMPAT
There are still daily flights to Sorong. Most flights are from Jakarta or Makassar, but there is also a daily direct flight from Jayapura. For entry into West Papua via Sorong, each passenger currently requires a negative PCR swab test no older than 3x 24 hours, or an antigen test no older than 2x 24 hours, or a GeNose test no older than 1x 24 hours. Furthermore, one must have the Indonesian Corona app “eHac” installed and completed. This app is required for any travel within Indonesia and can be downloaded from any app store. Both before departure and after landing in Sorong, the test result and the correctly completed Corona app will be checked. If everything is in order, you get a stamp and can move freely from then on.
Currently there is at least one daily ferry from Sorong to Raja Ampat. A negative Corona test is also required for the ferry, which must be a maximum of 14 days old (any test method works). There are not express ferries every day. On some days there is only a slow ferry. Currently, the schedules are published at most one week in advance, which makes accurate planning impossible. It is better to plan an extra night in Sorong at the hotel when arriving and departing.
This is the current status for travel to Papua and West Papua for travelers who are in Indonesia.
Of course, the explanations given here do not apply to international entry into Indonesia. There is enough information about this on the internet, e.g. here: LINK