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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 01 July 2022. 

Travel to Papua during Corona
JAYAPURA
There are still daily flights to Jayapura. Most flights are from Jakarta or Makassar, but there is also a daily direct flight from Sorong.

In order to board an aircraft within Indonesia, each passenger must have received at least the 1st dose of a vaccination (except for children under 12 years of age).

Passengers who have been vaccinated two or three times do not need any further tests or other proof of health.

Passengers who have only been vaccinated once must also present a negative Corona test. The test should not be older than 3x 24 hours for PCR tests and not older than 1x 24 hours for rapid antigen tests. 

Furthermore, every passenger must have the Indonesian Corona app “PenduliLindungi” installed. This app is required for any travel within Indonesia and can be downloaded from any app store.

Both before departure and after landing in Jayapura, the status of vaccination (and test result, for passenger with only 1st dose of vaccination) will be checked. If everything is in order, you get a stamp and can move freely from then on.

WAMENA AND BALIEM VALLEY
There are still several daily flights from Jayapura to Wamena, although somewhat fewer than before the Corona pandemic. For flights to Wamena, the same rules apply than for flights to any other airport.

Checking of documents at Jayapura airport
Boarding a plane at Wamena airport

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 or status of vaccination is not relevant 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.

In order to board an aircraft within Indonesia, each passenger must have received at least the 1st dose of a vaccination (except for children under 12 years of age).

Passengers who have been vaccinated two or three times do not need any further tests or other proof of health.

Passengers who have only been vaccinated once must also present a negative Corona test. The test should not be older than 3x 24 hours for PCR tests and not older than 1x 24 hours for rapid antigen tests. 

Furthermore, every passenger must have the Indonesian Corona app “PenduliLindungi” installed. 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 status of vaccination (and test result, for passenger with only 1st dose of vaccination) 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. 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 difficult. It is better to plan an extra night in Sorong at the hotel when arriving and departing.

Tours to Raja Ampat
For tours to Raja Ampat you may visit our special website here: www.eastindoexplorer.com/raja-ampat

Explanation
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. 

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