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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 02 February 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). For entry into Papua via Jayapura, each passenger currently additionally requires a negative PCR swab test no more than 3 days old or an antigen test no more than 24 hours old. Furthermore, one must have the Indonesian Corona app “eHac” installed and filled out. 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, 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.

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, all tests are currently accepted that are not older than 7 days. This means that when you arrive in Jayapura, you can fly directly on to Wamena without having to take a new test. If your test result is more than 7 days old, you can take a rapid antigen test at a testing station at Jayapura Airport. The result is available within a few minutes (cost IDR 150.000).

For your return travel from the Baliem Valley (Wamena), a PCR swab test or 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. We will help you to find the best way for your travel planning and to reduce the number of tests to a minimum.

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 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.

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). For entry into West Papua via Sorong, each passenger currently additionally requires a negative PCR swab test no more than 3 days old or an antigen test no more than 24 hours old. 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 status of vaccination, 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 7 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.

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. There is enough information about this on the internet, e.g. here: LINK

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