Indonesia opens to foreign-flagged yachts

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There’s breaking news for yachts waiting to enter Indonesia, reports Thomas Taatjes of Asia Pacific Superyachts, stating: “Now foreign visitors can Quarantine in a hotel for five days. The international arrival points are Jakarta, Bali and Manado by air; and for those arriving by sea, the arrival may be at any international port”.

The Government announcement is detailed in Circular Letter Number 20 of 2021 “concerning International Travel Health Protocols During the 2019 Corona Virus Disease Pandemic (COVID-19)”, and states: “The purpose of this Circular is to implement health protocols for international travellers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this Circular is to monitor, control, and evaluate in order to prevent an increase in the transmission of COVID-19”.

Indonesia has opened its international borders to foreigners again, with Visa applications now “open”. Foreigners who apply for a Visa must have a full and completed vaccination against COVID19 and must quarantine as stated above. Indonesia will now allow foreign tourists to start returning to the popular resort island of Bali, Jakarta and other parts of the country after a sharp slide in COVID-19 cases, senior minister Luhut Pandjaitan said, according to a Reuters article, adding, “The Southeast Asian nation intends to move cautiously to reopen its borders following a devastating second virus wave, driven by the Delta variant”.

An exceedingly attractive Asia Pacific cruising destination until the country shut down borders, Indonesia opening up is good news for yachts, superyachts and charters waiting to enter. A great destination to plan for as the world moves toward the back end of the pandemic, those with a penchant for exploring and adventure will find nothing short of a cruising paradise and a rare opportunity in finding a highly favoured cruising destination now reopening. 

Captain Thomas welcomes inquiries, remarking, “We are standing by ready to share information and offer quality service to yachts interested in visiting this amazing country. We’ve also been successful in making special arrangements for a speedy entry for our clients once a visit to Indonesia is determined”.