While the country remains closed to visitors, visa requirements for some groups including yacht crew are now being eased
| 15 April 2021
While Indonesia’s borders remain closed to international visitors, the country has started to ease visa requirements for groups including yachts and their crew.
Currently, all non-Indonesian travellers are prohibited from entering Indonesia, with exceptions for those with KITAS/KITAP residence permits. However, other exceptions to this ban have been extended to visitors who seek to enter the country for ‘essential work’, business meetings, humanitarian aid or crew members joining a vessel.
Through these exceptions, it’s widely regarded as possible for foreign vessels and crew to apply for permission to enter the country.
The maximum quarantine is five nights onboard for yachts arriving and five nights at a hotel for fly-in crew joining the vessel – Captain Thomas Taatjes
“Indonesia now is open and it is relatively straightforward and relatively easy to enter, especially when compared to other Asian countries,” says Captain Thomas Taatjes of Asia Pacific Superyachts, an Asia-wide superyacht agency with an office in Bali.
“Port quarantine restrictions widely vary from port to port and are still in flux”, says Taatjes. “Yachts and their crew can enter with these visas and crew can also fly in. The maximum quarantine is five nights onboard for yachts arriving and five nights at a hotel for fly-in crew joining the vessel”.
As one of the most popular cruising destinations in Asia, the news of Indonesia opening up is to be welcomed by yachts, superyachts and charters waiting to enter, adds Thomas.
The Indonesian government is reportedly working on implementing a Covid-19 free corridor in Bali, to allow visitors to return by July 2021. Details of these arrangements are yet to be confirmed. Currently, any visitors who do have permission to enter must submit a negative Covid test, and quarantine for five days at a government-approved hotel.