on 14 Oct 2021
Asia-Pacific Superyachts reports that restrictions will allow foreign flagged vessels to re-enter Indonesia
Superyacht agency Asia Pacific Superyachts reports that the Indonesian government has eased Covid-19 restrictions on foreign travellers. “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, arrival may be at any international port,” said Thomas Taatjes of Asia Pacific Superyachts.
Foreign visitors who apply for a visa to enter Indonesia must have full and completed vaccination against Covid-19 and must quarantine as above.
The Indonesian government has targeted the tourist island of Bali for quick re-opening, and foreign tourists are expected to be allowed back in as of October 14, Reuters reports. Vaccination rates on Bali are reportedly much higher than elsewhere in Indonesia, as the government is keen to restart the island’s all-important tourism industry. Indonesia suffered a terrible wave of infections in summer 2021, with daily infection rates peaking at over 50,000 per day. That has since been reduced to just over 1,000 per day, based on official figures. Since June, Indonesia’s vaccination rate has climbed dramatically.
Tourism is a mainstay in Bali and the island has seen repeated efforts by local superyacht agents to develop a full-service superyacht marina. Indonesia has long been regarded as a jewel in Southeast Asian superyacht tourism, thanks to its vast archipelago of remote islands and significant dive sites. Indonesia is part of the Coral Triangle, a region of Southeast Asia that is home to the world’s most diverse array of corals and sea life.
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While chartering for foreign-flagged vessels remains problematic, there are locally-based charter yachts and a large phinisi fleet that open the country’s amazing array of islands and coastal destinations to marine tourism. A number of Indonesian resorts also offer their own yachts and charter vessels for guests.