Is Raja Ampat open?

Morning Star Homestay, Pulau Gam, Raja Ampat

Is Raja Ampat open?

Yes it is!

Raja Ampat has been open and homestays have been accepting bookings since September 2020.

June 13 2022 update: Visas on Arrival have been reinstated at most points of entry to Indonesia. The only requirement for entry is proof of at least 2 covid vaccinations. Proof of negative test and quarantines are no longer required. Contact Indonesian Direktorat Jendral Imigrasi, your local embassy/consulate or a travel agent for latest information.

Be aware that the pandemic has caused havoc with airline and other transport services, may of which are yet to return to pre-covid levels of service. If you plan to travel to Raja Ampat now, then you should allow plenty of time, and have a flexible schedule.

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  1. Visas, quarantine, flights
  2. Covid vaccinations
  3. Covid testing
  4. About homestays during covid
  5. Postponements
  6. Cancellations
  7. Further info

Can I visit Raja Ampat now?

Yes.

Do I need to be vaccinated against covid?

Yes. Indonesian regulations require that all international visitors have at least two vaccinations. Proof of a negative test is no longer required to enter Indonesia.

Do I need covid testing for domestic air travel in Indonesia?

Not if you have proof of double vaccination. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers are still required to undergo testing. (Bali Sun: “…the government has officially revoked PCR and antigen test requirements for travelers who have received the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as of Tuesday (8/3).”)

Can I get a covid test in Raja Ampat?

Yes. Both RA and PCR tests are available at the pharmacy and hospital in Waisai.

In Sorong, tests are available at several pharmacies, clinics and hospitals, and also at the airport.

Expect to pay about IDR 150,000 for RA and around IDR 500,000 for PCR testing.

Are Raja Ampat homestays open?

Yes, but after 2 years with no guests, many are suffering. Some are unable to maintain their former service levels.

You will see on the accommodation page that many homestays are closed for renovation. It’s impossible to say when these homestays might reopen, as earning the cash for repairs is impossible for many. Homestay owners also have no idea when tourism might return, so, even if they have cash available, investing in repairs is a much lower priority now than paying for things like their children’s educations.

The collapse of tourism in Raja Ampat has forced local communities to return to subsistence lifestyles. This has resulted in the Raja Ampat Homestay Association’s social enterprise PT Bahari Perjampat Sejahtera shifting focus to provide community support for alternate sustainable means of generating cash income.

The result of this forced change of local priorities is that Stay Raja Ampat is currently unable to guarantee that photographs and room descriptions are fully representative of current conditions at homestays. Advertised prices are guaranteed, however, as is the Homestay Association’s support in the event of problems being encountered at any of the homestays that are still accepting guests.

You should also be aware that, after so long with no cash flow, many homestays have no reserves of food, or fuel for boats and generators. You may be asked to pay in advance for trips and other services.

Another result of the collapse of tourism is that telecommunications maintenance has apparently been reduced. Service outages have become more common, and, in some cases, have lasted much longer than they did in pre-covid days. Additionally, many homestay owners can no longer afford to keep credit on their phones, which means that they are often unable to respond to booking requests. As a result, making contact with homestays has become more difficult, and may require multiple submissions of booking forms before a response is received.

In many ways, the Raja Ampat homestay experience has returned to what it was back in 2011 when Stay Raja Ampat was launched. There are very few travellers in the islands, and communications are often very limited. Visiting requires an adventurous spirit, an open itinerary, and the ability to cope with the unexpected.

If you have those, and are keen to visit Raja Ampat now, then go! Your hosts will be rapt to see you.

What if I need to postpone my booking?

Recognising the risk posed to travellers by changing regulations and transport schedules, homestays offer the ability to postpone bookings if required. Naturally, postponements are dependent on your room/s being available for your new dates. (While travel restrictions remain, vacancies will almost always exist.)

If you need to postpone a booking, then please let us know by replying to your booking confirmation email/s. Please also note that postponements are treated as credits. They are not refundable.

What if I need to cancel my booking?

Click the cancellation link provided in your booking confirmation email/s. Refunds for cancellations are available, subject to our Cancellation Policy.

Is there anything else I need to know?

Please see our step by step guide for links to all the information you need to plan and book a stay in Raja Ampat in 2022.

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  1. tomas Fellström on

    I have got my 4 shot of vaccine. Do i also need that pcr test to get into Indonesia, planning a trip around October.

    1. Hi Tomas

      You don’t need a negative test any more. Proof of vaccination (at least 2) is the only entry requirement now.

  2. Pedro on

    Is it possible to travel to raja ampat if we are spanish?

  3. clementine on

    If I am not vaccinated but I have a negative PCR I am allowed to come to Raja Ampat?

    Tnx.

    1. Hi clementine

      Yes, although if you are not already in Indonesia, then you will probably be required to quarantine and test negative again before travelling onward.

  4. kim on

    where can I get a (PCR) covid test in Wasai?
    How long does it takes?
    Can I get any phone number?

    1. As above Kim: “Both RA and PCR tests are available at the pharmacy and hospital in Waisai.” RA test results should be almost instant. PCR results should be available next day. Suggest confirming this by asking in our FB travellers’ forum group. Perhaps someone there will also have numbers for you.

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