Superyacht Arrivals in Indonesia as Border Reopens

By George Bains

The enticing cruising destination of Indonesia has reopened its borders to foreign nationals for the first time in 2021. There have already been a number of crew arrivals in Indonesia, including two Captains who had been able to fly into Indonesia just two days after the restrictions eased.

Thomas Taatjes of Asia Pacific Superyachts has reported that international travellers are now eligible to enter the country under a few different requirements. The main requirement is a valid visit visa holding an index of 211. Owners and guests can arrive stress-free by private jet, and should contact a local superyacht agent to make the necessary arrangements for transferring to their yacht.

Taatjes, a former superyacht Captain and now Manager of Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia, has advised that while the process for arrivals by air is straight forward, yachts are best to work on a case-by-case basis.

Travellers arriving by plane must have a negative RT-PCR test issues no later than 72 hours from their arrival time, and will be tested again on arrival. For crews, a 5-day quarantine period in an assigned hotel with another negative test towards the end is required before boarding the yacht. Tests and quarantine must be undertaken in Jakarta and not in Bali or elsewhere in the country.

The announcement now means that Indonesia is once again open to superyacht cruising, where owners and guests can enjoy the incredible natural splendour and diversity of this region. Indonesia is a captivating destination for superyacht experiences as owners look for new yachting playgrounds to discover. It is a rare opportunity in the pandemic to have such a favoured destination reopen, and there is already talk of a travel bubble between Indonesia and Malaysia which would further extend cruising possibilities.

Boasting over 17,500 beautiful islands, Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world and provides a limitless base for all-year-round cruising. With a fascinating local culture, ancient history, abundant flora and fauna along with mesmerising dive sites, Indonesia is a destination that truly captures the spirit of freedom and adventure. For superyachts, this is haven for island-hopping escapades filled with unique experiences.

By George Bains