Covid19, Safety & Health

The health and safety of our travellers and our staff is our top priority, especially during the covid-19 pandemic. Travel Papua is in close contact with the local authorities and health departments regarding the latest updates of health and safety issues in the country and within Papua.

» Covid-19:

Travel Papua implement health and safety standards that are in line with World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations and guidelines posted by the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travel Protocols for tour operators.

We are fighting the pandemic together and we ask to all of you to take your own responsibility in protecting yourself and each other by implementing the standards of WHO or likeminded. We strongly advise you to stay at home if you don’t feel good so that means don’t travel if you are ill. When you get sick or feel ill during your travels (e.g. fever, coughing, flu, diarrhea or other) you need to report this immediately to the emergency number of Travel Papua. We will take direct action to assist you to the nearest hospital and / or test centre to test for Covid-19. To test for Covid-19 you will first undergo a rapid test that is done by taking blood samples to determine if you have a virus. The result will be known in a few hours. If the result is negative you can continue the tour as planned. If the result is positive, you will be quarantined in the local hospital to have a PCR – Swab test to determine if the virus is Covid-19 or any other. This result can take a few days. If you test positive on Covid-19 you will continue to be quarantined and cannot continue your travels. If you test negative on covid-19, you can continue the tour as planned. All our guides will undergo rapid testing before handling your tour.

Travellers should bring:

  • Own face masks and / or face shield. Please be aware that the law in Indonesia requires you to wear one when you go outside.
  • Own hand sanitizers.

For more information on the WTTC Safe Travel Protocol:

https://wttc.org/COVID-19/Safe-Travels-Global-Protocols-Stamp

Please refer to Indonesia Ministry of Tourism Update page for the latest news and refer to their FAQ for the most updated news related to visiting Indonesia:

https://www.indonesia.travel/gb/en/coronavirus

» Health:

We recommend consulting the health service in your country 6 to 8 weeks before the departure in order to get yourself well informed on the possible health risks when traveling to Papua. Vaccinations for Hepatitis A, DTP and Typhoid as well as Malaria prophylaxis are strongly recommended. There is no prophylaxis against the Dengue fever so pre-caution is important. We recommend you to bring mosquito repellent with a high concentration of DEET from your home country. When traveling in Papua, you should cover your legs and arms with long clothing especially during sunrise and sunset. These are the times the mosquitos are most active. You should also bring medication for travellers’ diarrhea. Medical care in Papua is moderate but not available when traveling to remote area.

» Safety:

During all tour activities you will be accompanied by a local guide. A local guide knows the area the best and the people of the community personally.

Occasionally, some local disturbance occurs making it impossible to visit a certain area. This is one of the reasons why you need to have a special travel permit to travel within Papua. This is always included in your tour package and we will take care of this. We are well informed and kept up to date about the local situation. If an area is unsafe, police authorities will inform us about this and we will not organize any tours there. This rarely happens, but if the situation is out of control, we will adjust the route of your tour or in the worst case, cancel your trip.

Please note: when you travel in Indonesia, you are bound to the laws of the country. 

All health and safety standards are subject to change as directed by local governments and these will be updated accordingly.

Updated:  August 2020

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