An archipelago of 17,000 islands, Indonesia is an ideal destination for any maritime-related activities. The country is now targeting owners of yachts, hoping to boost the number of annual yachts visiting Indonesian marinas from an estimated 1,200 in 2014 to 5,000 by the end of the decade. To achieve this target, the country adopted a series of measures simplifying formalities for yacht owners to enter Indonesia’s territory.
At the end of 2014, a series of measures were already taken assuring yacht owners of improved clearance and permits procedures for a smoother swifter process. The measures include:
– Simplified clearance procedure with foreign yachts only being registered at first entry and last exit ports; domestic clearances are not necessary. The SPB sailing permit issued by the harbourmaster at the first entry port covers all domestic travel up to the exit port.
– Cruising Permits from now on are issued via e-CAIT online system for both agents and private individuals. The procedure is available under apply online, see: https://caitagen.kemlu.go.id. It is generally processed within 24 hours.
– Foreign yacht owners and their representatives can sign the guarantee for Customs temporary import.
– Foreign yachts are forbidden from commercial activity within Indonesian waters.
Last September, the government adopted further simplification measures as marine tourism continues to be seen by Indonesian president Joko Widodo as a way to improve welfare of communities, especially in the most remote corners of the archipelago. The new Presidential Decree of September 22, 2015 further
n a move to further boost Indonesia’s marine tourism across this archipelago, invite more tourists, thereby improve the welfare of communities, especially on the more remote islands, President Joko Widodo of Indonesia through Presidential Decree No. 105 year 2015 dated 22 September 2015 liberalize all customs, immigration, quarantine and port clearance while while CAIT (Clearance Approval for Indonesia Territory) and TIP (Temporary Import Permit) are no longer be required.
Eighteen (18) entry and exit ports have been designated where yachts may clear their Customs, Immigration, Quarantine, and Port Clearance (CIQP) requirements in one place. These ports are located from Sabang in the Aceh province in the west to Sorong and Biak on Papua in the farthest east of Indonesia. At these entry and exit ports CIQP of yachts may be processed with 24 hours’ notice. The stay of yachts in these waters depend on the type of visas held by the crew and passengers.
To lure more investors, new marine tourism facilities can be developed under public –private partnerships. To accommodate the necessary infrastructure for a safe maritime tourism, the ministry plans to build 100 marinas in the next five years. Five of them were due to be completed by the end of last year; Raja Ampatn Labuan Bajo and Kupang in East Indonesia as well as Belitung and Banyuwangi in West Indonesia.
Indonesia offers a host of destinations to explore and the new simplified regulations should boost yacht arrivals into the country. “We had a target of attracting 1,500 yacht visits in 2015; 4,000 in 2018; and 5,000 in 2019,” highlighted Indonesia Tourism Minister Arief Yahya during the 2015 Indonesia Yacht Forum in Jakarta.