This page is being updated regularly in accordance with information provided by the Mentawai Regional Government, West Sumatra Provincial Government, and Indonesia’s central government.
We are currently awaiting confirmation of COVID-19 testing protocols for domestic and international visitors and confirmation from the department of immigration regarding the recommencement of issuing Tourist Visas on Arrival (VOA).
Currently, the protocol is that domestic or international visitors must undergo a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19 prior to departure to Mentawai, which normally takes 3-4 days to receive the results.
The most recent information suggests that if this test has been done previously and is still valid with a certificate within 7 days, then a PCR test will not be required once again in Padang. However, a rapid nasal swap test is required prior to boarding the Mentawai Fast at no extra cost carried out by local medical staff and the department of quarantine.
We are planning to re-open Friday, July 10th, in response to Regional Decree No. 30, year 2020, outlining the pre-requisites of the ‘New Normal’ regulations with respect to Productivity, health, and safety, becoming valid from June 20th, year 2020.
We are currently updating our internal regulations and standard operational procedures (SOP’s) accordingly, and making the necessary upgrades to our facilities to satisfy the new health and safety regulations to be surveyed by authorities prior to reopening.
Air Asia and Garuda Indonesia have announced the resumption of connecting flights to and from Padang from Wednesday, July 1st. Mentawai Fast has confirmed it will be resuming its ferry transfers from Padang to Sikakap from Friday, June 26th, 2020.
Please stay tuned for further updates to be released to this page.
Additional News Resources:
News Release from Air Asia (resuming flights from Kuala Lumpur on July 01), updated June 12, 2020.
Video Release from Minangkabau International Airport of how Domestic Travel Departures are being handled (note that a swab test is only for those not already being tested with certification).
News Release Mentawai Kita – 10th June, 2020 – Mentawai News Update (use google translate)
All of our facilities have been kept well maintained during the shutdown period while the majority of our staff have remained at the resort.
It’s no doubt this July and August will offer THE most uncrowded peak season surfing conditions in more than two decades, and we have some very sweet and Special Deals on offer!
Please refer to the new legislation and some of the supporting literature with English translations below. We will update this page with more news soon.
- REGIONAL DECREE NO. 30 2020 / (ENGLISH TRANSLATION BELOW – VIEW USING DESKTOP)
- CIRCULAR LETTER MINISTRY OF TRADE / ENGLISH TRANSLATION
- CIRCULAR LETTER DEPT. TOURISM MENTAWAI PAGE 1 PAGE 2 / ENGLISH TRANSLATION
- HANDBOOK OF GUIDELINES FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY
- ENGLISH TRANSLATION REGIONAL DECREE NO. 30 2020