Raja Ampat Marine Park Permit

Entry Permit for Raja Ampat

Where to you buy the Raja Ampat Marine Park permit? For any visitor to Raja Ampat, you must obtain this  marine park permit before entering Waisai. This means, when you arrive in Sorong, you need to find the Raja Ampat Conservation & Tourism Information Center which is located opposite the Sorong airport access road. 

It is also best to also ask the airport help counter where exactly is this office. It is mandatory that you obtain the Raja Ampat Marine Park Permit or PIN before you get into Waisai.

There are marine park officers at the ferry terminal, and when they see visitors, local or foreigners, they will ask you for the PIN or the marine park permit. If you do not have one, then they will not allow you to board the ferry or boat.

Raja Ampat PIN
The local PIN and badge for Raja Ampat (Photo credit to Deddy Huang)
Where to buy Raja Ampat Marine Park Permit

For travelers or scuba divers heading to Raja Ampat, you need to obtain this. There are a few places where you can buy the permit and they are located in the airport area or port area.

The best way to buy the marine park permit is by paying in Indonesian Rupiah at the office in Sorong or at Waisai Port. Make sure you find the right office for this. When you buy the permit, you need to provide your passport or identification card to the officer.

The Raja Ampat Marine Park permit price;
  • International Travelers - IDR 1,000,000 (USD$100.00) per person
  • Indonesian Travelers - IDR 500,000 (USD$50.00) per person
  • Children under 12 years old - Free
  • Validity: 12 months (1 Year)
Sorong Tourism Information Center via;
  • Tel: +62951328358
  • Fax: +62951326576
  • Mobile: +628114852033
  • email: info.blud.uptdr4@gmail.com
Tourist Information Centre Waisai Port
  • Open: 8.00 AM to 4.00 PM (Mon-Thurs)
  • Open: 8.00 AM to 3.00 PM (Fridays)
  • Closed Sat & Sun (Except for 30 minutes when ferry arrives at port)
Waisai Marinda Airport Counter
  • Please double check with the airport staff on where the counter is located.
  • This is something new in 2017, as previously you could not. 
Raja Ampat PIN or Marine Park Permit Photos

Below are photos of the marine park entry or PIN for local Indonesian and also international visitors. The photos show the front and the back of the entry cards and are from the official ministry website. 

International Entry Permit to Raja Ampat
The permit for International travelers
Entry card for Raja Ampat
Back of the international permit
Raja Ampat Kartu masuk
The permit for Indonesians
Raja Ampat permit orang Indonesia
Back of the local permit
Raja Ampat Environmental Service Fee 

You can get more information from the official Raja Ampat Marine Protected Areas website. You can find all the reasons and other information for this marine park permit in English and Bahasa Indonesia. 

Previously, a round plastic token or permit badge was used as the identification for the PIN, but they changed it into a card system in 2017. So expect to get a credit card sized permit, which you can keep in your wallet or purse. 

If you still have the previous plastic permit token or badge for Raja Ampat, it is valid till the 31st December 2017. So, you can still use it if you are coming back. After that, you need to get the new one. 

During my dive trip to Raja Ampat, my permit was organised by my group leader, and they took care of everything. So, I did not have to worry when I was at the port before heading into the dive resort here. 

2017 Entry Permit for Raja Ampat
The Raja Ampat permit price information as of Sept 2017
For first timers wondering how to get here, you may also want to read about my article on traveling to Raja Ampat where I disclose the various ways for transportation, and also the best way to get there. 

If you are going on an organised group, your leader should know about this entry permit. And it is always best to check with him or her about this permit before entering Raja Ampat in West Papua.

When you get the permit, they will issue you with a card, and the validity of the permit is for 12 months or one year. Honestly, unless you are a regular visitor to Raja Ampat, this would be very worthwhile. 

I really do not know what will happen if you do not have the permit. Perhaps, they charge you double or maybe just do not allow you to go in? Well, I would not take the chance, so please, I repeat, please get your Raja Ampat Marine Park Permit at Sorong before you go to Waisai or your final destination. 

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