Entry Information

All care has been taken in the preparation of this information. We provide the best information available to the Race Organisers at the time, however the situation and regulations can change without notice. We do our best to keep informed of the latest information updating all documents on a regular basis, although it is up to the individual skippers to ensure they meet government requirements.

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Yacht Registration

A current National Registration Certificate is required to obtain an outgoing Australian Customs Clearance in Darwin and Visas for entry into Indonesia.

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Fact Sheet

Automatic Identification System (AIS)

An AIS transmitter & receiver are required by law for all foreign vessels in Indonesian waters. You will need the MMSI number associated with the unit. Application form for AIS


All foreigners must have 6 months validity on their passports from the date of arrival for entry into Indonesia. A scanned copy of each crew members passport will be required as part of the entry process.

Visa and Immigration Regulations

Everyone entering Indonesia is required to have 6 months validity on their passports from the time of arrival. Crews that do not meet this requirement will not have their entry processed.

Visa Free Short Stays

Visa on Arrival

  • Not available in Ambon seaport

60 Day Social & Cultural Visa

  • Valid up to 60 days
  • $70AUD on submission

The RACE Committee will organise the necessary Sponsor Letter for all skippers and crew to obtain their Visas in Darwin. This arrangement has been made with the Darwin Consular ONLY.

Sponsor Letter and further details will be forwarded once entry is complete.

Any crew applying individually, or at another Embassy or Consulate may be refused. The Race Committee cannot assist or take responsibility for any crew applying for their Visas elsewhere.

Costs for Visas for Indonesia are NOT included in the Entry Fee.

Outward Clearances

  1. Australian Border Force and AQIS Officers will attend the RACE Briefing at TBA to discuss procedures and answer any questions.
  2. Australian Border Force and Immigration Outward Clearance will be held at Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Club Friday 02 August 2019 @ 0900 – 1030hrs.
  3. All skippers & crew departing Australian waters by sailing vessel on Saturday 04 August MUST attend on Friday morning (at the same time), with their passports.
    Crew arriving into Darwin later on the Friday must make their own arrangements with Border Force/Immigration services directly and advise the RACE organisers or they will not be permitted to depart as part of the RACE.

Those wishing to claim a GST refund against the Tourist Refund Scheme will need to bring their original tax invoices with them. Please familiarise yourself with the conditions of this scheme beforehand.


The recommended electronic charts are:

  • Navionics Gold Australia and NZ
  • Navionics Gold Indian Ocean / South China Sea


Although Firearms are permitted they are not recommended due to the extra attention they can cause you as a vessel.  If you will be carrying firearms please advise race management so they can advise the correct procedure for your outward clearance.

Medical Advice

Indonesia is affected by Malaria, Dengue, Polio, Typhoid Fever, Hepatitis as well as other diseases and you are strongly advised to seek medical advice regarding the prevention and treatment of these diseases prior to travel.

The Travellers Medical and Vaccination Centre located at 43 Cavenagh Street in Darwin on the first floor of the Cavenagh Centre and they specialise in tropical medicine and vaccinations. Usually there is a few days wait for an appointment. darwin@nulltraveldoctor.com.au

Travel Insurance

Medical travel insurance is strongly recommended. A detailed health overview for travellers in Indonesia can be found at the following websites:


Travel Doctor

Returning to Australia

The Australian Quarantine web site details all information regarding Australia’s quarantine laws including the regulations regarding importation of any organic material, foods, cats, dogs or other pets you may have on board. Yacht Arrival Quarantine Regulations for all details.

Please note that there are Northern Territory Government regulations regarding the entry of yachts into Darwin’s marinas to prevent the spread of marine pests. For information visit the Northern Territory Government Fisheries web site.

Getting to Darwin

If your yacht is not yet in Australia, for information go to the Australian Customs website. Australian Customs and Quarantine regulations require that yachts arriving in Australia must give notice of arrival at least 96 hours before arrival at their first port in Australia.

If you are arriving by plane Jetstar, Virgin & Qantas all have daily domestic flights to Darwin. August is still our peak season so it’s a good idea to book early.