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Ongoing discussions for safe travel corridor from Singapore to Indonesia

The travel corridor is only meant for Singapore tourists to travel to Indonesia.

Noreen Shazreen

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Published: 24 March 2021, 11:53 AM

There have recently been a few discussions regarding the travel bubbles between Singapore and destinations such as Australia and Taiwan. 

Closer to home, those who miss short getaways to islands such as Batam and Bintan may be able to resume planning their getaways for as early as this April. 

Indonesia’s Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, is proposing for the Singapore-Indonesia travel corridor to begin on Apr 21. With the travel corridor, Singaporeans can travel to popular resort destinations of Nongsa, Batam and Lagoi, Bintan. 

Mr Uno said in a press conference on Mar 22 that the proposed safe travel corridor is meant only for Singapore tourists to travel to Indonesia, and not for Indonesian citizens to travel to Singapore.

“We are not including Indonesian citizens going to Singapore (via the safe travel corridor) because we want people from Singapore to come to Indonesia,” he said. 

Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan will be making an official visit to Indonesia later this week to discuss international issues, including the travel corridor. 

If the potential travel corridor opens, tourists will be able to travel from Singapore to Indonesia through direct routes that connect the countries’ ferry terminals.

To be eligible for the travel corridor, travellers from Singapore must present a negative polymerase chain reaction test result. They will also have to undergo a COVID-19 breath test detector, known as GeNose, upon arrival. 

In addition, travellers can be tracked and traced with a contract-tracing application. 

 

A targeted total of 30,000 Indonesian tourism workers have to be vaccinated before the potential safe travel corridor in April. PHOTO CREDIT: STEVEN CORNFIELD VIA UNSPLASH

 

Since Saturday, more than 3,500 Indonesian tourism workers and residents have been vaccinated in Nongsa, Batam and Lagoi, Bintan.

Three spots in Batam and two spots in Bintan will be sealed so tourists can travel safely amidst the pandemic. 

Domestic tourists may enter those sealed areas, but only if they have been vaccinated. 

Indonesian citizens must already be vaccinated and produce a negative COVID-19 result test when entering the premises. As long as they are in the sealed areas, they will also have to undergo routine testing periodically.


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