S’pore, Indonesia in talks to make Bintan-Batam travel bubble two-way, expand links to more destinations

He was speaking at a joint press conference with Mr Widodo at their Leaders’ Retreat in Bintan, a day after Indonesia announced the launch of the travel bubble to the two popular tourist destinations.

On Monday (Jan 24), Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto said the Indonesian government was prepared to launch the travel bubble as Covid-19 cases on the two islands are under control, and the required protocols for the bubble had been put in place.

Under the arrangement, travellers from Singapore are allowed to enter Indonesia via Nongsapura ferry terminal in Batam and Bandar Bentan Telani ferry terminal in Bintan.

They must be fully vaccinated and must have stayed in Singapore for at least 14 days prior to their arrival, according to a circular by Indonesia’s Covid-19 task force.

They must also show a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken within three days before departing Singapore and take another when they arrive in Indonesia, among other requirements.

Last November, Singapore launched a unilateral vaccinated travel lane (VTL) for travellers arriving from Jakarta on designated flights.

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