Indonesia to reopen Batam, Bintan to fully vaccinated Singapore travellers

24/1/2022 10:36:00 AM

Indonesia to reopen Batam, Bintan to fully vaccinated Singapore travellers

Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto on Monday (Jan 24) said the Indonesian government was now prepared to launch the travel bubble as the Covid-19 cases on the two islands are under control.He did not give a date they were working towards for the reopening.

on Tuesday.They must also show a negative PCR test taken within three days before departing Singapore and take another when they arrive in Indonesia.a unilateral vaccinated travel lane (VTL) with Indonesia on Nov 29.At the ferry terminal, RT-PCR test desks have been set up and standing banners inform travellers to download the PeduliLindungi app, the Indonesian equivalent of Singapore's TraceTogether app, to facilitate contact tracing.

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straits_times PCR tests on both sides? Might as well not bother. straits_times Whatever test is needed, if it cost more than $30, don’t think one would want to make the trip unless one has family or friends there…😷

Indonesia reopens islands to Singaporean touristsIndonesia opened up two islands close to Singapore to visitors from the city-state on Monday, officials said, as part of calibrated moves to reboot its tourism sector while controlling the spread of COVID-19. Singaporeans can visit Batam and Bintan islands approximately 15 km (9.32 miles) and 30 km away respectively providing they are vaccinated against COVID-19, they undergo tests and have insurance coverage, authorities said. The two islands were hugely popular vacation spots among Singaporeans prior to the pandemic.

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Copy to clipboard https://str.Read full article 24 January 2022, 8:16 am · 1-min read A man stands as he travels on a wooden boat near a port in Tanjungpinang, on the island of Bintan JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia opened up two islands close to Singapore to visitors from the city-state on Monday, officials said, as part of calibrated moves to reboot its tourism sector while controlling the spread of COVID-19.Copy to clipboard https://str.- Advertisement - Dear Editor, I would like to share an incredible sighting of a Rare and Critically Endangered “Leopard Cat” (Pionailurus bengalensis) in Singapore.

sg/wAuQ BINTAN - After two years of lull in tourism due to the coronavirus pandemic, the popular Indonesian holiday islands of Bintan and Batam are finalising plans to reopen their shores to leisure travellers from Singapore. Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto on Monday (Jan 24) said the Indonesian government was now prepared to launch the travel bubble as the Covid-19 cases on the two islands are under control.32 miles) and 30 km away respectively providing they are vaccinated against COVID-19, they undergo tests and have insurance coverage, authorities said. All required protocols for the bubble have been put in place, he said. On Friday (Jan 21), Pakistan recorded 7,678 new cases, its largest known tally since the Covid-19 pandemic began. "The Indonesian government is encouraging the establishment of travel bubble between Batam, Bintan and Singapore. The move follows Indonesia's reopening of its holiday island Bali https://www.. Then the coincidence happened: An unexpected appearance of a Rare and Critically Endangered “Leopard Cat” (Prionailurus bengalensis) occurred.

.com/world/asia-pacific/doubts-over-demand-eve-indonesias-bali-reopening-2021-10-13 to foreign tourists in October. The government has taken stern measures - such as threatening to shut off cellphone service, hold back salaries and prevent air travel - to increase vaccination numbers in the face of widespread hesitancy. This would help spur tourism," Mr Airlangga said. He did not give a date they were working towards for the reopening. Singapore has made no announcement of the sea route reopening and its transport authority did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday. The announcement came ahead of the Leaders' Retreat between Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday. When the government tried to impose similar measures last year, the resistance became violent on several occasions. 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. Once Asia's COVID-19 epicentre, Indonesia has seen a rise in infections lately following months of containment, including from the Omicron variant. Thank you for your patience.

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 PCR test taken within three days before departing Singapore and take another when they arrive in Indonesia. (Reporting by Stanley Widianto in Jakarta; Additional reporting by Aradhana Aravindan in Singapore; Editing by Martin Petty) TRENDING. "Preachers at mosques will not stop worshippers from coming to mosques because avoiding them would only invite God's wrath at a time when people need his mercy. Other requirements include a holiday insurance package that would cover hospital treatment worth S$30,000 for the travellers. Singapore had earlier announced a unilateral vaccinated travel lane (VTL) with Indonesia on Nov 29. That VTL later required quarantine for visitors from Indonesia, following a rise in Covid-19 cases in the country, according to Ms Pauline Suharno, secretary general of Indonesia's travel agency association. Karachi, the port city of about 15 million people, recorded a positivity rate of 46 per cent, meaning nearly one in every two tests was returning positive.

A Straits Times check on Sunday and Monday found port workers at the Bandar Bentan Telani ferry terminal, in Bintan, putting on the final touches to welcome Singaporeans and ensure they travel safely. At the ferry terminal, RT-PCR test desks have been set up and standing banners inform travellers to download the PeduliLindungi app, the Indonesian equivalent of Singapore's TraceTogether app, to facilitate contact tracing. Hotels and tour operators were upbeat about the reopening. In the last two years, some hotels such as Bintan's Cassia beachfront apartment hotel have had to slash their rates by half to stay afloat. Ms Pauline said tour operators, and spas are planning to give discounts to attract Singaporeans.

"We have heard plans of this travel bubble a few times. Hopefully, this time around they are really going ahead," she told The Straits Times. But recovery takes time. "They (Singaporeans) need to talk to their bosses, find colleagues to stand in while they go on holiday. Not like bosses in Indonesia who are more flexible and may tolerate last-minute leave requests," she added.

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