Indonesia has opened a quarantine-free travel corridor that allows people from Singapore to travel to Batam and Bintan, said Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno.

The travel scheme is for people to visit Nongsa in Batam and Lagoi in Bintan, and they are not allowed to leave for other places, he said in a virtual press conference.

The minister also said that travellers must test negative for the coronavirus 72 hours prior to departure and again upon arrival at Batam’s Nongsapura ferry terminal or Bintan’s Bandar Bentan Telani terminal.

“When they arrive at the point of entry, they will go directly to their place of activity such as the hotel, and after the (Covid-19 test) result is out in 50 minutes, the tourists can immediately start their activities,” Uno said.

He highlighted that the travel corridor is meant for people from Singapore to visit Nongsa and Lagoi and not for Indonesians to visit Singapore.

“If people in Batam want to go to Singapore, they must follow Singapore regulations,” he said.

In November last year, Singapore announced that it would start a unilateral vaccinated travel lane (VTL) with Indonesia on 29 November for fully-vaccinated individuals travelling from Jakarta to the country via Changi airport.


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