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Batam and Bintan reopens islands to Singapore tourists

Indonesia is opening a safe travel corridor allowing people from Singapore to travel to Batam and Bintan

Delfina Utomo
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Delfina Utomo
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The Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto announced recently that Indonesia opened the islands of Batam and Bintan to visitors from Singapore, provided that they are vaccinated against Covid-19, are willing to undergo the mandatory tests and have insurance coverage. 

The move is part of Indonesia's plans to reboot its tourism sector – and authorities have decided to establish the travel bubble because the cases in Batam and Bintan are now under control. 

So what do visitors from Singapore have to be aware of? 

Travellers need to be fully vaccinated – meaning having at least two doses done – and have a PCR test done three days prior to travel, with a negative result. On top of that, visitors coming into Batam and Bintan must also have travel insurance worth $30,000 and must utilise the Indonesian tracing apps PeduliLindungi and Blue Pass. 

Hartarto also added that the entry points to the islands will be the Nongsapura ferry terminal in Batam and Bandar Bentan Telani ferry terminal in Bintan. The travel bubble will be evaluated every week in accordance with the situation in both countries. 

Ready for a quick trip to the islands of Bintan and Batam?

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