Batam and Bintan to Launch Travel Bubble With Singapore Soon

Batam and Bintan to Launch Travel Bubble With Singapore Soon

Float across the waters on this new bubble!

Singaporeans, rejoice! An announcement made by Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto on 24 Jan 2022 revealed that plans to reopen travel between Singapore and the islands of Batam and Bintan are now close to fruition! This comes in light of the improving pandemic situation on the two islands. 

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Under this new travel bubble, only fully vaccinated foreigners who have stayed in Singapore for at least 14 days will be allowed to enter Batam and Bintan. In order to reach the travel bubble areas on both islands, you must travel by ferry and disembark at either Batam’s Nongsapura International Ferry Terminal or Bintan’s Bandar Bintan Telani Ferry Terminal.

Foreigners will then be required to prepare these documents beforehand and present them at the entrance of these areas.

1. A vaccination card or certificate which states that you have received the full dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before departure. The proof must also be written in English and verified on either Indonesia’s Ministry of Health website or through e-HAC International Indonesia.

2. A negative result for an RT-PCR test taken 72 hours before departure.

3. A tourist visit visa or any other entry permit in accordance with the citizenship of the traveller. This does not apply to Singaporean travellers.

4. A proof of travel insurance with a minimum coverage of S$30,000 that includes financing for handling COVID-19 and medical evacuation to a referred hospital.

5. The PeduliLindung and Bluepass applications downloaded onto your mobile phone.

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Additional body temperature checks and an on-arrival RT-PCR test would also be conducted. Aside from the local health protocols in place, you will only be allowed to interact with those in the same travel bubble area and must adhere strictly to the activities specified within the itinerary.

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