Start Planning For A Vacay To Bali, Bintan, Batam, Greece — And More

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Singapore and Indonesia successfully established their first vaccinated travel lane (VTL) via sea between Batam, Bintan and Singapore on 25 February. Now, Singapore will also expand its VTL scheme for Indonesia from 16 March to allow for air travel — specifically, two daily flights from Bali-Denpasar to Singapore. 

Fully vaccinated travellers from all cities in India beyond Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai will also be able to travel to Singapore without having to quarantine. Hoping to travel a little further beyond Indonesia? Singapore is also working to launch new VTLs with Greece and Vietnam to allow for two-way travel between the two countries. 

If your mind is set on a beach vacay in Indonesia, here are some updates and regulations you should know prior to your visit.

VTL scheme between Singapore and Indonesia

Singapore has a VTL scheme with Indonesia, which currently allows for quarantine-free air travel from Jakarta, Indonesia to Singapore. From 16 March, there will also be two daily flights from Bali-Denpasar to Singapore for eligible travellers. Travelling to Batam or Bintan instead? Fully vaccinated travellers are encouraged to travel to either of these destinations via ferry — read on more details. 

You need to be fully vaccinated

A report by The Straits Times revealed that travellers from Singapore “must be fully vaccinated and must have stayed in Singapore for at least 14 days period to their arrival.” Under this arrangement, travellers will enter Indonesia via ferry, specifically via the Nongsapura ferry terminal in Batam and Bandar Bentan Telani ferry terminal in Bintan.

You are to take two PCR tests

In addition, travellers are to show a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken within three days before departing Singapore. You will need to take another upon arrival in Singapore. Should you test positive with no or mild symptoms, you will be referred to an isolation facility. You will be referred to a hospital if you have moderate or severe symptoms.

(Cover photos from: @bintanresortsofficial and Anil Nallamotu via Unsplash)

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