Indonesia, Singapore Discuss Bilateral Vaccinated Travel Lane

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesia's Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi met her Singaporean counterpart Minister Vivian Balakrishnan in Singapore on Tuesday, November 16. The two ministers discussed strengthening bilateral cooperation, particularly safe travel arrangements through a vaccinated travel lane (VTL).

    The Foreign Affairs Office said that Minister Retno and Dr. Balakrishnan agreed to continue discussions on VTL arrangements bilaterally (reciprocally).

    The two ministers also discussed the details of the implementation of the unilateral quarantine-free travel scheme granted by Singapore to Indonesian travelers on a point-to-point basis, namely from Jakarta to Singapore.

    "The Foreign Affairs Minister said that the scheme extended to Indonesia is based on, among others, trust in the system, the continued improvement in Indonesia's the Covid-19 situation, and the higher vaccination rate", Retno said.

    To ensure safety, Singapore's unilateral VTL will be implemented using assigned flights starting November 29, 2021.

    The two nations will also continue discussions on creating a safe travel bubble, particularly ferry trips from Singapore to Bintan.

    Under the VTL, Indonesian travelers who are vaccinated and show proof of negative PCR test results can enter Singapore. They will be mandated to be tested for the virus again during arrivals, quarantine-free. 

    The VTL quota is 10,000 travelers per day from all countries that have obtained VTL. Travelers must be approved entry by the Singaporean government. Indonesians can start submitting entry permit applications on November 22.

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