Singapore-Batam-Bintan ‘travel corridor’ meant for Singapore holidaymakers only: Indonesian minister


JAKARTA: Indonesia’s tourism minister Sandiaga Uno stated on Monday (Mar 22) that the proposed “safe travel corridor” amongst Singapore, Batam and Bintan is meant to bring in all those from the town state to vacation in Indonesia and not vice versa.

In a press conference, he explained: “We are not including Indonesian citizens likely to Singapore (via the safe journey corridor) mainly because we want individuals from Singapore to come to Indonesia.” 

“That is what the tourism and artistic financial system ministry is focused on, how travellers can appear listed here, not for (Indonesian) travellers to go abroad,” he extra.

This arrived immediately after he reported about the weekend that preparations can start off for a “safe vacation corridor” between Singapore, Batam Nongsa and Bintan Lagoi. 

The Nongsa space in Batam and Lagoi region in Bintan are well-liked vacation resort destinations for Singaporeans. He also instructed that the vacation corridor can start on Apr 21.

Read: Without holidaymakers from Singapore, Bintan’s resorts get innovative to make finishes satisfy amid COVID-19

Commenting on the proposed implementation particulars of the vacation corridor, he said on Monday that a few spots in Batam and two in Bintan can be frequented by holidaymakers safely amid the pandemic.

Mr Uno said that the parts will be sealed, but domestic visitors who have been vaccinated and demonstrate a unfavorable COVID-19 take a look at final result may well enter the premises. 

“As lengthy as they are in the bubble … Indonesian citizens who are there must have been vaccinated, and go as a result of program testing both at admission (to the premises) and also periodically.”

Sandiaga Uno

Mr Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno was the jogging mate of presidential challenger Prabowo Subianto in the 2019 election. (Photo: AFP/Goh Chai Hin) 

Amongst the 5 proposed spots to be sealed consists of a golfing class in Batam, he claimed.

The minister said that talks have been ongoing with Singapore. “The dialogue with Singapore continues, led by minister of international affairs of system. And I beforehand experienced quite a few conversations.”

“My hope is that with the stop by of the Singaporean international minister to Jakarta this week, we can force this dialogue even further. Hopefully, this can be finalised,” mentioned Mr Uno.

Singapore’s Minister for Overseas Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan is scheduled to make an formal take a look at to Indonesia afterwards this week.

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