Could this be a sign that a new Singapore-Batam Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) is coming?
Ferry operator BatamFast will have a daily ferry trip from Tanah Merah to Nongsapura, starting from 18 February.
One Ferry Trip Per Day
BatamFast’s website shows that there’ll be one ferry departing from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and stopping at Nongsapura Ferry Terminal daily, from 18 February.
Other details like timing and cost are not yet available on the website.
BatamFast, in an interview with Shin Min Daily News, said that they received approval from the relevant authorities recently, and that they can run up to 14 trips a week.
Other ferry operators do not have plans to resume ferry trips to Indonesia as of now.
Sign Of A New VTL?
Remember the announcement of the travel bubble between Singapore and Batam and Bintan? Although there was no announcement of when the travel bubble will actually come into effect, the resuming of ferry operations may signal a VTL coming soon.
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As of now, we do not have a Singapore-Indonesia VTL. Anyone returning to Singapore from Indonesia will still have to serve a seven-day Stay Home Notice (SHN).
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Current Requirements For Entering Batam or Bintan
For Singaporeans wanting to enter Batam or Bintan, there are still certain requirements to fulfil according to the Indonesian COVID-19 task force:
- Travellers must be vaccinated at least 14 days before departure, and must show digital/physical proof of their COVID-19 vaccination
- If travelling to Batam, one can enter through the Nongsapura International Ferry Terminal to go to the travel bubble location at Nongsa Sensation.
- If travelling to Bintan, one can enter through the Bintan Telani Ferry Terminal and proceed to the travel bubble location at Lagoi Bintan Resort.
- Travellers must show their visa to enter the islands, as well as proof of confirmation and payment of travel bubble packages.
- Travellers must also show negative PCR tests, which should be taken 72 hours before departing Singapore and also taken again after arriving in the islands. (BTW, PCR tests costs $30 in those islands.)
- Travellers must register with Indonesia’s E-HAC digital health service, and download PeduliLindungi and BluePass apps for the duration of their stay.
- Travellers are required to have health insurance of at least $30,000 to cover the cost of COVID-19 treatment and medical expenses, should they end up getting infected.
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