After news of ferry services between Singapore and Batam resuming, everyone was waiting for news of a Singapore-Batam and Bintan Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL).
The wait is finally over, as the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) just announced a sea VTL with Batam and Bintan.
Here’s everything you need to know about how the VTL is going to work.
Can Apply For Vaccinated Travel Pass from 22 February
Fully vaccinated travellers from Batam and Bintan can start applying for vaccinated travel passes from 10am on 22 February.
700 vaccinated travellers will be allowed to enter Singapore by sea every week, without the need to quarantine. This comprises 350 travellers each from Nongsapura terminal and Bandar Bintan Telani terminal. They’ll take the ferry to Singapore’s Tanah Merah ferry terminal.
The ferry services will be operated by Batam Fast and Bintan Resort ferries.
Comply With VTL Requirements That Are The Same As Air Travel
Travellers must have remained only in one or more VTL countries, or a country/region in Category One of Singapore’s Ministry of Health’s classification for border measures. This also includes transit stops, and it applies to the last seven consecutive days prior to departure for Singapore.
BTW, if the traveller was in Singapore in those seven days, it can be counted toward fulfilling the above requirement.
All travellers must also obtain a negative COVID-19 test result through a pre-departure test, which can either be a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or a professionally administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART). The test needs to be taken within two days before departing for Singapore.
When they arrive in Singapore, travellers will have to take a supervised ART test at quick-test or combined test centres within 24 hours. They’ll remain self-isolated till the test result is confirmed to be negative.
Children aged two years and below do not need to take these tests.
Under the VTL, fully vaccinated Singaporean citizens, permanent residents, long-term pass holders, and children aged 12 years and below do not need to apply for a travel pass to enter Singapore by sea.
Short-term visitors that require a visa for travel to Singapore needs to obtain a visa, separate from a vaccinated travel pass. they’re advised to apply for their visa after receiving their travel pass approval and before departing.
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