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Singapore and Indonesia are preparing a green lane

Singapore and Indonesia have agreed to create a Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) for important business and official travel between both countries.

Applications for the RGL will open on October 26, and trips will begin shortly thereafter.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsoudi said the two countries are in the ultimate phase of green lane negotiations and preparations are underway on the ground to facilitate arrival.

Indonesian citizens, and citizens and residents of Singapore, are eligible for the green corridor.

Travelers will be required to comply with COVID-19 prevention and public health measures agreed by both countries. These will include pre-departure and post-arrival PCR tests.

Indonesia will have two points of entry for RGL: the Batam Center ferry terminal and Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

The Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and Changi Airport will be the two entry points to Singapore.

Travelers will need to take a first PCR test 72 hours prior to departure and a second test upon arrival at the airport or ferry terminal. Travelers will pay for the tests themselves.

Travelers will also need to register on the TraceTogether and SafeEntry mobile apps while in Singapore, or the e-HAC and Peduli Lindungi apps while in Indonesia

Indonesian applicants will need to provide a sponsor from a government agency or enterprise in Singapore and request a SafeTravel pass.

Singaporeans wishing to enter Indonesia will need to provide a sponsor from a government or legal entity and apply for a visa online.

Apart from Indonesia, Singapore now has cross green lanes for important business and official travel with China, Malaysia, Brunei, South Korea and Japan.

Also, Singapore unilaterally lifted restrictions on travelers from Vietnam and New Zealand and some visitors from Australia, except for residents of Victoria.

Earlier this month, Singapore’s Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung said plans to revive the Changi Air Hub include pursuing greener lanes and negotiating an air travel bubble with countries with low COVID-19 infection rates.

Ong said that a facility has been set up at Changi Airport to take swabs from 10,000 passengers a day. And in the next few months, a special laboratory for testing for COVID-19 will appear at the airport.

On October 11, Indonesia reported 4,497 new cases of COVID-10 infection and 79 new deaths. This is the lowest daily death rate in the country since September 27. As of Sunday, the country had 333,449 COVID-19 cases, of which 11,844 were fatal.

On October 11, Singapore reported 10 new cases, bringing the country’s total to 57,876 cases and 27 deaths.

Photo by
Nicky Lo; Bloomberg

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