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Published on Monday, July 26, 2021

Indonesia - Singapore travel corridor postponed






Surprising nobody, Indonesia confirmed its Singapore travel corridor has been suspended while it battles a huge caseload of Covid infections nationwide.


It has become a global epicentre of the pandemic with hospitals at breaking point across Java and Bali and micro-lockdowns continuing until next week at least.


Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said the government will revisit preparations for the corridor only when domestic Covid cases show a significant drop.


The tourism ministry will concentrate on opening a corridors to the islands of Batam and Bintan which are popular weekend destinations for mostly Singaporeans.


It is also focusing on a Bali travel corridor with various countries.


"The travel corridor arrangement program has been delayed because we are implementing PPKM level 4 restrictions but when the situation gets more conducive, we will resume it quickly," Sandiaga said.


Singapore has also seen a rising number of cases which has derailed its planned travel corrifor with Hong Kong.


Indonesia reported 28,000 new cases on Monday and nearly 1,500 deaths.

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