Indonesia returns to Singapore with trade engagement

Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, headlined the first Wonderful Indonesia sales mission in Singapore on May 31, 2022, highlighting the important update that no RT-PCR test result is required for international travellers with effect from May 30, 2022.

The minister also told the 85 attendees at the half-day event, that curated programmes in places like Bali and Lake Toba now offer “green” options and more “serenity, spirituality and sustainability” products can be found to cater to changing traveller preferences.

Indonesia returns to Singapore with first Wonderful Indonesia sales mission

This, he added, would add depth to the “sun, sea and city” activities in nearby Riau islands, Bali and Jakarta – the top choices among Singaporeans.

Sandiaga, who was making his second official visit to Singapore, reiterated the ministry’s plans to help the country’s pandemic-hit tourism industry back on its feet by focusing on the five super-priority tourist destinations.

They are Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Borobudur Temple in Central Java, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara, and Likupang in North Sulawesi.

Meanwhile, Wiku Adisasmito, coordinator of the expert team on the national Covid-19 task force, in his presentation, noted that the highest vaccination coverage is in Jakarta, Bali, Yogyakarta, Riau Islands and East Kalimantan.

In Bali, the three districts or cities with the highest number of people vaccinated with the third dose are Denpasar, Badung Regency and Klungkung Regency.

He also clarified that travel insurance would be required for travellers to Batam and Bintan. If tested Covid-19 positive, they have to be treated in Singapore – travellers to other destinations “cannot be treated” in Indonesia.

Wiku noted: “The Covid-19 pandemic indicators in Indonesia are improving with the downtrend of confirmed cases number at 99.6 per cent and the number of deaths down 98.3 per cent from the peak in February 2022.”

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