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Indonesia asks Singapore to reopen borders as Bintan 'ready to receive tourists'

  • Fadli

    Batam

Batam   /   Sat, July 4 2020   /  01:00 am
Ferries at Sekupang International Ferry Port, Batam, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Management of the International Ferry Port in Batam which has been serving the Batam-Singapore and Batam-Johor Bahru or Pasir Gudang routes plans to cease operations following special policies in Singapore for Indonesian citizen passport holders and Malaysian "Lockdown" in the next two weeks. (JP/Fadli)

The Indonesian government has asked Singapore to soon reopen its borders, particularly those that connect the city state to the tourist areas of Bintan and Batam in Riau Islands, which have been closed for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In his visit to Batam on Thursday, Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan made a phone call with Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakhrisnan, requesting the latter to reopen the Singaporean borders that serve as entry points to Bintan and Batam. The senior minister said Vivian agreed to review Indonesia's request after Singapore’s general election, which will be held on July 10. “I had a phone call with Foreign Minister Vivian because there was a request from Lagoi, Bintan, that they are ready to receive tourists as they now have zero COVID-19 cases," said Luhut, ...