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Jakarta Post

Province drafts health code amid travel talks with S’pore

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    Batam, Riau Islands

Batam, Riau Islands   /   Sat, August 29 2020   /  01:00 am
Authorities conduct medical check on 47 Indonesian migrant workers who have been caught by the Maritime Security Board (Bakamla) personnel after returning from Malaysia via illegal routes through Nongsa waters in Batam, Riau Islands, on April 15, 2020.(Courtesy of Bakamla/via

Riau Islands is gearing up to implement stricter health measures across the province as the central government enters into discussions with Singapore on opening up a “travel corridor” between the two countries. Governor Isdianto said the provincial administration would do its best to prepare regulations that would ensure the safety of travelers visiting the province. “It is necessary to implement strict health protocols if the talks eventually lead to something,” the governor told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. Riau Islands places second for foreign tourist arrivals in Indonesia after Bali. Last year, the province attracted 2.59 million international visitors, almost half – 47 percent – were from Singapore. Isdianto went on to say that he had handed over a request to open its borders with Singapore to Coordinating Maritime Affairs and I...