President Joko Widodo has approved a plan to launch the
Batam-Bintan-Singapore (BB-S) bubble, although no official start date
has been announced yet.
"The President has agreed to start the implementation of the BB-S
travel bubble as a prototype to start the economic opening, especially
tourism in a limited and controlled scheme," said Coordinating Minister
for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto, while leading a virtual
coordination meeting on Wednesday, 19 January 2022.
Under the bubble, travellers from Singapore will enter via Nongsapura
ferry terminal in Batam, and Bandar Bentan Telani ferry terminal in
for entry include proof of full vaccination, having stayed in Singapore
for at least 14 days prior to arrival in Indonesia, visa for non
Singapore citizens, and two PCR tests taken — once within three days
from departing Singapore, and again upon arrival in Indonesia.
Travellers must also take up insurance worth S$30,000 (US$22,300),
and commit to using the PeduliLindungi and Bluepass apps — the
Indonesian equivalents of Singapore's TraceTogether app — for contact
While in Indonesia, international travellers are also allowed to
interact only with tourists or parties within one travel bubble area,
and carry out activities in predetermined zones in accordance with set
Masking up is not only mandatory, they must also be changed every four hours.
Nonetheless, Pauline Suharno, chair of ASTINDO (Indonesian Travel Agents Association), who is also commissioner and director of Elok Tour, sees the news as a good "chance" for agents, especially since the BB-S requires zero quarantine — whereas fully-vaccinated travellers who fly into Bali still have to do a 7-day quarantine.
Due to strict border controls and the Denpasar airport which remained closed for the first 10 months of the year, Bali received just 45 international visitors in 2021, according to the Central Statistics Bureau of Bali in a CNN report.
Suharno adds "the government just added Juanda Airport Surabaya in Sidoarjo Regency, East Java, early this year as an international gateway to Indonesia. Hopefully it will follow with more flights to Indonesia."