Singapore, Indonesia agree to resume ‘essential’ travel

Oct. 12 (UPI) — Singapore and Indonesia have agreed to resume travel for businesses and government officials on Oct. 26, even as Indonesia remains home to Asia’s second-worst COVID-19 outbreak.

Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said in a Facebook post Monday the decision to allow cross-border travel with Indonesia is part of the “gradual and calibrated steps to reopen our borders and support our economic recovery,” Singapore’s Straits Times reported.

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Singapore, Indonesia agree to launch green lane for essential business and official travel

SINGAPORE: Singapore and Indonesia have agreed to set up a reciprocal green lane (RGL) for essential business and official travel between both countries.

Applications for the RGL will open on Oct 26 and travel will start soon after, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Monday (Oct 12).

The agreement comes less than two months after MFA said on Aug 25 that Singapore and Indonesia planned to

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Singapore, Indonesia to Start Green Lane for Some Travel

(Bloomberg) — Singapore and Indonesia will establish a reciprocal green lane for travel between both countries, according to a joint statement from Indonesia and Singapore’s ministries for foreign affairs.



a group of people standing around a luggage carousel at an airport: A traveler, wearing a protective face mask, wheels a suitcase inside Changi Airport in Singapore, on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The impact of coronavirus is already being felt across the Asian continent, where leisure and business travel contributed $884 billion to gross domestic product in 2017, the most recent year for which data has been compiled by the World Travel and Tourism Council.


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A traveler, wearing a protective face mask, wheels a suitcase inside Changi Airport in Singapore, on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The impact of coronavirus is already being felt across the Asian continent, where leisure and business travel contributed $884

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Indonesia creates essential business, diplomatic travel corridor with Singapore – SE Asia

Indonesia has completed negotiations to establish a travel corridor with Singapore to facilitate urgent diplomatic missions and essential business trips between the two countries amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said at a press conference on Monday that the arrangement, dubbed the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL), would come into effect on Oct. 26.

“Trips [via the corridor] may be available within several days in accordance with Indonesia’s

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Tables at the $440-per-head restaurant in a grounded Singapore Airlines aircraft sold out in just 30 minutes

  • Singapore Airlines will serve fine-dining meals on its grounded aircrafts at the end of October.
  • Within half an hour of bookings opening on Monday, all seats were snapped up.
  • Four cabin classes are available, and prices per head vary from around $37 to $441, depending on cabin class.
  • Diners have to bring their passports, and the airline will check guests’ temperatures before they’re allowed onboard.
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Dirty dog? Driver slammed online after travelling with pet in BlueSG car, Singapore News

Dogs are known for their love for the outdoors, and many owners often drive them around the island with their cars.

But owning a car in Singapore is not cheap, so some pay a premium for pet-friendly transport services such as GrabPet or private taxis to ferry their fur kids.

One driver sparked debate online on Sunday (Oct 11) evening after she was spotted taking her dog out on an

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Here’s how Singapore plans to resume international travel safely

  • For a small country with no domestic air travel market, Singapore “can’t wait around for a vaccine” to revive the crucial aviation industry, said Ong Ye Kung, the country’s transport minister.
  • The tiny Southeast Asian nation is working to establish travel bubbles with countries that have kept the coronavirus outbreak under control, said Ong.

Singapore ‘can’t wait around for a vaccine’ to revive aviation sector, says transport minister

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Singapore speeds up travel restart as COVID keeps Malaysia gripped

SINGAPORE/KUALA LUMPUR — Singapore and Malaysia, closely connected neighbors that have both been severely damaged by COVID-19, are eager to jump-start their economies. But just as the former appears to be turning a corner and moves to accelerate its reopening, the latter is scrambling to contain another wave of infections.

Their diverging fortunes highlight the persistent challenge of dealing with this virus and the difficulty of balancing health and economic

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10 Singapore Tours to Rediscover a Different Side of Singapore


 


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10 Singapore Tours to Rediscover a Different Side of the Country

Remember the time when short getaways were so easily available and travelling overseas was a breeze? Those were happy times before Covid-19 reared its ugly head and ruined holiday travel plans almost everywhere. 

Although we’re still in Phase 2, we are taking little baby steps towards Phase 3 for sure. Even then, everyone

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Singapore launches Covid-secure luxury cruises … to nowhere

Singapore is launching Covid-secure cruise holidays to nowhere, in the latest attempt to offer a long-distance travel experience with no stops.



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Australian airline Qantas drew criticism from environmental groups last month after advertising a seven-hour round trip from Sydney including fly-pasts of famous sights including Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef.

Now the Singapore government has given approval for cruises to nowhere

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Singapore introduces ‘cruises to nowhere’

(CNN) — Move over, flights to nowhere — cruises to nowhere may be the next big thing in Covid-safe travel.
Singapore has announced that it will launch pleasure cruises that don’t actually visit any ports in November 2020.

The city-state’s national tourism board has partnered with two cruise lines for the initial journeys, with Genting Cruise Lines’ World Dream and Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas chosen as the

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Singapore introduces ‘cruises to nowhere’ for travel-starved locals

Move over, flights to nowhere — cruises to nowhere may be the next big thing in Covid-safe travel.

Singapore has announced that it will launch pleasure cruises that don’t actually visit any ports in November 2020.

The city-state’s national tourism board has partnered with two cruise lines for the initial journeys, with Genting Cruise Lines’ World Dream and Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas chosen as the first two

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Singapore to negotiate air travel bubbles with safe countries for general travellers

These two-way travel bubbles are different from reciprocal green lane arrangements meant for business and official travellers. ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

SINGAPORE – Singapore will negotiate Air Travel Bubbles with safe countries or regions – an arrangement meant for general travellers that does not require a controlled itinerary, said Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung.


South Korea is top country Singaporeans want to have Air Travel Bubble with: Poll, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – South Korea tops a poll of countries that Singaporeans would like the Republic to have an Air Travel Bubble with.

It was the clear favourite with 40.7 per cent in an online poll conducted by The Straits Times on Facebook on Wednesday (Oct 7), followed by Japan with 17.7 per cent, and Thailand with 16.9 per cent.

Malaysia, New Zealand and China rounded out the list with 11.6

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Singapore eyes launch of ‘cruises to nowhere’ to kickstart leisure travel amid coronavirus pandemic: reports

It could be a while before cruises are back to normal, but if you miss the open seas, a “cruise to nowhere” might be just what you’re looking for.

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is reportedly working on protocols for “cruises to nowhere” to begin operating in Singapore, according to a report earlier this week from The Straits Times.

The newspaper reported that the board hired a risk management company

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Singapore Airlines is turning a parked A380 superjumbo jet into a restaurant to cater to a travel-hungry population, and the most expensive meal is over $400



a large passenger jet flying through a blue sky: Singapore Airlines is offering on-the-ground experiences to satisfy the travel cravings of a grounded population. photosounds/Shutterstock


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Singapore Airlines is offering on-the-ground experiences to satisfy the travel cravings of a grounded population. photosounds/Shutterstock

  • Singapore Airlines is converting one of its Airbus A380 aircraft into a restaurant, catering to travel-hungry residents of the island nation.
  • The Discover Your Singapore Airlines program aims to create unique aviation experiences while the population is largely grounded.
  • The airline has severely cut its international flying schedule due to the COVID-19
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Singapore prepares road map for recovery as Heng warns virus will weigh on budget ‘for years’



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Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat. Photo: EPA

Singapore is preparing for its final phase of economic reopening as coronavirus infections stabilise, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Monday even as he reiterated that the economic outlook was grim amid government efforts to save jobs and plan for the post-pandemic era.

Heng, in a parliament speech, said a road map would be revealed in the coming weeks

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Singapore to kickstart travel with ‘cruises to nowhere’

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Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is said to be looking at launching “cruises to nowhere” in a bid to kickstart leisure travel in the country.

A cruise to nowhere is essentially a sailing that departs and returns to the same port having spent a period at sea without docking anywhere else.

Passengers

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Indonesia Revises Rule on Entry Ban for Singapore Travel: Kompas

(Bloomberg) — Indonesia is revising a rule banning foreigners from entering the country, as it discusses opening a travel corridor for essential business purposes from Singapore, according to Kompas.



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JAKARTA, INDONESIA – APRIL 25: Airline and airport staff walk though the nearly empty Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on April 25, 2020 in Jakarta, Indonesia. As Muslims mark the start of Ramadan, Indonesia announced a temporary

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Travelling to UK? Here’s what you need to know, Singapore News & Top Stories

British Transport Minister Grant Shapps said on Thursday that Singapore and Thailand have been removed from the list of countries from which travellers must quarantine when entering England. The same applies for travellers entering Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The quarantines are in place to curb the spread of Covid-19. Here are some things you need to know about travelling to England.

I am arriving in England soon. When will

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