November 30, 2020, 09.08 PM

KOMPAS.com – The sheer number of Indonesian tourists that flocked to Singapore pre-pandemic holds the key to the recovery of the city-state’s travel industry.

Singapore’s tourist demographic in terms of countries are dominated by China in the first place followed by Indonesia.

“Based on our 2019 data, the number of Indonesian tourists entering Singapore reached 3.1 million people,” stated a representative of the Singapore Tourism Board Indonesia Area, Mohamed Firhan Abdul Salam.

Read also: Singapore to Track Incoming Travellers Quarantine Compliance Via Electronic Device

Since the city-state’s border closure took effect on February 2020 due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus, Singapore has seen a 99.9 percent drop in tourist arrivals.

Conditions to Its Open Borders

Although Singapore has reopened its borders, Indonesian tourists and other travelers are prohibited from entering for leisure purposes.

Currently, the country strictly allows essential business travels or urgent diplomatic or public duties which must be approved by a relevant Singaporean company or government agency.

Essential business travelers, including those from Indonesia, only have a maximum of 10 days to stay in the country in which the length of stay cannot be extended.

Read also: Indonesia, Singapore Form Travel Bubble for Essential Trips amid Covid-19 Pandemic

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