Indonesia and Singapore has announced both countries will participate in a Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) for cross-border travel for essential business and official purposes.

Both countries will start to process applications for the RGL for eligible travelers on October 26.

Eligible travelers must be citizens or permanent residents of either Singapore and Indonesia and a sponsorship from a company or government entity in the destination country. Applications will be processed by the destination country's immigration departments.

Per guidelines set by the RGL, elegible travelers will be subject to health guidelines set by both countries which includes taking a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab test. Eligible travelers who are residents of both Singapore and Indonesia will be able to apply for a short stay less than 14 days in each country.

The RGL scheme is one lane for travel to Singapore. Singapore also has waived home quarantine requirements through its Air Travel Pass program for short-term travelers coming in from Australia (except the state of Victoria), Vietnam, Brunei, and New Zealand. Departing Singapore residents will still subject to quarantine measures in the destination countries.

Indonesia joins a select group of countries - China, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia and Brunei – that has joint green lane agreements for travel between both countries.

Regarding the addition of Indonesia to its RGL scheme, Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said on a Facebook post it is part of the "gradual and calibrated steps to reopen our borders and support our economic recovery.”

"It is important to re-establish connectivity with key economic partners such as Indonesia to maintain Singapore's continued viability as a key business and transport hub," Balakrishnan said.

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