05 Apr'23 Updated: What You Need To Know for Singapore Residents Going to Batam
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Passport Validity of 6 months
Please ensure that your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months from date of return.
For Singapore Passport Holders with passports expiring or have expired, please renew your passports early. Passport renewal may take 6 weeks or more based on recent easing of travel measures and hence overwhelming demand for passports.
Pre-Departure Test (PDT) – Not required For fully Vaccinated travellers as of 18 May 2022
Pcr test / supervised art test (before & on arrival).
- COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction test (PCR test) at an internationally accredited or recognised lab/clinic/medical facility (estimated S$100 per test); OR
- Administered by a trained professional (estimated S$40 per test); or
- Passengers who have not travelled out of Singapore for minimum 14-days & is fully vaccinated may present a self-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART) remotely supervised by an approved ART provider in Singapore. Please refer to MOH’s listing of remote supervised self-swab providers to schedule your appointment. (estimated S$15 < per test)
Proof of vaccination
All travellers must produce a physical or digital proof of minimum two (2) doses of COVID-19 vaccination completed at least fourteen (14) days before departure
Travellers under eighteen (18) years of age traveling with fully vaccinated adults will be exempted from this requirement.
For travellers that were vaccinated in Singapore, you may retrieve your Covid-vaccination report via Health Hub or get a digital proof of the vaccination via Notarise . On Notorise, simply select Vaccination certificate and login with your Singpass .
Tourist visa (Not applicable for Singaporeans & Asean Nationality)
Singapore & Indonesian Citizens do not need a visa in entering to Batam
Other foreign nationals must obtain the relevant entry-visa to Indonesia in advance to be eligible for travel bubble. Please refer to section above on Which Nationalities are Allowed to Travel to Batam Now?
Travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage of at least SGD 20,000 (Recommended)
It is always good to be prepared and insured for your trip, even if it is just a 2 or 3 days trip. With prices starting from $10.50 per traveler , you can be insured for the following:
✔️ Overseas Medical Expenses due to COVID-19 $20,000 ✔️ Emergency Medical Evacuation & Repatriation due to COVID-19 $20,000 ✔️ Accidental Death & Disablement $50,000 ✔️ Overseas Medical Expenses $20,000 ✔️ Loss or Damage of Personal Property and Baggage $1,000 ✔️ Chubb Assistance – Emergency Medical Evacuation $20,000
Do ensure that you have purchased your travel insurance in Singapore if travel insurance is not included in your Batam travel package.
For your convenience, you can purchase travel insurance to Batam with Chubb or request for it to be included in our travel package booked with BatamGetaway .
Health Declaration & Tracing Programme – Not required as of 3 April 2023
Download indonesia’s covid-19 health tracing programme ( peduli lindungi ➜ satusehat mobile).
Download SATUSEHAT Mobile Application (Previously known as Peduli Lindungi can be downloaded on Google Play Store (Android) or App Store (iOS) )
Kindly ensure that SATUSEHAT Mobile app is active and used for all activities within Batam Resorts together.
Fill up e-HAC health declaration (No longer required)
- eHAC is a mandatory COVID health declaration for Indonesia that all travellers must complete before entering the country.
- You can fill up the online form available from the official Indonesian Health Alert Card website or download the eHAC Indonesia app on your phone via the Apple app store or Google Play store
- Failure to present an eHAC at the immigration checks may result in the passenger being turned away and refused entry/boarding.
Other frequently asked questions
Which nationalities are allowed to travel to batam now, 1. free visa (visa exemption arrangement ) for 14 days for asean nationalities, asean countries.
- Brunei Darussalam
2 Visa On Arrival (1DR 500,000) For 30 Days For The Following Nationalities:
*Visa on Arrival is extendable but Visa Exemption Arrangement (For ASEAN Countries) is not extendable. Consider getting the Visa on Arrival if your trip to Batam is more than 14 days.
*All other nationalities that are not listed in the table above will require to apply for Visa with the Indonesian Embassy .
- 6 April 2022: The Indonesian Goverment has Updated list of port of entry for Visa on Arrival and Visa Exemption Arrangement for Tourism Purpose .
- For complete and detailed information please refer to the original circulars
Do I need to serve a Stay Home Notice upon return to Singapore from Batam?
No, you do not need to serve a stay home notice upon your return. This is provided that you are eligible for VTL (Sea) and fulfil the requirements in the safe travel checklist . If requirements are not followed, Singaporeans and Singapore PRs will be subjected to prevailing Stay-Home Notice and testing requirements, and all other foreign nationals may be denied entry into Singapore.
- Arrive in Singapore on a designated VTL (Sea) ferry operated by BatamFast ferries.
- Take Pre-departure COVID-19 Test (PDT) ( ✕ Aged two or below. ✕ Recently recovered from COVID-19 are eligible for pre-departure test waiver)
- Submit Health Declaration ( ✕ SC/PRs who are vaccinated in Singapore ✕ Long-term pass holders and short-term visitors)
- Undergo on-arrival COVID-19 ART test at Quick Test Centres or Combined Test Centres within 24 hours of arrival and remain self-isolated until their test result is confirmed to be negative. ( ✕ Does not apply to children aged two and below. ✕ Fully vaccinated travellers who recently recovered from COVID-19 may qualify for exemption from the on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test and other inland border measures. Use this self-checker tool to determine if you qualify.)
✕ indicates Not applicable to/for
Am I required to take any on Arrival RT-PCR Test in Batam ?
** On Arrival RT-PCR Test in Batam/Bintan only required for:
- Travelers arriving with COVID-19 symptoms and/or body temperature above 37.5 degrees Celsius
- Non-fully vaccinated traveler above 18yrs old
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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Batam Bintan - Singapore Travel Bubble
Starting from 24 January 2022, Indonesia has opened the tourist door between the Riau Islands and Singapore (Batam Bintan-Singapore or abbreviated as BB-S) through a travel bubble scheme . This plan was executed after various preparations under the coordination of the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. Below are the frequently asked questions regarding the international travel regulations & requirements for Batam Bintan-Singapore Travel Bubble.
1 | What is the ‘travel bubble’ scheme?
According to the Circular of the Head of COVID-19 Handling Task Force Number 3 of 2022 regarding the Health Protocol for the International Travelers with Travel Bubble Mechanism in the Area of Batam-Bintan with Singapore in Times of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic , travel bubble is a travel corridor system which aims to divide participants into different groups (bubbles) by separating those who have the risk of exposed to COVID-19 (either through contact history or travel history to the area with a community transmission) with general public, as well as restricting interaction with only the participants in the same bubble and quarantine principle implementation to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
2 | Are we allowed to enter Riau Islands?
According to the Decree of the Head of COVID-19 Handling Task Force Number 3 of 2022, as of 24 January 2022, all international travelers with travel bubble mechanism are allowed to enter Riau Islands from Singapore under the following conditions:
● International travelers going to Batam or Bintan with travel bubble scheme are Indonesian citizens or foreign nationals who are going to Batam or Bintan with the origins of arrival from Singapore and have been staying in Singapore for at least 14 days.
● Through the entry points as follows:
○ Nongsapura International Ferry Terminal for the travel bubble area in Nongsa Sensation in Batam; and
○ Bandar Bintan Telani Ferry Terminal for the travel bubble area in Lagoi Bintan Resort in Bintan;
● Presenting cards or certificates or receipt of COVID-19 vaccine and a negative RT-PCR test result;
● Tourist visa or other entry permits according to the regulations applied, with exclusions to international travelers with Singapore citizenship;
● Proof of ownership of health insurance with a minimum coverage value of SGD 30,000 which includes financing for handling COVID-19 and medical evacuation towards a referral hospital;
● Proof of booking confirmation and payment of travel bubble travel packages in the Lagoi Bintan Resort or Nongsa Sensation area;
You can check out this page to gather more information regarding the arrival protocols to enter Riau Islands through Batam Bintan - Singapore travel bubble scheme.
3 | Is there a mandatory self-quarantine?
No, there is no mandatory self-quarantine during your visit to Riau Islands if you’re following Batam Bintan - Singapore travel bubble scheme. However, there are certain rules that you must follow while in the travel bubble area of Batam and Bintan.
According to the Decree of the Head of COVID-19 Handling Task Force Number 3 of 2022, all international travelers with travel bubble mechanisms must comply with the following conditions/requirements:
● International travelers are only allowed to interact with tourists or parties within one travel bubble area;
● International travelers are only permitted to carry out activities in the predetermined zone in accordance with the trips (itinerary) set;
● Report to health workers in the travel bubble area when experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 to be further examined with RT-PCR test later; and
● Comply with the mechanism of close contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine that apply in Indonesia if a positive COVID-19 case is found in the relevant travel bubble area.
4 | Which visas are allowed for entering Riau Islands?
According to the Circular of Directorate General of Immigration of the Republic of Indonesia No. IMI-0196.GR.01.01 Year 2022 , which is effective since 24 January 2022, international travelers going to Riau Islands through travel bubble scheme with a visit period no more than 14 days can be granted visa free service as long as they attach the required documents as follows:
● Nationality passport that is still valid for at least of 6 (six) months;
● Return ticket to Singapore via the same entry points;
● Other required documents as mentioned above in question no. 2.
5 | What health protocols should we follow as we arrive in Riau Islands?
According to the Decree of the Head of COVID-19 Handling Task Force Number 3 of 2022, starting from 24 January 2022, all travelers entering Riau Islands through Batam Bintan - Singapore travel bubble scheme should adhere to the following requirements:
● Comply with all the health protocols set up by the government;
● Present cards or certificates (physical and digital) of receiving a complete dose of COVID-19 vaccine which are administered at least 14 days before departure written in English aside from the national language or the language of the origins of departure. The vaccine cards or certificates must also be verified on the Official Website of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia or e-HAC International Indonesia;
● Show the negative results of the RT-PCR test in the country/region of origin with sample taken within a maximum of 3 x 24 hours before departure and attached during the health examination or on the Indonesian International E-HAC;
● Use the PeduliLindungi app to enter Riau Islands. Your e-HAC can also be verified through the app.
6 | Should we show proof of vaccination from our country of origin?
All international travelers must present cards or certificates (physical and digital) of having received a complete dose of COVID-19 vaccine which are administered at least 14 days before departure written in English aside from the national language or the language of the origins of departure. The vaccine cards or certificates must also be verified on the Official Website of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia or e-HAC International Indonesia. Check out this page to learn about how to verify your vaccination status.
7 | How Many RT-PCR Tests Are We Required to Do?
There will be 2 RT-PCR tests you are required to take according to the Circular of the Head of COVID-19 Handling Task Force Number 3 of 2022:
● At least 72 hours before departure;
● Once you arrived at the airport;
8 | What if my RT-PCR test result is positive?
If your RT-PCR test during arrival or quarantine shows a positive result, then you will have to take measurements based on the following conditions:
● International travelers receiving positive test result without any symptoms or experiencing mild symptoms must undergo insulation or treatment in the place of insulation accommodation that is separate from the travel bubble area at the cost of entirely self-funded for the foreign nationals or borne by the government for Indonesian citizens;
● International travelers receiving positive test result with moderate or severe symptoms must undergo insulation or treatment at the referral hospital at the cost of entirely self-funded for foreign nationals or the borne by the government for Indonesian citizens; or
● Undergo medical evacuation towards a referral hospital in accordance with the procedure set by the related referral hospital.
Keep in mind that the costs of RT-PCR tests are borne independently.
9 | What happens if we can't pay for treatment at the hospital?
Sponsor parties, Ministries, Institutions, or State-Owned Companies that approve the entry permit for you will then be responsible for it.
10 | Which vaccines are accepted in Indonesia?
The Indonesian government recognizes the following vaccinations, including but not limited to two-doses of Pfizer, Moderna, Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, as well as a single-dose of Johnson & Johnson. The card/certificate will be accepted in English and other foreign languages. Please make sure your vaccination data is verified beforehand by Indonesia’s Ministry of Health, as specified in question no.6.
11 | What if my RT-PCR test result is negative?
Once you've completed the arrival procedures, you will then continue the journey by following the procedure as follows:
● Examination of immigration documents and customs documents;
● Baggage collection and disinfection; and
● Pickup and delivery to the location of the tourist destination.
If you are planning to visit Riau Islands through Batam Bintan - Singapore travel bubble scheme, we need to kindly remind you to always comply with our regulations and requirements and always practice healthy habits such as wearing a mask in public places, washing hands frequently, and implementing physical distancing with other travelers. Make sure to follow our official social media accounts on:
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If you hold a travel document issued by one of the countries or places listed below, you will require a valid Singapore entry visa to travel to, and seek entry, into Singapore.
Possession of a valid visa does not guarantee entry into Singapore. Please refer to entry requirements for more information.
Please note the following:
- SG Arrival Card is not a visa . Please refer to SG Arrival Card e-Service for more information.
- Valid visa holders are required to adhere to the latest travel requirements and advisories , where applicable.
A Singapore entry visa is not an immigration pass. It is a pre-entry permission for the holder of a valid visa to travel to, and seek entry, into Singapore.
The grant of an immigration pass will be determined by the ICA officers at the point of entry. The period of stay granted is not tied to the validity of your visa.
From 11 March 2022 , all foreign visitors arriving in Singapore will be notified digitally of their Visit Pass (e-Pass) through email. There will not be any endorsement on your passport. The e-Pass notification will indicate the period of stay granted and last day of stay allowed. Please ensure that you provide a valid email address when submitting the SG Arrival Card .
If your travel document is issued by one of the countries/ places listed below, you will require a valid visa to enter Singapore. Click on individual countries/ places to find out more.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (PRC) NATIONALS :
With effect from 9 February 2024, holders of ordinary passports issued by the People’s Republic of China will be exempted from visa requirements for a stay of up to 30 days in Singapore.
Holders of all other travel documents issued by the PRC must continue to apply for an entry visa before travel into Singapore.*
Please note that there will be no refund of the visa processing fee for those who had earlier submitted an application.
* These include the PRC Travel Document, Hong Kong SAR Document of Identity (DOI) and Macau SAR Travel Permit. Holders of diplomatic, public affairs and service passports issued by the PRC will continue to be exempted from visa requirements for a stay of up to 30 days in Singapore as per current treatment.
You will also need a visa if you are travelling on:
- A Refugee travel document. This travel document is subject to assessment of recognition for entry into Singapore
- An Alien's passport. This travel document is subject to assessment of recognition for entry into Singapore
- A Palestinian Authority passport
- A temporary passport issued by the United Arab Emirates
- A Document of Identity issued by Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
- A Travel Permit issued by Macao Special Administrative Region
- A PRC Travel Document
You may write in to [email protected] with a copy of your travel document biodata page and front cover for further assistance and verification.
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Nationals of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Georgia, India, Turkmenistan and Ukraine; as well as Nationals of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) holding other travel documents issued by the PRC* (excluding ordinary, diplomatic, public affairs and service passports) may be eligible for the Visa-Free Transit Facility (VFTF). Please refer to Visa-Free Transit Facility for more information.
*These include the PRC Travel Document, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) Document of Identity (DOI) and Macau SAR Travel Permit.
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✨ Of course, there are many city attractions to enjoy in Singapore, but sometimes we just need to get away from it all. When that's the case, Batam should be top of your list. It's not too far away, it's affordable to get to, and the prices on the island won't break the bank either. Read on to find out why people are calling it the "Little Bali"...
✨ You'll also find that, on Batam, there's something for every kind of traveller. If you're seeking an active break, there're plenty of activities that'll raise your heart rate! And if it's thrills you're seeking, there's no lack of those – as you'll find out below. Likewise, if you just want to chill for a weekend, a week, or more, there're some great beaches and sights to see on the island.
Dramatic skies over Batam. Source: Hartanto Kosasih / unsplash
✨ Getting to Batam From Singapore
✨ Fully vaccinated travellers no longer need to take a pre-departure test, but do need to bring with them their proof of vaccination. You should have proof that you've been vaccinated at least twice, and at least 14 days before you travel. Travellers under the age of 18 don't need this if they're travelling with a fully vaccinated adult.
✨ Singaporeans also don't need to worry about a visa for travel to Batam from Singapore. Travellers from Singapore and 8 other ASEAN countries can enjoy visa-free travel to Batam for a maximum of 30 days. If you're a citizen of another country, you should check the relevant entry requirements.
✨ You'll also need to download and register on the Peduli Lindungi smartphone app. This is Indonesia's Covid-19 health tracing programme, which you should use during activities on the island.
Glorious sunsets on Batam. Source: Kharl Anthony Paraica / unsplash
🚢Boarding the Ferry for Travel to Batam From Singapore
One of these runs from the HarbourFront port on Singapore's southern coast, at 1 Maritime Square, #03-43, HarbourFront Centre, Singapore 099253 . To get there, you can take public buses 10, 30, 65, 80, 93, 97, 100, 131, 143, 145, 166, 188 and 855 . On the MRT, travel by the Circle Line or Northeast Line and get off at the HarbourFront Station .
One thing to bear in mind when checking the ferry schedules and booking your tickets for travel to Batam from Singapore is the time difference between the 2 locations. Batam Island is 1 hr behind Singapore, so don't let that interfere with your travel plans!
Effective from 15 th Jun, 2022 , there are 9 ferries daily running from HarbourFront to Batam Centre, at 08:00, 09:00, 10:20, 13:20, 16:10, 17:20, 18:30, 20:45, and 21:50. The return trains from Batam centre to HarbourFront run at 06:00, 07:20, 08:40, 10:40, 12:40, 15:10, 17:20. 18:20, and 19:30. The journey will last 1 hr.
Blue skies, blue seas, beautiful Batam. Source: Hortanto Kosasih / unsplash
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Views of Singapore from Batam. Source: Hartanto Kosasih / unsplash
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🌹 It's super-safe and super-fun, but not quite as easy as the professionals make it look! Have no fear, however, as the staff at B atam Wakepark are extra friendly and great at showing beginners the ropes. You don't need any previous experience to come along and have a bit of fun on the water here. ☀️ Just remember to check the weather in Batam before you head out for the outdoor activities!
🌹 There's an exclusive lake for beginners to learn the tricks of the trade with help from the instructors. Then you can progress to knee boarding, which is just what it sounds like – kneeling on the board to navigate the water's surface. After that, you can try your hand at the real thing!
🌹 Batam Wakepark is located about 10-min drive north of the Batam Centre Ferry Terminal in Tanjung Buntung, Bengkong, Batam City.
Poolside relaxation on Batam. Source: Tommy Krombacher / unsplash
❣️ Or, perhaps you have a hankering for some Japanese – in that case, you'll want to check out Kazu Japanese restaurant in Nagoya. You'll enjoy a wide choice of sushi, sashimi, tempura, as well as sake and beer too!
❣️ Many people travel to Batam from Singapore to let their hair down. So why not check out the nightlife on offer in Nagoya ? The Nagoya Entertainment District is the centre of nightlife in Batam, and you'll find all sorts of pubs, bars, and clubs here.
❣️ There's Brewsky , Batam's very first microbrewery, with a wide range of brews and snacks to choose from. Or if you feel like dancing, Pacific Discotheque might be more your cup of tea – it's a multi-level nightclub shaped like a cruise liner. You can't miss it!
Beach huts on Batam. Source: Lisanto / unsplash
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💐 Another Batam Day Trip tour group you might choose offer flexibility according to your wishes – shopping, spa , KTV , adventures , or beaches . Your wish is their command! Their sample itinerary includes the Mega Mall, the Golden Prawn Flat Horse , and the Barelang Bridge , one of the great landmarks of Batam. Prices start at SGD65.15.
Sea views from Batam. Source: Hartanto Kosasih / unsplash
Travel to Batam From Singapore – An Unmissable Trip
🎶 It's close enough to Singapore to make getting there convenient, but you also have the fun and novelty of a boat ride to enjoy. And whilst the public transport system in Singapore is second to none, your travel to Batam from Singapore will feel like much more of an adventure!
🎶 If you like the schedule and security of a tour guide, Trip.com has plenty to offer you. But some travellers just love the freedom of inventing their own itinerary and exploring their own way – if that's you, then Batam will reward you too!
🎶 Travel to Batam from Singapore has just recently started back up again, and a lot of people are looking forward to stretching their legs and seeing new horizons. That's what makes Batam and the Riau Archipelago such an attractive prospect – somewhere a little exotic, a little less crowded, and yet with all the comforts and pleasures we expect on a holiday.
Wonderful wildlife on Batam. Source: Atur Sipayung / unsplash
Is there ferry from Singapore to Batam now?
Yes – Sindo Ferry is operating ferries from HarbourFront and Tanah Merah from summer 2022 onwards. Click here to book tickets online!
Is Indonesia open for travel now?
Yes. Indonesia, including Batam and Bintan, are open to travel since Feb 2022. Click here to book tickets online.
What are the requirements to enter Batam from Singapore?
You will need a passport valid for 6 months and vaccination certificates where relevant. Click here to book tickets online!
How many ferry terminals are in Batam?
Batam has 5 ferry terminals – Batam Centre, Sekupang, marina Waterfront, Nongsapura, and Harbour Bay. Click here to book tickets online.
Do I need a visa to travel to Batam?
Citizens of 9 ASEAN countries, including Singapore, can travel to Batam visa-free. Citizens of 72 other countries must purchase a visa on arrival. Click here to book tickets online.
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- ● Travel to Batam From Singapore – An Unmissable Trip
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About the Consulate-General
The Singapore Consulate in Batam, Indonesia, commenced operations in April 2009. The Consulate will provide consular services for Singaporeans visiting, living or working in the Riau Islands Province (KEPRI). The Consulate will also promote and facilitate more intensive interactions and cooperation between Singapore and KEPRI.
The Singapore Consulate in Batam was upgraded to the status of Consulate-General in August 2017.
The Consulate-General is located at:
Level 3, Panbil Residence Jalan Ahmad Yani, Muka Kuning Batam 29433, Indonesia
Key Staff Members
Mr Gavin Ang Consul-General Mr Bynes Liau Vice-Consul Mr Muhammad Faizal Vice-Consul
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How to Get from Singapore to Batam? – The Complete Guide
‘Everything you need to know about getting from Singapore to Batam’
Singapore to Batam – Overview
Welcome to the complete step-by-step guide on how to get from Singapore to Batam. We hope that this article will give you a clear idea of how to get between Singapore and Batam. We will focus on using a combination of public transportation in Singapore and a ferry ride over to Indonesia ( you can book your ferry tickets here ).
Many visitors to Singapore spend so much time sightseeing throughout the city that they completely forget about Indonesia’s outlying islands such as Batam and Bintan. There are several hotels and resorts on Batam to choose from .
Although these islands are popular amongst Singaporeans, there are still many residents of the city that have never been to them. Consequently, this guide should be useful to anyone who has yet to visit Batam.
Why should you visit Batam from Singapore?
Batam is an island off the coast of Singapore. Although quite far from Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia) , it is a popular Indonesian island for tourism. Although not world-famous for attractions, Batam has a nice mix of outdoor activities, beaches, golf courses, temples and nightlife to keep you entertained for 3-4 days (if not more).
Another reason why people in Singapore visit Batam is that it is quite a bit cheaper. This is particularly true in terms of eating out at restaurants and booking hotels and resorts . Seafood, for example, is much cheaper in Batam than in Singapore.
Batam is also a popular golf destination. It’s common for tourists and Singaporeans to make their way from Singapore to Batam for golf vacations. The island has multiple courses, and they receive positive reviews from players. Like most Indonesian destinations, you can also find shopping malls in Batam. BCS Mall, Mega Mall Batam Centre and Nagoya Citywalk are popular malls on the island. They have both local and international brand names to choose from.
Book a 1-day Batam Tour if you are heading to the island (already over 5,000 tours booked).
Getting from Singapore to Batam
1. leave your hotel or home in singapore and travel to the nearest mrt station..
Getting from Singapore to Batam is much easier if you are staying near an MRT station. The main reason for this is because one of the main ferry terminals to Batam is literally only 1 minute from HarbourFront MRT Station.
Taking the MRT to the ferry terminal ensures that you bypass traffic and eliminate parking fees while in Batam.
Fortunately, Singapore has a fantastic public transport system. Try to stay within a few minutes of a station to make this trip to Batam more efficiency and affordable.
Some popular hotels in the city near MRT stations include:
Marina Bay Sands (5-star, 9/10 review score) – beside Bayfront Station .
The Fullerton Hotel (5-star, 9.2/10 review score) – beside Raffles City Station
The MRT network in Singapore is efficient and cheap. Therefore, it’s the practical method to get to the ferry terminals in Singapore. However, if you are travelling as a family with 4-5 people, consider getting a taxi instead. With all your luggage, you might find it easier to take a car if traffic is light to the nearest ferry terminal on your way to Batam.
2. Ride the MRT to HarbourFront Station.
The next step on your journey from Singapore to Batam consists of an MRT ride to HarbourFront Station.
HarbourFront Station is attached to HarbourFront Centre – this is where the main ferry terminal to Batam is located.
You can get to HarbourFront Station by taking the MRT along one of the two following lines:
Northeast Line (Purple Colour)
Circle Line (Yellow Colour)
Types of MRT Tickets?
When you are travelling to HarbourFront station to access the ferries to Batam, you will require an MRT ticket of some form.
We have written two complete guide articles that outline what kinds of MRT tickets are available to help you out:
How to buy MRT tickets in Singapore?
How to buy singapore tourist passes.
When we first tried out how to get from Singapore to Batam, we used a stored-value card. It was affordable and convenient to use. This is a good option if you are in Singapore for a while because they are faster and cheaper to use than traditional tickets.
3. Walk from HarbourFront Station to the ferry ticketing/check-in counter.
After you arrive at HarbourFront Station, take Exit B to enter HarbourFront Centre. This is an integrated shopping complex and where the ferry ticketing/check-in area is located. Simply walk to the southern portion of the mall.
4. Buy your ferry ticket from Singapore to Batam.
Currently, there are now many websites available that offer ferry tickets from Singapore to Batam and vice versa. This means that you can select the exact departure time in advance and then plan accordingly. You can also book tickets at HarbourFront, but during weekends and peak holiday periods, you may want to secure your seat in advance.
Selecting your port of arrival on Batam Island
There are five main ports on Batam Island where ferries from Singapore drop off passengers:
Batam Center and Sekupang are where the two ports where the majority of ferries arrive. Harbour Bay terminal is generally the primary destination for passengers for Nagoya . Nagoya is Batam’s main business center. Waterfront and Nongsa are mainly used by tourists bound en route to the main resorts .
We suggest that you check the exact location of your resort or hotel on Batam before you book your ferry ticket. This will ensure that you get dropped off at the most convenient location.
5. Check-in and clear pre-immigration.
Once you have purchased your ferry ticket to Batam, you should check-in and then clear immigration. The check-in counter closes 25 minutes before departure time.
You will require the following documents to check-in for your ferry ride from Singapore to Batam:
- Passport with a minimum of 6 months validity
- Valid visa for your Indonesia (if relevant)
- Re-entry visa to Singapore where applicable
When can you check-in your luggage for the ferry ride from Singapore to Batam?
According to Singapore Cruise Centre , the baggage check-in process opens 1 hour before each ferry departure and closes 20 minutes before each ferry departure. Therefore, arrive early and get your bags checked. Then, you will have nothing to worry about.
How much luggage can you bring on the ferry from Singapore to Batam?
You are allowed to bring 10 kg of hand-carried luggage per person with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Additionally, you can check 20 kg of luggage per boarding pass. You cannot transfer weight to another boarding pass, so don’t plan on doing that!
Excess luggage is charged at a price of $1/kg above the aforementioned masses. You cannot exceed 30 kg of checked luggage.
6. Board, and ride the ferry from Singapore to Batam.
Once you have paid for your ticket, checked in and cleared the immigration process you are now ready for the ride! Find your seat and listen to relevant safety announcements.
The distance between Singapore and Batam is approximately 12 miles. Keep in mind that the distance will differ depending on what your port is going to be on Batam.
How long is the ferry ride from Singapore to Batam?
The ferry ride from Singapore to Batam typically takes between 40 minutes and 1 hour. We have included a 20-minute range because certain variables such as weather, the port of call, and queues can influence the time it takes.
7. Arrange transportation to your hotel or resort on Batam Island.
Once you have arrived in Batam and collected your luggage, you can head to your hotel or resort for some downtime. Consider pre-arranging transportation with your resort or hire a taxi.
A few of the highest-rated hotels on Batam Island include
HARRIS Resort Batam Waterfront (4-star 8.5/10 review score)
Radisson Golf and Convention Center Batam (5-star, 8.8/10 review score)
The review scores listed above are according to leading accommodation sites at the time of writing. Consequently, they are subject to change over time.
Additional points on how to get from Singapore to Batam
Hopefully, this step-by-step guide on how to get from Singapore to Batam has been helpful! It really is a smooth and straightforward process if you book your ticket in advance and make your way to HarbourFront using the MRT. Indonesia does not have the best track record for ferry safety standards. However, the companies here do a pretty solid job of maintaining a high level of safety.
Also, keep in mind that there is also another ferry port in Singapore called Tanah Merah . This is closer to the airport and should be considered if you want to bypass Singapore and head straight to the islands. HarbourFront is much more convenient, however, if you have been sightseeing in Singapore. In case you want to see a complete overview of the ferry operators from Singapore to Batam, refer to the official list here .
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04 Jan 2024 - 4 min read
A Day Trip to Batam from Singapore for Weekend Getaways? Why Not!
What can you find in Batam during the weekend from Singapore? Here are your guidelines for visiting Batam for a day trip from Singapore!
Weekend is the best time to refresh your body and mind after working hard during weekdays. Resting is essential to recharge and recover from stress to be more productive for the next week.
That is why, sometimes, people prefer to stay at home and do nothing, or it can be called a lazy day. It was just lying on their bed or watching your movie watchlists.
Being lazy on your weekend is not wrong because you need a break from your activities. However, you can also try a new thing. For instance, you are cooking a new recipe, joining a workout class, jogging around your neighbourhood, or going to Batam.
How Long is the Ferry from Singapore to Batam?
Visiting our neighbouring countries is the best way to explore new experiences and enjoy your holiday. For those who love travelling, you can take the Singapore to Batam ferry. You can buy a ferry ticket from Singapore to Batam on the Traveloka App or by visiting the official Traveloka website.
One of the most popular ferry departures from Singapore to Batam is HarbourFront Centre. You can go to the terminal by bus, taxi, or MRT. For MRT, you can go to Circle Line or Northeast Line, then alight at HarbourFront Centre. By paying S$ 43.00, you can take a ferry trip to Batam, which takes less than an hour to reach Batam Center by Majestic Fast Ferry and book it through Singapore to Batam ferry Traveloka .
Singapore - Batam Ferry by Majestic Fast Ferry
Regarding the cut-off time, it is important to arrive at the HarbourFront Centre at least an hour or earlier than the ferry schedule time. However, please note that the check-in time for the ferry may vary depending on the services you are using. For more information, refer to the ferry timetable provided by your chosen provider.
Fortunately, because it is a fast ferry, you can reach Batam within only an hour after it departs from the terminal. You will not feel any less on this ferry because it has complete and comfortable facilities. You can enjoy the breathtaking view from the ocean with the blowing wind.
Do I Need a Visa to go to Batam from Singapore?
Regarding the requirement to enter another country, you may wonder about the visa and passport to go to Batam. Singaporeans can come to Batam without a visa, as Singaporeans are not required to have a visa to visit Batam from Singapore . It also applies to local people from ASEAN countries, with a maximum of 30 days.
Meanwhile, if you are not a local citizen of Singapore or any ASEAN country, you will need a visa before entering Batam. According to the update from Indonesian COVID-19 Task Force in Indonesia, travellers coming from Singapore to Batam no longer need to present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or test result until further notice. Additionally, it is essential to have a passport, even if you are Singaporean, as it serves as your identity.
Traveling to Batam, Indonesia: Discover affordable shopping, and vibrant nightlife in a cultural melting pot.
Is Batam Worth a Visit?
Batam is Indonesia's most oversized, productive island and part of the Riau Islands Province. It has a strategic location because it is on the international shipping routes and borders directly with Malaysia and Singapore.
There are many tourist destinations where you can have fun and be happy. One such destination is home to six iconic bridges that connect the islands of Batam, Rempang, and Galang. The total length of these bridges is around two kilometres.
Meanwhile, you can go somewhere around Batam with some transportation, such as minibus, taxi, bus, Trans Batam, angkot or short of angkutan kota in Indonesia, bimbar, pedicab, and vehicle rental. There are also a lot of recommended Traveloka accommodations near your destinations and arrival points, from affordable to luxurious.
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There are several places to visit in Batam:
1. Batam Adventure Park
Address: Sudirman Street, Taman Baloi, Batam Kota District, Batam City, Riau Island 29432
Price: S$ 12.94 for domestic people and S$ 21.57 for foreigners.
Batam Adventure Park is the best option for those who love a challenging adventure. It suits those who like riding in the forest with adrenaline-rich routes.
You can ride an all-terrain vehicle all over the way to go around the park. The cars are available for every skill level. For beginners or those with zero experience, some guards will guide and accompany you on your journey to ensure your safety while riding.
Batam Adventure Park
2. waterpark top 100 batu aji.
Address: Top 100 Mall-Shopping Complex, Let. Jend Suprapto Street, Batu Aji, Tembesi, Sagulung, Batam City, Riau Islands 29439, Indonesia
Price: starts from S$ 3.02.
If you want to go to the swimming pool with fantastic games, you can enjoy it at Waterpark TOP 100 Batu Aji . They have various rides, including children's and adults' slides, Super Bowl, Waterfall Pool, The Lazy River, and Adult’s Pool.
This attraction is open every day from 09.30 AM to 05.30 PM, except for Tuesdays. The admission fee is S$3.00 on weekdays and S$4.72 on weekends and during high season.
Tiket Waterpark TOP 100 Batu Aji
As a busy and productive area in Indonesia, Batam has some destinations you must try at least once. Besides, the destinations near Batam can also be on your bucket list. Are you ready to plan your trip to Batam from Singapore using Traveloka ? With Traveloka, you can book your ferry tickets, hotel rooms, and even purchase attraction tickets in Batam. Have other destinations in mind? Book your flight ticket with us! Download the Traveloka application now or visit the official page for more information.
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Chinese tourists arrive during a welcome ceremony of the first batch of Chinese tourists under a five-month visa-free entry scheme at Bangkok's International Airport, Thailand, Sep 25, 2023. (File photo: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
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BEIJING: Chinese travellers flocked to tourist hot spots across Asia over the Chinese New Year break, with visitor numbers and spending in destinations including Singapore , Thailand and Malaysia exceeding pre COVID-19 levels.
Visa-free access for Chinese tourists to Southeast Asia countries boosted traffic and signalled a robust revival in travel since Beijing lifted strict COVID-19 restrictions in early 2023 that had all but shut China's borders for three years.
The increase also provides a welcome relief to countries whose tourism industries rely on the Chinese and their spending for growth, although the outlook for a sustained recovery in overseas travel is overshadowed by a sluggish mainland economy and volatile financial markets that have seen consumers tighten their belts at home.
"Despite the macroeconomic headwinds, we believe Chinese citizens are still willing to spend on travel-related experiences ... we think travel-related spending could continue to outpace this overall domestic consumption," HSBC said in a research note.
Bookings to Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia combined jumped more than 30 per cent from Feb 10 to Feb 17 compared with 2019, according to travel website operator Trip.com, with Chinese visitors to Hong Kong, Macau, Japan and South Korea also increasing.
The holiday in 2024 lasted for eight days, one day more than the Chinese New Year break in 2019.
Reflecting the boost from visa waivers, hotel bookings for Bangkok tripled over the period from Feb 10 to Feb 13 year-on-year, while those for Singapore jumped nine-fold, according to travel platform LY.com.
Spending in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia combined on the Chinese mobile payment platform Alipay increased 7.5 per cent in the period from Feb 9 to Feb 12 from 2019 levels and nearly 7-fold from last year, Alipay said.
However, overall consumer spending only recovered to 82 per cent of levels four years ago, the company said.
As Chinese scour for new adventures, the Middle East proved a popular Chinese New Year destination, with travel to Saudi Arabia up more than nine-fold from 2019 levels and bookings to the United Arab Emirates climbing 60 per cent, Trip.com said.
Commentary: Visa waiver deal puts Singapore in good stead to attract the coveted Chinese tourist
China new year holiday spending surges past pre-pandemic levels
The gambling hub of Macao, the only place in China where citizens can legally gamble in casinos, recorded a surge in Chinese tourists with more than a million visiting over the holiday and average hotel occupancy rates reaching 95 per cent, according to official data.
The jump in tourists bodes well for some of the world's largest casino operators in the former Portuguese territory, including Sands China and Wynn Macao.
JP Morgan said in a note it expected daily gross gaming revenues for the peak of the holiday to hit US$124 million for the first time in more than four years - higher than the US$112 million generated during the October 2023 Golden Week holiday.
Mass gaming rates were forecast to have reached 120 per cent of pre COVID-19 levels, it said, adding that it expects February gross gaming revenues to rise by at least 80 per cent year-on-year to US$2.36 billion, the highest in more than four years.
Across the border in Hong Kong, leader John Lee said on Tuesday (Feb 20) more than 1.2 million Chinese tourists visited the city over Chinese New Year and overall hotel occupancy rates reached 90 per cent in the first few days, providing a much-needed boost to the city's economy. Around 1,980 group tours from mainland China visited Hong Kong during the holiday.
In Japan, department store operator Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings said that through to Feb 14 "duty-free sales were significantly higher than the previous year, partly due to the Chinese New Year".
A shift in holiday tastes was reflected in some data as travellers sought more experience-based trips, with Alipay reporting Chinese tourists globally spent 70 per cent more on food and beverages compared with pre COVID-19 levels.
Trip.com said overseas car rentals on its platform jumped 53 per cent compared to 2019 and tickets for scenic experiences abroad soared more than 130 per cent.
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