A reciprocal green lane (RGL) has been agreed in principle between Malaysia and Indonesia pending final approval from health authorities in each country.
Nancy Shukri, Malaysia Tourism, arts and culture minister, said in a press statement that the travel bubble is just part of the recovery plans formulated by the ministry to help revitalise the tourism and culture sector.
“Its implementation, however, is subject to bilateral discussions and considerations based on the aspects of health, immigration, data tracking, and ongoing monitoring by relevant agencies in both countries.”Nancy Shukri, Malaysia Tourism, arts and culture minister
It is believed that Malaysia is also looking at similar arrangements with a number of other countries deemed to be covid-safe including Australia, Brunei, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.
There is still work to be done before the travel bubble can come into effect however as a number of people are calling for clear standard operating procedures (SOP) to prevent confusion and to ensure that the scheme does not lead to imported cases of Covid-19.
“A follow-up is necessary as far as Malaysia is concerned on tightening the existing SOPs. The scheme will be implemented once Malaysian and Indonesian health authorities deem it appropriate.”Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob, Malaysia Foreign Affairs Ministry secretary-general via The Star
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