Picture Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Credit Andy Wang
Malaysia has today relaxed travel restrictions within the country for states under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).
People can now travel domestically between the states of Melaka, Pahang, Perlis, Sabah and Terengganu plus the Federal Territories of Labuan and Putrajaya as long as they follow strict control measures.
Travellers must use a registered tour agency who must obtain approval from the police prior to travel. The rest of Malaysia remains under a Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) where travel is still not permitted.
The plans have been cautiously welcomed in some areas but many are still concerned for the tourism industry.
Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents president, KL Tan, expressed uncertainty about travel demand in the short-term as the main markets for domestic travel are residents living in areas that are still under CMCO. He also hopes that, eventually, the need to get police approvals ahead of travel would be lifted.
Yap Sook Ling, managing director of Asian Overland Services Tours & Travel, said the lifting of the interstate travel ban is a good beginning. She raised concerns however as domestic tourism demand is low and international tourists were needed to boost the industry.
“We need the borders to reopen soon and for the government to implement travel bubble arrangements with other countries. The government should also look at welcoming foreign tourists who have already taken their Covid-19 vaccinations.”Yap Sook Ling, Managing Director Asian Overland Services Tours & Travel
Malaysia has recorded 317,717 cases of Covid-19, including a further 1,448 in the last 24 hours, and 1,191 deaths. The country currently has more than 18,000 active cases.
Source TTG Asia
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