Sabah In Malaysia Working Towards Return Of Tourists

The beautiful state of Sabah, located in northern Borneo in Malaysia, is working hard on plans to welcome foreign tourists back to the region.

Main picture Sabah, Malaysia credit Joel Brunner on Unsplash

The state, popular with visitors to the national parks and marine park, has been closed to foreign tourists since early last year, and even domestic tourism has become rare in light of ongoing local and national lock downs.

Earlier this week the Sabah Tourism Recovery Committee met to discuss and agree a roadmap for the gradual reopening of the state and attractions. The committee has emphasised four main factors to enable foreign visitors to return:

  • All members of the tourism sector to be fully vaccinated
  • Establish travel bubble arrangements with suitable countries / regions
  • Compulsory Covid-19 insurance cover for visitors
  • Development of a Green Accredition certificate

The vaccination programme in the state is likely to completed in a series of zones beginning with Kota Kinabalu and potentially Ranau or Semporna.

Organisation of travel bubbles are likely to be point-to-point arrangements making monitoring more efficient and the journey safer for travellers, workers and the population in Sabah.

The Thailand reopening, already started through the Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus programmes, also requires Covid-19 insurance. Their conditions mean all visitors must have at least $100,000 cover for Covid-19 expenses including hospital and other medical costs.

The Green Accreditation will be designed to be a compulsory requirement for tourism and accommodation providers to ensure that travellers can be confident of their safety. Also seen in the Thailand Reopening programme, SHA and SHA+ accreditation, the Green Accreditation will have standardised Standard Operating Procedures and safety checklist.

It has been projected that Sabah will be able to achieve 60% inoculation, and herd immunity, by October, which will allow for the return of tourism.

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