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Travel Bubble Between Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei & Others In The Works

Travel Bubble Between Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei & Others In The Works

Akmal Hakim

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With the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) in full effect and as Covid-19 cases in the country and across the Southeast Asian region reside, Malaysia is looking into establishing a “travel bubble” between us and neighbouring countries like Singapore and Brunei.

Apparently, Malaysia is in discussion with Singapore, Brunei, Australia, and New Zealand on creating “green bubbles” or “green lanes” between these nations to allow for less restrictive travel among its citizens.

Since the start of the Covid-19 in late December 2019, countries around the world had effectively restricted cross-border travel to mitigate the spread of the virus.

The travel bubble or lane would essentially allow for free travel between nations that have successfully managed outbreaks in their respective countries.

According to the Health Director-General Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, guidelines for the bubble must be set in place and the decision must be mutually agreed upon by participating nations.

Recently, Malaysia had agreed to allow foreigners and expats from “green zone” countries (Singapore, Brunei, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand) without undergoing mandatory quarantine.

Malaysia also had asked Singapore to agree on implementing a Periodical Commuting Arrangement to facilitate cross-border travel and allow for migrant workers from both countries to travel freely.

However, Singapore was a bit apprehensive about the idea and prefers to take on a “step-by-step” approach to reopening its borders to Malaysia in order to minimize the spread of Covid-19.


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