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Travel Bubble Covid-19 SOPs To Be Completed By Tourism Ministry Next Week

Travel Bubble Covid-19 SOPs To Be Completed By Tourism Ministry Next Week

MOTAC will then send the SOPs to the National Security Council for finalisation.

Tasneem Nazari

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By next week, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) expects to have completed guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOP) for the proposed travel bubbles with select countries.

MOTAC Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said, once complete, the guidelines would be submitted to the National Security Council (NSC) for evaluation.

Speaking of the proposal, Nancy explained that her Ministry has also been speaking to ambassadors of foreign nations, to discuss the travel concepts, using Singapore’s reciprocal green lane and periodic commuting arrangements as an example.

MOTAC has been tasked by the government to put forward our proposals with our SOPs. We are also talking to the ambassadors, listening to them. They also want to know what is our plan.

Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri via The Borneo Post

Nancy said MOTAC is also collaborating with other ministries in drawing up the guidelines, including Ministry of Health, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In July, Nancy announced that MOTAC was thinking of creating travel bubbles to trigger economic growth following the Covid-19 pandemic. She said they were looking at certain countries with green zones statuses instead of waiting for a country to be declared totally free of Covid-19.

Nancy was speaking during a press conference after launching ‘Cuti-cuti Malaysia TV Promotional Campaign’ in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, 26 August. (Credit: Bernama)

On the local travel industry, Nancy said it has been receiving an encouraging response from the public based on the Domestic Tourism Promotion Travel Series. 

I am happy to see the people’s support towards domestic tourism, where many hotels are also fully booked and many are also going out with their families during weekends.

Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri via The Borneo Post

She shared that in a survey involving 13,797 individuals in the country on the people’s perception of travelling after the movement control order (MCO), 50.9% of respondents said they believed local travel was safer. 

On top of that, 71.3% of respondents chose Malaysia as a safer travel destination compared to other countries worldwide.

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