Indonesia & Malaysia Agree To Launch Travel Corridor In Phases

Indonesia and Malaysia last Wednesday (10 November) agreed to launch a vaccinated travel lane between the two countries in stages, as the COVID-19 pandemic situation improves in both. (Image by Alfiano Sutianto.)

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Enjoying a beach vacation while dipping your toes into the warm sand with an umbrella drink in hand seems like a faraway dream for now. Fret not, you may soon be able to busk in the warmth of Balinese sunshine.

As both nations recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to establish a transport corridor between them through the Travel Corridor Arrangement or Vaccinated Travel Lane arrangement.

The appropriate Ministers will refine the initiative, according to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, so that the border between the two countries — which includes the Kuala Lumpur-Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Lumpur-Bali-Kuala Lumpur routes — can be opened.

Ismail Sabri further mentioned that cultural cooperation between Malaysia and Indonesia will be bolstered by the joint listing on UNESCO of numerous more collectively inherited cultural heritage items.

Because Malaysia and Indonesia share numerous commonalities in various areas, such as customs, traditions, and cultural history, a combined listing in the future could protect the relationship from being harmed.

By 2020, the two countries had submitted a multi-national candidacy to UNESCO for ‘Pantun.’

Meanwhile, Malaysia will reopen its borders to international visitors by 1 January 2022 at the latest, a government advisory council said on Thursday, as the country seeks to revive its ailing tourism sector.

Malaysia this week announced it would launch a vaccinated travel lane with neighbouring Singapore on 29 November, allowing quarantine-free travel for inoculated people between both countries.

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