Cuti-cuti Malaysia and beyond
Malaysians fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can travel freely interstate and even overseas! Yes, you read that right. Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced last week that Malaysians will be free to travel on the condition that they’ve received the required vaccines dosages against COVID-19. They also require a certificate of verification that they’ve been vaccinated to earn the passport to travel. While they’ll be allowed to travel freely within the country, fully vaccinated persons will also be able to travel to other countries. For now, these are Japan, China, Hong Kong, and Indonesia.
Singapore to accept digital travel pass
Neighbouring Singapore will also be allowing those who’ve been fully vaccinated to travel to and from the island state. In a partnership with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Singapore is paving the way for the use of a mobile travel pass. While Singapore Airlines has successfully tested the app, other airlines such as Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Emirates are still in the midst of testing the pass. In order to qualify to use this mobile travel pass, travellers must obtain digital certificates for COVID-19 tests and vaccines.
COVID-19 vaccines a likely travel trend
On the topic of vaccines and tests, it’s looking like COVID-19 vaccines will likely be a travel trend. And requirement. At least, this is according to Akbar Al Baker, the CEO of Qatar Airways. “In the short term, yes, I think that the vaccine passport will be helpful to give confidence both to governments and to the passengers in our industry to start travelling again,” he said during the launch of Qatar Airways’ first fully COVID-19 vaccinated flight.
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The drive-thru of dreams
Japanese convenience store FamilyMart recently opened its first drive-thru in Malaysia. Located at Berkeley Uptown in Klang, this allows patrons to get their favourite oden bowls, onigiri, bento sets and everything in between without stepping out of their car. Which makes social distancing a whole lot easier! While the store is open for 24 hours, the drive-thru portion is open until 11:30pm daily.
Ski season in NZ for Aussie travellers
Earlier this week, New Zealand (NZ) Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the approval of a two-way travel bubble between them and Australia that will commence on April 18, with ski season around the corner. This comes more than a year after NZ closed its doors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both countries are now virtually pandemic-free. “We are a safe place to bring your family to come and visit,” she said during a press conference. She’s certainly not wrong, as NZ has only 26 COVID-19-related deaths in a population of five million, while Australia maintains fewer than 1000 deaths in a population of 25 million.