Malaysia and Singapore talk about travel bubbles

Talks are underway between the Malaysian and Singaporean governments, which could pave the way for vaccinated traffic routes between the two countries. According to a report by TTR Weekly, the Malaysian Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture has confirmed that the talks are taking place. Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri says that once the deal is done Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob will announce the new travel measures.

Singapore is already lifting the quarantine for vaccinated arrivals from some countries, with Australia and Switzerland recently added to the list. However, not all agreements are reciprocal and generally make it easier to travel to Singapore only. The deal with Malaysia would see the quarantine lifted in both directions.

According to Malaysia’s tourism minister, the country is ready to welcome international tourists and standard operating procedures are being put in place for Malaysia’s partial reopening on November 15. On that date, Langkawi will reopen to vaccinated foreign tourists, but strict measures will be in place. Malaysia plans to test the measures for a period of 3 months to ensure they are safe and attract foreign travelers.

In addition to being fully vaccinated, foreign visitors to Langkawi will need to test negative for Covid-19 upon arrival and will also need to purchase a tour package from a registered travel agency. They will also have to spend at least 3 days on the island.

According to TTR Weekly, a recent Condé Nast Traveler ranking named Langkawi as one of the top 10 islands in Asia. The island beat the competition from the Thai islands to take sixth place on the list. The first place goes to Siargao in the Philippines.


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