Malaysians can get ready to travel abroad by December or once the country’s adult vaccination rate hits 90 percent, according to Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
Utusan Malaysia quoted Ismail Sabri as saying that the border reopening date may even happen sooner, along with interstate travels.
“Yes, December. Maybe even earlier. We will open state borders. Even international borders can be opened once 90 percent (of adults) are vaccinated.
“It will not be much longer for interstate travels because now we are at 85.5 percent, that means in two weeks we can open state borders,” said Ismail Sabri during a meeting with selected senior editors in Parliament last week.
Once the border has been reopened, he said travellers no longer need to apply for a MyTravelPass, although the quarantine requirements remain.
He said the government is also in ongoing discussions with Singapore to permit entry by daily workers from Johor who will resume their daily routines.
“We are continuing discussions because it was Singapore, not us, that halted the Return Green Lane. I was in Johor last week and asked the menteri besar to discuss with Singapore.
“But, more importantly, are the daily workers, hundred and thousands of them,” said Ismail Sabri.
“This is important because many who commuted from Johor were suddenly denied entry and they have been suffering for more than a year,” he added.
Malaysia has since eased interstate travel restrictions for domestic tourism to certain locations, starting with Langkawi as the pilot initiative.