Thailand finalising ‘Vaccinated Travel Lane’ particulars with Malaysia, to open mid-March

Thailand and Malaysia tourism officers are finalising the major points of a “vaccinated journey lane” entry scheme, which would get rid of quarantine for vaccinated travellers arriving by airplane between the 2 Southeast Asian nations. The new travel scheme is projected to open from mid-March, with at least 10 daily return flights.
Good progress is reportedly being made in finalising the main points at talks between the 2 countries, based on government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana on Tuesday. VTL is likely to be in place by mid-March for totally vaccinated travellers.
But as the calendar marches towards the Ides of March, there is nonetheless no phrase on whether or not travelers from Malaysia would still want to use for Thailand Pass. It’s additionally unclear whether or not the model new VTL scheme would enable all travellers from Malaysia or solely Malaysian residents.
Privacy would see up to 6 flights day by day between Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, as nicely as four flights daily between Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, according to the spokesman, with the potential for more routes later.
The Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yakob reportedly agreed to the VTL scheme at talks throughout his official go to to Krung Thep Maha Nakhon on February 25.
Malaysia and Singapore have already got a VTL. According to the association, travellers to Malaysia are required to pass an RT-PCR test for Covid-19 within 48 hours of their flight, followed by a second test on arrival, before being allowed to enter Malaysia without quarantine.
A comparable scheme between Malaysia and Thailand would help each countries restore their flagging tourism industries.
Cambodia can additionally be said to be joining the planned VLT with Malaysia and Thailand. The Cambodian VTL would reportedly see no much less than 2 flights day by day between Kuala Lumpur and Phnom Penh, while KL- BKK flight details are forthcoming.
Malaysia’s Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong has stated the vital thing benefit for travellers utilizing the VTLs is not any quarantine upon arrival at their destination.
Last week, Singapore Airlines opened a VTL with Phuket for fully-vaccinated travelers with qualifying unfavorable PCR take a look at outcomes – following the success of its Bangkok-Singapore VTL, which opened final month.
Thailand has also approved a travel bubble with India for select travellers, as worldwide journey restrictions ease amongst ASEAN nations.

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