Indonesia and Malaysia Starting Preparations on Travel Corridor

The foreign ministers of Indonesia and Malaysia said in a joint press conference on Monday that both countries would start planning for a travel corridor amid COVID-19.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said that both countries need thorough planning before opening the travel lane and consider measures like a reciprocal green lane, travel corridor arrangement, and a vaccinated travel lane.

“Hopefully, despite (being) in a new normal, business opportunities and then other sectors would follow such as education, tourism and so on,” Saifuddin added.

Both countries also agreed to work towards mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccination certificates and treat vaccines that have been granted Emergency Use Listing (EUL) by the World Health Organization (WHO) equally and without discrimination.

Meanwhile, Indonesia Foreign Minister Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi said that the two countries would also finalize maritime borders following international law.

Earlier, Indonesia reopened Bali to foreign tourists after more than a year of pandemic hiatus.

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