KOTA KINABALU, 22 September 2021: Following the relaxation of standard operating procedures for fully vaccinated individuals, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah, Datuk Jafry Arrifin said his ministry is ready to once again allow the travel bubble concept in Sabah.

Currently, anyone residing in Sabah can start enjoying leisure travel within their district as long as they are fully inoculated and are of Low Risk based on their MySejahtera status. All tours and stays must be pre-booked through registered travel agencies and hotels. The respective travel agencies and hotels must adhere to the latest SOP enforced by Malaysia National Security Council.

The travel bubble concept will further allow local travellers to travel beyond their districts. It requires the travel agencies and hotels to obtain pre-approval from Covid-19 Disaster Management Committee (JKPBNS) before conducting a tour or allowing the stay. Guests must be transported from point to point basis, maintaining a contactless concept travel with pre-booked arrangement and employees of tour operators, hotels, resorts, and homestays must be fully vaccinated.

“With the implementation of this standard travel bubble guidelines, industry players can be prepared for the reopening of businesses while travellers can feel confident of a safe travel environment around Sabah” comments Datuk Jafry.

“We are moving towards the new normal of travelling. It is about time for our industry to be reactivated, starting with local travellers within Sabah. We have done it before and I believe with the many attractions within our 6 zones is a good start as we anticipate the full reopening of state borders. I must stress that if we wish to continue this advantage of travel and leisure, we must seriously abide by the SOPs as well” he adds.

For further details about the travel bubble, travel agencies can contact Sabah Tourism Board’s Marketing Division.

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