Brunei Darussalam will open its borders for non-essential travel once 80 per cent of the population in the country has been vaccinated.

“We are analysing this matter thoroughly and discussions are underway at the committee level,” said Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at the daily press conference yesterday.

According to foreign reports, Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) between Singapore and Malaysia, that is quarantine-free travel, will be launched on November 29. The VTL will start with six designated flights between Changi International Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

Malaysia and Indonesia have also agreed to implement a travel corridor between the two countries through a travel corridor arrangement or VTL.

“These countries have achieved their vaccination target. We would like to open our borders too, especially seeing our neighbouring countries’ travel arrangements,” the minister said.

Brunei to open borders after reaching 80pc vaccine target
Brunei to open borders after reaching 80pc vaccine target

“Some countries are willing to open their border to us once we reach 80 percent vaccination rate.”

Meanwhile, Sarawak Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah on Friday hoped the Malaysian government can generate a green lane bubble with neighbouring countries including Brunei, Singapore and Indonesia, the Borneo Post reported.

The Malaysian minister said the initiative requires reciprocation and cooperation from both Brunei and Indonesia.

Malaysia announced they will re-open borders for international tourists starting January 1, 2022.

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