KUALA LUMPUR: Domestic tourists travelling in a group under registered travel agencies from green zone to green zone need not apply for an individual police permit when they pass through a yellow or red zone to get to their destination.
This is among the rules being relaxed to spur the travel sector that has been badly bruised by restrictions to contain Covid-19.
“Those travelling in groups under a registered agency need not apply for individual police permit, unlike families or individuals who are travelling on their own, ” said Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.
“Travel agencies only need to apply for a group police permit.
“We encourage those from green zones to venture out to other green zones. The intention of this exercise is purely for economic recovery, ” she said yesterday to announce the “domestic travel bubble” as part of Malaysia’s recovery plan.
Domestic tourism activities allowed under the travel bubble include meetings, conferences, exhibitions, travel fairs, travel marts, cultural carnivals, sports tourism, special interest tourism and courses related to tourism.
Under the special interest tourism, activities such as golfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, cycling, angling, yachting and eco-tourism activities like bird watching, caving, mountain climbing, white water rafting, hiking and jungle trekking are allowed.For travelling for tourism purposes between green zones, vehicles can be at full capacity, unlike those in red or yellow zones where only three people are allowed inside a private vehicle.
However, Nancy made it clear that there must be “no stopping anywhere along the journey in red or yellow zones; not at R&R, not at petrol stations”.
“It is the complete responsibility of the travel agencies to ensure all tourists in their groups are free from Covid-19. If there happens to be a case during the travel, then the SOP from the Health Ministry will kick in, ” she said.
She spoke of special packages being introduced for the 1.6 million civil servants in the country.
“These packages under Cuti-Cuti Malaysia were worked out with Cuepacs which include special discounts on tour packages, flight tickets and cashback when shopping online, ” she said.
Nancy noted that the tourism sector lost about RM45bil from January to June due to border closure.
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri had previously announced that those residing in green zone states and districts would be allowed to travel for holidays starting Nov 22 to boost the tourism industry.