Public welcome MyTravelPass decision

Touching down: A motorcyclist watching a plane preparing to land at the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport in Kota Baru, Kelantan. The number of flights to and from the airport is expected to increase as interstate travel is now allowed. — Bernama

JOHOR BARU: Residents here have welcomed the government’s move to allow fully vaccinated Malaysians to travel abroad without applying for the MyTravelPass.

Entrepreneur Klavin John Barry Jr, 30, said it was a timely move as other countries were also opening up their doors to visitors.

“For me, abolishing the MyTravelPass will not make much difference to the number of cases, but it will at least give us more freedom to travel,” he said in an interview.

He hoped to be able to visit Japan once he was reunited with his wife, who is working in Singapore.

“We went to Japan for our honeymoon two years ago. We planned to visit again but had to put our plans on hold due to the pandemic.

“I hope we can finally go sometime next year,” he said.

Businessman Tan Choo Piow, 62, is looking forward to visiting Thailand with his family.

“We normally go for a family vacation once a year, but it has been two years since we could do so.

“I hope we can now visit Phuket, which has opened its doors to foreign travellers. But we will probably wait for a month or two as there are still many things to consider, especially when it comes to safety,” he said.

Accounting assistant Muhammad Aizat Amir, 26, believes the pass is no longer relevant as Malaysia is moving towards the endemic phase.

“The current SOP, including having to take a Covid-19 test upon returning and undergoing quarantine, is more than enough to control the spread of the disease,” he said.

Previously, travel abroad were limited to emergency matters, business trips and official government affairs, and Malaysians had to apply for the MyTravelPass.

With the removal of the pass, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said those who wished to go abroad for non-official activities such as tourism could do so.

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