Malaysia and Thailand have agreed in principle to implement the Vaccine Travel Route (VTL) scheme for Malaysia or Test & Go for Thailand, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
According to Harian Metro, Ismail said he brought this up for discussion with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha of the need to re-allow cross-border activities between the two countries.
For a start, the VTL will be implemented between Kuala Lumpur and Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok) for travellers who are fully vaccinated.
“We will also consider adding other destinations in the future. The VTL scheme will also be expanded to open the land border through Bukit Kayu Hitam-Sadao and include all Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) Complexes in the northern Peninsula and southern Thailand as well as the VTL-Laut between Langkawi-Satun.” Ismail said.
Ismail said this will certainly help revive the economic and business network between the 2 nations, especially the tourism sector.
Besides that, both the leaders have also discussed the Malaysia-Thailand connectivity project, namely the construction of the Bukit Kayu Hitam ICQS Complex Road Line and Sadao CIQ.
The construction of a second friendship bridge across Rantau Panjang-Sungai Golok and a new bridge for Pengkalan Kubor-Tak Bai is to be expedited.
“We both agree that the related agencies expedite the construction of the projects to facilitate the movement of people and goods between the two countries,” he said.
Both the leaders have also reiterated their commitment to enhancing Malaysia-Thailand cooperation under the IMT-GT framework especially, through the implementation of the Physical Connectivity Project (PCP) and the importance of cooperation in Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Tourism and Halal Products and Services to realize the IMT-GT Vision 2036.