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Published on Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Malaysia and Singapore to open up cross border travel

AirAsia will restart  scheduled international services as Malaysia and Singapore start a Reciprocal Green Lane scheme for essential travel.

"It will be for a limited group of people for now, and done in a controlled manner. I seek the understanding and patience of Singaporeans that we are sometime away from full and open travel, even to Malaysia," Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said.

AirAsia plans to restart flights between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore which is one of the world's busiest short-haul routes.

From 17 August it also plans to start weekly flights between Singapore and Penang, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Ipoh.

"We look forward to the formation of more 'travel bubbles' and 'green lanes' between countries with low infection rates or active cases, and proven pandemic curbing systems," said Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO.

The Reciprocal Green Lane scheme is only for essential business travel and those eligible must submit applications for approval.


By Ray Montgomery, Asia Pacific editor

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