Southeast Asia travel bubble to launch this month

Southeast Asia travel bubble to launch this month

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A new travel bubble that will make traveling between three of Southeast Asia’s most popular backpacker destinations easier is set to launch later this month. The Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL), which is expected to be similar in nature to those that have already been in effect between Singapore and several other countries, could help restore travel figures for the once-popular region, and is tentatively set to include Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia. Travelers will be able to enter one country and then move freely between the three.

Travel bubbles were once thought to be the answer to travel during the pandemic. However, the frequent cancellations, changes and disruptions of the bubbles that have been established throughout the pandemic mean that their implementation has not always been seen as a lasting solution – but for these Southeast Asian countries , that may be the case. Here’s a look at what we know so far about the predicted Southeast Asian travel bubble.

New Travel Bubble – What travelers need to know

The past two decades have seen the rise of Southeast Asia as a destination for tourists from around the world, catering to all travelers, regardless of budget. However, the pandemic has hit the region hard, especially since many businesses in Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia depend in one way or another on income from tourism. Declining traveler confidence, coupled with some of the toughest entry requirements in the world at the behest of governments in the region, has seen tourist numbers dwindle to mere fractions of what they once were.

However, the new travel bubble could pave the way for a brighter future for Southeast Asian travel. With entering countries like Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia always a headache to organise, the possibility of be able to enter one and move freely between the three is one that travelers leaning toward a trip to Southeast Asia may find too appealing to turn down.

Details of the plan were revealed on Friday by Malaysian Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong. The Minister revealed that the Malaysian government planned to implement the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) by air with Thailand and Cambodia as early as March 15. According to the Minister, travelers traveling between the three countries wouldn’t need to quarantineputting back on the menu backpacking trips between countries.

In order to be able to travel on the quarantine-free travel bubble, travelers will need to ensure that they are traveling on specific flights. The Malaysian Transport Minister said that a initial offer six daily Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur and four-day Phuket-Kuala Lumpur flights would be eligible, while two flights between Kuala Lumpur and Phnom Penh in Cambodia would be available. More flights may be added at a later date subject to agreement and request. They must also be fully vaccinated.

The Minister also added that discussions with other ASEAN countries were to continue, which could see the travel bubble expand to include them in the future. ASEAN, or the Association of Southeast Asian Nationsis a political and economic union between Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – which means the travel bubble could become a dream come true. a backpacker.

Vietnamese woman riding a bicycle in a valley

More details on the travel bubble are expected to be released in the coming days after all the intricacies of the plan are confirmed, which will provide travelers with a clearer picture of how they can get the most out of the itinerary. The news also coincides with the easing of entry restrictions to the region, which could make Southeast Asia a must-visit destination this summer.

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