Cambodia has been identified as one of more than 10 countries with the potential to have a travel bubble with.
Malaysian news portal, Free Malaysia Today (FMT) quoted Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Nancy Shukri as saying in a speech at the launch of the “Meet in Malaysia” campaign, that the ministry had identified in addition to Cambodia, Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam as countries to have a travel bubble with.
She said this would then allow specific flights into certain locations that are green zones, although the country might not be one.
However, she said plans for a travel bubble were still at an early stage, adding that the ministry was still monitoring the situation in countries identified as green zones.
“We’re no longer talking about countries, but locations or destinations. It doesn’t have to be the whole country, because countries that are green may change overnight,” she said.
“We are working with the health ministry and the foreign affairs minister. This offers potential for the market to contribute to the nation’s economic growth.”
She added that the proposal to hold a travel bubble with these countries is based on the potential of the market to contribute to overall economic growth, including trade activities, business, business travellers and the influx of foreign tourists.
Currently, Malaysia Airlines, which used to fly twice a day to Phnom Penh, the capital, is flying two times a month while Air Asia resumed its flight in mid July with three flights a week. Malindo Airlines has yet to resume flights while local carrier, Lanmei is scheduled to mount flights soon.