After a meeting between the national leaders, they noted the discussions at an agency-level are likely to start soon for the VTL to open up for fully-vaccinated citizens.
In opening the Malaysia-Thailand border, Malaysia's Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Prime Minister of Thailand General Prayut Chan-o-cha have expressed keenness to implement a Vaccinated-Travel-Lane (VTL), noting that discussions at an agency-level are likely to start soon for the VTL to open up for fully-vaccinated citizens.
Although a timeline is not in place yet, in a Facebook post following the leaders' discussion, PM Ismail commented: "We have agreed so that the discussion at the agency level can be strengthened to reopen the borders in the near future through the VTL scheme for Malaysia or Test & Go for Thailand."
During a three-day visit, PM Ismail and Prime Minister Prayut also discussed a possibility to build a speed train from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok. In preparation, Malaysia and Thailand have agreed to conduct a feasibility study, and will follow up with the relevant ministry and departments to take immediate action.
Recognition of Home Surveillance Order (HSO) and Release Order (RO) certificates
Meanwhile, Malaysia's Ministry of Health has urged employers to accept the use of digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO) and Release Order (RO) certificates, in cases where their employees are diagnosed as COVID-19 positive.
Under Act 342, HSO and RO certificates are deemed valid, it reminded in a recent post.
Individuals who are given a digital HSO and RO need to make a copy of the screen display, or screenshot, of the HSO and RO digital certificate for further information from employers or any other relevant parties.