KUCHING: Royal Brunei Airlines will resume its twice-weekly flights between Bandar Seri Begawan and Kuching.
According to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Lee Kim Shin, this initiative would be the beginning of a stronger relationship between Brunei Darussalam and Sarawak.
He said it would also boost air connectivity for great business, investment and tourism activities in the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asian Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) region and Sarawak.
He claimed that before the COVID-19 outbreak, the airlines operated from Bandar Seri Begawan to Kuching on a daily basis.
“Royal Brunei Airlines will fly in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) revised procedures, which have been approved by the State Executive Council (MMKN),” he said.
Lee went on to say that all fully vaccinated travellers and children under the age of 12 are exempt from the COVID-19 testing before departure and upon arrival.
Travellers who are partially and unvaccinated must do the RT-PCR test two days before departure and the supervised RTK-Antigen test within 24 hours of arrival as well as undergo a five-day quarantine beginning May 1.
“With the relaxation of the standard operating procedures (SOPs), we would like to remind all inbound Brunei passengers to download the MySejahtera applications and fill out the pre-departure form before entering, in addition to showing their COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
“This is to enable a smooth and swift documentation process at Sarawak’s entry point,” he pointed out.
Despite the reopening of the international border, Lee reminded all passengers and travellers to follow the SOPs established by the National Security Council (MKN), MOH and Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the state.