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Indonesia calls for ASEAN travel corridor to be expedited to accelerate regional economic recovery

JAKARTA: Indonesia has stated that the implementation of a travel corridor amongst members of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) ought to be expedited to accelerate regional post-pandemic economic recovery. 

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi stated on Thursday (Feb 17) that the implementation of the ASEAN Travel Corridor Arrangement Framework (ATCAF) has been gradual. 

Speaking at a digital press convention after the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Retreat in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, Mdm Marsudi stated that the ATCAF can be carried out via bilateral in addition to complete preparations. 

“For this reason, Indonesia encourages the acceleration of the ATCAF implementation, both through bilateral agreements as well as comprehensive openings with strict health protocols,” stated Mdm Marsudi. 

ASEAN has been discussing the ATCAF since 2020 which might permit folks from the area to travel freely amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Indonesia has so far opened Nongsapura in Batam and Lagoi in Bintan to vaccinated travellers from Singapore since late January which allow travellers to these areas with out quarantine.

On Wednesday, Singapore announced that vaccinated travel lane (VTL) preparations by way of sea from Batam and Bintan in Indonesia would be launched from Feb 25. 

Indonesia and Malaysia had additionally introduced again in November that each international locations would begin a travel corridor however particulars have but been confirmed.

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