I would like to applaud the authorities for their decisive actions since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic two years ago, especially in closing the international borders to keep the flow of travellers at the minimum.
With countless countries re-opening their borders, it is a matter of time before the Sultanate follows suits. My question is: what will be the standard operating procedures (SOPs)?
Take for example travelling between Brunei and Miri. Prior to the pandemic, it was the most popular destination for locals looking to escape the hustle and bustle of life. At present, essential travellers from Miri are made to walk quite a distance from the Malaysian control post to ours, rain or shine. Once they arrive at the Brunei control post, they will be picked up to be transported to a quarantine centre.
However, once the borders re-open, will this still be the arrangement? Or will there be a new set of SOPs that is more relaxed?
Should it be the case, I would like to appeal to the authorities to consider providing a shuttle service between the two control posts. Not only will it provide the much-needed convenience to travellers, it will also be a source of revenue for the government.