While the COVID-19 pandemic is still going on, the need to get away and recharge is now stronger more than ever. With vaccination rates speeding up in Malaysia, many activities are now considered to be safer (although not entirely risk-free) to resume again. And one of them is something everyone is fond of – travelling!
With the economic sector slowly opening up and loosened Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) being put into place for those who are fully vaccinated, many of us are starting to consider planning local travels again.
Before you start planning a trip, however, remember that the health and safety of you, your family and the people at the destinations you plan on visiting will always come first.
Here are a few tips to consider to ensure your vacation is as safe as possible during these challenging times:
1. Understand your risk
For those of you who are already fully vaccinated, you now have more protection from the COVID-19. But that doesn’t mean you are completely risk-free from catching the virus and potentially spreading it to your loved ones and the community.
While Malaysia’s vaccination rates have been on the rise with the country being on track to achieve here immunity soon, you should still make risk assessments before planning out any kind of activity that may leave you exposed to social contact or other potential risks of contracting the virus.
2. Check on travel restrictions
As you may already know, several travel restrictions have been placed by authorities as a safety measure to keep the spread of COVID-19 under control. There are travel restrictions and recommendations both within and outside Malaysia that you should be aware of and comply with strictly at all times.
As of 10 August 2021, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin announced that COVID-19 restrictions were to be eased for fully vaccinated individuals under Phase 1, 2 and 3 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP).
That includes interdistrict and interstate travel for long-distanced married couples and parents who wish to visit their children below 18 years of age. However, despite loosened rules, individuals are advised to submit all official documents to the respective authorities beforehand.
PROTIP: Click here for more information on the latest COVID-19 travel restrictions in Malaysia.
3. Look for destinations, hotels or operators that are following the COVID-19 safety guidelines
Tourism is vital for the economies of many countries and Malaysia is no exception. With the tourism industry eager to start reopening their doors again to travellers, always bare in mind that with ease in restrictions also comes the potential risk of creating another spike in local cases.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) also advised individuals to always check the “Hotspot Tracker” in their MySejahtera App to detect COVID-19 cases within a 1km radius and ultimately use it as a tool to help you plan your daily commute or travel plans.
One way to ensure your activities and accommodations are COVID-19-safe is to observe how these destinations comply with the standard SOPs. For instance, maintaining social distance, sanitizing all common areas and taking body temperature checks before entering premises.
4. Find out where you can obtain medical care and COVID-19 testing
What should you do when you get sick at your travel destination? This was important even before the pandemic took place, but today it is not just important but a necessity!
Before embarking on your travels, be sure to do some research on local COVID-19 testing locations nearby your destinations and take note of any of their testing requirements.
Not all medical institutions in Malaysia provide swab test services. It is highly advisable that you opt for drive-through facilities if the situation allows you to for greater convenience and safety.
PROTIP: Here’s a list of clinics and hospitals around Kuala Lumpur and Selangor that provide COVID-19 swab tests.
5. Wear a double face mask in public areas and maintain a healthy distance from other people
If you plan on using public transportation, such as planes or trains, be sure to wear a double face mask at all times (even if you are fully vaccinated!)
Face masks essentially serve as the first layer of protection against transmitting COVID-19 from person to person. You should always carry around a spare face mask close at hand too just in case you need to change out a dirty or wet face mask.
You have probably heard of the “stay 6 feet away” from other people in public spaces mantra a million times by now. But this SOP is still no doubt crucial and applies no matter where you are (so long as you’re sharing your space with other individuals).
Boosting Community Awareness on COVID-19 by Getting Social
The VIP Pass has partnered with MyBump Media to roll out an online endorsement for their latest social media campaign. And we couldn’t be more thrilled to get on board for our very first full-fledged and large-scaled online endorsement campaign!
For this particular campaign, we selected an accumulative total of 300 Brand Ambassadors nationwide with prioritization given to those in 4 key locations which are Klang Valley, Penang, Kuantan, and Johor.
What makes this campaign unique from other past campaigns we’ve done, is that its central focus is on “online advertising” only. These carefully selected brand ambassadors are taking it to their social media platforms to share the exciting news of getting a “FREE 1-Night Stay” by joining the campaign.
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To ensure things ran as smoothly as possible, our team at MyBump Media has maximized all operations and marketing efforts so that only the best nano-influencers (those with a minimum of 500 followers) from our pool of over 50,000 ambassadors were chosen. In this case, selecting individuals based on their overall consumer behaviour – such as “travel enthusiasts” and active social media users as a selection priority.
To further drive engagement and social impact, we ensured the execution of the campaign supported The VIP Pass’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in raising more awareness to the community on the importance of getting vaccinated to combat COVID-19.
Besides just leveraging social media platforms, we utilized several other digital mediums to get the message across. That includes messaging blasts and rewards listing in the MyBump App for our existing ambassadors as well as a special mention in EDM to share to over 2,000 other businesses!