Prime minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has said (once again) that interstate travel will be allowed to resume very soon, adding that this will happen simultaneously across the entire country, according to reports by Astro Awani and The Star.

Ismail Sabri previously stated that interstate travel will be allowed when the country’s adult vaccination rate (fully vaccinated with two doses) hits 90%. The decision to lift the travel restriction between states simultaneously is due to the 90% requirement being an indicator that most states have or are expected to reach an adult vaccination rate of at least 80% or more.

“Wait for my announcement. But it won’t be long and will be done simultaneously across the country. In the past, we wanted to give permission when the vaccination rate reached 80%, but there are other states that are still low [in terms of vaccination rate]. If we open up [interstate travel] for the whole country [then], it may have negative effects for states [with a low vaccination rate],” he said.

“If permission is given at 90% [nationwide vaccination rate], we expect most states to have achieved their highest percentage of vaccinations,” he continued. As of Thursday (October 7, 2021), 89.1% of the population (20,856,337 individuals) have been fully vaccinated with two doses.

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