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Here’s What You Need To Know About RM50 Stimulus e-Voucher

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Although we are unable to travel abroad, where it is blocked due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has allocated RM200 million to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC) as a stimulus package under the 2021 Tourism Recovery Plan as part of the 2021 Budget.

Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dato ’Seri Nancy Shukri said that this initiative is to help them in the tourism industry and will be implemented soon – including discounts for domestic destinations.

Although international travel is still restricted, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that travel between states within and between states designated as the COVID-19 green zone will be allowed starting from 22 November 2020.

Currently, three major airlines in Malaysia are coming up with domestic travel promotions in collaboration with MOTAC under the Tourism Recovery Plan 2021.

1. Malaysia Airlines

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Malaysia Airlines is offering domestic flight discounts as part of the Malaysia Holiday Stimulus campaign.

Starting November 23, 2020, eligible Malaysians can redeem an RM50 flight discount for one route, where each passenger is eligible for up to RM200 to travel to any domestic destination in Malaysia.

For example: From Penang to Kelantan via Kuala Lumpur, it is two routes with a discount of RM100. If the flight includes a round trip, you can redeem a flight discount of up to RM200

Book: Now until December 8, 2020
Travel: Now until 30 June 2021

Flights must be booked on the official website, and the eligible travel time for this promo runs until June 30, 2021. For full terms and conditions, click here.

In addition, Enrich members who book and purchase full-fare tickets in Malaysia until 8 December 2020, are eligible for a 500 Miles Bonus under the Enrich program. If you sign up for a new Enrich account, use promo code ENRNEW20 to get a registration reward.

A total of 24,000 e-vouchers are available, and eligible Malaysians will be able to redeem one e-voucher of RM50 each at airasia.com starting from 1400 on Monday, 30 November 2020., until fully redeemed.

2. Air Asia

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This e-voucher allows you to redeem the RM50 flight discount for any AirAsia Malaysia domestic flight (flight code AK) booked between 30 November 2020 to 13 December 2020 for the travel period between 7 December 2020 to 31 March 2021.

Full redemption information is available at airasia.com, for full terms and conditions, click here.

AirAsia Malaysia is also expanding its domestic network with eight new routes for important and upcoming trips.

The new route will connect Langkawi – Ipoh, Langkawi – Kota Bharu, Johor Bahru – Bintulu, Johor Bahru – Kota Bharu, Penang – Sibu, Penang – Kota Bharu and Kuching – Langkawi. Each route will operate with three weekly flights which will start in December 2020, while flights between Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Terengganu are scheduled to start in February 2021.

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3. Malindo Air

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Malindo Air Airlines launched the “Jom Cuti-Cuti” campaign with an RM50 discount voucher offer to 6,000 Malaysians. The RM50 discount e-voucher is as follows: –

Voucher registration period: 25 November 2020 to 15 December 2020
Validity period: November 25 to March 31, 2021
Voucher redemption: Can be made through www.malindoair.com within 14 days from the date of voucher issuance
Eligibility: Malaysians who have a valid identity card. One voucher for each identity card.

Full redemption information is available at malindoair.com, for full terms and conditions, click here.

Sources: Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air

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Biden Ends Travel Ban On Muslim Majority Countries

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WASHINGTON Jan 21 – US President Joe Biden on Wednesday ended his predecessor’s travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries, which the new administration called “discriminatory.”

Biden signed the executive order in the Oval Office after taking the oath to become the country’s 46th president, Anadolu Agency reported.

In the proclamation, he said the US “was built on a foundation of religious freedom and tolerance, a principle enshrined” in the country’s constitution.

Trump introduced the ban in March 2017 with an executive order followed by proclamations that introduced vetting capabilities and processes, citing attempted entries of “terrorists” or “public safety threats,” in a move to prevent individuals from entering the US from Muslim countries and then several other African nations.  These countries include Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Libya and Sudan.

“Our national security will be enhanced by revoking the Executive Order and Proclamations,” said Biden, ordering all American embassies and consulates to resume visa processing in a manner consistent with the move.

The restrictions were “rooted in religious animus, and xenophobia,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters at a press briefing.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) welcomed the move, calling it “an important first step toward undoing the anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant policies of the previous administration.”

“It is an important fulfilment of a campaign pledge to the Muslim community and its allies,” said Nihad Awad, head of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights organisation.

Source: BERNAMA

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£500 Will Be Fined To People Who Do Not Have A Valid Negative Covid-19 Test

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Travelers flying to Britain are being tested by both airlines and Border Force officials for their Covid documents, with more than 30 air passengers disclosing that they were fined £ 500 each upon arrival for not having a clear negative coronavirus examination.

London Heathrow Airport passengers are then let into the country, which is currently in its third lockdown since the first wave swept the nation in March, and told to quarantine after new rules were brought in yesterday, like all other UK arrivals.

The fines came as passengers started to face delays after landing in the UK this morning as officials checked any arriving passenger had a negative test – even though when boarding a flight in a foreign country they will all have already been checked by their airline.

For not complying with the regulations, passengers will be charged a minimum of £ 500, although the Home Office announced today that they are then let on their way – meaning hundreds of people with Covid-19 may have been let into the UK after the rules were enforced.

However, like all arrivals in the UK, they do have to comply with the quarantine laws for ten days – and those who violate those regulations can be fined up to £ 10,000.

The fines are given as fixed penalty notices for not getting a proper examination and do not remain on the criminal record.

If those fined were penalized for having no test at all or for their test certificate not meeting the appropriate requirements have not yet been disclosed by the Home Office.

After their airlines had already checked them while boarding flights overseas, many travelers were also shocked by long queues – with some saying the carriers were the ‘strictest’ in implementing social distancing.

Although official figures for Heathrow arrivals are not yet available, it is estimated that tens of thousands of people are arriving at the airport every day at the moment – after around 35,000 arrivals a day last month.

With some travelers claiming to have to wait up to an hour before their paperwork was reviewed at Terminal Two, Queues formed up again today in Heathrow’s immigration hall.

Both electronic passport gates were locked, requiring a face-to-face inspection of both overseas and British passport holders. They had to apply their passports, a negative test – a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in most cases – and a listing of the locator type where their mandatory ten-day quarantine in Britain will take place.

The staff guided arrivals to maintain a distance of 6ft from each other, but passengers said that individuals ended up facing each other and cramming together.

All arrivals must show proof of a PCR examination and a completed locator form listing the address where ten days of quarantine will be kept by travelers. Few passengers said they would join the release test scheme that decreases self-isolation from ten to five days.

Yesterday, on the first day of the new regime, passengers told MailOnline that they faced 90-minute queues at the border, but Heathrow Airport denied that this was the case.

A Home Office spokesman said: ‘People should not be traveling unless absolutely necessary and it is an offense to arrive into England without proof of a negative Covid test or a completed Passenger Locator Form.’

Source: Daily Mail

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Frozen Message In A Bottle Found In Norway, 16 Years After It Was Tossed Into The Sea

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A frozen message in a bottle was washed off the coast in Norway 16 years after a couple from Shetland threw it into the sea while sailing.

When Helene Hundeide, from Måløy, found the frozen bottle, the 24-year-old was searching for a place to set her hammock up and make a fire.

Inside, she noticed a message posted by Peter and Susan Henry from Noonsbrough on August 7, 2004.

The message said that the couple were on the Vega yacht, returning home after 10 days sailing around Unst – and asked anyone who noticed the note to contact them.

“It was very exciting,” said Ms. Hundeide. “I have never found a bottle mail before, and that it would be as old as 16 years – wow!

“That was absolutely incredible.”

Ms. Hundeide, who manages power lines, attempted to contact the couple via the email address on the note but discovered that it was out of use.

She then posted the photo on a local Facebook group and shared it on the page Stories n Photos o Maritime Shetland, where its senders were recognized by several people. The story was also picked up in Måløy by the Fjordenes Tidende newspaper.

Ms. Hundeide was able to reach Mr. Henry within an hour with the help of Facebook users.

“He was surprised that the bottle post had been found after so many years,” said Ms. Hundeide.

Ms. Hundeide has also talked to Mrs. Henry and says that when the pandemic is over, they are both “very nice people” whom she wants to meet in Noonsbrough.

“It looks like a beautiful place,” she said. “I love to travel, so that’s the next destination I will visit.”

In the meantime, Ms. Hundeide says she plans to frame the message.

“It is in good condition, so this is a memory for life,” she added.

Source: Daily Mail

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