Malaysia will reopen to overseas tourists on January 1


Malaysia will reopen its borders to international travellers by January 1 at the latest, according to a government advisory council, as the country tries to restore its flagging tourism sector. Malaysia’s economy has gradually reopened in recent weeks as coronavirus illness rates have dropped as a result of a stepped-up vaccination campaign. According to government figures, more than three-quarters of Malaysia’s 32 million people are vaccinated.
Former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who leads a committee entrusted with pushing Malaysia’s economic recovery plan, told reporters that the tourist industry was recovering too slowly without foreign visitors and that operators needed time to begin operations.
Infection control procedures such as Covid-19 testing would continue in effect, according to Tan Sri Muhyiddin, with authorities determining entrance depending on the Covid-19 situation in source countries and other criteria.
He could not say when a specific date for reopening would be given but said health and security officials were still working through the details.
Malaysia stated this week that on November 29, it would begin flying vaccinated travel lanes between Malaysia and Singapore, allowing immunised persons to travel between the two nations without having to go through quarantine. It has also promised to create a comparable transit corridor with Indonesia gradually.


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