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Malaysia Reopening Borders For International Tourism By Jan 1

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Malaysia’s National Recovery Council announced on Thursday that the country will reopen its borders to international travelers by January 1st at the latest in an effort to revive the economy.

According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, travel and tourism accounted for 15% of jobs in Malaysia in 2019.

Open air restaurant at Pangkor Laut - Malaysia

Langkawi Reopening This Month To International Tourists

Malaysia has already begun its reopening process in steps, with the resort island of Langkawi reopening quarantine-free to fully vaccinated visitors from certain countries on Monday, November 15th.

Travelers must plan a visit for at least three days on the island, have travel insurance with coverage of at least $80,000 and are required to engage a local tour guide. This is similar to the Phuket Sandbox Scheme which officials in Thailand began back in July.

Langkawi began accepting local tourists since September, but next Monday will be the first time international tourists will be able to visit the island since the entire nation closed its borders back in March 2020.

Buddhist temple Kek Lok Si in Penang

Malaysia’s Gradual Reopening Process

In October, Malaysia lifted travel restrictions for its fully vaccinated residents, allowing them to travel internationally without having to ask for permission.

And there’s been reports over the past couple of months that the Southeast Asian nation will reopen to international visitors by December, with the goal being that 90% of the adult population will be fully vaccinated by that time.

According to the latest statistics, over 75% of the population in Malaysia are fully vaccinated.

cameron highland landscape in the morning at tea crop plantation
Cameron Highlands tea fields in Malaysia

Chairman of National Recovery Council’s Official Statement

The chairman of Malaysia’s National Recovery Council and former Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, stated in a post on Facebook on Thursday that the reopening to domestic tourists on the island of Langkawi has already helped boost the local tourism industry.

In his post, he also said that, “The National Rehabilitation Council also agreed that the re-opening of the country borders for foreign tourists should be done as soon as January 1, 2022 to strengthen the national tourism sector.”

However, there is no official reopening date confirmed yet by the government council.

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Entry Requirements For Travel To Malaysia

With reopening plans in the works, travelers can still expect entry requirements, even for fully vaccinated visitors throughout Malaysia.

For travel to Langkawi, tourists will have to provide a negative Covid test result taken no later than three days prior to departure.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - March 15, 2019: Jalan Alor street food Market. Food stalls with malaysian delicacy is Lok Lok. Popular tourist attraction in Malaysia
Malaysia to welcome back international visitors by January

Malaysia Opening Vaccinated Travel Lane With Singapore

It was also announced this week that Malaysia and neighboring Singapore will have a travel lane for vaccinated residents of both countries starting November 29. This will allow residents to easily move between the two countries.

The Malaysia-Singapore land border is typically one of the busiest land borders in the world, at over 400,000 crossings per day.

Painted terraced old residential building in Chinatown, Singapore.
Singapore and Malaysia will have a vaccinated travel lane starting Nov. 29

Southeast Asia Reopening End Of 2021 And Into 2022

A number of Southeast Asian countries have announced their gradual reopening in recent weeks. The countries include Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore which all have plans to reopen many parts of the country by early 2022, with partial reopening starting this November and December.

Aerial View Of Putra Mosque with Putrajaya City Centre with Lake at sunset in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

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