Malaysia to reopen its borders to international visitors on January 1

Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia It will reopen its borders to international visitors no later than January 1, a government advisory council said on Thursday, as the country seeks to reactivate its weakened tourism sector.
The Southeast Asian country has gradually reopened its economy in recent weeks as coronavirus Infection rates have slowed amid an intensified vaccination program.

More than three-quarters of Malaysia’s 32 million people are vaccinated, government statistics show.

Former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who chairs a council tasked with spearheading Malaysia’s economic recovery program, told reporters that the tourism industry was recovering too slowly without foreigners, noting that operators needed time to resume business. .

However, Muhyiddin said that infection control measures, such as testing for Covid-19, will remain in place, and that authorities will determine entry based on the Covid-19 situation in countries of origin and other factors.

He did not indicate when a firm date for the reopening will be announced, but said health and safety agencies were still detailing the decision.

Malaysia announced this week that it would launch a vaccinated travel lane with neighboring Singapore on November 29, allowing for unquarantine travel for vaccinated people between the two countries.

It has also agreed with Indonesia to introduce a similar travel corridor gradually.

Top image: Kuala Lumpur city center on October 11, 2021. Credit: Vincent Thian / AP

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