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