Malaysia To Reopen International Borders On April 1

Malaysia will reopen its borders effective April 1 to fully vaccinated international tourists. - Bernama pic.

Fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to undergo quarantine

Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia will fully reopen its borders to receive international tourists who are fully vaccinated effective 01 April, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced today.

Ismail Sabri said the decision was made following careful deliberation in various health and safety aspects, which include the progress of the national vaccination programme and the country’s economy and the outcome of risk management measures implemented by the authorities.

“Travellers who have received two doses of Covid-19 vaccine are no longer required to undergo quarantine. They are only required to be tested two days prior to travel and within 24 hours upon arrival in Malaysia.

“For countries that have yet to fully reopen their borders, travel arrangements through Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) would be implemented,” Ismail said.

He also said international travellers will no longer be required to apply for MyTravelPass which would be abolished.

Thailand and the Philippines have allowed foreign tourists to return starting last month in a bid to create opportunities for tourism players to recoup their losses due to the pandemic.

Malaysia shut its international borders for about two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

On the same note, Ismail Sabri also announced restrictions on operating hours for business outlets have been lifted and allowed to operate according to business licenses.

“Under the transitional phase, we are still required to wear face masks in public places and existing SOP including MySejahtera app check-in at premises would still be enforced,” he said.

Malaysia, which is one of the countries with the most vaccinated population, has begun implementing the VTL with Singapore, Thailand and Cambodia as part of efforts to boost the hospitality and economic sectors. – New Malaysia Herald

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