KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) – Malaysia will reopen its borders to international visitors by Jan 1 at the latest, a government advisory council said on Thursday (Nov 11), as the country seeks to revive its ailing tourism sector.
Malaysia has Coronavirus infection rates have slowed amid a ramped-up vaccination programme.in recent weeks as
More than three-quarters of Malaysia’s 32 million population are vaccinated, government statistics show.
Former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who chairs a council tasked with spearheading Malaysia’s economic recovery programme, told reporters the tourism industry was recovering too slowly without foreigners and noted that operators needed time to resume businesses.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin, however, said infection control measures such as Covid-19 tests will remain in place, with authorities to determine entry based on the Covid-19 situation in originating countries, and other factors.
He did not state when a firm date for reopening will be announced, but said the decision was still being detailed by health and security agencies.
Malaysia this week announced it wouldwith Singapore on Nov 29, allowing quarantine-free travel for inoculated people between both countries.
It has also agreed with Indonesia toon a gradual basis.