By January 1st, Malaysia will reopen its international borders

 Friday, November 12, 2021 

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By January 1st, Malaysia will reopen its international borders to all foreign visitors. On Thursday, a government advisory council declared this as the country is set to restore its tourism sector which is struggling for long.


Recently, the Southeast Asian country has reopened its economy as the infection rates of coronavirus have slowed down in the middle of a ramped-up vaccination program.


Over three-quarters of 32 million population of Malaysia are vaccinated; government statistics have highlighted the fact.


Muhyiddin Yassin, former prime minister, who chairs a council tasked with leading the economic recovery program of Malaysia, has informed the reporters that the tourism industry was bouncing back but slowly without foreigners and noted that operators needed time to resume businesses.


However, Muhyiddin, explained that steps to control infection spread like Covid-19 tests will remain in place, with authorities to decide on the entry based on the Covid-19 situation in originating countries, and other factors.


Even though he did not mention when exactly firm the reopening will be announced, but stated that the decision was still being detailed by health and security agencies.


This week, Malaysia declared that it would introduce a vaccinated travel lane on November 29th, just like Singapore, allowing quarantine-free travel for inoculated people between both countries.


Also, it has conferred with Indonesia to introduce a similar travel corridor on a gradual basis.

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