Malaysia is considering reopening for international tourists in November

Published on : Saturday, October 23, 2021

Malaysia is consideringreopeningfor international tourists in November, and travelers from neighboring Singapore could be among the first to be allowed to enter the country, said the Malaysian tourism minister.


The minister, Nancy Shukri, said that she’s meeting officials from Singapore next week to discuss restarting cross-border travel between the two countries. She said that Malaysia would be opening up to Singapore “very soon.”


“We are open (to) Singapore as long as Singapore is open to us as well,” said Nancy.


When asked aboutanplan with Singapore to be worked out, the minister said that she’s “very optimistic that it should be by November.”


Before the Covid-19 pandemic, more than 300,000 people traveled along the Malaysia-Singapore land border each day, while the air route between Singapore and Malaysia’s capital city Kuala Lumpur was one of the busiest worldwide.


Currently, Malaysian citizens working in Singapore, and Singapore citizens working in Malaysia can cross the land border under a bilateral arrangement — known as the Periodic Commuting Arrangement — if they meet few requirements.

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