MITA requests to open international borders to vaccinated travelers

Published on : Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Malaysia calls for its tourism recovery such as executing new strategies to open up its foreign borders to tourists who have received the vaccine jabs, once the Movement Control Order (MCO) 3.0 ends.

Malaysian Inbound Tourism Association (MITA) president Uzaidi Udanis have mentioned that in its initiations to revitalize the failing tourism sector, Malaysia should keep a watch on the best practices of other countries like Qatar, the Maldives and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“We need to initiate a sandbox (experiment) where we can test specific destinations, such as Qatar-Malaysia, for example, before opening up to other destinations.”

“At the same time, we should also look at allowing vaccinated tourists to visit Malaysia without having to go through a quarantine period from October onwards, with compulsory bookings through travel agents,” he informed the reporters today in a press conference via Zoom.

He also stated that the association is anticipating that the National Security Council (MKN) would give the green-signal for domestic travel bubble after the MCO, with travel bookings through travel agents only.

To make sure the survival of tourism, Uzaidi suggested for an automatic loan moratorium with zero interest, for all loans effective immediately until the end of the year to all the tourism players and companies who have loan facilities before March 2020.

Also, he has urged for tax waiver to all travel agents for five years from 2021 to 2025. That is the period expected for the tourism industry to recover, as well as another round of one-off cash assistance to tourism players.

Also on insurance and road tax, Uzaidi called for the execution of a special waiver including the Puspakom fee for all valid registered vehicles used in tourism, for three years from 2021-2024.

“There are about 9,990 registered tour buses in the market. So, based on a minimum rental income of RM600 per day, these bus operators are losing about RM6 million a day.”

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