Taking gradual, calibrated measures to reopen international borders, Malaysia will allow the entry of fully vaccinated foreign tourists in Langkawi without quarantine from November 15. The Malaysian government is implementing a pilot international tourism bubble project which will initially run for three months.
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a statement said that his government has approved protocols to be followed by international tourists, where they will have to stay for at least three days among other requirements. He mentioned the Ministry of Health and National Security Council will be evaluating the project’s effectiveness before deciding on implementing it in resort islands and other tourist destinations throughout the country.
According to the SOPs issued by the government, the Southeast Asian nation will target ‘high yield’ and quality (high spending) tourists, who are fully vaccinated with the Covid-19 vaccine for the bubble projects. Travellers will also have to present a negative RT-PCR test report not older than 72 hours before departure. They will also be required to hold travel insurance of a minimum USD 80,000 with them.
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The list of countries from where tourists will be allowed into Langkawi is yet to be revealed, and is subject to the Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM)/ MOH/ Ministry of Foreign Affairs (KLN)’s updates. It is also necessary for foreign tourists to engage tour operators and guides licensed by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture (MOTAC) for the trip. Tourists must also register on the MySejahtera app before departing for Langkawi.As the Southeast Asian region sees gradual recovery from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, Malaysia is the third country after Thailand and Singapore to ease quarantine rules for international tourists and implement a phased reopening plan. Malaysia has already lifted the ban on interstate travel after it vaccinated 90 per cent of its adult population. It has also allowed its citizens to travel overseas without seeking any permission.