About three weeks later, on April 1, exotic Malaysia is ready to reopen its borders for tourism. On Tuesday, the government announced that it is now ready to accept fully vaccinated tourists without having to apply for MyTravelPass as the country has finally reached the endemic stage of the coronavirus. Thus, the country has joined the list of countries lifting COVID-19 restrictions and resuming tourism.
The tourism-dependent Southeast Asian country, known for its white sand beaches and lush rainforests, has closed its borders for two years ago, in March 2020, but will now open international borders and will accept foreign tourists, including Russians, only with a negative coronavirus test.
On this occasion, Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob spoke at a press conference for the media with the following statement: “The government has decided to open its borders on April 1, 2022. We believe this decision will boost our economy and help revive our ailing tourism sector.”
Authorities in the South Asian country have decided to follow the advice of their neighbors and continue to live with the coronavirus – in recent weeks, Malaysia has reported more than 25,000 cases per day, although most cases, officials admitted, were mild. Neighboring countries, including Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines, have also come to understand the need for a gradual easing of entry rules in order to encourage tourists to return to them again.
Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia, one of Southeast Asia's leading low-cost airlines, called the local government's move “timely” and said it would “give a strong boost” to the recovery of tourism and aviation. Group chief executive Bo Lingam told AFP that the carrier hopes to carry around a million passengers in the first week. Recall that the Malaysian economy shrank by 5.6 percent in 2020 when the coronavirus hit the country and grew by 3.1 percent last year.
“The country wants to provide travelers with comfort and not complicate the travel process,” the official said. .
Malaysia entry requirements
- From April 1, fully vaccinated travelers can enter the country without quarantine requirements. Previously, only travelers from Singapore were allowed quarantine-free entry.
- Travelers who have been fully vaccinated must carry a negative PCR test result within 48 hours and be ready to take the test after arrival – it will be ready in 24 hours. Regarding unvaccinated tourists wishing to visit the Asian country for tourism purposes, the authorities said they would announce the conditions of entry for them later.
All travelers have to do is download the MySejahtera app and fill out a form before leaving in the Traveler section, the Prime Minister noted.
To date, over 3.6 have been registered in Malaysia million cases of covid and more than 33,000 deaths in a population of 32 million. Vaccination was carried out among 80% of the country's population.
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