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Malaysia to re-open for tourists after two-year Covid closure

Update : 08 Mar 2022, 19:23

Malaysia will reopen its border to international visitors from April 1, allowing travellers who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter the country without quarantine, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said on March 8.

Ismail Sabri Yaakob said visitors, as well as Malaysian returnees, who are fully vaccinated are not required to undergo quarantine upon arrival. However, they must undergo a RT-PCR test two days before departure and a rapid test (RTK) upon arrival.

At present, visitors can enter Malaysia only via the Singapore and Langkawi travel bubble for the fully vaccinated.

The re-opening comes despite Malaysia reporting more than 25,000 infections a day in recent weeks, though most cases have been mild.

Its decision mirrors those of neighbouring nations including Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines that are progressively easing entry rules to lure back tourists.

Malaysia has recorded more than 3.6 million Covid cases to date with more than 33,000 deaths.

About 80 percent of the country’s 32 million population have been fully vaccinated.

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