Malaysia plans to open to international tourists on Jan 1

Malaysia Airport

Malaysia is considering opening its borders to international travellers on January 1 next year in a bid to accelerate the country’s economic recovery. 

Malaysia’s National Recovery Council chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Thursday said the Special Committee on Pandemic management will identify countries with high vaccination rates against Covid-19 and will permit its citizens to travel to Malaysia. 

He said the decision to reopen the borders is due to Malaysia’s high-immunisation rates with 95 percent of the adult population now fully vaccinated. 

“Our tourism sector will suffer losses of almost RM90mil if the borders were to remain closed. That is how much revenue the country can generate from the tourism industry,” he said.

In related news, as of today, Malaysia has opened up its international travel bubble for Langkawi, home to Genting’s Resorts World Langkawi. This would allow fully vaccinated foreign tourists to enter the island and holiday without the need for quarantine. 

Travelers must plan a visit of at least three days on the island, have travel insurance covering at least $80,000 and are required to engage a local tour guide.