The 16th of September is an important day, it is Malaysia Day where the country commemorates the establishment of the Malaysian federation on that day in 1963.
Main picture Langkawi, Malaysia credit Manish Tulaskar on Unsplash
This year could also have an added significance. The Kedah State government has announced that this is the date that they hope to start to welcome back foreign tourists.
The first details of a proposed travel bubble were announced last month and depending on “herd immunity” being achieved through at least 80% of the population being vaccinated against Covid-19. It is believed that this target was achieved yesterday.
The opening date has been discussed with the Langkawi Development Authority, the Ministry of Arts and Culture and the National Security Council but will depend on the number of Covid-19 cases on the island and a suitable risk assessment being in place.
The state government are making sure that the number of daily cases on Langkawi is below 10 before they open to tourists again.
The news comes hot on the heels of the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture stating that Langkawi would be the priority reopening due its location, ease of isolation and direct international flights.
It is thought that they had hoped to reopen Lankawi today but increased Covid-19 cases resulted in a delay.
Organisers of the Langkawi reopening have confirmed that they have already begun the process to ensure that 10 daily international flights will be able to arrive in Langkawi as soon as foreign tourists are allowed to return.
All foreign tourists travelling to Langkawi will almost certainly be required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and may well also have to take multiple PCR tests in a similar way to the Phuket Sandbox in Thailand.
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