Malaysian Tourism Minister, Nancy Shukri, has said that she hopes that the country can begin to welcome back foreign tourists from as early as November.
Main picture Sabah, Malaysia credit Joel Brunner on Unsplash
The minister was talking to CNBC and indicated that people from Singapore could be the first to benefit from the easing of restrictions as long as the measures are recipricol.
“We are open (to) Singapore as long is Singapore is open to us as well.”Nancy Shukri, Malaysia Tourism Minister via CNBC
There are hopes that planned meetings between Singapore and Malaysia next week will lead to an agreement on bilateral travel and Malaysia is “very confident” that it could begin in November.
Singapore opened its Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) scheme to a further 8 countries earlier this week, with the first travellers arriving in the country yesterday.
The tourism ministry has proposed that Langkawi becomes the first area of the country to reopen, to fully vaccinated travellers. the ghas not yet approved the plans however but there is optimism that it will be given in the near future.
Shukri is the second Malaysian minister for talk optimistically of a tourism restart following comments made by National Recovery Council chairman Muhyiddin Yassin last week.
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