Malaysia has announced that Langkawi will reopen to foreign tourists from 15th November, quarantine-free, and that the rest of the country may follow before the end of the year.
Main picture Langkawi beach, Malaysia credit Sasha India on flickr
The Langkawi International Tourism Bubble (Inbound)pilot project was announced earlier this week and will allow fully vaccinated travellers to visit for a minimum of 3 days.
It will be available to travellers from countries approved by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Health Ministry and the Immigration Department. The list has not yet been published.
All visitors will need a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours prior to departure, have minimum health insurance of US$80,000 and must be part of tourism services licensed by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC). Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by fully-vaccinated parents or guardians.
Tourists arriving via Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) will undertake Rapid Molecular Testing, and those arriving direct in Langkawi must undergo an RT-PCR test on the second day after arrival. International tourists staying more than five days must undergo an RT-PCR test on day five. Those visiting for three days may use the COVID-19 screening test on the second day to depart to their home country.
A maximum of 20 people per tour group is allowed plus 1 tourist guide per group.
The announcement stated that the International Tourism Bubble (Inbound) pilot project will run for three months but reports are now suggesting a quicker timeline.
Nancy Shukri, the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, stated that the Langkawi health protocols were now ready and that there are hopes that the rest of Malaysia will be able to open earlier than currently planned.
“When it looks okay and although we had stated three months (for the observation period), I feel it will not take up to three months.
I feel we can reopen earlier than that. So we pray that this can take place in the near future, after Nov 16 and maybe early December.
That is not my promise, but we will try, we will work hard (for an earlier reopening).”Nancy Shukri, the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture via CNA
Malaysia is the latest in a growing list of Southeast Asia countries to announce their reopening plans.
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