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Malaysia opening Langkawi to Travelers

KUALA LUMPUR

Malaysia is set to reopen the traveler haven of the Langkawi islands to overseas visitors, under a pilot global tourism bubble mission that will run for three months.

The authorities has approved protocols for global vacationers to enter the islands except quarantine, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob stated in a statement on Friday. Visitors have to be “high-yield”, fully vaccinated, and stay for at least three days, amongst different requirements.

Langkawi reopened to domestic visitors since mid-September and authorities have been satisfied with the results.

Malaysia will consider the pilot task before emulating it in different traveler destinations throughout the country, Ismail said. The announcement didn’t say when the project would begin, and the Prime Minister’s Office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Malaysia is following in the footsteps of neighbouring countries such as Thailand and Singapore in easing quarantine policies for inoculated visitors, as the region seeks to recover from the global pandemic.

Tight movement restrictions for most of the year tipped Malaysia’s gross home product into a quarterly contraction during April-June.

Malaysia’s speedy vaccine rollout in latest months has helped the country turn a corner. The states of Terengganu and Johor will transition to the final phase of the countrywide recovery plan from Monday, joining Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, Ismail said.

The authorities additionally approved rules for allowing migrant employees to re-enter Malaysia on a case-by-case basis, he said.

Last week, Malaysia ended a months-long ban on interstate journey after the country reached its goal of vaccinating 90% of the adult population. The authorities also allowed residents to travel overseas barring prior approval.

The authorities expects to completely reopen its home economic system by the end of 2021, and return to pre-pandemic boom next year, Finance Minister Zafrul Abdul Aziz said last week.

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