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Malaysia Will Only Be Reopening To Tourists Next Year 2021

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KUALA LUMPUR — In light of the volatile COVID-19 situation, the Malaysian Government announced the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) to be extended until 31 December 2020. This means that tourists from abroad are not allowed entry into Malaysia until the end of this year.

The Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) was implemented from 10 June 2020 to 31 August 2020 to curb the spread of Covid-19. So far, only Malaysian citizens and foreign nationals with legal residence status in Malaysia are allowed to travel within Malaysia. Foreign tourists are also allowed to transit at the KL International Airport. For further information on the RMCO, click here.

Most recently, Malaysia has resumed essential travel with Singapore. Eligible travellers have to abide by the prevailing Covid-19 prevention and public health measures mutually agreed by both countries which include undergoing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab tests. Travellers will also be expected to submit to the relevant authorities of the receiving country a controlled itinerary and adhere to this controlled itinerary during their visit.

2020 Was Supposed To Be The Year of “Visit Malaysia”

In an interview with Nikkei Asian Review, the Malaysian Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture shared that before the pandemic happened, 2020 was originally the year of “Visit Malaysia” with promotional efforts to raise the country’s profile as a tourism hot spot, but subsequently, it has been suspended and called off.

Malaysia remains cautious in its approach to reopening the borders as they are aware of how some countries have experienced infection spikes after some measures were relaxed.

Source: Nikkei Asian Review

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