It is a piece of good news for Indian travellers as Malaysia opens up for international tourists where 90% of its residents are fully vaccinated against the covid19 virus. This has allowed the government to end the month-long ban on travel. Fully inoculated people will also be allowed to travel across borders now.
Also, Malaysia’s Langkawi, a cluster of 99 islands in the Straits of Malacca is reopening for domestic travellers as a part of their domestic tourism bubble.
The announcement is a huge relief to the tourism sector that has suffered huge losses due to the pandemic. Equally, the hotel and restaurant business has already taken a hit. With this news, even the restaurant owners are happy as with the reopening, one can expect more turnovers at the restaurants.
That being said, there will be strict Covid19 protocols in place to contain the spread of the disease.
Malaysia following the footsteps of Phuket will reopen Langkawi Islands under the Sandbox Program. Like Phuket, Langkawi is known for its pristine beaches, parks, bird sanctuaries and rock formations.
While the administration is not expecting a huge turnover initially, it expects around 400,000 visitors by the end of this year.
Malaysia is still waiting to invite foreign tourists to return. However, more than half the nation’s population is already inoculated, and they are hoping for a quicker return to normalcy.