Malaysia Eyes Full Border Reopening in March

Malaysia’s top COVID-19 response committee recommended a full reopening of borders next month without mandatory quarantine to support the country’s economic recovery.

Malaysia’s National Recovery Council (NRC) chairman Muhyiddin Yassin told reporters on Tuesday that it suggested to fully reopening the country’s borders as early as Mar. 1 to travelers without requiring quarantine.

“However, COVID-19 testing before departure and upon arrival at the border has to be done according to the Ministry of Health’s recommendations,” Muhyiddin noted.

Muhyiddin said that the move would boost the country’s economic recovery. “This means tourists can visit, investors can come in. The number of tourists will increase, and the tourism industry can recover,” the NRC chairman said.

The country has shut its borders since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 in an effort to contain COVID-19 outbreaks. Borders are currently opened to foreigners only for special consideration such as for emergencies and business matters.

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