Malaysia to Reopen to Foreign Tourists by January

Malaysia to Reopen to Foreign Tourists by January

As Malaysia tries to revive its tourism sector, the country will reopen borders to international visitors by 1 January 2022, a government body announced last week.

A council responsible for the country’s economic recovery program stated that the tourism sector was recovering too slowly without foreigners.  Foreign customers have long been the key business drivers for Malaysia’s casino complex, Resorts World Genting.

However, the former Prime Minister, who heads the economic recovery council, reinforced that even with more opening, control measures against COVID 19 would remain in place.

The entry rules would be determined based on the covid 19 situation from originating countries, among other factors.

According to government data, Malaysia has a high vaccination rate, with over 75percent of the population vaccinated.

In separate events, Malaysia’s diplomatic mission to Singapore said the recently enacted limited quarantine-free travel between Malaysia and Singapore air travel starting from 29 November has paved the way for the future opening of other crossing points between the countries.

According to analyst commentary, in pre-pandemic periods, Malaysian tourists were a critical customer base at Singapore’s two casinos, Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa.

However, the commissioner added that the inter-state movement is unlikely to be like pre-Covid times where traveller numbers between the two countries went up to 300,000 people per day.

Due to easing measures, analysts at Nomura banking group issued a memo stating that they expected Singapore tourism to pick up by the end of the third quarter.

They hinted at the role of the Vaccinated Travel Lane program, which would see more Malaysian visitors come into the country. As such, tourism growth would likely pick up even further by 29 November.