Borders to re-open after country moves into endemic phase

MALAYSIA: Malaysia is looking to re-open its borders to travelers after the country moves into the Covid-19 endemic phase.

The government is considering to re-open its borders to business travelers and tourists and allow fully vaccinated Malaysians to travel abroad.

Home minister, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin, said the country is still in the pandemic phase and its readiness to transition into the endemic phase would be determined by the Health minister.

"Once we are ready, the Health Ministry will announce it. Actually, the Immigration Department (the enforcement agency that controls the country entry and exit points) is ready, the General Operations Force (GOF) is also ready (and) we too are ready to re-open our borders,” he said.

Earlier this week Malaysian ministers attended a meeting with the council to discuss if it is feasible for Malaysia to re-open its borders in the near future. As Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, told the council that 90% of the adult population would already receive their second jab by the end of October. This would pave the way for domestic travels to resume by mid-October.

The Small and Medium Enterprises Association of Malaysia (Samenta), earlier this month, urged the government to re-open its international borders for business travel to resume, and to exempt the requirement of mandatory hotel quarantines for those who are fully vaccinated and have tested negative for COVID-19.

“This will help position us favorably vis-a-vis regional competitors in attracting foreign investors,” said Samenta Chairman William Ng.

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