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Malaysia to re-open borders for tourists on April 1

Malaysia will re-open to all vaccinated tourists from April 1, authorities said Tuesday, joining a growing number of countries removing restrictions in an attempt to live with Covid, reports France24.

Having shut its borders on March 2020, tourists visiting Malaysia will now require only a negative Covid test to enter.

“The government has decided to open its borders on April 1, 2022,” Prime Minister Ismail Sabri said in media briefing.

“We believe this decision will boost our economy and help revive our ailing tourism sector.”

The re-opening comes despite Malaysia reporting more than 25,000 infections a day in recent weeks, though most cases have been mild.

Its decision mirrors those of neighbouring nations including Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines that are progressively easing entry rules to lure back tourists.

Malaysia’s economy contracted 5.6 per cent in 2020 as Covid hit but rebounded slightly to grow 3.1 per cent last year.

Vaccinated travellers will not be subject to quarantine but will need to produce a negative PCR test two days before arrival and take an antigen test in the 24 hours after entry.

Previously only travellers from Singapore were allowed quarantine-free entry.

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