Malaysia has slowly realized that domestic demand is not enough to revitalize its tourism sector. So on Thursday, a government advisory decided that the country would open for international visitors by January 1, 2022.
They have not clearly communicated the entry and tests requirements and if the date is firm.
Here’s an excerpt from the Sun Daily:
Malaysia will reopen its borders to international visitors by Jan. 1 at the latest, a government advisory council said on Thursday, as the country seeks to revive its ailing tourism sector.
The Southeast Asian country has gradually reopened its economy in recent weeks as coronavirus infection rates have slowed amid a ramped-up vaccination programme.
Former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who chairs a council tasked with spearheading Malaysia’s economic recovery programme, told reporters the tourism industry was recovering too slowly without foreigners and noted that operators needed time to resume businesses.
He did not state when a firm date for reopening will be announced, but said the decision was still being detailed by health and security agencies.
Southeast Asian countries are slowly opening up for international visitors, following what Thailand has trialed since July.
I would not rush to purchase tickets or make non-refundable hotel reservations for Malaysia until they have firmly confirmed the opening date and entry requirements. I have been contemplating going to either Asia or South America at the beginning of 2022, and more countries open in Asia would make a choice easier.