Malaysia and Singapore are well-known tourist sites that attract millions of tourists every year. According to the development of the tourism industry in Malaysia, nearly 25 million people visited Malaysia in 2019. Likewise, according to Singapore Tourism Statistics, the country welcomed more than 19 million visitors in 2019.
But due to the COVID pandemic and the suspension of international travel, tourism has suffered worldwide. Due to the high increase in COVID cases in Malaysia, the Central of Disease Control (CDC) offers some protocols for airline passengers, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, it is – must demonstrate the negative COVID test. Similarly, Singapore registered the highest number of COVID-19 cases in 2020, followed by strict regulations.
However, after a two-year hiatus, the governments of both countries have decided to proceed with the Travel along with the COVID safety procedure. On March 23, Malaysian Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin tweeted that he and Singapore’s Health Minister Mr Omg Ye Kung are working to boost the tourism sector after managing the pandemic circumstance.
Khairy also mentioned in the tweet that they both agreed to work immediately to allow the full resumption of both air and land travel only for fully vaccinated people on a limited quota basis. Khairy said in his earlier tweet that the Malaysian health minister met with minister Ong Ye Kung on Wednesday to discuss details for reopening the border.
Minister Ong Ye Kung and I had a good talk about the pandemic situation in our countries. We agree that the situation has stabilized and we can work immediately towards the full resumption of air and land travel for fully vaccinated individuals. pic.twitter.com/iow94B4tdG— Khairy Jamaluddin 🇲🇾🌺 (@Khairykj) March 23, 2022
In addition, Singapore’s Transport Minister S. Iswaran announced earlier this month that the country plans to open its borders sooner rather than later. In addition, Singapore now allows immunized people from 32 countries and provinces to enter without having to go into quarantine under a vaccinated travel lane program.
I look forward to welcoming my counterpart, Mr Ong Ye Kung, Singapore’s Health Minister, to Malaysia today where we will focus on the details for the full opening of the border between our two countries. Reconnect & #Reopen Safely with our nearest neighbor.
— Khairy Jamaluddin 🇲🇾🌺 (@Khairykj) March 22, 2022
According to the decision, Malaysia is ready to reopen its borders from April 1 after two years of restrictions from COVID. Moreover, for travel, airlines have mainly started flights between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, while services to Penang were added the week before.
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