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As Malaysia is in the transition to the endemic phase after two years of battling with Covid-19, all Malaysians are looking forward to the opening of international borders on 1st April.
The opening of borders would greatly benefit the food and beverage industry as more tourists and visitors would flock to restaurants and cafes to indulge in mouth-watering cuisines. Thus, businesses in the industry can expect to flourish once again as diners would anticipate spending their leisure time enjoying food and beverages with their loved ones and friends.
Vacations are the perfect way for someone to unwind and de-stress after long hard months of work. Hence with the reopening of borders, our tourism industry would once again witness an increase in the number of overseas tourists who will be touring our country and this would also aid in increasing our country’s revenue. As quarantine is no longer required for travellers who are fully vaccinated, the number of people coming to Malaysia would also increase due to it being hassle-free.
The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has also played a key role in assisting in the revival of the nation’s tourism industry by allocating incentives to help its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. The Ministry has plans to contribute an amount of RM1.6 billion solely for our country’s tourism sector and this will a great boost for businesses in the travel and hospitality industry.
“The government has decided to reopen the country’s borders on April 1,” said Prime Minister, Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob. “I believe this has been long-awaited by the people. This announcement will also boost the economy as a whole, in particular the tourism industry that has been badly affected by the pandemic.”
Visitors would only need to undergo pre-departure tests (RT-PCR) and upon-arrival tests (RTK-Antigen under professional supervision) 24 hours after arriving in Malaysia. Anyone who enters Malaysia would only be required to download the MySejahtera tracking application and fill up a pre-departure travel form. Face masks would also be mandatory but the government would ease the requirement of masks under certain situations.