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Malaysia fully reopens borders to tourists after two years

Only 4 million international tourists entered the country in 2021 — an 83% drop from 26.1 million in 2019, before the pandemic. Malaysia reopened its borders on Friday, allowing tourist travel without the need for quarantine after two years, as the country treats Covid-19 as an endemic disease. The reopening also alleviates the shortage of foreign labor, which is sorely needed in the country. To enter Malaysia, travelers will now have to show a negative result in a PRC test performed 48 hours before travel. Malaysia’s airports are already expected to receive 119 flights today, the Civil Aviation Commission said in a statement. Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the busiest in the country, will receive flights from Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia, Qatar, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Operator Malaysia Airports Holdings expects 21,000 international passengers to arrive in the country today — about six times the daily average recorded in 2021. The land border between Malaysia and Singapore has also fully reopened. Fully vaccinated travelers will be exempt from quarantines and testing. The Transport Ministry estimates that 400,000 people will do the crossing in the first week of the measure. Tourism Minister Nancy Shurki, who was at the airport to receive a flight from Qatar, said authorities expect 2 million tourists to visit the country before the end of the year. That would generate USD 2 billion in revenue for Malaysia, she said. – https://valor.globo.com/mundo/noticia/2022/04/01/malasia-reabre-totalmente-as-fronteiras-para-turistas-apos-dois-anos.ghtml