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Malaysia’s borders to re-open soon, says Prime Minister

CNA – Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob confirmed on Saturday that the country’s borders will be re-opened soon.

This will allow more Malaysians to spend time with their family members during Hari Raya Aidilfitri in May, he added.

The government is in the process of implementing a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) by land with Brunei and Thailand, to allow for travel to and from Malaysia with these two countries, said Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri.

This will add to the existing VTL arrangement with Singapore. Another with Indonesia is still under planning.

“To rejuvenate economic activities and tourism, especially in Johor, the federal government implemented the air and land VTL with Singapore on January 21 this year to facilitate the reunion of families separated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri.

“I was told that 200,000 Malaysians commute between Singapore and Johor.

“They no longer have to undergo compulsory quarantine at home after taking two health screening tests, once when leaving Singapore and again on arrival in Malaysia.”

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin reportedly said on Saturday that Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri is expected to announce the date of the re-opening of borders this week.

Khairy said the Cabinet reached an agreement on the re-opening at its meeting on Friday.


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