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Malaysia will be reopening its border soon: PM Ismail Sabri

On March 5th, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the country’s border will be reopened soon.

With Hari Raya Aidilfitri coming in May, the reopening of the border will allow more Malaysians to reunite with their family.

Currently, the Malaysian Government is working its way to establish a Vaccinated Travel Lane(VTL) by land with Brunei and Thailand, to allow two-way quarantine-free travel between these countries, said Mr Ismail Sabri.

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

“In order to rejuvenate the economic activities and tourism, especially in Johor, the federal government implemented the air and land VTL with Singapore on Jan 21st this year to help reunite families that are separated due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mr. 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 once more upon arrival in Malaysia.”

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin reportedly said on March 5th that the Prime Minister will announce the date of the reopening of borders next week. He also added that the Cabinet has reached an agreement on the reopening at its meeting on March 4th.