Malaysia to Open All International Checkpoints including Causeway and Second Link: Tourism Minister
On Mar 7th, Tourism and Culture Minister Nancy Shukri has announced that all of Malaysia’s international checkpoints will be opened soon as the country is moving towards easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
This would include Malaysia’s land checkpoints with Singapore, said Mdm Nancy.
She added that Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob would be announcing the reopening of borders soon.
“The Tourism and Culture Ministry is well prepared and always ready to welcome back foreign tourists into Malaysia," the minister said after meeting tourism industry players in Johor Bahru.
Last week, the prime minister promised that the country’s borders will be reopened soon to allow families to reunite during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations in May. The country is also in the process of establishing VTLs with Brunei and Thailand.
Causeway and Second Link will reopen simultaneously
Mdm Nancy was also reportedly said on Mar 7th that the land route between Malaysia and Singapore via the Johor Causeway and the Second Link at Gelang Patah will be opened simultaneously with the opening of the country's border.
The move aims to rejuvenate the country’s tourism sector by encouraging travel from Singapore to Malaysia. The Johor state’s tourism sector experienced the worst hit ever when the land borders between Singapore and Malaysia were closed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
On Nov 29th last year, Singapore and Malaysia announced the opening of the land vaccinated travel lanes (VTL) via the Johor Causeway along with the air VTL between Changi Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).