Langkawi open to international tourists from Nov 15

International tourists who wish to visit Langkawi are allowed to do so beginning Nov 15, through the International Tourism Bubble (Inbound) for the Langkawi Pilot Project, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said the COVID-19 Pandemic Management Special Committee today had agreed to the proposed standard operating procedure (SOP) tabled by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) on the tourism bubble

He said the target group was high-yield tourists as well as individuals who had completed the COVID-19 vaccination.

“Children under the age of 18 must be present with their parents/guardians who have been fully vaccinated, while the list of countries allowed will be determined by the Malaysian Immigration Department, Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” he said in a statement here today.

In addition, the prime minister said no quarantine conditions would be imposed, while tourists would have to stay for at least three days and undergo Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests, where the results should be either in digital or printed form.

In the same statement he said thatJohor and Terengganu will move to Phase Four of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) effective Oct 25 (Monday).

He said the transition took into account the latest risk assessments carried out by the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) and the National Security Council (MKN).

“The Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for states entering Phase 4 are the same as before.

“The latest SOP information will be updated by MKN on the official website www.mkn.gov.my,” he said in a statement here today.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said the COVID-19 Pandemic Management Special Committee today also agreed to allow adolescents who had completed their COVID vaccination to enjoy the same facilities as fully vaccinated adults.

He said this meant that the condition for adolescents between the ages of 12 to 17 to be fully vaccinated would also be stated in all SOPs.

However, the prime minister said this would not be implemented immediately and the government would be streamlining the facilities accordingly.

“It also gives teenagers a ‘grace period’ of three weeks or until mid-November.

“This period is to ensure that about 80 per cent of teenagers who have so far received the first dose of the vaccine, are fully vaccinated,” he said.

In the meantime, Ismail Sabri said the government called on the people to make use of the facilities or SOP relaxations provided with full discipline and a sense of responsibility.

He stressed that the success of bringing the country out of the pandemic did not only depend on the efforts and strategies of the government alone, but also on the community’s compliance to the SOPs that had been set.

“Therefore, wear a face mask, practice physical distancing and always maintain personal hygiene and safety,” he said. — BERNAMA