In a statement Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, Kuala Lumpur will reopen its borders from April 1 and allow entry of visitors without quarantine requirements for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Since March 2020, Malaysia has maintained some of the tightest entry curbs in Asia as a means to mitigate threats from the COVID-19 pandemic, with most foreign nationals barred from entry and returning Malaysians required to undergo quarantine.
In a televised address, Sabri Yaakob said, Malaysia will begin a transition to the endemic phase of COVID-19 from April 2022.
The development mirrors similar steps taken by its neighbours Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Malaysian nationals, who were earlier barred from leaving the country for more than a year can fully resume international travel, said Ismail Sabri while adding, travel agreements with other countries including Brunei, Thailand and Indonesia were in the works in addition to one with Singapore announced last year.
He also mentioned, restrictions on business operating hours, gatherings, social distancing and interstate travel would be further eased.
($1 = 4.1800 ringgit)