As per the report of CNBC, the Malaysian tourism minister Nancy Shukri said that the country is planning to reopen for international tourists in November, and travelers from neighboring Singapore could be among the first to be allowed into Malaysia.
The Tourism Minister also said that she’s meeting officials from Singapore next week to discuss resuming cross-border travel between the two countries. Nancy also added Malaysia would be opening up to Singapore “Very Soon.”
“We are open (to) Singapore as long as Singapore is open to us as well,” Nancy told CNBC on Thursday.
We are open (to) Singapore as long as Singapore is open to us as well.Nancy Shukri, Malaysia’s Minister Of Tourism, Arts And CultureAdvertisement
When asked when an arrangement with Singapore will be worked out, the minister said she’s “very optimistic that it should be by November.”
CNBC has reached out to the Singapore government for comment but has not heard back.
Interviewed by Nikkei Asia Correspondent in Malaysia, Prem Kumar on Malaysia’s steps towards tourism recovery with careful implementation of necessary protocols and best practices. pic.twitter.com/yTumHob1Bw— Nancy Shukri (@NancyShukri) October 21, 2021
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, more than 300,000 people crossed the Malaysia-Singapore land border each day, while the air route between Singapore and Malaysia’s capital city Kuala Lumpur was one of the busiest globally.
Currently, Malaysian citizens working in Singapore, and Singapore citizens working in Malaysia can cross the land border under a bilateral arrangement.
(With Inputs From CNBC)
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