Langkawi’s authorities have announced reopening the Malaysian island to fully vaccinated domestic tourists. Starting from Sep 16, the vaxxed travellers will be able to visit the tourist spot without quarantine, Free Malaysia Today reported.
Langkawi island is one of the tourist pearls, the island is well-known for its gorgeous beaches and duty-free goodies. In two weeks, the island will reopen under a travel bubble plan similar to Thailand’s Phuket Sandbox.
The Malaysian Inbound Tourism Association (MITA) has confirmed Friday that Langkawi is already gearing up for the reopening, with car rentals and local chalets preparing for arrivals, of , told y.
“Car rentals need to renew their road tax, chalets need landscaping. Some small maintenance is needed to make sure all is in order,” Uzaidi Udanis, MITA president added.
For the Malaysian government, Langkawi would be a testing ground to revive the tourism industry. The selected pilot destination has its own strengths such as having a network of public and international flights, as well as having a variety of accommodation facilities for various types of the tourist segment.
Other tourist destinations will be allowed to reopen once the vaccination rate of their locality hits 80%. Langkawi, an island of 100,000 people, achieved this target on Aug. 15.
DOs and DON’Ts for Langkawi travellers
While the Asian country shares its plan on reopening, the travellers should realize that the situation with the novel pathogen is still unstable. However, the travel bubble will be open to fully-vaccinated individuals it’s for sure.
Children are allowed to travel with fully-vaccinated parents, while tourists need to acquire police permits before travelling.
The MITA reiterates that the local authorities will check for tourists’ COVID-19 certificates from time to time.
Ferries will be allowed to operate with 50% capacity at limited frequencies per day, all businesses except for pubs, nightclubs will be allowed to operate.
Last but not least, conferences, meetings, and exhibitions are prohibited in Langkawi.