23 February 2022
The Malaysian government has revised its standard operating procedures for the Langkawi International Travel Bubble (LITB) recently, increasing air connectivity by allowing tourists to enter via domestic flights from klia2, in addition to Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
The mandatory insurance coverage for tourists has also been reduced from US$80,000 to US$50,000 for the duration of their stay in Malaysia.
Children aged 12 and below are now allowed to enter the island with their fully vaccinated parents or guardians without having to show proof of vaccination.
LITB travellers are now allowed to travel to other destinations in the country after staying four days in Langkawi, compared with the previous requirement of an eight-day stay on the island.
According to the New Straits Times, Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) CEO, Nasaruddin Abdul Muttalib, said the revised procedures would enable LITB arrivals to increase.
The LITB, which started as a three-month pilot project on November 15, 2021, has been extended indefinitely until the country’s borders reopen.
Last week, health minister Khairy Jamaluddin shared that a realistic target for the reopening of the country’s borders was in early 2Q2022, and that the Ministry of Health was preparing guidelines for the country’s reopening.
The guidelines would have to be presented to the Covid-19 Pandemic Management Committee, chaired by the prime minister, as well as the Covid-19 quartet ministers before being brought to the Cabinet.
An announcement on when the country will reopen its borders will eventually be made by the prime minister, Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
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