Malaysian Paradise Reopens to Tourism

Paraíso da Malásia reabre ao turismo

Langkawi Island will become the first major tourist center in Malaysia to reopen to international travelers after the forced shutdown motivated by the covid-19 pandemic.

Malaysian authorities have announced that tourists have started returning to Langkawi since September 16.

It will be Malaysia's first attempt to revive the tourism sector, important for the country's economy and completely stopped for more than a year.

Located off the northwest coast of Malaysia, Langkawi Island is known for its idyllic palm-fringed beaches and, prior to the pandemic, attracted thousands of international tourists annually.

Langkawi has been chosen for a pilot project involving the gradual takeover of beaches, hotels, business spaces and theme parks.

"The measure will boost the tourism industry players who have suffered the most from the impact of the sector's closure," the Ministry of Tourism explained in a statement.

In the coming days the requirements for those who intend to visit the island soon will be announced.

In recent weeks, Malaysia has lifted some tighter restrictions, allowing fully vaccinated citizens certain activities, such as free use of restaurants.

The country has already vaccinated 66% of the adult population.

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