The National Recovery Council Chairman, Muhyiddin Yassin has in a press conference yesterday (15 October) said that the government is considering to reopen the country’s borders to vaccinated foreigners from certain countries.
Muhyiddin said that vaccinated foreigners will be allowed to enter the country without the need to undergo mandatory quarantine through the mutual recognition of vaccine certificates, which is practised by a number of other countries globally.
“This is to stimulate the country’s economy, especially the tourism sector. However, the matter will be finalised soon.” he said, according to FMT.
He added that the reopening of the borders is expected to spur other economic activities such as international conventions sector and the retail industry.
“With the reopening of the border, I am confident it will revitalise the economy, particularly in the sectors of tourism, international conventions, retail and others, apart from making it easier for business and social travellers to enter.” he said.
Muhyiddin also said that the consideration to allow foreign travellers into the country was made in view of the downward trend of daily Covid-19 cases and the high vaccination rate in country.
“Based on this positive development, the council was informed that the government is considering reopening the country’s borders by allowing foreign visitors from certain countries who have been fully vaccinated to come here without having to undergo the mandatory quarantine.”
“It will be through the mutual recognition of vaccine certificate programme as implemented in some other countries.” he said.
Meanwhile, Muhyiddin said that the topics they have focused on were the 2 groups which were most affected by Covid-19 pandemic, namely small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and low-income groups.
“Taking into account the various financial assistance and initiatives offered to SMEs by different ministries and agencies, the council is of the view that a more detailed analysis needs to be done before implementing short- and long-term solutions.”
“A special task force will be established involving the finance, human resources, and international trade and industry ministries as well as Bank Negara Malaysia to refine aspects pertaining to financing and manpower.” Muhyiddin said.
Nonetheless, he said that the task force will come up with a detailed study and recommendations within a month to be presented to the council.