Dear Travellers, Travel & Media Partners,
In the wake of the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-2019), we would like to bring to your attention the latest updates on the travel situation in Malaysia:
WEDNESDAY, 22 APRIL 2020
Dear Friends of Malaysia,
We are pleased to note that our close bilateral relationship with China has reached new heights in combating the COVID-19 pandemic as eight medical professionals from Guandong have arrived in Kuala Lumpur to share their expertise recently. This expertise exchange marks an effort towards a global unity as the spread of coronavirus knows no borders thus making a common battle for all humankind.
In Malaysia, we are very concerned for the welfare of the stranded international tourists due to the Movement Control Order (MCO) at several travel destinations such as Cameron Highlands, and islands of Perhentian, Redang, Kapas, Langkawi and Tioman. The local Governmant is helping these tourists to reach their respective embassies while screening services are also conducted periodically in order to make sure no one is infected with COVID-19. At the same time, we are glad to know that most of these European tourists are happy and prefer to be in Malaysia rather than flying to their home countries due to fear of this outbreak.
Recently, we are also touched by the kindness shown by our people to help one of the stranded German tourist in National Park, Pahang. By delivering food aid and allowing him to stay in the chalet throughout the MCO is a true act of generosity that should be applauded in putting people first.
While current statistics show a declining trend in daily infection as the number of latest cases amounted to below 100 were recorded for sixth days in a row - we must remain vigilant. As of April 22, the total number of COVID-19 recoveries is now climbing to 3,452 in which it represents 62% of the total positive cases.
In fact, our Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has recently been named among one of the best three leading and competent doctors in the world in handling the COVID-19 pandemic by China Global TV Network, for being ‘calm, clear and trustworthy’ sources of information to their countrymen, together with United States’ infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci and New Zealand’s director-general of health Ashley Bloomfield.
Realising the importance of our people to stay positive while adjusting to a new lifestyle during the MCO, we at Tourism Malaysia is also proud to organize a Tourism Music Video Contest. It is a good opportunity for you to unleash your creativity in promoting domestic tourism in the comfort of your home by the act of singing, playing musical instruments or performing a short sketch. Top three winners will walk away with exciting full-board tour packages for 3 Days and 2 Nights which include flight tickets, accommodations, transfers and tours. The winners will get to decide and pick their destination of choice within Malaysia.
For more information on this video contest, kindly visit our official website at https://www.malaysia.travel/en/my