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:
Dear Friends of Malaysia,
We are pleased to share more exciting news with you. As Malaysia enters Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) phase from 10 June 2020, we will see the reopening of many more facilities and services that had been forced to close due to Covid-19.
In line with the government’s decision to lift the ban on domestic tourism, zoos in all states including the National Zoo will be allowed to reopen starting 10 June 2020. Patrons and zoo staff are required to follow a strict SOP as outlined by the National Security Council (NSC) to ensure everyone’s safety.
Restaurants, food stalls and all food outlets who currently have restricted opening hours, will now have the freedom to operate until 12 midnight. The allowance of longer operation hours is expected to support domestic businesses and operators as well as stimulate local tourism.
For interstate travel, you may now enjoy the facilities at rest and recreation stops (R&Rs) including prayer rooms. Prayer room facilities at shopping malls will also be allowed for public use. These facilities may be utilised by the public with strict SOP compliance.
Outdoor enthusiasts will be delighted to know that beginning 15 June 2020, forest activities like hiking, camping and jungle trekking will be allowed. However, at the moment, no overnight stays are allowed and one day trips are only permissible in groups of less than 20 people.
Under RMCO, hotels and resorts are available and ready to receive guests at full capacity especially since tourism within the country has been given the greenlight. Hotels and resorts have improved their guidelines to maintain cleanliness to offer a safe and comfortable environment for their guests. Many are offering attractive packages as a welcome celebration for those who are looking to go on local vacation.
As part of the short term economic stimulus, the government has announced tax incentives to support the tourism sector including extension of income tax relief of RM1,000 for domestic tourism expenses to 31 Dec 2021. Take the advantage and start planning for a Cuti-Cuti Malaysia trip with your family!
The relaxing of the movement restrictions is made possible due to the hard work by our dedicated frontliners and to those who have abided by the rules to stay safe by applying the necessary measures as advised by our Health Ministry. Together, we have managed to bring down the number of new cases, while increasing the number of recoveries.
As of 10 June 2020, the number of recovered cases continued to increase to 84.12%, whereas the new cases remain a single digit number for three consecutive days.
As we return to our routine, remember to practise good hygiene and maintain a good level of cleanliness as part of our new normal.
Stay safe and travel responsibly.