It's safe to say that Langkawi is one of the best beach getaways for Malaysians. Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this island up north is the place to have a tranquil time with your loved ones. Since the opening of Langkawi for the locals, the travel bubble is proving to be a success and that's why the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture has decided to open the island's doors for international tourists from all countries, including Singapore! The Covid-19 virus is still going around so there are some rules travelers must abide by to enter the island.
P.S. Did you know two resorts in Langkawi are featured in the Top 25 Resorts in Asia by Conde Nast Traveler?
Regulations & SOPs In Langkawi For Foreign Tourists
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Starting November 15, Langkawi is excited to welcome more fully vaccinated tourists all around the world but to ensure a safe journey for both locals and foreigners, there are a few things the latter should take note of.
1. International travelers must travel to Langkawi with tour agencies registered with the Ministry of Tourism. They can't arrive on their own and the agent will be the one responsible in handling itinerary. This is take precaution and if anything happens, the agent will be responsible. Each tour group can only have a maximum of 20 people. Here's where you can check for ministry-approved tour agencies!
2. CNA reported that all tourists must take an RT-PCR test 72 hours prior to departure from origin country and present a negative result. To those arriving via KLIA, they would need to undergo a rapid molecular testing and must take another RT-PCR test in Langkawi on the second day after arrival.
3. There will be no mandatory quarantine period imposed however, the Prime Minister said tourists would need to stay in Langkawi for a minimum of three days. For those staying more than five days, they need to take an RT-PCR test on the fifth day where travelers themselves are responsible for the costs.
4. Each foreign tourist must have minimum insurance coverage of US$80,000 and if found positive for the virus, they will be taken to a quarantine centre or private hospital based on their category.
This new International Tourism Bubble will be carried out for three months and under observation by the Ministry of Health and National Security Council to view the effectiveness. If this travel bubble proves to be a success for international tourists then, the government will open more popular touristy spots and islands!
Here's what you can expect when you're on the island:
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