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Covid-19 Situation Report: Malaysia
10 September 2020 | Written by Chris Alexander

Confirmed cases: 9,559 
Deaths: 128 
Recovered: 9,136 

Malaysia remains closed to international tourists at this time. The country is operating under moderate travel and business restrictions, known as the ‘Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO)’, which is scheduled to remain in place until 31st December. Virtually all social, educational, religious and business activities are permitted, while Malaysia’s economic sectors also continue to reopen in phases. Interstate travel within Malaysia is also permitted.  

The Government has launched its ‘Meet in Malaysia Campaign’, geared towards stimulating the country’s corporate travel sector ahead of a full reopening. MICE bookings are already being taken for travel up to December 2021. The Tourism Ministry have also proposed a travel bubble strategy, in which areas in Malaysia confirmed to be free of Covid-19 (known as ‘green zones’) would be able to connect with other, similar safe zones in other countries worldwide. 

Many hotels are achieving Covid-19 safety certification, in preparation for the return of international guests in the near future, with thousands signing up to the nationwide ‘Clean & Safe’ campaign, designed to provide industry-wide health and safety standards and ensure the safety of guests during post-pandemic travel.  

Panorama Destination Malaysia News: 

Panorama Destination Malaysia recently achieved Travelife Partner status. This internationally recognised certification enables us to provide products and services that are more deeply rooted in sustainability; providing travel experiences that positively impact the environment and communities where we operate. 

We are using the hiatus offered to us by the global pandemic as an opportunity to create and innovate; Panorama Destination Malaysia has prepared an exciting range of new products, tours and services with a clear emphasis on sustainable travel. We expect that travellers in the ‘new normal’ will want to explore Malaysia on tours that are safe, insulated against potential risks and with an emphasis on the great outdoors. To that end, our new products will connect our clients with clean, green travel to some of Malaysia’s most beautiful natural locations and traditional cultural highlights. Connecting green zones together, these tours will turn travel bubble discoveries into something truly memorable. 

To ensure the safety of clients when they return to Malaysia, Panorama Destination has introduced a dedicated set of health and safety protocols, based on a company-wide Covid-19 policy. The business has also achieved safety certification from a range of internationally recognised organizations, and is an official member of the World Travel & Tourism Council ‘Safe Travels’ campaign

Panorama Destination continues to work alongside the Government and with other DMCs in Malaysia, to ensure safe and standardised services for all returning visitors. We continue to provide the latest breaking news regarding Covid-19 and its impact on tourism via our social media channels: 

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We also understand that our clients, agents and partners have many concerns and questions regarding the current situation in Malaysia with regards to Covid-19. To help address some of these issues, we’ve put together a series of frequently asked questions and provided a response according to the most current information. 

(Please note that the Covid-19 situation in Malaysia continues to develop on an almost daily basis. All information above and below is accurate at the time of writing – for the latest updates, please refer to our social media channels, or get in touch directly) 

Covid-19 FAQ

 

How serious is the Covid-19 situation in Malaysia? 

Covid-19 is currently under control in Malaysia; restrictions are steadily being lifted and the government is working on a solution to reopen its borders to international tourists. 

What is Malaysia’s proposed plan for reopening tourism? 

There are a number of possible solutions in play at the moment. Most recently, the Minister of Tourism proposed a travel bubble strategy that links together certified ‘green zones’ (areas confirmed to be free from Covid-19) in Malaysia and other countries. Countries in line to connect with Malaysia include Australia, Brunei, China, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. 

Are there any signs of life in Malaysian tourism yet? 

Yes. The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) has officially launched its ‘Meet in Malaysia Campaign’, which is designed to restart the country’s MICE sector.  Like Thailand, some medical tourism is also permitted under the current restrictions, and the government is preparing a wide range of integrated tourism promotions in the expectation that international travel will soon be permitted.  

Where can I find more information? 

As always, check our website and social media channels for all the latest updates:  

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