The Covid-19 situation in Malaysia continues to improve, with restrictions being lifted and a programme of vaccinations rolling out nationwide. The Covid-19 recovery rate is at 94.96%, while mortality is just 0.37%.
A Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) remains in place in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor, Penang and Kelantan. However, the extension of CMCO in Sarawak was completed on 29 March. Perak, Negeri Sembilan (except Seremban district) and Kedah (except Kuala Muda & Kulim districts) have been placed under the more relaxed Covid-19 travel restriction, namely Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) together with Melaka, Perlis, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah as well as Federal Territory of Putrajaya and Labuan. Langkawi Island in Kedah, was also been placed under RMCO on 10 March.
Interstate travel is still barred nationwide. However, from 10 March onwards, the government gave the green light for domestic tourism movement within states under the RMCO, with strict standard operating procedures (SOPs). All tourism agencies and tour vehicles registered with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (MOTAC) are eligible.
Malaysia began its national Covid-19 immunisation programme on 24 February 2021. The first phase of vaccinations, from February to April, covers 500,000 front liners. The second phase will begin on 19 April, targeting 9.4 million people in the high-risk group, including senior citizens, people with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and people with disabilities. The third phase, from May 2021 to February 2022, is for all remaining individuals, including adults aged 18 years and above. Up to 126,000 people are currently being vaccinated per day at 600 locations nationwide, with the target of vaccinating 80 per cent of the population (26.5 million people).
Malaysia granted conditional approval for the use of vaccines made by UK firm AstraZeneca and Sinovac on 2 March, shortly after launching their mass inoculation programme. Health officials began administering Sinovac’s Covid-19 vaccine on 18 March, having received 100,000 doses on 15 March and another 100,000 on 22 March. To date, 301,699 first doses of the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine have been administered, as part of the first phase in the national vaccination programme. By 29 March, the total number of Pfizer doses received reached 1.35 million.
Last month, the government reopened the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) sector in areas currently under Movement Control Order (MCO). To ensure safety, the number of participants has been set at 25% of venue capacity, with no more than 250 people permitted at any one event. Many other tourism, arts and culture activities are already permitted in areas under Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) and Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). Many tourism attractions and facilities – such as zoos, museums, aquariums, recreational parks, nature parks, art galleries, cultural centres/villages – are currently open and operating at 50% of their usual capacity.
Panorama Destination Malaysia News:
We are using the hiatus offered to us by the global pandemic to prepare a range of new products, tours and services with a clear emphasis on safe and sustainable travel. Our new products will provide 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, Panorama Destination has introduced a dedicated set of health and safety protocols, based on a company-wide Covid-19 policy. We have also achieved safety certification from internationally recognised organizations, and are a member of the World Travel & Tourism Council ‘Safe Travels’ campaign.
Last year, Panorama Destination Malaysia 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.
Panorama Destination works alongside Government and other DMCs in Malaysia, to ensure safe and standardised services for returning visitors. We continue to provide the latest breaking news regarding Covid-19 and its impact on tourism via our social media channels: