Malaysia allows foreign workers back, welcomes tourists to Langkawi

Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced on October 22 that the country will let foreign workers back to the country after an almost 16-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and allow some tourists back to its resort island of Langkawi.

In Langkawi (Photo: AFP/VNA)
In Langkawi (Photo: AFP/VNA)

The agreement reached by the Government's pandemic taskforce on foreign workers has been anticipated by vital sectors like palm oil plantations and rubber glove manufacturing, which rely on migrant labourers.

From mid-November, Malaysia will also allow certain international travellers to visit its tropical holiday island of Langkawi, reopening its borders to foreign tourists for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

Tourists must show a negative COVID-19 result, vaccination certificate and have travel insurance of US$80,000, he said.