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IATA comments on Malaysia’s border reopening

IATA hopes that in the next phase of opening, the Malaysia government will replace PCR testing with Antigen ART testing for pre-departure testing initially, but will eventually do away with pre-departure and post arrival testing for all vaccinated passengers.

Comments from Philip Goh, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Asia Pacific, on Malaysia’s announcement to reopen borders to vaccinated travelers from 1 April 2022.

Today’s announcement by the Malaysian government to open its border to quarantine free travel for vaccinated travelers from 1 April 2022 is long awaited and welcome by the aviation industry. It is a good step forward, as aviation provides the needed connections and linkages to facilitate commerce, trade and the movement of people.  This will allow Malaysia to reap the social and economic benefits of aviation given its contribution to jobs and GDP. 

IATA hopes that in the next phase of opening, the Malaysia government will replace PCR testing with Antigen ART testing for pre-departure testing initially, but will eventually do away with pre-departure and post arrival testing for all vaccinated passengers.  

In the last few weeks, we have seen an encouraging momentum in the Asia-Pacific region to ease travel restrictions. Australia, India, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam have variously taken steps forward to lower the barriers to international travel.  We urge other major states such as Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea to accelerate the further easing of travel restrictions, to maximize the benefits that aviation can bring to their economies.”
 

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