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Malaysia-Thailand land border to reopen starting April 1 for tourists

    Malaysia-Thailand land border to reopen starting April 1 for tourists

    Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin confirmed that Malaysia and Thailand will only allow the tourists to cross their land border gates from April 1.

    Malaysia-Thailand land border to reopen April 1 for tourists

    Khairy said the border reopening needs to comply with the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs). This is to ensure the safety and health of both tourists and locals.

    He said for the moment, travel for daily commuters is still under discussion between the Malaysian and Thailand governments.

    “The Thai government is only willing to accept leisure travellers only. Discussions are still underway between Malaysia and Thailand over daily commuters and frequent travellers.

    “As for travellers from Thailand, the general travel protocol that Malaysia currently has in place would apply.”

    Khairy said that only two land border gates would be opened starting April 1. These two gates are namely Bukit Kayu Hitam-Sadao and Wang Kelian-Wang Prachan.

    Tourists required to apply online for “Thailand Pass” sunder “Test & Go” programme

    Previously, Deputy Governor of Songkhla province, Amphon Pongsuwan said all tourists who come through the land border gate under the “Test & Go” program must apply online for the “Thailand Pass” at least seven days before travel.

    Under the “Test & Go” programme, travellers also need to book a designated hotel in advance, as well as perform an RT-PCR test on the first day of arrival and a self-antigen test on the fifth day.

    He added that they will have to purchase medical insurance with a minimum coverage of US$20,000.

    “Tourists who enter Thailand through the Sadao entrance can bring private vehicles from Malaysia.

    “These conditions are important because public health is our priority,” he said.

    Beginning April 1, Amphon said fully vaccinated international travellers do not need to take the Covid-19 test, 72 hours before travelling to Thailand.

    In addition, the land border gate of Hatyai International Airport is also scheduled to receive international tourists from April 1.

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