Langkawi bans travelers from 26 countries due to Omicron fears

Boats on a beach in Langkawi. Photo: DuckFerries
Boats on a beach in Langkawi. Photo: DuckFerries

Malaysia’s Langkawi island has banned entry to travelers from 26 countries due to Omicron fears, just a month after reopening the holiday destination to the world.

They are mostly countries that have detected the new variant, including the United Kingdom, Portugal, and the Netherlands, Health Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said yesterday. Langkawi residents or long-term pass holders returning from affected countries are required to reroute to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and serve quarantine. 

“They are also required to undergo 14 days’ quarantine at designated centers before being allowed on to Langkawi. Direct flights to Langkawi are not allowed,” he told reporters.

Langkawi opened its borders to international tourists via government-approved travel agents last month. The latest travel restrictions were announced just a day after Malaysia placed a temporary ban on travelers from eight African countries over fears of Omicron transmission.

Malaysia has not detected any cases of the new coronavirus variant. However, two people from across the border in Singapore were yesterday confirmed to be infected with Omicron. 

Here’s a full list of the 26 countries: 

  1. United Kingdom
  2. Portugal
  3. Netherlands
  4. Australia
  5. Canada
  6. South Korea
  7. Hong Kong
  8. Israel
  9. Italy
  10. Germany
  11. Denmark
  12. Sweden
  13. Nigeria
  14. Belgium
  15. Japan
  16. Brazil
  17. Norway
  18. Czech Republic
  19. France
  20. Austria
  21. Spain
  22. Saudi Arabia
  23. Ghana
  24. Republic of Ireland
  25. United Arab Emirates
  26. United States

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