Langkawi Island can now be visited by tourists, here are the SOPs you need to know

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The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) today announced the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the reopening of the country’s first tourist destination, Langkawi from September 16.

Its Minister, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, said among the SOPs was that the destination could be visited by domestic tourists from all over the country, including those in Phase One, the National Rehabilitation Plan (PPN).

“Among the SOPs set is that this opening is limited to domestic tourists who complete two doses of vaccination.

“Besides that, there is no age limit set for entry to Langkawi Island and individuals under the age of 18 must travel with a fully vaccinated guardian,” he said.

He added that Covid-19 insurance coverage and screening is not mandatory for all tourists who will visit the island.

Here are the SOPs that need to be followed by visitors who want to travel to Langkawi:

i. Limited to individuals who have completed 2 doses of vaccination

ii. The types of vacations allowed are daily (round trip on the same day), overnight, vacations with pre -made accommodation/admission bookings, tour package vacations through a travel company licensed and registered with MOTAC;

iii. The number of passengers per vehicle while en route is subject to the actual capacity of the vehicle;

iv. Visitors who need to adjust to the ferry service hours to Langkawi are allowed to spend the night at registered accommodation premises in Kedah/Perlis;

v. Visitors must show proof of purchase documents for tourism products such as flight tickets, ferry tickets, hotel receipts or tour package receipts when applying for permission with PDRM and when requested by SOP compliance agency enforcement;

vi. The permitted Langkawi Tourism Bubble Activities include accommodation in hotels and homestays including facilities in hotel and homestay premises such as surau, swimming pool, gymnasium, lounge, hall, MICE, tourism and cultural events subject to general SOP Phase 4 issued by MKN and SOP relevant ministries/ departments/ agencies; beach activities, water sports, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing tourism, edutainment centers, recreational parks, extreme adventure/ nature parks, farms, aquariums, zoos and other leisure, recreational and social activities; special interest tourism activities (golf, scuba diving, bicycles, yachts, etc.);

vii. Eco Geo-Adventure activities (watching watching, exploring caves, mountain climbing, white water rafting, hiking, jungle trekking, camping and so on);

viii. Premises of art, culture and heritage such as museums, libraries, art galleries, cultural heritage art centers/villages, staging of cultural performances and others;

x. Theme parks and family entertainment centers; and

xi. Academic tours such as Geopark Discovery Center, Art Gallery, Paddy Field.

Adapted from Says

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