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More than 250,000 travellers recorded entering, leaving Malaysia since April 1

The movement of foreign travellers into the country increased by 76.4% while the issuance of passports increased by 38.2%.

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A total of 252,730 travellers were recorded entering and leaving Malaysia through the main entry points over a four-day period since the country’s borders reopened on April 1.

Immigration director-general Khairul Dzaimee Daud said there were 126,392 arrivals and 28,301 departures by Malaysians and 55,121 arrivals and 42,916 departures by foreigners.

He said the gateway at the Sultan Iskandar Building in Johor recorded the most movements by foreigners at 160,818, followed by KLIA (38,407), Sultan Abu Bakar Complex, Johor (53,113), klia2 (11,712) and Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah (6,980).

The highest number of travellers were from Singapore (65,165), Thailand (7,841), Indonesia (5,173), India (2,477) and the UK (1,485), he said in a statement today.

On March 8, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that borders would reopen on April 1 in line with the country’s plan to begin the transition to endemic phase.

Khairul also said the immigration department had issued 12,923 passports during the same period.

“The number is expected to continue increasing as more people are taking advantage of the border reopening to travel abroad as well to perform the umrah,” he said.

Khairul said the movement of foreign travellers into the country increased by 76.4% while the issuance of passports increased by 38.2%.

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