Malaysian Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Tuesday said that the country will compactly reopen its borders from April 1 and also allow quarantine free entry for travelers who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Since March 2020, Malaysia has maintained some of the strictest travel restrictions in Asia to try to contain coronavirus epidemics, with most foreign nationals barred from entering and returning Malaysians subjected to quarantine.
The decision to reopen the international borders, according to the PM, was made after thorough consideration of several factors, including the national vaccination program and the economy, with risk management conducted by the authorities.
He further stated that the decision was built on three fundamentals: Scientific Data, comparisons with other nations’ border reopening, and the desire to provide conveniences to travelers.
“Most importantly, Malaysia is now a destination that is open and can be visited by all.”said PM Ismail at a press conference
Requirements For Travel To Malaysia
Quarantine is no longer required for travelers who have taken two doses of the Covid-19 vaccination. They simply need to have an RT-PCR test two days before their trip and an RTK antigen test within 24 hours of arriving in Malaysia.
The Health Ministry of Malaysia will provide more information in the coming days for travelers with other vaccination statuses, such as those who are unable to get vaccinated due to medical reasons or those who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated.
“The standard operating procedures, especially on land and sea entry points, will be announced soon,” The PM said in a press conference in Parliament today.
Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL)
He stated that arrangements through the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) could be created for nations that have yet to completely reopen their borders.
Malaysia has begun a VTL arrangement with Singapore and is anticipated to reveal additional specifics about VTLs with Brunei, Indonesia, and Thailand. Moreover, the Thai government has just announced that a VTL with Malaysia will begin on March 15.
Apart from this, the Malaysian government is already in negotiation talks with Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam, Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, and the United Kingdom to establish Vaccinated Travel Lanes.