Malaysia has announced that it will be lifted the most Covid-19 related restrictions including the necessity to wear a mask when outdoors and the requirement of Covid-19 testing for fully vaccinated travellers beginning May 01.
According to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, masks are still mandatory indoors, including in shopping centres and public transit.
“The wearing of masks outdoors is optional, but is still encouraged,” he said during a press conference on Wednesday.
The minister said that people are also encouraged to wear masks outdoors in crowded places such as at Ramadan bazaars, stadiums and night markets.
Malaysia Eases Travel Rules
Khairy also stated that for individuals who are completely vaccinated, those who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection six to 60 days before their date of departure, and those aged 12 and under, all testing protocols for travellers into the nation – pre-departure and on-arrival tests – will be dropped.
Those who have not been fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 must nevertheless take these tests and adhere to a five-day mandated quarantine, according to Khairy.
Moreover, foreigners entering the country will no longer be required to purchase travel insurance. “You don’t need travel insurance to come to Malaysia anymore,” he added.
Khairy also said that check-ins via contact tracing app MySejahtera will no longer be required and that people who are not fully vaccinated will be allowed to enter the premises as well.
Only individuals who have tested positive for the virus and have been issued a home surveillance order will be denied entry.
During the press conference, he stated that the MySejahtera app is still required. “I recommend everyone to use the MySJ Trace tool for contact tracing,” he said.
When people are quarantined, they can still use the app to record their COVID-19 test results and submit their health assessment, he says.
Meanwhile, those who test positive for COVID-19 may be released from quarantine earlier if their professionally monitored RTK-Ag test on the fourth day is negative, according to the minister.
Positive cases must be quarantined for seven days under current standards.