Malaysia to open borders for vaccinated international travellers from Apr 1
The country’s borders have been closed to international travellers since the start of the COVID-29 pandemic.
Malaysia will open its borders from Apr 1 and allow international travellers to enter the country without needing to undergo quarantine.
Visitors to the country will only need to download the Malaysian government’s MySejahtera app and fill in a pre-departure form before their flight in order to enter Malaysia.
There will no longer be a need to apply with the MyTravelPass application.
This was announced during a televised speech on Tuesday (Mar 8) by Malaysia’s Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who also stated that Malaysia would be transitioning to an endemic phase from April 1.
“Malaysians can go to any country that has already opened its borders. This also means that travellers or foreigners with valid documents can enter and leave Malaysia without applying for a Mytravel pass,” he stated.
Likewise, Malaysian citizens will be able to travel freely once more to countries with open borders.
For countries that have not fully opened their borders like Indonesia and Singapore, Malaysians can travel using Vaccinated Travel Lanes.
“However, we would like to advise everyone to continue adhering to several procedures,” Mr Ismail Sabri said.
“Those who have been fully vaccinated with two doses will not need to undergo quarantine, but will need to take a polymerase chain reaction test two days before departure and a professional antigen rapid test within 24 hours of arrival.”
Other changes will be made in Malaysia from Apr 1 onward. Eateries will once again be allowed to operate 24/7, social distancing will no longer be compulsory at religious events, and inter-state travelling will not be limited to only the vaccinated.
At the moment, Malaysia has a 98 per cent vaccination rate among adults, with 64 per cent of the population having gotten their booster shots.