UPDATED: Here are the SOPs for interstate and international travel in Malaysia
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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has announced that interstate travel will be allowed starting October 11 as 90 per cent of Malaysian adults have been fully vaccinated. Only fully vaccinated travellers will be able to enjoy the movement relaxation for non-work purposes, without needing to apply for permission from the police.
An exception applies to EMCO (enhanced movement control order) areas, which will remain closed off to travellers. Although it is not mandatory, travellers are encouraged to take a Covid-19 self-test before travelling across local borders.
Travellers bound for Sarawak are required to apply permission for entry via the EnterSarawak website, providing their Covid-19 vaccination certificate as proof of a full vaccination, as well as a negative RT-PCR test or antigen test from health clinics or laboratories within three days prior to travel. Meanwhile, Sabah will announce its decision on whether it will reopen its borders on October 13.
In addition, those who are fully vaccinated will also be allowed to travel abroad without going through the MyTravelPass scheme, which was previously limited to those who needed to make “essential” trips for work or studies. However, a mandatory 14-day quarantine remains in force for anyone entering Malaysia, which can be done at home for Malaysians. Travellers will also be required to take a swab test three days before their trip, and another test upon arriving in Malaysia.
“The new ruling will take effect tomorrow and I would like to thank my Malaysian Family for making the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) a success,” the Prime Minister said in a live telecast today (October 10).
He added that the decision is an important step to revive the domestic tourism sector, as well as to allow Malaysians to reunite with their families in their hometowns. This follows the success of the Langkawi travel bubble plan—a pilot project to reopen domestic travel launched on September 16.
Here are the SOPs for interstate and international travel at a glance:
- Only fully-vaccinated people are allowed across borders without police permission
- Travelling to/out of EMCO areas will not be allowed
- Travellers bound for Sarawak are required to apply permission for entry via the EnterSarawak website, providing proof of a full vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test within three days before travelling
- Travelling interstate: A Covid-19 self-test is not mandatory, but encouraged
- Travelling overseas: You are advised to check the travel requirements of the country you are flying to, as well as the airlines company for any additional requirements
- Travelling/returning to Malaysia: A swab test is required three days before the trip, plus another test upon arriving in Malaysia. A mandatory 14-day quarantine remains in force, which can be done at home for Malaysians. Travellers are also required to download the MySejahtera app from Apple App Store or Google Play Store when travelling to and within Malaysia for health screening and contact tracing purposes
As a safety precaution, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has advised Malaysians to observe SOPs, wear face masks wherever necessary, and practice TRISS (Test, Report, Isolate, Inform, Seek).
For reference, according to the National Security Council, you are considered "fully vaccinated":
- 14 days after your second dose of the Pfizer/AstraZeneca/Sinovac/Moderna/Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine
- 28 days after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Cansino)
More updates to come as soon as they are available. What do you think of this development and where will you head first?
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