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These are the countries fully vaccinated Malaysians can now travel to

These are the countries fully vaccinated Malaysians can now travel to

Jab set, go

Text: Natalie Khoo

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Here’s a non-exhaustive list of countries that have reopened borders to international tourists (including Malaysians) and their respective requirements for your consideration

Last Sunday brought news many Malaysians have longed to hear: international travel is now open for fully vaccinated individuals. But before you jump at the opportunity to tame your travel bug, here’s a gentle reminder to ensure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of your trip and to take note of the SOPs and guidelines imposed by the Malaysian government.

If you’ve checked both boxes, here’s a non-exhaustive list of countries that have reopened borders to international tourists (including Malaysians) and their respective requirements for your consideration.

1. United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has opened its borders to all green list countries, with exceptions for UK residents and British or Irish nationals from red list countries, namely Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela. Fully vaccinated travellers, individuals under 18 years of age, and individuals who cannot receive a Covid-19 vaccination for medical reasons who are bound for the UK are required to:

However, do take note that the UK does not currently recognise Sinovac and Sinopharm out of the seven vaccines administered in Malaysia, so you are not considered fully vaccinated if you have received these vaccines.

For more information, read the UK travel advisory here.

2. Phuket, Thailand

Thailand launched the Phuket SandBox programme in July 2021, allowing vaccinated foreign tourists or unvaccinated individuals under 18 years of age to fly into the island without quarantine requirements. However, Malaysia was excluded from the programme until the beginning of this month (1 October). To enter the resort island, travellers must:

  • provide a vaccine certificate/proof of a full vaccination at least 14 days and not more than 12 months prior to your departure to Thailand 
  • apply for Certificate of Entry (COE)
  • have Covid-19 travel insurance
  • present a RT-PCR negative test result issued no more than 72 hours before departure time at the airline’s check-in counter
  • pre-purchase RT-PCR COVID 19 tests in Phuket
  • stay only at a SHA+ Hotel

The Thai government has also announced plans to open up the rest of the country in the coming months, although there’s no further details yet as to whether Malaysian travellers will be included in its plans. Rest assured, we’ll update this article when we hear word.

For more information, visit the Thai Embassy website.

3. United States

As with pre-Covid times, Malaysians will need to apply for a visa to travel to the United States. All travellers aged two years and above must provide a negative Covid-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel regardless of vaccination status, or be prepared to show documentation of recovery (proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel). The test result/documentation must be presented to the airline before boarding the flight.

For more information, visit the US Embassy’s website here.

4. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka lifted its lockdown on October 1, allowing fully vaccinated travellers to visit the country without quarantine. Any vaccine approved by origin country is accepted, as long as you are travelling 14 days after a second dose. Travellers must meet the following requirements:

  • Present a negative PCR test (taken no more than 72 hours before their flight)
  • Present a vaccination certificate and completed Health Declaration Form
  • Non-vaccinated travellers or children under the age of 18 are required to take an on-arrival PCR test

For more information, visit this website.

5. Maldives

Maldives is one of the most liberal opening policies in the world when it comes to tourism, due to the fact that most accommodations are located on isolated islands. As such, travellers should be prepared to stay in one place as movement between resorts and islands is subject to authorisation. There is no quarantine mandate, but travellers will have to follow these requirements:

  • Present a PCR test with a negative result (taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure)
  • Present a confirmed booking at a registered tourist facility
  • Fill in an HDF (Traveller Health Declaration form)

For more information, visit this website.

6. Romania

Since Malaysia remains under Romania’s red list, travellers who are interested to visit may do so but are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Other requirements include:

  • A vaccination certificate or proof of full vaccination with EMA-approved vaccines (Sinovac and Sinopharm are not recognised)
  • A negative result of any Covid-19 test taken not more than 72 hours before departure

For more information, visit this website.

7. Croatia

Fully vaccinated travellers from any country can enter Croatia for tourism purposes without quarantine or testing. Entry requirements include:

  • A vaccination certificate or proof of full vaccination against Covid-19
  • A negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival OR rapid antigen test result taken within 48 hours prior to arrival
  • Children under the age of 12 and are traveling with a parent/guardian are exempt from the testing requirement

For more information, visit this website.

8. Switzerland

As of 20 September 2021, fully vaccinated travellers are free to enter Switzerland with the following entry requirements:

  • Present Covid-19 certificate (all vaccines in Malaysia except CanSino are recognised by Switzerland)
  • No test required for fully vaccinated or children under the age of 16

For more information, visit this website.

9. France

Malaysia is currently under France’s amber list, which allows entry for international tourists with a few conditions. Fully vaccinated Malaysians can enter France as long as they meet the following requirements:

  • Proof of vaccination with an EMA-approved vaccine which includes Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson (the MySejahtera certificate is recognised in France)

For more information, visit the France Diplomacy website.

10. Egypt

Egypt opened its borders for international tourists since July 2020, with the following requirements for vaccinated travellers:

  • A Covid-19 vaccination certificate with a valid QR code at least 14 days prior to arrival in Egypt (all vaccines in Malaysia except CanSino is recognised by Egypt)
  • Only travellers who have been in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, India, Latin America, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, or Vietnam 14 days prior to arrival must undergo an ID Now Covid-19 test on arrival in Egypt

For more information, visit this website.

11. United Arab Emirates (UAE)

The UAE has been fully opened to vaccinated international tourists since August 30, 2021. All WHO-approved vaccines are recognised. There is no mandatory quarantine so long as travellers produce a negative Covid-19 test result at the airport on arrival. Positive test results will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine.

For more information, visit this website.

12. Qatar

Fully vaccinated Malaysians are eligible for visa-free travel to Qatar, but are subject to the following entry requirements:

  • Present a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before arrival in Qatar
  • Download the Ehteraz mobile application for contact tracing

For more information, visit this website.

13. Turkey

Turkey has remained open to international tourists throughout the pandemic. Vaccinated travellers can visit the country by providing the following:

  • A Covid-19 vaccination certificate issued by country of origin
  • A negative Covid-19 test result (no mandatory quarantine required)

For more information, visit this website.

14. Finland

As of 26 July 2021, travel to Finland is possible for all travellers who meet certain health requirements. For Malaysians, this includes:

  • A full vaccination certificate 14 days prior to arriving in Finland (view list of recognised vaccines here). There is no mandatory testing for those who meet this requirement
  • Children born in 2006 or thereafter are not required to take part in a health examination or a Covid-19 test

For more information, visit this website.

15. Iceland

Fully vaccinated Malaysians can visit Iceland without quarantine by meeting the following requirements:

  • Present a Covid-19 vaccination certificate (with WHO/EMA approved vaccines)
  • Present a negative test (PCR or rapid antigen) taken within 72 hours of departure to Iceland

For more information, visit this website.

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