These are the countries fully vaccinated Malaysians can now travel to


By Natalie Khoo

These are the countries fully vaccinated Malaysians can now travel to

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


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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. Thailand


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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


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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



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