Dear Travellers, Travel & Media Partners,
In the wake of the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-2019), we would like to bring to your attention the latest updates on the travel situation in Malaysia:
Dear Friends of Malaysia,
We are happy to see our businesses are back as usual for almost all industries including public transportation, subjected to conditions and standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the authorities under the newly imposed Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), starting May 4.
However, for tourism industry, only tourist accommodation premises that are located outside the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) area and not gazetted as quarantine centres for COVID-19 or housing people under investigation (PUI), are allowed to operate in full compliance with SOP for premise disinfection set out by the Health Ministry (MoH). The EMCO is enforced in areas whereby the high number of COVID-19 positive cases is recorded.
The government decision to ease restriction and bringing back the workforce are made after fulfilling the criteria stipulated by the World Health Organization (WHO). These include the control of our international borders as to contain local transmission of imported COVID-19 cases while limiting the movement by restricting interstate travel, besides having the capability in medical and health facilities including standard care for our senior citizens, the disabled and patients under treatment.
Malaysian are used to embrace the new normal by practicing social distancing, wearing face masks and avoiding any form of social, cultural and religious mass gatherings as well as physical form of greeting. Most of our restaurants started to roll out takeaway and delivery services since dine-ins are generally not allowed in several states at the moment.
Thanks to our self-control efforts in weathering the storm together – from medical front line workers to the police and armed forces in order to combat this pandemic. As of May 6, there is an increase in the number of COVID-19 recoveries in Malaysia, totalling to 4,702 in which it represents 73.15% of the total positive cases. Therefore, we sincerely hope that all of us will continue play our parts as our main focus now is to ensure the strict compliance of SOPs.
While foreign travellers are still barred from entering Malaysia during the CMCO (except for diplomats, permanent residents and expatriate pass holders working in essential services sectors), we hope that you will stay connected with us to get the latest update from time to time. Until then, stay safe and healthy!