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 expecting Malaysia and Singapore to reach a firm decision on the reopening of its borders under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) by early August following fruitful discussion on the matter.
The RGL will facilitate travel for essential business and official purposes while the PCA will allow the two countries’ citizens who hold long-term immigration passes (for business and work purpose) to return home for short-term leave.
In fact, preliminary discussions on the implementation of the ‘green bubble’ concept with Australia has also begun besides Singapore and Brunei but still not being finalized yet.
While our domestic tourism is getting on the right track for recovery, Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) has launched the ‘Clean and Safe Malaysia’ certification program in which the hygiene and safety label are designed specifically for hotels and resorts in compliance with both local regulatory requirements and international standards.
In the meantime, Malaysian government has also set specific requirements to all travelers (for both citizens and non-citizens) entering Malaysia.
All travellers are required to install and register with the MySejahtera app before returning to Malaysia by providing essential information at least one day from the date of departure. Upon arrival at the point of entry, travellers are required to scan the arrival QR code of the MySejahtera app and submit the COVID-19 PCR test results.
The COVID-19 PCR test must be conducted three days or less before arrival and the results must be submitted in the form of a certified laboratory result or a medical report issued by a qualified medical practitioner.
However, if no valid COVID-19 PCR test reports are available, travellers are required to undergo Rapid Test Kit for Antigen (RTK-Ag) test instead with a fee of RM120 for non-citizen and RM60 (Malaysian citizen), effective June 29, 2020.
We note that all travellers who tested positive for COVID-19 would be referred to the COVID-19 referral hospitals should they have symptoms or not, regardless of their nationalities.
As of July 8, there is an increase in the number of COVID-19 recoveries in Malaysia, totalling to 8,486 in which it represents 97.80% of the total positive cases. The total number of COVID-19 fatalities however remained at 121 cases or 1.39% of the total confirmed cases.