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 would like to wish Happy Eid ul-Adha to all our Muslim friends! Fortunately, there will be no ban on the interstate travel for this upcoming celebration but Malaysians are constantly reminded to adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) that have been put in place.
However, People Under Surveillance (PUS) for COVID-19 are still barred from going back to their hometowns as well as receiving guests as they need to undergo mandatory home quarantine.
On the other hand, we welcome the decision to open cross border travel between Malaysia and Singapore under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) which is expected to start on August 17 at the earliest.
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.
Therefore, Malaysians who are eligible for these schemes can submit their applications to the Immigration Department beginning August 10.
Meanwhile, we are very pleased to note that average occupancy rate for hotels and resorts in several cities throughout the country is encouraging even though the trend is not drastic, following resumption of domestic tourism operation starting June 10.
This include locations associated with natural attractions such as islands, beaches, highlands and forests. In fact, 180,000 tickets were sold between June 10 and 28 for travel date between July and September this year through domestic travel promotions by our low-cost airline, AirAsia.
On the other note, updated guidelines for stranded members of Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) to re-enter Malaysia during this Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) have also been issued effective July 24.
These revised guidelines are based on the latest SOPs and protocols set by National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) as well as Immigration Department with reference to the current situation of COVID-19 pandemic.
As of July 28, there is an increase in the number of COVID-19 recoveries in Malaysia, totalling to 8,943 in which it represents 96.24% of the total positive cases. The total number of COVID-19 fatalities however remained at 124 cases or 1.39% of the total confirmed cases.