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,
Individuals returning from Sabah have to undergo mandatory COVID-19 test starting September 27 as well as home quarantine. Those who are tested negative for COVID-19, however, are advised to stay at home. They must comply with standard operating procedures (SOPs) and avoiding contact with people as much as possible.
Effective September 28, all non-Sarawakians entering the state via Sabah or Labuan are required to complete their particulars online at ‘EnterSarawak’ and provide a valid COVID-19 PCR test result three days before departure. Passengers with the approved application will be given a limited five-day entry pass in Sarawak and required to attach a return flight ticket.
However, Sarawakians, permanent residents or Sarawak visa pass holders entering Sarawak via Sabah/Labuan are also required to complete their details at ‘EnterSarawak’ and wear the wristband. They also need to undergo home quarantine for 14 days and PCR swab test upon arrival or on the second and 10th day.
On a related note, Malaysia Shopping Mall Association has given assurance that complete sanitation, proper disinfection and thorough cleaning have been done in accordance to the SOPs as the safety of the staff, tenants, visitors and shoppers are their primary concern and top priority.
These include double screening for contact tracing as well as monitoring the temperature following some COVID-19 cases reported in the last two weeks involving several shopping malls in the Klang Valley.
Meanwhile, due to international travel restriction, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and Immigration Department has made it easier for Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) participants who wish to terminate their pass from abroad. Further details about this new termination procedure starting September 23, can be found here.
While we are expecting the ‘green travel bubbles’ through cross-border travel for leisure with ASEAN neighbouring countries could be materialized by the first quarter of next year, there is an initiative to help our tourism small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Google Malaysia together with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MCEC), as well as Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA), are announcing a webinar series under the ‘Mahir Digital Bersama Google’ initiative to help SMEs to equip themselves with relevant digital knowledge and connect them with local consumers online. The live stream sessions begin on September 30 and will run until the middle of October.
As of September 30, Malaysia recorded 9,967 cases of COVID-19 recoveries or 88.80% of the total positive cases. The total deaths are 136 cases or 1.21% of the confirmed cases.