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,
Malaysia will host the first-ever virtual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) on this upcoming November 20 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Our country is making history by transforming APEC’s usual ways of doing business and convening a majority of APEC Meetings in a virtual format.
This is the second time Malaysia is playing host to the AELM, having hosted it in 1998. Our Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be chairing the AELM, participating by all 21 APEC economic leaders.
On the other hand, people entering Kelantan from red zones areas under Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) will be required to undergo swab test for COVID-19 screening, wear a pink wristband and undergo a 14-day quarantine. However, the green wristband is used for government servants and VIPs, entering the state for official business.
This new rule is to curb the spread COVID-19 following the implementation of CMCO in all states in Peninsular Malaysia, except for Perlis, Kelantan and Pahang, effective November 9 to December 6.
Our Health Ministry concern for the moment is the surge in the COVID-19 cases in the Klang Valley as well as Negeri Sembilan, compared to Sabah since it is more challenging to contain the spread of the pandemic due to its high population density and the movement of people.
The work-from-home policy for the public and industry sectors has also been extended to all states, following the closure of schools nationwide until year-end with maximum attendance at offices is capped at 30 per cent.
However, the work from home policy does not apply to the informal sectors such as retail, restaurants, plantations, farming and fishing.
As of November 12, Malaysia recorded 919 new cases of COVID-19, totalling 43,791 cases nationwide, whereas the total recovery rate is at 73.2%. The total deaths are 303 cases or 0.7% of the confirmed cases.