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,
The Malaysian government has agreed to introduce a domestic travel bubble standard operating procedure (SOP) involving COVID-19 green zones effective November 22 to revitalise domestic tourism activities as the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) is lifted in four states.
The National Security Council (NSC) has decided to end the CMCO in Melaka, Terengganu, Kedah (except for Kulim district) and Johor (except for Kota Tinggi and Mersing districts) starting November 21 as the situation of the pandemic is under control. However, CMCO is enforced in Kelantan for two weeks effective November 21 until December 6 following a surge of cases.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said inter-district travel within the green states does not require police permission. The same goes for the inter-state travel from green zone state to a neighbouring green zone state.
However, travelling from a green district or state to another green zone in the coronavirus red zone state is only allowed with police permission. Travellers must also obtain approval for inter-state travel from green zone state passing through the red state.
A district or location is designated as a red zone area if it registers more than 40 COVID-19 cases while a green zone is an area with no new COVID-19 transmission in two weeks. According to Ismail Sabri, Malaysia’s COVID-19 contact tracing app, MySejahtera will be used to determine if a traveller comes from a green zone.
The latest SOP updated by NSC on domestic travel bubble requires those who travel through non-green zones (including yellow and orange zone) need to obtain police permission. The permission can also be requested by travel agents, registered with the ministry, in bulk.
Other SOP includes temperature check at all times, registration using My Sejahtera app and sickbays must be prepared by travel agencies if there are cases of illness.
As of November 23, Malaysia recorded 1,884 new cases of COVID-19, totalling 56,659 cases nationwide, whereas the total recovery rate is at 75.0%. The total deaths are 337 cases or 0.6% of the confirmed cases.