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 quarantine period for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus as well as overseas travellers shortens from 14 to 10 days across Malaysia, based on the current scientific evidence and practices in other countries.
The 10-day period already applies in the United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium while France has reduced its quarantine period to seven days. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the risk of post-quarantine decrease throughout time, with its higher peak in the first week.
Following the 10-day quarantine period, an additional four days self-quarantine at home is required for people entering Sarawak. You can find detailed guidance here. On the other hand, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob clarified wearing a face mask is compulsory only in the crowded public places and not in areas where social distancing is possible.
While our government plans to increase the access to vaccine covering up to 70 per cent of the Malaysian population, the income tax relief can be claimed for COVID-19 treatment and vaccination for individuals and the families.
As of December 17, Malaysia celebrated the recoveries of 1,297 more patients, and the overall COVID-19 recovery rate is at 83.1%. At the same time, Malaysia also recorded 1,220 new cases, totalling 89,133 cases nationwide. The total deaths are 432 cases or 0.5% of the confirmed cases.