KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 7 – Malaysia today announced further travel restrictions, effective tomorrow, for the Singapore-Malaysia Vaccination Travel Lane (VTL), Langkawi Travel Bubble and travel from the UK, US, Australia, France and Norwegian traveler.
Health Minister Carey Jamaluddin saidas of yesterday, the UK, US, Australia, France and Norway have been added to Malaysia’s list of travel countries for Omicron variants of reported community transmission concern.
Malaysians and foreigners arriving in Malaysia from these countries are required to take an RT-PCR Covid-19 test two days before departure, another PCR test upon arrival in Malaysia and wear a digital tracker upon arrival at the international airport.
Arrivals from the UK, US, Australia, France and Norway will be quarantined at home or at designated quarantine stations for 7 or 10 days, depending on the individual’s vaccination status.
PCR testing is required on day 5 of a 7-day quarantine or on day 8 of a 10-day quarantine. The quarantine may be extended based on a risk assessment on the last day of quarantine.
If the quarantine period is not extended, and if the PCR test on day 5 or day 8 shows a negative result for Covid-19, respectively, release from quarantine will be granted on day 8 or day 10, respectively.
Air and ground VTLs between Malaysia and Singapore are only open to fully vaccinated travelers and require a PCR test for VTL-Air and a professional RTK antigen or PCR test for VTL-Land two days before departure.
Passengers are also required to undergo a PCR test upon arrival at KLIA or KLIA2, or a professional RTK antigen test for VTL-Land passengers at the Larkin Sentral bus terminal in Johor Bahru, Johor.
Quarantine is not required, but all VTL travelers must be tested for Covid-19 daily for six days upon arrival in Malaysia: professional RTK antigen testing on days 3 and 5, and self-antigen testing on days 2 and 4, and 6 after arriving.
Travelers must upload their test results on MySejahtera.
These additional tests are also required for VTL travellers returning to Malaysia from Singapore.
Langkawi Travel Bubble
Vaccinated travellers can continue to travel to Langkawi, with the exception of those from South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Malawi – countries that have been temporarily placed on Malaysia’s travel ban list .
Passengers travelling to Langkawi are required to take a PCR test two days before departure and upon arrival at Langkawi International Airport.
Digital home monitoring orders will be issued, and travelers can then head to their respective hotels while awaiting test sample results.
Travellers must be tested for Covid-19 by a professional RTK antigen test on days 3 and 5 after arrival, and self-antigen testing on days 2, 4 and 6 after arrival. All antigen test results must be reported on MySejahtera.
Travellers are also required to take a PCR test two days before leaving Langkawi.
Short-term business travelers via MIDA’s one-stop hub platform
Short-term business travellers who are fully vaccinated can enter Malaysia under the Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA) One Stop Centre (OSC) platform.
However, they must take the PCR test two days before departure for Malaysia and upon arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport Business Passenger Centre.
Short-term business travelers are not required to quarantine, although their visit is limited to a maximum of 14 days, which can be verified by the OSC committee.
Travelers must strictly adhere to a controlled itinerary approved by the OSC Council and be accompanied by a liaison officer provided by MIDA.
All short-term business travellers are required to undergo daily Covid-19 testing within six days of arrival in Malaysia: professional RTK antigen testing on days 3 and 5 upon arrival, and self-antigen testing on days 2, 4 and 6 upon arrival.
They must upload their test results on MySejahtera and the liaison officer must ensure this is done accordingly.
Malaysia/Long Term Pass holders travelling from countries on the travel ban list
Malaysians and long-term pass holders returning to Malaysia on the travel ban list – which currently includes South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Malawi – must now do so by two days RT-PCR testing left, shortened from the initial three-day rule.
They must also undergo RT-PCR testing at designated facilities on arrival and on day 10 of mandatory quarantine, where they will be required to wear digital trackers. Rest is not allowed during quarantine.
If the traveler has a negative RT-PCR test result on day 10, and the risk assessment on day 14 shows no need to extend the quarantine period, they will be released from quarantine on day 15.
Foreigners flying from, transiting through, or with a 14-day travel history from the listed Southern African countries are not allowed to enter Malaysia and Malaysians are not allowed to visit these countries.