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Malaysia is not open for tourism and extending full lockdown until June 28

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Malaysia is not open for tourism and extending full lockdown until June 28

Malaysia is not open for tourism, only to special long-pass holders and returning nationals only. There is a mandatory quarantine of 7-10 days at a government-appointed facility and negative PCR test results are required. 

All costs for additional testing and hospitalization (if necessary), as well as quarantine accommodation, will be covered by the traveler.

The country started its vaccination campaign and tourism officials are confident this will allow them to welcome international tourists soon. They are negotiating bubble agreements and green lanes with neighboring countries.

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Malaysia Reopening Borders – Latest Updates

June 11 – Malaysia has extended its nationwide full lockdown through June 28

Earlier today, Security Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the extension of the nationwide lockdown through 28.

It was not surprised for Malaysian people. When the first lockdown was imposed, officials mentioned that two weeks were not enough to contain the surge in coronavirus cases.

Authorities have suspended on-site operations of non-essential business. Only essential sectors such as essential goods, construction activities, government services, agriculture, utilities, and security services are allowed to operate. 

A 24-hour curfew is no longer enforced but citizens are advised to leave home for essential reasons only. 

Source: Reuters

May 31 – Malaysia to enforce full nationwide lockdown from June 1 to June 14

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced the country will go under full lockdown from June 1 to at least June 14. This means all social, economic and public sectors must shut down from tonight at 00:00 hours. 

According to the official statement, only the most essential business will be allowed to operate under the regulations of the Phase 1 lockdown.

“This decision was made after taking into account the current situation of COVID-19 transmission in Malaysia with daily case numbers exceeding 8,000 and active cases exceeding 70,000,” said the minister. 

If this lockdown archives the positive results the government is expecting, the country will move on to “Phase 2” where some businesses will be allowed to reopen. This phase is supposed to be in place for another 4 weeks. 

(Source: NewStraitsTIMES

May 15 – Malaysia has extended its nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO) until August 7. 

Malaysia has imposed a new nationwide lockdown, as the country struggles with a spike in COVID-29 cases and some highly infectious variants that, according to the government, are overwhelming their health system.

A few weeks ago, thousands of people were on the streets demanding the parliament to end the state of emergency due to their precarious economic and social situation.

The government has responded by extending a nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO) from May 12 through August 7. 

The new restrictions were announced right before the week’s Eid al-Fitr festival where millions of Malaysians were supposed to return home for religious and traditional reasons. 
“Malaysia is facing a third wave of COVID-19 that could trigger a national crisis,” said Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in a statement.

April 30 – Malaysian people protest to end the COVID-19 state of emergency

The internal situation in Malaysia is getting dicey after thousands of people stormed the doors of the parliament today, demanding the government to end the state of emergency since almost 800,000 Malaysians have lost their jobs and 32 small and medium enterprises have shut their doors. 

Additionally, the standard operating procedures (SOP) set up to control the spread of the virus seems to only work for the government to impose fines to the desperate unemployed locals looking for jobs outside their houses, according to the protesters. 

So far, the government hasn’t made any announcements about the current internal situation or the reopening for tourism with Singapore that is still scheduled for May 4.  

Update March 8

Malaysia’s Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri believes that vaccination rollout in the country is the key for a safe reopening. 

“Currently, vaccination exercise has just started … it is hoped that it will be an opportunity for us to reopen the economy to foreign countries,”

The plan would start with Malaysia’s closest neighbors, Singapore and Brunei, but the specific schedule for reopening has not been announced. (Source)

The country had received almost 400,000 doses of the vaccine out of which 112,914 have already been administered.

Malaysia and Singapore’s border

Prior to Covid-19, the border between Malaysia and Singapore was among the world’s busiest. There were over 29,000 flights between the two countries annually as well as 300,000 daily land crossings. Now, it’s closed until further notice.

Rules for Medical Tourists in Malaysia

They will be required to register with the Malaysian Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) and download an app.

Prior to coming to Malaysia, they must pass a Covid-19 test. They will also be tested upon arrival. They must go directly into quarantine at the hospital or clinic where they will receive care.

If a medical tourist has a family member or guardian, then that person must also follow these guidelines.

Which countries can enter Malaysia?

Malaysia allows visitors coming under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). Only special long-pass holders and returning nationals are allowed entry.

Can Americans visit Malaysia?

Unless they fall in the categories mentioned above or are diplomats or their families, Americans are not allowed entry to the country.


Malaysia’s Borders still Closed; Delays Likely

malaysia reopening in 2021

Since March, 2020, tourism has been restricted in Malaysia with a government ordered Movement Control Order (MCO) in place. General tourism is still not possible, but as of July 1 medical tourists were allowed.

In addition, a few other foreigners are being allowed to enter. These include foreign spouses and dependents and a few select workers in high management positions. These arrivals must follow the same strict entry rules as medical tourists.

How the Coronavirus has affected Malaysia

As of June 11, Malaysia has recorded 646,411 cases and 3,768 deaths caused by the virus.

The Malaysian government is still negotiating with Singapore to reopen borders fully for daily commuters but as there are huge spikes in COVID infections, fully reopening of the border as well as allowing regular international tourists in is being delayed indefinitely.

COVID-19 cases in Malaysia
(Source)

Malaysia imposed a strict quarantine policy that included asymptomatic patients. Anyone who came into close contact with a confirmed coronavirus patient was subject to being hospitalized. It also imposed mass testing early on, particularly in high-risk areas. 

Why visit Malaysia?

Malaysia

Located in Southeast Asia, Malaysia takes up part of the Malay Peninsula as well as the island of Borneo.

It’s known for its natural beauty, with white sand beaches and tropical rainforests. It is also a melting pot of cultures, with Malay, Chinese, Indian, and Europeans all living here.

Visitors to Malaysia can choose between two very different experiences. They can either visit the Malay Peninsula, which has an ultramodern capital, Kuala Lumpur, and a blend of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and European cultures.

Or they can visit the Malaysian Borneo. Here they will find orangutans and remote tribes in the wild jungles as well as granite peaks, massive trees, and waterfalls. There are also beautiful islands, excellent diving, colonial towns to explore, and luxury resorts.

For those who seek pristine white beaches, Langkawi offers 99 islands to choose from. An archipelago in the Andaman Sea, it is Malaysia’s heaviest tourist destination.

Conservationists can visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation center, which was opened in 1964. Here they can meet rescued orphans, who are trained to survive in the wild. They are released into the adjacent sanctuary.

In Kuala Lumpur, meanwhile, tourists can see the Petronas Twin Towers, which are the tallest twin buildings in the world. The Batu Caves near the city offer magnificent Hindu art and there are many beautiful Buddhist and Hindu temples within the city itself.

The Bukit Bintag shopping district offers both daytime bargains and trendy nightlife.

Thanks to the mix of cultures here, there are also some addictively tasty dishes to try.

Petronas twin towers

It may be a while before Malaysia opens its borders. When it does, make sure your visit here encompasses both the highlights of the peninsula and the unique charms of Borneo.

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