New protocol for travellers arriving in Malaysia – Malaysia has updated its Covid-19 testing requirements for international and local travellers arriving in the country under three travel schemes, said Ministry of Health of Malaysia (Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia) yesterday (see embedded tweet below)
Protokol baharu bagi pengembara warganegara Malaysia dan pemegang pas jangka panjang yang tiba dari negara yang dikenakan sekatan perjalanan sementara— KKMalaysia🇲🇾 (@KKMPutrajaya) December 7, 2021
New protocol for Malaysian travellers and long term pass holders arriving from temporarily restricted countries pic.twitter.com/0W8vZrzdLY
Those using the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) by air and land, the Langkawi International Travel Bubble (LITB), and the One Stop Centre (OSC) for short-term business visitors will have to undergo additional Covid-19 tests for six days after arriving in Malaysia.
The new requirement will also apply to travellers from Singapore.
Protocol for VTL-Air and VTL-Land
Travellers travelling via Malaysia-Singapore VTL-Air and VTL-Land must be fully vaccinated and no quarantine is required.
Here are the protocols they should take note of:
Covid-19 test 2 days before departure
- VTL-Air travellers undergo RT-PCR test.
- VTL-Land travellers undergo RTK-Ag test (professional) or RT-PCR test.
Covid-19 test on arrival
- RT-PCR test in KLIA or KLIA2 for VTL-Air travellers.
- RTK-AG (professional) test at Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal, Johor Bahru for VTL-Land travellers.
- RTK-Ag test (professional) on Day 3 and Day 5.
- RT-Ag self-test on Day 2, Day 4 and Day 6, and report test results on MySejahtera.
The additional test requirements also apply to Malaysian VTL travellers returning from Singapore.
Protocol for Short-Term Business Travellers
There’s also a new protocol for short-term business travellers (STBT) who enter Malaysia through the One Stop Centre (OSC) platform provided by the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA).
Short-term business travellers must be fully vaccinated and no quarantine is needed.
The protocols include:
- Undergoing RT-PCR test 2 days before departure
- RT-PCR test on arrival
- Stay duration in Malaysia is limited to the days approved by the OSC Committee.
- Must be accompanied by a liaison officer provided by MIDA
Additional testing requirements
- RTK-Ag test (Professional) on Day 3 and Day 5
- RT-Ag self-test on Day 2, Day 4 and Day 6, and report results on MySejahtera.
Protocol for travellers from countries with Omicron cases
The countries that have reported the spread of Omicron variant in the community since 6 December 2021 are:
- United States
- United Kingdom
Travellers from the listed countries are required to:
- Undergo RT-PCR test 2 days before departure
- Undergo RT-PCR test on arrival.
- Wear the digital tracker on the wrist on arrival
- Mandatory quarantine for 7 days (fully vaccinated) or 10 days (unvaccinated)
- Quarantine can be done at home or at a designated quarantine station depending on Home Quarantine Application status.
- RT-PCR test on Day 5 (for 7-day quarantine) or on Day 8 (for 10-day quarantine)
- Risk assessment is done on the last day of quarantine (Day 7 or Day 10). Quarantine will be extended if symptomatic.
- If they test negative for Covid-19 on Day 5 or Day 8, they can be released from quarantine on Day 8 or Day 10.
In times of variants and Covid, travellers should check they are appropriately insured, to avoid unnecessary expenses if the unforseen circumstances of being in contact or catching the Covid-19 virus and its variants. While doing so, you may wish to consult your advisors, who may also plan your finances for you.
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