With the Omicron variant rapidly spreading across the globe, Malaysia has initiated new measures to block it from reaching our shores.
Here is what you need to know…
New Measures To Block Omicron Variant From Malaysia!
On 1 December 2021, the Malaysia Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin announced a series of new measures to block the Omicron variant from reaching our shores.
This decision came after 20 countries reported over 200 cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 :
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How Malaysia Intends To To Block Omicron Variant!
Temporary Travel Ban
Malaysia will no longer allow flights from or transiting through countries with Omicron variant transmission, or high risk countries, will be blocked.
These are the eight (8) countries that the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) has listed under the travel ban :
- South Africa
There is also a temporary travel ban for non-Malaysian citizens from those countries, including travellers who have been in those countries during the last 14 days prior to arrival.
Malaysian citizens and holders of long-term passes (PR status, spouse visa, MM2H and resident pass) are still ALLOWED to return to Malaysia, subject to these restrictions :
- Irrespective of their vaccination status, they must undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine at a quarantine station.
- They must undergo three RT-PCR COVID-19 tests :
– within 72 hours before departure,
– on arrival in Malaysia, and
– on the 10th day of the mandatory quarantine
- A risk assessment will be conducted on the 14th day of quarantine, which may be extended if the traveller is symptomatic.
Malaysian citizens who are planning to visit the listed countries are NOT ALLOWED to continue with their travel plans.
Vaccinated Travel Lane
Arrangements to create a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) with countries with Omicron variant transmission, or high risk countries, have been postponed.
In addition, the Malaysia-Singapore VTL programme for both air and land travel has been amended to require travellers to undergo additional COVID-19 self-tests on the 3rd and 7th day after arrival.
They must then report their test results in MySejahtera.
Monitoring Of Countries With Omicron Variant Cases
The Ministry of Health (KKM) will monitor and provide the other government ministries with a DAILY LIST of countries with Omicron variant cases, or at high risk.
Strengthening Of International Gateways
The Immigration Department of Malaysia has immediately STOPPED the use of the Autogate system.
Flights carrying passengers from the listed countries with Omicron variant transmission, or high risk countries, are only allowed to enter Malaysia through KLIA.
Airlines are responsible for identifying passengers travelling from countries with Omicron variant transmission, or high-risk countries. This information must be submitted to the KLIA Health Office for easier handling of the arrivals.
MAHB is required to create a special “gate” and path for travellers from countries with Omicron variant transmission, or high-risk countries, to undergo a health screening before undergoing their special quarantine.
International Students + Foreign Workers
International students and foreign workers from countries with Omicron variant cases, or high-risk countries, will be temporarily BANNED from entering Malaysia.
Langkawi International Tourism Bubble
Tourists from countries with Omicron variant transmission, or high-risk countries; or those with history of travel to those countries in the past 14 days, are NOT ALLOWED to participate in the Langkawi International Tourism Bubble.
Malaysian citizens (Langkawi residents) returning from countries with Omicron variant transmission, or high-risk countries, are ALLOWED to return to Malaysia, but only through KLIA and must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a special quarantine station.
Foreign tourists who are confirmed to be positive with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 will be isolated and treated in a private hospital, at their own cost.
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