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Chapter 1

What You Should Know About Covid-19 Travel SOPs

Travelling in the new normal requires additional preparation so that we can all enjoy our holidays safely. Following are some key checklists to help you get ready.

As of 1 April 2022, the following requirements imposed by the Malaysian Goverment will apply to you if you need to enter Malaysia:

  1. Malaysians and non-Malaysians may enter Malaysia without prior approval from the Malaysian authorities.
  2. Hong Kong and Macao passport holders may enter Malaysia visa-free for up to 30 days.
  3. Non-Malaysians are required to purchase Covid-19 travel insurance. Proof of insurance must be presented upon arrival.
  4. Travellers are required to download and activate the MySejahtera App before departure to Malaysia.
  5. Complete the Health Declaration Form and the Pre-Departure Form in the “Traveller” icon in the MySejahtera App before departure to Malaysia.
  6. For Foreign Vaccination Records, travellers are required to apply for MySejahtera Vaccination Digital Certificate in the “Traveller” icon of the MySejahtera App five days before departure to Malaysia.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia

How to download MySejahtera Travel Guide

If you are a foreigner entering Malaysia, you will need to download this app upon arrival in Malaysia.

You will also need to log in to this app to report daily on your health updates during your quarantine period as well as show your digital user profile for the duration of your stay in Malaysia.

You can download the MySejahtera Travel Guide here.

When should you take the Covid-19 self-test

Malaysian Ministry of Health guidelines on Covid-19 self-testing recommends all fully vaccinated individuals to still undergo self-testing if you are planning to take part in the following activities:

    • Cross state borders in Malaysia for vacations or going back to your hometown
    • Visting elderly relatives
    • Attend large scale religious gatherings
    • Attend public conferences or conventions
    • Participate in team sports or recreational activities
    • Watch a mass sporting or entertainment programme in a physical location
    • Attend a social gathering involving members of other households (like weddings, birthday parties and anniversary celebrations)

Source: Ministry of Health

Latest Covid-19 testing and quarantine procedures you should know

Fully vaccinated with / without booster dose (18 years & above):

  • Pre-departure test (within 48 hours of departure to Malaysia): Negative PCR test result
  • On-arrival test (within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia): Professional RTK-AG test
  • Quarantine / further tests: None

Fully vaccinated and recently infected with Covid-19 (within 60 days of departure to Malaysia) (18 years & above):

  • Pre-departure test (within 48 hours of departure to Malaysia): Negative RTK-AG test result. Please present proof of prior infection with Covid-19 (within 60 days of departure) upon arrival in Malaysia
  • On-arrival test (within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia): Professional RTK-AG test
  • Quarantine / further tests: None

Not vaccinated due to medical reasons:

  • Pre-departure test (within 48 hours of departure to Malaysia): Negative PCR test result
  • On-arrival test (within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia): Professional RTK-AG test
  • Quarantine / further tests: None (case by case basis). Please present proof of medical exemption from vaccination

Partially or not fully vaccinated (18 years & above):

  • Pre-departure test (within 48 hours of departure to Malaysia): Negative PCR test result
  • On-arrival test (within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia): Professional RTK-AG test
  • Quarantine / further tests: Quarantine for 5 days. PCR test on day 4 and RTK-AG test on day 5
  • Travellers can apply from home quarantine here.
  • Alternatively hotel quarantine bookings can be made here.

17 years of age and under (vaccinated / unvaccinated):

  • Pre-departure test (within 48 hours of departure to Malaysia): Negative PCR test result
  • On-arrival test (within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia): Professional RTK-AG test
  • Quarantine / further tests: None

For more information on self-testing guidelines, you can refer to the National Covid-19 Testing Strategy here.

Travel insurance guidelines for visitors to Malaysia

Traditional travel insurance products normally does not include coverage of pandemic-related risk but with international borders gradually opening up, many countries now require travellers to have travel insurance that cover the medical expenses related to Covid-29.

Travel insurance for tourists visiting Malaysia
While Malaysians are not required to buy travel insurance for travelling within the country, the government has made it compulsory for non-Malaysians who travel to Malaysia to have Covid-19 travel insurance coverage.

SOPs for Malaysians travelling to Singapore
Meanwhile Malaysians can now travel to Singapore using the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL). Under the VTL, fully vaccinated travellers from Malaysia can enter Singapaore without quarantine, subject to COVID-19 testing SOPs.

For more detailed guidelines, refer to the requirements below from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore for:
Overview of VTL SOPs
Step-by-step travel checklist
Covid-19 PCR test procedure on arrival at Changi Airport
FAQs

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