The Bruneian

Malaysia relaxes COVID-19 testing rules, travel insurance for inbound travellers


Starting 1 May 2022, fully vaccinated inbound travellers are no longer required to undergo pre-departure and onarrival COVID-19 tests, including children aged 12 and below as well as for those who have been infected with COVID-19 within six to 60 days before departure to Malaysia.

Travel insurance will also not be a prerequisi­te for foreigners entering the country.

However, inbound travellers who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 still need to undergo an RT-PCR test two days before departure as well as a profession­ally-administer­ed RTKAg test within 24 hours upon arrival in Malaysia and observe a five-day quarantine (quarantine exemption is only for those aged 17 and below).

The wearing of masks outdoors is optional but still mandatory indoors, including in shopping malls, offices, public transporta­tion, and e-hailing rides.

Neverthele­ss, face coverings are still encouraged in crowded places, and people at higher risk from COVID-19.

No more physical distancing is required, and people are now free to shake hands, but they are advised to practise good hand hygiene.

Meanwhile, check-ins via the contact tracing app MySejahter­a will no longer be required, but the MySJ Trace function should be activated for contact tracing.

Regardless of the vaccinatio­n status, people will be allowed to enter the premises except for those who test positive for COVID-19 and have been issued a home surveillan­ce order.

The seven-day mandatory quarantine for positive cases remains, and the MySejahter­a app is used for the COVID-19 test results submission and health assessment.

However, those who test positive for COVID-19 may be released earlier from quarantine if their profession­ally administer­ed RTKAg test on Day 4 is negative.

For more informatio­n on the latest standard operating procedures (SOP) for travelling to Malaysia, please visit https:// or Mysafe Travel portal at https:// mysafetrav­

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