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Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Mr. Ismail Sabri Yaakob, announced on Tuesday that the country would reopen its borders without a quarantine for vaccinated visitors on April 1, 2022.

Visitors need to have a negative PCR-RT conducted within 48 hours before departure to the country and an antigen test upon arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Visitors are no longer required to apply for an arrival permit using MyTravelPass.

Here’s an excerpt from the Star:

The Prime Minister said visitors, as well as Malaysian returnees, who are fully vaccinated are not required to undergo quarantine upon arrival.

They, however, must undergo a RT-PCR test two days before departure and a rapid test (RTK) upon arrival.

As for travellers who have not been fully vaccinated, Ismail Sabri said the entry procedures will be explained by Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin on Wednesday (March 9).

“Most importantly, Malaysia is now a destination that is open and can be visited by all,” said Ismail Sabri at a press conference in Parliament on Tuesday.

For foreign travellers arriving into Malaysia, they are no longer required to apply through MyTravelPass.

Ismail Sabri said they are only required to download the MySejahtera app and must complete a pre-departure form.

From NewsNav:

Endemic stage begins 1 April, 2022

  • Masks must be worn in public
  • MySejahtera still in use, except for open spaces without crowds
  • MySJTrace (bluetooth contact-tracing function) is made a requirement at crowded spaces

Malaysia’s borders reopen 1 April, 2022

  • Malaysians may travel to other countries with open borders
  • Those abroad (Malaysians and foreigners) with relevant travel documents can travel into the country without applying for the MyTravelPass permit
  • No quarantine is needed for fully-vaccinated travelers into Malaysia. They will have to undergo a RT-PCR swab test 2 days before departure and RTK test 24 hours upon arrival at the KLIA airport
  • As for traveling to countries with closed borders, Malaysians may travel using VTL if it is available

Conclusion

Asia is starting to reopen rapidly. I wish we could move away from requiring pre-departure and arrival PCR-RT and antigen tests and only require being fully vaccinated.

I am on my way to Asia next month and will definitely hop to Malaysia, too, now that these entry requirements are relaxed.