In addition, non-Malaysian travellers no longer require COVID-19 insurance coverage for entry into Malaysia.
In a series of updates by Malaysia's Ministry of Health (MOH), pre-departure and on-arrival tests are no longer required for fully-vaccinated travellers entering Malaysia from 1 May 2022.
As such, COVID-19 detection testing prior to departing for Malaysia and upon arrival is not required for the following groups of travellers:
- Travellers aged 13 years and above who have completed vaccination;
- Travellers with a history of COVID-19 infection within six to 60 days from the date of departure for Malaysia.
- Travellers aged 12 and below, regardless of vaccination status
However, travellers who are not fully vaccinated are still required to:
- Perform a pre-release test two days prior to departing for Malaysia (RT-PCR or professional RTK-Ag);
- Undergo a COVID-19 detection test within 24 hours upon arrival using antigenic RTK, under the supervision of private medical practitioners, either physically or virtually;
- Undergo compulsory quarantine for five days at their place of accommodation (including houses), and
- Undergo RT-PCR on the fourth day, or professional RTK-Ag on the fifth day.
Travellers who are detected with symptoms while at the international entry point (PMA) will be instructed to undergo a professional antigen (Ag) RTK COVID-19 screening test.
The same policy will apply to all categories of travellers including Umrah, Hajj, and foreign workers. Umrah and Hajj travellers are required to get a booster dose of the vaccine before leaving for pilgrimage.
All travellers are also still required to present a Traveller’s Card, displayed in the MySejahtera application, upon arrival at the PMA.
As part of the update, COVID-19 insurance coverage for non-Malaysian travellers is no longer a prerequisite for entry into Malaysia.
Similarly, the use of face masks while outdoors and in open areas in Malaysia is now optional. While not compulsory, MOH still strongly encourages the use of face masks to reduce the spread of infection.
However, wearing a face mask is still compulsory indoors and in public transport, including e-hailing rides.
The Ministry announced the relaxation of all SOPs starting 1 May — including quarantine updates for COVID-positive cases, doing away with MySejahtera, and more. Head over here to view each coverage.