The home quarantine protocol, however, is not available for travellers who are returning from Umrah pilgrimage travel.
According to the Prime Minister's Department of Malaysia (Jabatan Perdana Menteri), travellers from abroad entering Malaysia can apply for home quarantine, for which the approval is valid only for a period of one month from the date of approval, and for one-time entry, as long as the place of quarantine has not changed.
This was re-shared on Facebook by Minister in the PM's Office, Dr Haji Wan Junaidi on Wednesday (5 January 2022).
For clarity on the protocol, the infographic made use of an example scenario:
"Ahmad wants to return to Malaysia from abroad, and he applied for compulsory quarantine at his home. His application was approved, and was obtained on 3 January 2022 for an arrival date of 7 January. However, Ahmad's flight was postponed to 17 January 2022 - 10 days after his original arrival date.
In that case, Ahmad does not need to re-apply for home quarantine. This is because:
- The home quarantine approval has a one-month validity, from 3 January - 2 February 2022. Since his arrival date (17 January 2022) is still within the period. As such, the approval is "still in force".
A point to note, however, the home quarantine protocol is not available for travellers who are returning from Umrah pilgrimage travel. On 2 January 2022, Minister for Health, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that pilgrims are to serve mandatory quarantine at designated facilities.
Further, pilgrimage travel is to be postponed until 8 January 2022 (Saturday). This decision was made because, according to Minister Khairy, the latest data on positive cases of COVID-19 and positive cases with the Omicron variant among the pilgrims arriving from Saudi Arabia, for instance, is at 1,446 cases. He also cited "non-compliance with the stipulated standard operating procedure from most pilgrims who were serving their seven-day home quarantine which caused the infection to spread among family members”.
Image / Jabatan Perdana Menteri