Short-term business travellers to be considered for quarantine exemption


SHORT-TERM business travellers, who are not holding any passes and intend to stay in the country for 14 days or less, may be considered for exemption from mandatory quarantine.

Malaysia Investment Development Authority (Mida) in a statement yesterday said the exemption is subject to the approval of the One Stop Centre Committee and adherence to strict standard operating procedures.

Mida said short-term business travellers are categorised as potential investors seeking to do business in Malaysia, as well as existing investors, namely business owners, board members and executives.

Mida also included associates of companies in Malaysia (without employment pass), business customers for product qualification and validation before commercial production and technical experts for ad-hoc emergency cases to serve single or multiple customers across Malaysia.

“Business travellers from the above four categories may also apply for the social visit pass under long-term business travellers should they plan to stay for more than 14 days in the country,” said Mida.

Meanwhile, long-term business travellers who hold valid passes and intend to stay in the country for more than 14 days are subject to mandatory quarantine as per the Health Ministry’s guideline.

“The long-term business travellers are categorised as new or existing expatriates stranded abroad, namely active holders of employment pass and resident pass-talent, and new or existing foreign technical experts stranded abroad with professional visit pass to serve multiple customers across Malaysia,” said Mida.

The list also includes frequent foreign business travellers (exit and return), including regional establishments, regional operations and principal hubs representatives; permanent resident pass holders; Malaysia My Second Home social visit pass holders; and frequent Malaysian business travellers (exit and return).

Both short- and long-term business travellers may apply for entry permission through Short-term business travellers are required to submit the online application 14 days in advance of planned travel.