Travellers who violated the Covid-19 test rules will be subjected to strict action including deportation, MoH says
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ALL travellers from abroad must download and register as MySejahtera users before coming to Malaysia, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar said.
He stressed that travellers who violated the rules by not taking the Covid-19 test within 24 hours, would be subject to strict action, including the risk of being deported from Malaysia.
However, he said, children under the age of six (according to the year of birth) do not have to undergo tests before and upon arrival.
Khairy also pointed out that seven travel procedures would be abolished starting April 1 when Malaysia enters the transition phase to endemic, where there is no longer a list of high-risk countries.
“The use of digital tracking devices will be abolished, as well as no requirement for travellers to apply for home quarantine.
“Similarly, the One Stop Centre, Langkawi International Tourism Bubble and MyTravel Pass have also been abolished,” he said.
Meanwhile, Khairy also announced that Malaysia and Thailand will allow the movement of travellers in and out between the two countries through the two land border gates, starting April 1.
He noted that the two countries had agreed to open entrances at Bukit Kayu Hitam-Sadao and Wang Kelian-Wang Prachan for the time being.
So far, he said, the movement in and out of the two countries was limited to tourists only, while daily entry and others are still being discussed.
“For now, the general travel protocol made by the Malaysian government, applies to travellers from Thailand,” he noted.
Regarding the opening of the border between Malaysia and Indonesia and Brunei, he said the government is still waiting for feedback from the two neighbouring countries.
When asked if the country will follow Singapore in removing the mask mandate when outdoors, Khairy stressed that the wearing of face masks remains mandatory in Malaysia.
He reminded that Malaysia’s existing standard operating procedures have always had imposed certain exemptions on mask wearing such as when not in the vicinity of another individual.
On vaccination update, Khairy announced that the Health Ministry (MoH) recognises travellers who have completed the full regimen of Covid-19 vaccine approved under the World Health Organisation (WHO) Emergency Use Listing.
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Additionally, he said Malaysia also receives vaccines that are approved for use by regulatory authorities in other countries even though they are not listed under the WHO Emergency Use Listing.
“The list of vaccines will be updated from time to time, the latest being Zifivax (China, Indonesia, Pakistan), Minhai (China, Indonesia), CoviVac (Cambodia, Russia), Medigen (Taiwan), ZyCoV-D (India), Turkovac (Turkey) and Covifenz (Canada),” he noted.
Khairy also revealed that over two million Sinovac vaccine recipients in Malaysia will lose their “fully vaccinated” status if they fail to get their booster shots by next week.
He said MoH has reported that a total of 2.09 million people who received Sinovac as their primary vaccine had not received their booster dose.
The deadline to get a booster jab for the Sinovac recipients is March 31.