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Flying To Malaysia? KKM Sets Up New Protocols For Travellers Coming Into The Country

Flying To Malaysia? KKM Sets Up New Protocols For Travellers Coming Into The Country

There’s a new protocol for Malaysian and international travellers arriving in Malaysia.

Adeline Leong

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Malaysia has updated new protocols for Malaysian and international travellers arriving in the country as of 8 December 2021.

Protocol for travellers from temporarily restricted countries

To recap, the current temporarily restricted countries are:

  • South Africa
  • Botswana
  • Eswatini
  • Lesotho
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Malawi

Malaysian citizens and long term pass holders arriving from these countries must:

  • Undergo 14-day quarantine at designated quarantine stations
  • No time-off allowed
  • Take an RT-PCR test 2 days before departure
  • Undergo RT-PCR test on arrival
  • Undergo RT-PCR test on Day 10 of quarantine
  • Wear the digital tracker on the wrist at all times
  • Undergo a risk assessment on Day 14 of quarantine. The quarantine will be extended if symptomatic.
  • If they test negative for Covid-19 on Day 10, they can be released from quarantine on Day 15.

Protocol for Langkawi travel bubble

Travellers from other than the 8 restricted countries listed above are allowed to participate in the Langkawi Travel Bubble.

Travellers participating in the Langkawi Travel Bubble must:

  • Undergo RT-PCR test 2 days before departure
  • Undergo RT-PCR test on arrival in Langkawi
  • Wait for test result at the hotel and will receive a Digital HSO (Home Surveillance Order)

However, they will need to undergo additional testing such as:

  • Undergoing RTK-Ag test on Day 3 and Day 5 in Langkawi.
  • Undergo RT-Ag self-test on Day 2, Day 4 and Day 6. Test results must be reported on MySejahtera.
  • Undergo RT-PCR test 2 days before leaving Langkawi.

Protocol for VTL-Air and VTL-Land

Travellers travelling via Malaysia-Singapore VTL-Air and VTL-Land must be fully vaccinated and no quarantine is required.

Here are the protocols they should take note of:

Covid-19 test 2 days before departure

  • VTL-Air travellers undergo RT-PCR test.
  • VTL-Land travellers undergo RTK-Ag test (professional) or RT-PCR test.

Covid-19 test on arrival

  • RT-PCR test in KLIA or KLIA2 for VTL-Air travellers.
  • RTK-AG (professional) test at Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal, Johor Bahru for VTL-Land travellers.

Additional tests

  • RTK-Ag test (professional) on Day 3 and Day 5.
  • RT-Ag self-test on Day 2, Day 4 and Day 6, and report test results on MySejahtera.

The additional test requirements also apply to Malaysian VTL travellers returning from Singapore.

Protocol for Short-Term Business Travellers

There’s also a new protocol for short-term business travellers (STBT) who enter Malaysia through the One Stop Centre (OSC) platform provided by the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA).

Short-term business travellers must be fully vaccinated and no quarantine is needed.

The protocols include:

  • Undergoing RT-PCR test 2 days before departure
  • RT-PCR test on arrival
  • Stay duration in Malaysia is limited to the days approved by the OSC Committee.
  • Must be accompanied by a liaison officer provided by MIDA

Additional testing requirements

  • RTK-Ag test (Professional) on Day 3 and Day 5
  • RT-Ag self-test on Day 2, Day 4 and Day 6, and report results on MySejahtera.

Protocol for travellers from countries with Omicron cases

The countries that have reported the spread of Omicron variant in the community since 6 December 2021 are:

  • Australia
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Norway
  • France

Travellers from the listed countries are required to:

  • Undergo RT-PCR test 2 days before departure
  • Undergo RT-PCR test on arrival.
  • Wear the digital tracker on the wrist on arrival
  • Mandatory quarantine for 7 days (fully vaccinated) or 10 days (unvaccinated)
  • Quarantine can be done at home or at a designated quarantine station depending on Home Quarantine Application status.
  • RT-PCR test on Day 5 (for 7-day quarantine) or on Day 8 (for 10-day quarantine)
  • Risk assessment is done on the last day of quarantine (Day 7 or Day 10). Quarantine will be extended if symptomatic.
  • If they test negative for Covid-19 on Day 5 or Day 8, they can be released from quarantine on Day 8 or Day 10.

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