The country has agreed in principle to let citizens of Singapore and Brunei enter Malaysia without needing immigration approval, coronavirus testing or home quarantine.
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MALAYSIA will partially reopen its borders to those holding certain employment passes while allowing its citizens to exit the country for emergency, work and study purposes.
Foreigners earning at least RM10,000 ringgit (S$3,264) a month, as well as those holding professional visit passes and resident talent passes with top management positions, may enter Malaysia without needing immigration’s approval, Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob told a press conference on Friday.
Malaysians may travel overseas by showing proof of their travel purpose to immigration officers at airports, he said.
The reopening follows the country’s gradual phasing out of lockdown measures that were imposed since March to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Malaysia first allowed most economic sectors to resume operations on May 4 before letting nearly all activities to start on June 10 as the number of new Covid-19 infections eased in recent weeks.
Those travelling to Malaysia must still undergo Covid-19 tests before departure or upon entering the country, Mr Ismail said.
Foreigners from “green zone” countries Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand and Australia do not need to undergo 14-day home quarantine, but they must use the government’s MySejahtera App for monitoring purposes, he said.
The country has also agreed in principle to let citizens of Singapore and Brunei enter Malaysia without needing immigration approval, coronavirus testing or home quarantine.
That agreement is subject to the other countries agreeing to extend the same courtesy to Malaysian citizens, with discussions between foreign ministries still ongoing, he said.
There were also several other relaxations to international borders announced on Friday. Medical tourists can enter by going through Health Ministry, registering with the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council and undergoing Covid-19 test.
They must be taken to the hospital immediately and do not require home quarantine. BLOOMBERG.
Updated from : The Business Times, 20 June 2020