Malaysia's borders are shut until August 31, but some types of tourists can now enter in July.
Malaysia is still under a government ordered MCO (Movement Control Order) since March which restricts all tourism in the country, including any visitors wanting to gain entry. General tourism at the moment is not possible in Malaysia, but some recent updates in July are now making exceptions for certain type of tourists.
Malaysia has had their borders closed to international tourism since March, and the current border closure isn’t set to expire until August 31st, but there are now a few ways that select tourists can enter.
Similar to what Thailand has also set into motion, Malaysia is now allowing medical tourists to enter the country, as of July 1. It’s a great way to slowly restart a portion of the tourism sector, and at the same time allow tourists in that will be directly investing into the country.
Medical Tourism Exception Rules for Malaysia
- Foreign visitors arriving in the country for medical tourism purposes must go through the Health Ministry and register with the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC).
- The MySejahtera app must be downloaded
- Medical tourists must undergo a Covid-19 PCR test in their home country prior to their arrival in Malaysia. They will be tested again upon arrival into Malaysia.
- Quarantine will come into effect, and the visitor would be expected to check directly into the hospital or clinic for their treatment.
- Medical tourists can bring one guardian to accompany them, but the guardian must also follow all the above requirements including testing, app download, etc.
Which countries can currently visit for medical tourism?
The government has agreed to allow patients from designated green zone countries to enter Malaysia for treatment. As of July 21, the current green zone countries are:
- South Korea
- New Zealand
Other than Medical Tourists, are there any other exceptions for entry into Malaysia?
Yes. Malaysia is making some other exceptions for foreigners to enter as of July, but they are strict. They include: Expatriates holding high management positions with Employment Pass category 1 (EP1), Professional Visit Pass and Resident Talent Pass, foreign spouses with long-term dependency pass, etc.
When will Malaysia Reopen for General Tourism?
The current border closures are set to expire on August 31.
On August 31, Malaysia may renew the border closure, or may remove it.
Note: We are monitoring the situation and will update this article when we know Malaysia’s official reopening date.
What about the border with Singapore?
Malaysia and Singapore will begin reopening the borders between the two countries from August 17, 2020 for selected travelers under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL).
- The RGL scheme will permit short-term travel of up to 14 days for essential and official business. The PCA scheme will enable cross-border travel for those that have valid work visas.
- Strict health protocols, such as COVID-19 testing and self-quarantine measures will apply to all travelers.
Before the onset of COVID-19, the Malaysia-Singapore border was one of the busiest in the world, with more than 300,000 daily travelers crossing via land and more than 29,000 flights annually.
“We also eager to know that our low-cost airline, AirAsia is gearing up for the resumption of flights between Malaysia and Singapore as both governments have decided to open up cross-border travel for essential business and official purposes through Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) scheme by this month.
For a start, AirAsia is expected to launch daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and one weekly flight each between Singapore and Penang, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Ipoh. These flights are scheduled for the week of August 17, subject to further announcements by the governments.
Meanwhile, Malindo Air will also resume its international flights from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore effective August 19 with a single daily flight in order to cater to the demands of passengers and thus to boost the economy under the RGL and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) schemes.
PCA will allow the two countries’ citizens who hold long-term immigration passes (for business and work purpose) to return home for short-term leave.”
Is Domestic tourism reopen in Malaysia?
Yes. Hotels to theme parks to restaurants have been reopening in Malaysia for domestic tourism.
Disclaimer: Malaysia’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.