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Vaccinated + Recovered From COVID-19? No Quarantine!

Vaccinated + Recovered From COVID-19? No Quarantine!

Travellers to Malaysia are no longer required to undergo a mandatory quarantine, if they’re fully-vaccinated and had earlier recovered from COVID-19!

Here is what you need to know!

 

No Quarantine For Those Vaccinated + Recovered From COVID-19!

On the back of the Novak Djokovic debacle in Australia, Malaysia just issued new international travel admission requirements for people who recovered from COVID-19!

If you are planning to travel to Malaysia, you will be glad to know that you are no longer required to undergo a mandatory quarantine, if you are fully-vaccinated, and had earlier recovered from COVID-19!

Okay, so it won’t apply to antivax poster boy, Novak Djokovic… but still, great news for everyone else!

 

New Travel + Quarantine Rules For International Travellers To Malaysia

On 12 December 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) issued these new travel requirements for international travellers who intend to enter Malaysia :

  1. Travellers must have completed their COVID-19 vaccination with proof of vaccination status.
  2. Travellers must show evidence that they were infected with COVID-19 within 11-60 days before departure to Malaysia, through printed or digital laboratory test results.
  3. Travellers with a history of hospitalisation due to COVID-19 are required to submit a “Fit to Travel” letter from the hospital.
  4. Travellers who were infected with COVID-19 but not hospitalised will need to undergo a professional RTK-Ag test 2 days before departure. They can only travel if the test result is negative.
  5. Travellers are required to undergo a supervised RTK-Ag test upon arrival in Malaysia.

Fully Vaccinated Travellers : No Quarantine!

Travellers who are fully-vaccinated, and have been infected with COVID-19, within 11 to 60 days before departure are EXEMPTED from mandatory quarantine!

Everyone Else : Mandatory Quarantine

Travellers who recovered from COVID-19 earlier, but are either unvaccinated or were not fully-vaccinated, are REQUIRED to undergo mandatory quarantine at the quarantine centre for 7 days.

This new rule should make it much easier for people who have both been fully-vaccinated, and recovered from a COVID-19 infection to travel into Malaysia.

And it will help keep out people who refuse to get vaccinated, even if they have recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection.

You should note that even for those who recovered from COVID-19, that exemption is only lasts up to 60 days before departure. That is because “natural immunity” wanes with time, and is no guarantee of protection against COVID-19.

Hence, the requirement to be both fully-vaccinated, and having recently recovered from COVID-19, to enter Malaysia without the need for mandatory quarantine.

 

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Singapore – Malaysia VTL Suspended Due To Omicron Variant!

Malaysia has temporarily suspended the VTL (Vaccinated Travel Lane) with Singapore, due to the Omicron variant!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Singapore – Malaysia VTL : What Is It?

Announced in November 2021, the Singapore – Malaysia VTL (Vaccinated Travel Lane) allows fully-vaccinated citizens of both countries to travel, without being subjected to a mandatory quarantine.

There are currently two VTL (Vaccinated Travel Lane) options between Singapore and Malaysia :

  • By Air : Between Changi Airport in Singapore, and KLIA in Malaysia
  • By Land : At the Johor Bahru Causeway.

Read more : Latest Singapore-Malaysia VTL Air Travel Guide!
Read more : Singapore-Malaysia VTL Land (Causeway) Travel Guide!

 

Singapore – Malaysia VTL Suspended Due To Omicron Variant!

On 22 December 2021, the Malaysia Minister of Health, Khairy Jamaluddin announced a temporary suspension of the Singapore – Malaysia VTL, due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

In his statement, he pointed out that the Singapore Ministry of Health announced a local cluster of three COVID-19 cases, of which two were likely of the Omicron variant, while the other case is still pending. All three cases did not have history of overseas travel.

In light of that development, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) decided to temporarily suspend the VTL with Singapore from Thursday, 23 December, 2021 until Thursday, 20 January 2022.

Travellers who have already purchased tickets for Land or Air VTL, and still comply with the VTL requirements can continue with their travel plans.

Bus and plane ticket sales for both Air and Land VTL initiatives will reopen on 21 January 2022, after a risk assessment is conducted in both countries. However, the ticket quota will be lower than the current limit.

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New Measures To Block Omicron Variant From Malaysia!

With the Omicron variant rapidly spreading across the globe, Malaysia has initiated new measures to block it from reaching our shores.

Here is what you need to know…

 

New Measures To Block Omicron Variant From Malaysia!

On 1 December 2021, the Malaysia Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin announced a series of new measures to block the Omicron variant from reaching our shores.

This decision came after 20 countries reported over 200 cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 :

Country Omicron
Cases
Country Omicron
Cases
South Africa 128 Austria 4
Botswana 19 Brazil 2
Portugal 13 Canada 2
The Netherlands 12 Japan 2
United Kingdom 9 Denmark 2
Australia 6 Spain 1
Hong Kong 5 Reunion Island (France) 1
Germany 5 Belgium 1
Italy 4 Czech Republic 1
Israel 4 Sweden 1

 

How Malaysia Intends To To Block Omicron Variant!

Temporary Travel Ban

Malaysia will no longer allow flights from or transiting through countries with Omicron variant transmission, or high risk countries, will be blocked.

These are the eight (8) countries that the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) has listed under the travel ban :

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

There is also a temporary travel ban for non-Malaysian citizens from those countries, including travellers who have been in those countries during the last 14 days prior to arrival.

Malaysian citizens and holders of long-term passes (PR status, spouse visa, MM2H and resident pass) are still ALLOWED to return to Malaysia, subject to these restrictions :

  • Irrespective of their vaccination status, they must undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine at a quarantine station.
  • They must undergo three RT-PCR COVID-19 tests :
    – within 72 hours before departure,
    – on arrival in Malaysia, and
    – on the 10th day of the mandatory quarantine
  • A risk assessment will be conducted on the 14th day of quarantine, which may be extended if the traveller is symptomatic.

Malaysian citizens who are planning to visit the listed countries are NOT ALLOWED to continue with their travel plans.

Vaccinated Travel Lane

Arrangements to create a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) with countries with Omicron variant transmission, or high risk countries, have been postponed.

In addition, the Malaysia-Singapore VTL programme for both air and land travel has been amended to require travellers to undergo additional COVID-19 self-tests on the 3rd and 7th day after arrival.

They must then report their test results in MySejahtera.

Monitoring Of Countries With Omicron Variant Cases

The Ministry of Health (KKM) will monitor and provide the other government ministries with a DAILY LIST of countries with Omicron variant cases, or at high risk.

Strengthening Of International Gateways

The Immigration Department of Malaysia has immediately STOPPED the use of the Autogate system.

Flights carrying passengers from the listed countries with Omicron variant transmission, or high risk countries, are only allowed to enter Malaysia through KLIA.

Airlines are responsible for identifying passengers travelling from countries with Omicron variant transmission, or high-risk countries. This information must be submitted to the KLIA Health Office for easier handling of the arrivals.

MAHB is required to create a special “gate” and path for travellers from countries with Omicron variant transmission, or high-risk countries, to undergo a health screening before undergoing their special quarantine.

International Students + Foreign Workers

International students and foreign workers from countries with Omicron variant cases, or high-risk countries, will be temporarily BANNED from entering Malaysia.

Langkawi International Tourism Bubble

Tourists from countries with Omicron variant transmission, or high-risk countries; or those with history of travel to those countries in the past 14 days, are NOT ALLOWED to participate in the Langkawi International Tourism Bubble.

Malaysian citizens (Langkawi residents) returning from countries with Omicron variant transmission, or high-risk countries, are ALLOWED to return to Malaysia, but only through KLIA and must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a special quarantine station.

Foreign tourists who are confirmed to be positive with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 will be isolated and treated in a private hospital, at their own cost.

 

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Latest Singapore-Malaysia VTL Air Travel Guide!

The Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) between Singapore and Malaysia allows for quarantine-free air travel!

Here is what you need to know about the Singapore to Malaysia Vaccinated Travel Lane!

 

Singapore-Malaysia Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) Announced!

After almost 2 years of border closures, Singapore and Malaysia have agreed to launch a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) on 8 November 2021.

From 29 November 2021 onwards, fully-vaccinated individuals will be allowed to travel between Changi Airport and KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport).

Travellers using this Vaccinated Travel Lane will NOT be required to serve any quarantine or Stay-Home-Notice. They will only be required to take COVID-19 tests!

However, I should point out that this VTL scheme will NOT be cheap, as you will need to undergo several COVID-19 tests.

Read more : Singapore-Malaysia VTL Land (Causeway) Travel Guide!

 

VTL Air Travel Guide : Singapore To Malaysia

On 19 November 2021, the Immigration Department of Malaysia released details of the Vaccinated Travel Lane rules for people travelling from Singapore to Malaysia.

Pre-Departure

  • Travellers must remain in Singapore and/or Malaysia in the last 14 consecutive days.
  • Travellers must be fully-vaccinated with the full regimen of COVID-19 vaccine recognised by the Ministry of Health Malaysia (KKM), at least two weeks before arrival in Malaysia.
  • Travellers must book a designated Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flight into Malaysia.
  • Travellers must register and pay for the on-arrival COVID-19 RT-PCR test at https://www.airport.doctor2u.my
  • Travellers must take a separate COVID-19 RT-PCR test within 2 days before departure.
  • Travellers must download and register the MySejahtera app.
  • MyTravelPass is not required.
  • Short-term visitors, including business and official travellers, must :
    a) apply for visa (if required),
    b) purchase a return ticket, and
    c) purchase COVID-19 travel insurance (minimum RM 100,000 coverage)

Check-In

  • Travellers will need to present these documents at check-in :
    a) Travel document (passport / electronic visit pass)
    b) Valid vaccination certificate (physical or electronic)
    c) Negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test certificate
    d) MySejahtera app with registered profile
  • Short-term visitors, including business and official travellers, only will also require to present these at check in :
    a) visa (if required)
    b) return ticket
    c) proof of purchase of COVID-19 travel insurance (physical or electronic)

On Arrival

  • Take the on-arrival COVID-19 RT-PCR test, and wait 1-3 hours at the designated area in the airport for the test results.
  • After obtaining a negative RT-PCR test result, proceed to the arrival immigration and present the following :
    a) Travel document (passport / electronic visit pass)
    b) Boarding Pass
    c) Visa (if required)
    d) Return ticket (applicable to all, except Permanent Residents of Malaysia and holders of Long-Term Passes).

Stay In Malaysia

  • Travellers must adhere to the current public health measures
  • Travellers must activate MySejahtera app at all times.
  • From 7 December 2021 onwards :
    a) RTK-Ag tests (self-administered) on Day 2, 4 and 6 after arrival.
    b) RTK-Ag tests (professionally-administered) on Day 3 and 5 after arrival.

 

VTL Air Travel Guide : Malaysia To Singapore

The Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) released details of the Vaccinated Travel Lane rules for travel to and from Malaysia :

  • The joint VTL between Singapore and Malaysia is limited to travel between Changi Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), starting on 29 November 2021.
  • Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) applications for Short-Term Visitors and Singapore Permanent Residents will commence on 22 November 2021 – returning Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents who are fully-vaccinated will not need to apply.

The Singapore Minister of Transportation also announced that :

  • Applications for VTL will open on 22 November 2021.
  • Travellers to Singapore will be required to present a negative PCR test, or a professionally-administer ART (Antigen Rapid Test) taken 48 hours prior to departure.
  • Travellers to Singapore will be subjected to a PCR test on arrival.

Pre-Departure

  • Travellers must be fully-vaccinated with a WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL) vaccine, at least two weeks before arrival in Singapore.
  • Unvaccinated travellers who are 12 years and below in the calendar year can travel to Singapore via the VTL if accompanied by a fully-vaccinated VTL traveller.
  • Travellers must be able to provide the Digital Certificate for COVID-19 Vaccination, either downloaded or shown on the MySejahtera app.
  • Travellers must have only travelled to, or transited through any VTL countries (like Malaysia) or Category I countries (like Hong Kong, Macao, Mainland China, Taiwan) in the last 14 consecutive days before departure to Singapore.
  • Travellers must travel to Singapore on a designated VTL flight from Malaysia.
  • Foreign short-term visitors must purchase a suitable travel insurance with a minimum coverage of S$30,000 against COVID-19 related medical charges from a Singapore or overseas-based insurer.
  • Foreign short-term visitors that require a visa to enter Singapore, must apply fro a visa.
  • Travellers, except those aged 2 and below in the calendar year, must undergo a COVID-19 PCR test / Antigen Rapid Test within 2 days before departure to Singapore.
  • Travellers under the VTL do not need a return flight ticket to enter Singapore.

Applying To Travel Under VTL

  • Singapore citizens and permanent residents do not need to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass, but must comply with the VTL requirements.
  • Unvaccinated children of Singapore citizens and permanent residents, aged 12 and below, do not need to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass either.
  • Foreign visitors, including Short-Term Visitors and Long-Term Pass Holders, must apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass from 22 November 2021 (10 AM SGT) onwards.
  • Children aged 12 and below accompanying foreign visitors do not need to apply.
  • All applications must be submitted between 7 and 60 days before the intended date of entry into Singapore.
  • Every Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) is valid for 6 calendar days from the traveller’s chose date of entry.

Essential Documents

  • Travellers must carry along an electronic / physical copy of these documents to present to the airline staff and immigration officers.
Documents Singapore Citizens &
Permanent Residents
Long-Term
Pass Holders
Short-Term
Visitors
Accepted Proof of Vaccination
Negative Pre-Departure
COVID-19 Test
Valid Vaccinated Travel Pass
(VTP)
X
COVID-19 Insurance Policy X X
Valid Visa (If Required) X X

On-Arrival PCR Test

  • Travellers, except children aged 2 and below in the calendar year, are required to undergo a PCR test on arrival in Singapore.
  • After taking the PCR test, travellers must immediately take private transportation, taxi or private hire car (e.g. GrabSHN, Go-Jek, MVL(TADA), Ryde to their declared place of accommodation.
  • Travellers may also be picked up from the airport by their company / family member / friend in a private vehicle, but there should be no more than one person picking up the traveller from the airport.
  • All persons in the private vehicle must wear face masks throughout the journey.
  • Travellers must travel directly to their declared place of accommodation to await their COVID-19 PCR test results.

 

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Latest US International Travel Rules: What You Need To Know!

The United States just lifted its international travel ban, and here is WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW before travelling to the US for work or leisure!

 

US International Travel Ban Lifted On 8 November 2021!

Almost 20 months after shutting out international travellers, the United States reopened its borders on 8 November 2021.

This not only allows families to reunite, it has also reopened the doors to business travellers and tourists. Flights to the US were reportedly full.

Many Delta flights to the US were 100% full over the next few weeks, with a 450% surge in international bookings. Lufthansa also reported that their flights to the US were fully-booked, while Virgin Atlantic and British Airways said that their passenger volumes to the US was almost full.

 

Latest US International Travel Rules: What You Need To Know!

Before you book your tickets, please go through this summary of the latest US international travel rules (as of 10 November 2021)!

Who Must Be Fully-Vaccinated

All foreigners (18 years or older) travelling to the US must be fully-vaccinated, according to these requirements :

  • 2 weeks (14 days) after your dose of an accepted single-dose vaccine
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after your second dose of an accepted 2-dose series
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine (not placebo) in a clinical trial
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received the full series of a Novavax (or Covavax) COVID-19 vaccine (not placebo) in a phase 3 clinical trial
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received 2 doses of any “mix-and-match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines administered at least 17 days apart

Only these groups are exempted from the requirement to be fully-vaccinated :

  • US citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent residents
  • US immigrants
  • Air crew members
  • Persons on diplomatic or official foreign government travel
  • Children under 18 years of age
  • Persons with documented medical contraindications to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Participants in certain COVID-19 vaccine trials
  • Persons issued a humanitarian or emergency exception
  • Persons with valid visas [excluding B-1 (business) or B-2 (tourism) visas] who are citizens of a foreign country with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability
  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces or their spouses or children (under 18 years of age)
  • Sea crew members traveling with to a C-1 and D nonimmigrant visa
  • Persons whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, Secretary of Transportation, or Secretary of Homeland Security (or their designees)

Accepted COVID-19 Vaccines

The United States will accept all vaccines that received US FDA or WHO approval or EUL. As of 10 November 2021, t this includes :

Single Dose Vaccine

  • Johnson & Johnson Janssen

2-Dose Vaccines

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca
  • Covaxin
  • Covishield
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

Proof Of Vaccination

Travellers will be required to produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination that must include these information :

  • Personal identifiers : full name plus at least one other identifier such as date of birth or passport number) that match the personal identifiers on the passenger’s passport or other travel documents
  • Name of official source issuing the record : public health agency, government agency, or other authorized vaccine provider)
  • Vaccine manufacturer and date(s) of vaccination

These types of COVID-19 vaccination records will be accepted, as long as they have the information listed above :

Verifiable Records (Digital / Paper)

  • Vaccination certificate with QR code
  • Digital pass via smartphone application with QR code (e.g., United Kingdom National Health Service COVID Pass, European Union Digital COVID Certificate, Malaysia’s MySejahtera)

Non-Verifiable Paper Records

  • Printout of COVID-19 vaccination record
  • COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued at national or subnational level, or by an authorised vaccine provider (e.g. CDC vaccination card)

Non-Verifiable Digital Records

  • Digital photos of vaccination card or record,
  • Downloaded vaccine record or vaccination certificate from official source (e.g., public health agency, government agency, or other authorised vaccine provider), or
  • A mobile phone application without QR code

Proof Of Negative COVID-19 Test

Regardless of citizenship, ALL TRAVELLERS who are 2 years or older, must obtain a negative COVID-19 viral test, or produce documentation of recovery from COVID-19.

This proof of a negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 must be presented to the airlines before you are allowed to board the plane.

Fully-Vaccinated Travellers

The viral test must be conducted on a sample taken no more than 3 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country if you show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Travellers Who Are NOT Fully-Vaccinated

The viral test must be conducted on a sample taken no more than 1 day before the flight’s departure from a foreign country if you do not show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Travellers Who Recently Recovered From COVID-19

If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).

I hope this guide helps you safely and conveniently travel to the United States.

Here are the two key sources you can check for more details on US travel requirements :

Have a safe flight, and a great holiday in the United States!

 

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Perlis, Perak, Penang, Sabah + Kedah Upgraded To Phase 4!

Perlis, Perak, Penang, Sabah and Kedah will be upgraded to Phase 4, together with a slew of PPN SOP changes!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Perlis, Perak, Penang, Sabah + Kedah Upgraded To Phase 4!

On 5 November 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri, announced that :

  • Perlis, Perak, Penang, Sabah and Kedah will be upgraded from Phase 3 to Phase 4

These PPN phase changes will take effect on Monday, 8 November 2021.

This change will leave just two states under Phase 3 – Sarawak and Kelantan.

Read more : National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP : 24 October Edition!

The Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) also announced these PPN SOP changes :

Port Klang Vaccination Program For Ship Crew

Ship crew under the Klang port authority wlll be allowed to get vaccinated against COVID-19 when their ship docks at Port Klang.

This is subject to approval by the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM), Marine Department Malaysia (JKM) and the Immigration Department of Malaysia (JIM).

The COVID-19 vaccination will be conducted onboard their ship, to avoid transporting the crew members to a clinic or medical facility.

Stadium Access For Fully-Vaccinated Adolescents

From Monday, 8 November 2021 onwards, fully-vaccinated adolescents (12-17 years-old) will also be allowed to enter stadiums and all sports facilities, in addition to fully-vaccinated adults.

Children who are NOT fully-vaccinated or only partially-vaccinated are NOT allowed to enter stadiums, including all sports facilities.

Eating and drinking at stadiums are still NOT ALLOWED.

Switch From Hotel To Private Quarantine Station

From Friday, 12 November 2021 onwards, the Malaysian government will switch from using quarantine hotels to using private quarantine facilities.

The quarantine management cost of RM2,600 for each foreign traveller will be abolished.

However, the quarantine rate charge by the quarantine station will remain at the same maximum rate of RM150 per person per day.

The quarantine charges for SEVEN (7) groups of Malaysian citizens will be WAIVED and paid for by the government.

The repeat COVID-19 screening test for these travellers will be coordinated by the Malaysia Ministry of Health through the State / District Health Office.

 

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Langkawi International Tourism Bubble : SOP + Rules!

Malaysia will open Langkawi to international tourists who will NOT need to undergo quarantine!

Here is what you need to know about its SOP and rules!

 

Langkawi International Tourism Bubble : Starts 15 November!

On 22 October 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia announced the approval of the Langkawi international tourism bubble!

Starting 15 November 2021, foreign tourists will be allowed to travel to Langkawi for leisure without quarantine!

 

Langkawi International Tourism Bubble : SOP + Rules

Foreign tourists who wish to take opportunity of this Langkawi International Tourism Bubble will need to comply with these SOP and rules.

Who Can Travel To Langkawi?

The Langkawi International Tourism Bubble will target these foreign tourists :

  • high yield tourists
  • fully-vaccinated individuals
  • children below 18 years old who are travelling with their fully-vaccinated parents or guardians
  • from a selected list of countries approved by the Immigration Department, Health Ministry and Foreign Ministry

When Will It Start?

The Langkawi International Tourism Bubble will begin on 15 November 2021, and last for 3 months.

KKM and MKN will monitor the effectiveness of this pilot program before expanding it to other resort islands and tourist destinations.

Basic Requirements

  • Must stay in Langkawi for a minimum of 3 days
  • Will not be required to quarantine
  • Must undergo a RT-PCR test for COVID-19 within 72 hours before departure
  • Must show negative RT-PCR test in digital or printed form
  • Must purchase insurance coverage of a minimum of US$80,000
  • Must use the services of a MOTAC licensed tour operator
  • Must fill and sign a Health Declaration Form LoU and Indemnity
  • Must install the MySejahtera app, and register an account before departure

Arrival

  • On arrival at KLIA, must undergo Rapid Molecular Testing (1.5 hours)
  • If flying to Langkawi, must undergo RT-PCR test for COVID-19 on Day 2
  • If positive for COVID-19, the tourist will be brought directly to a quarantine or isolation centre or hospital, depending on the Category
  • Must have a tour guide for every travel group (maximum of 20 people).
  • If only staying in Langkawi for 3 days, screening test on Day 2 will suffice (can be used for return trip)
  • If staying in Langkawi for more than 5 days, must undergo a screening test on Day 5 as well.
  • All costs must be borne by the tourists

Departure

  • Must undergo RT-PCR test for COVID-19 within 72 hours before departure.
  • If only stayed in Langkawi for 3 days, screening test on Day 2 can be used for the departure instead

 

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PPN Phase + SOP Changes On 22 October 2021!

Malaysia just announced a slew of PPN Phase + SOP changes on 22 October 2021!

Here is what you need to know…

 

PPN Phase Changes On 22 October 2021!

On 22 October 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri, announced that :

These PPN phase changes will take effect on Monday, 25 October 2021.

 

PPN SOP Changes On 22 October 2021!

The Prime Minister also announced additional SOP changes for the National Recovery Plan, which will start on different dates.

  1. Fully-vaccinated adolescents (12 to 17 years old) will enjoy the same privileges as fully-vaccinated adults in 3 weeks.

    This will not take immediate effect but three weeks later – in mid-November, to ensure that about 80% of adolescents have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

  2. The Langkawi Island Pilot Project for International Tourism Bubble (Inbound) has been approved for 3 months, starting on 15 November 2021.This pilot tourism project allows these selected individuals to enter Langkawi Island without quarantine :
    a) high yield tourists
    b) fully-vaccinated individuals
    c) children below 18 years old who are travelling with their fully-vaccinated parents or guardians
    d) a selected list of countries approved by the Immigration Department, Health Ministry and Foreign Ministry.

    These tourists must agree to these conditions :a) stay for a minimum of 3 days in Langkawi Island
    b) undergo an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 within 72 hours before departure
    c) purchase insurance coverage of at least US$80,000
    d) must use the services of a MOTAC licensed tour operator
    e) must fill and sign a Health Declaration Form LoU and Indemnity
    f) must install the MySejahtera app, and register an account before departure

    More details : Langkawi International Tourism Bubble : SOP + Rules!

  3. Foreign workers can now be brought in for the plantation sector, subject to a 7-day quarantine, and these conditions :
    a) must be fully-vaccinated in the country of origin (certified by WHO)
    b) undergo an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 within 72 hours before departure
    c) enter through KLIA 1 or KLIA 2, except for Thai workers travelling through Bukit Kayu Hitam, Wang Kelian, Betong and Rantau Panjang
    d) undergo a 7-day quarantine in a quarantine centre
    e) undergo an RT-PCR test on Day 2 and Day 5 of the quarantine

    Foreign workers for other sectors will be decided later by the Minister of Domestic Affairs and the Minister of Human Resources.

 

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PPN Phase + SOP Changes On 15 October 2021!

Malaysia just announced a slew of PPN Phase + SOP changes on 15 October 2021!

Here is what you need to know…

 

PPN Phase Changes On 15 October 2021!

On 15 October 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri, announced that :

  • Kelantan, Penang, Sabah and Kedah will be upgraded from Phase 2 to Phase 3
  • Melaka and Klang Valley (KL, Selangor, Putrajaya) will be upgraded from Phase 3 to Phase 4

These PPN phase changes will take effect on Monday, 18 October 2021.

 

PPN SOP Changes On 15 October 2021!

The Prime Minister also announced additional SOP changes for the National Recovery Plan, which will start on different dates.

  1. R&R (Rest & Recreation) facilities at all highways will be allowed to operate 24 hours, starting Saturday, 16 October 2021.
  2. E-hailing vehicles will be allowed to operate at maximum capacity in ALL PPN Phases , starting Saturday, 16 October 2021.
  3. The quarantine for overseas travellers will be reduced from Monday, 18 October 2021 :
    a) 7-day quarantine – either at home (if suitable) or at a quarantine facility – for fully-vaccinated travellers
    b) 10-day quarantine at a quarantine facility for travellers who are partially vaccinated, or not vaccinated.
  4. The quarantine for Close Contacts will be reduced from Monday, 18 October 2021 :
    a) 7-day quarantine – either at home (if suitable) or at a quarantine facility – for fully-vaccinated individuals
    b) 10-day quarantine at a quarantine facility for individuals who are partially vaccinated, or not vaccinated.
  5. Cyber cafe and cyber centre services are allowed to operate, starting Sunday, 17 October 2021 :
    a) 80% capacity for Phase 3 areas
    b) 100% capacity for Phase 4 areas
  6. Religious pilgrimage (umrah) will be allowed from Monday, 18 October 2021 onwards.
  7. Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) face-to-face events are allowed in Phase 3 states for fully-vaccinated individuals, starting Monday, 18 October 2021, subject to these conditions :
    a) all participants must undergo pre-event COVID-19 screening test (saliva test or RTK antigen).
    b) all participants must maintain physical distance.
    c) all participants must wear face masks.
    d) limited to 50% of menu capacity.
  8. Test and Release (T&R) pilot programme will begin on Monday, 18 October 2021, limited to this group of travellers with strict travel plans / itinerary for official visits.
    a) National figure
    b) Minister
    c) Deputy Minister
    d) Chief Minister
    e) State EXCO member
    f) Members of Parliament
    g) Government official
    This programme will be expanded to include business travellers soon.
    Those participating in this programme must be fully-vaccinated, and will be required to :
    – submit an application with supporting documents to MKN and KKM for approval
    – undergo a PCR test 3 days before returning to Malaysia
    – undergo a PCR test on arrival in Malaysia

 

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Sabah Reopens : Here Are The New Travel Requirements!

Sabah is reopening soon, with inter-district and interstate travel allowed!

Here is what you need to know about the new travel requirements for Sabah!

 

Sabah To Allow Interstate + Inter-District Travel

Now that Sabah has achieved 70% vaccination of its population, it is getting ready to reopen :

  • Inter-district travel will be ALLOWED starting Thursday, 14 October 2021
  • Interstate travel will be ALLOWED starting Monday, 1 November 2021

 

Here Are The New Travel Requirements For Sabah

Inter-District Travel (From 14 October)

Inter-district travel is only ALLOWED for these individuals :

  • Fully-vaccinated adults
  • Adolescents 12 to 18 years who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose
  • Children below 12 years when accompanied by fully-vaccinated parents

Interstate Travel (From 1 November)

Interstate travel is only ALLOWED for these individuals :

  • Fully-vaccinated adults
  • Adolescents 12 to 18 years who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose
  • Children below 12 years when accompanied by fully-vaccinated parents

In addition, travellers must undergo a COVID screening test within 3 days before travel date :

  • either RT-PCR test, or
  • RTK-Ag test (swab / saliva)

 

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Malaysia : Interstate + International Travel Requirements!

Both interstate travel and international travel are now ALLOWED across Malaysia!

Here are the new requirements for interstate and international travel in Malaysia!

 

Malaysia : Interstate + International Travel Now Allowed!

On 10 October 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia Ismail Sabri announced that 90% of the population* in Malaysia has been fully vaccinated.

Therefore, he announced that both interstate travel and international travel will be allowed in Malaysia, beginning Monday, 11 October 2021.

He also said that the government does not plan to reimpose any interstate and international travel ban, even if COVID-19 cases increase, and that any measures taken will be limited to a particular hot spots.

* based on the last census, so the actual percentage is significantly lower than 90%.

 

Malaysia : Interstate + International Travel Requirements

Here are some details and restrictions on interstate travel that you need to know :

  • In addition to interstate travel, interstate tourism is also allowed.
  • There is no need to request for police permission to travel interstate.
  • Only FULLY-VACCINATED individuals (and children who are 17 years or younger) are allowed to travel interstate or enjoy interstate tourism.
  • There will not be no interstate roadblocks to control travel, but there will continue to be roadblocks for crime and safety purposes.
  • The police will also randomly check to verify that those travelling interstate are fully-vaccinated.
  • Even if unvaccinated / those who are not fully vaccinated travel, they will still be denied entry to many public places.
  • Owners of food premises, grocery shops, shopping malls, sports facilities, gyms, offices and so on are reminded to check for vaccination status as well as COVID-19 risk status in MySejahtera before allowing entry.
  • Travellers are NOT allowed to enter EMCO / PKPD areas.
  • Travellers are strongly advised to test for COVID-19 before travelling, but this is not a requirement.
  • Travellers must comply with the existing COVID-19 SOP.

When it comes to international travel though, there are a few requirements and details you need to know :

  • The government has abolished MyTravelPass. There is NO NEED to register for MyTravelPass.
  • Overseas travel, including international tourism, is permitted to all other countries.
  • However, foreign tourists are still NOT allowed to enter Malaysia. Entry is only permitted for travellers entering Malaysia for official, business or emergency reasons.
  • Only FULLY-VACCINATED individuals (and children who are 17 years or younger) can travel overseas.
  • Travellers returning to Malaysia must also :
    – undergo a swab test three (3) days before returning to Malaysia,
    – undergo a swab test on returning to Malaysia, and
    – undergo a MANDATORY QUARANTINE of 14 days.
  • Malaysian residents can self-quarantine at home, but in certain cases (like when positive cases are detected), the Health Ministry may place them in quarantine centres.

Read more : Who Needs To Apply For MyTravelPass + Who Don’t?

Please note that in Malaysia, you are considered FULLY-VACCINATED only after :

  • More than 14 days after receiving both doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccine.
  • More than 28 days after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson or Cansino vaccine.

 

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Malaysian Vaccination Certificate Rejected By Hong Kong?

Is the vaccination certificate of Malaysian travellers being rejected by Hong Kong authorities?

Take a look at the new viral warning, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Malaysian Vaccination Certificate Rejected By Hong Kong?

On 22 July 2021, this warning about the Malaysian vaccination certificate being rejected by Hong Kong authorities went viral.

Wah, our digital Vac certificate is not recognised by HK!! I thought there should be global reciprocity!

[22/7, 7:30 pm] HS: News travels fast.
Hong Kong health ministry has declared the following this morning:

1) Malaysia is now classified as one of the highest risk countries for COVID-19 infection

2) All returning Hong Kong residents from Malaysia will need to undergo a 21 days compulsory quarantine at a designated hotel and to undergo 4 specific COVID-19 test, upon arrival, on the 5th day, 10th day and 18th day

3) Vaccination certificates issued by the Malaysian authorities will not be recognised or accepted and a new COVID-19 vaccination has to be administered locally

What a shame to Malaysian!!
[22/7, 7:30 pm] HS: Our digital certificate not laku!!!

 

Fact : Malaysian Vaccination Certificate NOT Rejected By Hong Kong

This is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS being created every day and shared on WhatsApp. Here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : Hong Kong Does Not Have A Health Ministry

Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region in the People’s Republic of China.

It does not have a Health Ministry, only a Department of Health, which reports to the Hong Kong Food and Health Bureau.

Fact #2 : Hong Kong Did Not Declare Malaysia As Highest Risk Country

The Hong Kong government did not classify Malaysia as “one of the highest risk countries for COVID-19”.

The HK Department of Health issued two press releases on 22 July 2021, both not related to Malaysia. Neither were there any press statements about Malaysia in the last month or so.

The HK Immigration Department has not issued any press releases since 19 July 2021, certainly nothing about Malaysia in the last month or so.

Fact #3 : Malaysia Still Classified As Group B Country

As of 22 July 2021, Malaysia is still classified as a Group B country by the Hong Kong government, which is the third rung of their risk ladder :

  • Group A1 (Extremely High Risk) : Brazil, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, The Philippines, South Africa and The United Kingdom.
  • Group A2 (Very High Risk) : Ireland, Russia
  • Group B (High Risk) : Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Romania, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America, and Vietnam
  • Group C (Medium Risk) : All other countries, except China and those not in Groups A1, A2, B and D.
  • Group D (Low Risk) : Australia and New Zealand

Fact #4 : Non Residents Are Barred From Entering Hong Kong

As of 22 July 2021, the Hong Kong government bars non-residents from entering Hong Kong if they have stayed in these countries in the last 14 days :

  • Taiwan
  • Any country in Groups A1, A2, B and C

That practically means that non-Hong Kong residents must first stay in a Group D country – either Australia or New Zealand – for at least 14 days before they are allowed to enter Hong Kong!.

Fact #5 : Hong Kong Recognises Many COVID-19 Vaccines

As of 29 June 2021, the Hong Kong government recognises thirteen COVID-19 vaccines, including the three vaccines being used in Malaysia – Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sinovac.

Fact #6 : Everyone Entering Hong Kong Must Quarantine

Whether you are vaccinated or not, all travellers – whether Hong Kong residents or foreigners – must quarantine after entering Hong Kong.

As mentioned above, only non-Hong Kong residents travelling from Group D countries (currently Australia and New Zealand) are allowed to enter Hong Kong.

  • If fully vaccinated with recognised vaccines :
    – 7-day compulsory quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel
    – 2 tests during quarantine
    – 3rd test on 12th day
  • If not fully vaccinated / vaccinated with unrecognised vaccines :
    – 14-day compulsory quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel
    – 3 tests during quarantine
    – additional tests on 16th and 19th days

Fact #7 : Everyone Entering Hong Kong Must Undergo A COVID-19 Test

Irrespective of whether you have been tested before flying to Hong Kong, all travellers to Hong Kong are required (as of 22 July 2021) to undergo a COVID-19 test on arrival.

Testing is conducted at the HK Department of Health’s Temporary Specimen Collection Centre, and travellers have to wait for their test results.

Only after a negative test result are they permitted to travel to their quarantine hotel.

Those who test positive will be transferred to a hospital for isolation and treatment.

 

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Latest Foreign Travel Rules For Malaysian Citizens!

Here are the latest foreign travel rules for Malaysian citizens that the National Security Council just shared!

 

Latest Foreign Travel Rules For Malaysian Citizens!

On 23 June 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) posted a summary of the latest foreign travel rules for Malaysian citizens.

Foreign travel approval is divided into the foreign three categories (effective 17 May 2021) :

Category 1 : No Need To Apply For Approval

  • Diplomats and employees of Malaysian embassies and their dependents
  • Students who are currently studying, or about to continue their studies
  • Long term foreign pass holders (permanent residents / resident pass / work pass and so on)
  • Employees of petroleum and shipping companies, who need to sign-on to board ships
  • Escorting students travelling for further studies (limited to 2 persons)

Category 2 : Must Apply For MyTravelPass (MTP)

Those in this list must apply for MyTravelPass (MTP) at https://mtp.imi.gov.my/

  • Just received a job offer overseas
  • Just received an offer to study overseas
  • Students who wish to take examinations overseas
  • Attending meeting / seminar / exhibition / managing business
  • Emergency matters

All queries can be performed through the Online Help System (SPO).

Category 3 : Not Allowed At All

These foreign trips are completely FORBIDDEN :

  • Going for a vacation
  • Visiting family members overseas

 

Important Foreign Travel Links For Malaysian Citizens!

Here are some important links for Malaysian citizens applying for foreign travel permission :

MyTravelPass (MTP) : https://mtp.imi.gov.my/

MyTravelPass Enquiries : http://eapp.imi.gov.my/spo *
* Note :
This page lacks SSL encryption, so your web browser may warn you about this.

Check MyTravelPass Application Status : https://mtp.imi.gov.my/myTravelPass/semakan

Check Immigration Travel Status : https://sspi.imi.gov.my/SSPI/

MyOnline Passport : https://eservices.imi.gov.my/myimms/myPassport *
* Note :
This Immigration Malaysia website is using an outdated security configuration, so your web browser may warn you about this.

 

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Peninsular Malaysia : CMCO / PKPB Lockdown SOP!

Here is the official MKN SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed during the CMCO / PKPB lockdown of Peninsular Malaysia!

 

Peninsular Malaysia : CMCO / PKPB Lockdown Until 6 December!

With record highs in COVID-19 cases, the Malaysian National Security Council announced a 4-week CMCO / PKPB lockdown of KL, Putrajaya, and all states in Peninsular Malaysia, except for Perlis, Pahang and Kelantan.

  • North : Kedah, Penang, Perak
  • East : Terengganu
  • Central : Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya
  • South : Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor

This expansive CMCO / PKPB lockdown will start at 12:01 AM on 9 November 2020 and end on 6 December 2020.

 

Peninsular Malaysia : Official CMCO / PKPB SOP!

Here is the confirmed MKN SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed during the CMCO / PKPB lockdown of Peninsular Malaysia :

GENERAL

  • Only two persons from each household are allowed to go out to purchase food supplies or daily necessities.
  • Only two persons from each household are allowed to dine-in at any restaurant / cafe.
  • High risk individuals and children are not encouraged to go out.
  • No one is allowed to enter or leave the areas under CMCO lockdown.
  • Interstate travel is forbidden, except for work, economic or industrial purposes.
  • Emergency cases and accidents requiring medical treatment are allowed to travel without police permission.
  • Those with medical appointments are allowed to travel, by showing the referral letter or appointment card.
  • Funerals outside of CMCO areas are allowed, with police permission.
  • Workers will need a valid work pass or letter of permission from their employers to get past state and district roadblocks.
  • Employers must let their employees work from home, unless they are essential to business continuity.
  • Individuals who intend to travel by air must obtain prior permission from the police before they head to the airport.
  • Residents of CMCO areas are allowed to return from outstation, with the permission of the police.
  • Travel through the CMCO areas to non-CMCO areas are allowed, with permission from the nearest police station.

ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

  • All business, economic and industrial activity can proceed as usual.
  • Businesses must ensure that customers are physically distanced by 1 meter while entering or leaving their premises.
  • Businesses must limit the number of customers within their premise, and publicly display the maximum number of customers allowed inside.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed, between 6 AM and 12 AM.
  • Restaurants, food stores, food trucks, hawkers, food courts, food stalls, food kiosks, groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 AM.
  • Dine-in is allowed but limited to 2 persons per small table or 4 persons per large table, but must follow the Food Sector SOP. There should be 1 meter distance between every person.
    Only in Selangor : 5 persons per large table meant for 10 people.
    * Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari announced the change on 16 October 2020.
  • Food deliveries, drive-through purchases and food take-aways are encouraged.
  • Daily markets are allowed to open from 6 AM until 2 PM.
  • Wholesale markets are allowed to open from 12 AM until 5 PM.
  • Farmer’s markets are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 PM.
  • Night markets are allowed to open from 4 PM until 12 AM.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 AM, except for those on highways – they can open 24 hours
  • Laundry services are allowed between 6 AM and 12 AM.
  • All other permitted businesses are allowed to operate between 6 AM and 12 AM.
  • Public buses, express buses, MRT, LRT, ERL, Monorail, taxi and e-hailing services are allowed to operate.
  • Taxis and e-hailing vehicles are limited to 2 passengers, and allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Food deliveries are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All transportation and delivery vehicles involved in industry, business, and manufacturing are allowed to continue as normal, including cross-district and cross-state travel.

Recommended : CMCO Business Activities Extended To 12 AM, Except Sabah!

HEALTHCARE

  • Public and private clinics and hospitals are allowed to open 24 hours.
  • Pharmacies and drugstores are allowed to open from 8 AM until 11 PM.

FISHING, FARMING, PLANTATION INDUSTRIES

  • The fishing, farming, plantation, livestock and related food chain industries are allowed to operate.

PORTS + AIRPORTS

  • All ports and airport services are allowed to operate.
  • Individuals who intend to travel by air must obtain prior permission from the police before heading to the airport.

RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES

  • Religious activities in mosques and suraus are allowed with limits to the number of participants, according to the state authorities
  • Religious activities in other houses of worship are allowed with limited to the number of participants, according to MKN / MOH / state or federal authorities.
  • Akad nikah ceremonies are allowed with a maximum limit of 30 people, based on the area and physical distancing, or as set by the state religious authorities.
  • Wedding registration ceremonies for non-Muslims are allowed with a maximum limit of 30 people, based on the area and physical distancing.

ENTERTAINMENT, RECREATION + CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

  • Entertainment centres, pubs and night clubs are forbidden to open.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds and cinemas are forbidden to open.

CREATIVE INDUSTRY

  • Recording activities for music, concerts, filming, interviews, and so on are allowed both in studios and outdoors, limited to CMCO areas with limited crew and no audience, according to the SOP.
  • Live event activities are permitted without an audience, with limited crew set by MOH.
  • Busking activities in indoor locations are allowed, based on time limits and limited number of audience, as set by MOH.
  • All other activities NOT listed in the Negative List are permitted, based on the existing SOP.

SPORTS + RECREATION

  • Individual sporting activities and non-contact recreation or those performed individually and not involving more than 10 people, like walking, jogging, cycling, aerobics, hiking, fishing, and so on are permitted.
  • Picnics, swimming pool activities and contact sports are forbidden.
  • Certain commercial sports facilities – gyms, football fields, futsal courts, badminton halls – are allowed to open from 6 AM until 10 PM, starting 19 October 2020.
  • Commercial field and futsal facilities are limited to training activities that do not involve physical contact and limited to up to 10 people at any one time.
  • Sporting events and competitions with spectators and/or with participants from other states are forbidden.
  • Training programs by the National Sports Council and state sports councils can continue according to a Quarantine Based Approach.

EDUCATION

  • All public and private schools, institutions of higher learning, vocational training institutes, kindergartens, day care centres, tahfiz centres, public parks and recreation centres must close.
  • Only nurseries and childcare centres with permission to remain open for frontliners and working parents can remain open.
  • Students who are undergoing exams are permitted to continue taking their exams.

SEMINARS / WORKSHOPS / CONFERENCES

  • All seminars, workshops, courses, training, conferences, lectures and MICE (Meeting, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) are forbidden.
  • Face to face meetings are discouraged, and should be held through video conferencing, with these exceptions :
    – face-to-face meetings involving expatriate and C Suite with physical distancing and face masks
    – internal meetings according to JPA circulars and MITI guidelines

CELEBRATIONS

  • Official and unofficial government and private ceremonies, and social events like weddings, banquets, engagement parties, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, birthdays, anniversary parties, reunions are forbidden.

TOURISM

  • All domestic tourism activities that cross into or out of the CMCO areas are forbidden.
  • Tour companies are allowed to operate, based on existing SOP.
  • Hotels are allowed to provide accommodation.
  • Restaurants, including F&B outlets and lounges are allowed. Dine-in is limited to 2 persons per table. Room service, take-aways and food delivery are encouraged.
  • Swimming pool, gym, seminar rooms, halls are not allowed to operate.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe :

  • Avoid suspected cases or disease hotpots, like hospitals, if possible!
  • Avoid public events and crowds
  • Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
  • Keep our homes, offices, vehicles, etc. clean
  • If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
  • Wash your food with water (and soap) after purchase and before preparation

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Klang Valley CMCO Lockdown Extended To 9 November 2020!

The Malaysian government just announced a 2-week extension of the Klang Valley CMCO / PKPB lockdown! 😱

 

Klang Valley CMCO Lockdown Extended To 9 November 2020!

In a move that was not exactly unexpected, the Malaysian government just announced a 2-week extension of the Klang Valley CMCO lockdown!

Instead of ending on 27 October 2020, the CMCO / PKPB lockdown is now extended to 9 November 2020.

 

Klang Valley CMCO / PKPB : Same SOP?

The Malaysian government did not announce any change to the SOP, so the current CMCO / PKPB SOP should apply.

Here are some of the SOP for the CMCO / PKPB in KL, Selangor and Putrajaya :

  • All business, economic and industrial activity can proceed as usual.
  • Businesses must ensure that customers are physically distanced by 1 meter while entering or leaving their premises.
  • Businesses must limit the number of customers within their premise, and publicly display the maximum number of customers allowed inside.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed, but must follow the established SOP.
  • Restaurants, food stores, food trucks, hawkers, food courts, food stalls, food kiosks, groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM until 10 PM.
  • Dine-in is allowed but limited to 2 persons per small table or 4 persons per large table*, but must follow the Food Sector SOP.
    * Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the change on 15 October 2020.
    Only in Selangor : 5 persons per large table meant for 10 people.
    * Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari announced the change on 16 October 2020.
  • Food deliveries, drive-through purchases and food take-aways are encouraged.
  • Wholesale markets are allowed to open from 4 AM until 2 PM.
  • Daily markets are allowed to open from 6 AM until 2 PM.
  • Farmer’s markets are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 PM.
  • Night markets are allowed to open from 4 PM until 10 PM.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to open from 6 AM until 10 PM, except for those on highways – they can open 24 hours
  • Public buses, express buses, MRT, LRT, ERL, Monorail, taxi and e-hailing services are allowed to operate.
  • Taxis and e-hailing vehicles are limited to 2 passengers, and allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Food deliveries are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All transportation and delivery vehicles involved in industry, business, and manufacturing are allowed to continue as normal, including cross-district and cross-state travel.

For more details, please see CMCO / PKPB SOP for KL, Selangor, Putrajaya.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe :

  • Avoid suspected cases or disease hotpots, like hospitals, if possible!
  • Avoid public events and crowds
  • Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
  • Keep our homes, offices, vehicles, etc. clean
  • If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
  • Wash your food with water (and soap) after purchase and before preparation

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FamilyMart KLIA2 : Staff Tests Positive For COVID-19!

FamilyMart shut down their KLIA2 outlet today, after an employee there tested positive for COVID-19.

Find out what happened, and what you should do if you were there recently!

 

FamilyMart KLIA2 : One Employee Positive For COVID-19

On 25 October 2020, FamilyMart announced that an employee at their KLIA2 outlet tested positive for COVID-19.

That employee was last at work on 22 October 2020, but only tested positive today, 25 October 2020.

FamilyMart immediately shut down their KLIA2 outlet for a deep cleaning and sanitisation today, 25 October 2020., and will remain closed until further notice.

Meanwhile, the remaining staff there undergo screening and self-quarantine.

This is the second KLIA2 outlet to shut down because of COVID-19, after Jaya Grocer on 20 October 2020.

This FamilyMart KLIA2 outlet is located in a high-traffic area, next to the arrivals pic-up area.

 

FamilyMart KLIA2 COVID-19 Exposure : Should You Be Concerned?

In accordance with the Malaysia Ministry of Health guidelines, they will be performing contact tracing, and contacting those who came in close contact with the affected employee.

If you happened to be in close contact with the employee, you will be contacted and asked to undergo a screening test.

This infection reinforces the importance of contact tracing, and the MySejahtera mobile app which logs the movements of its users.

While public premises offer physical logbooks, we highly recommend that you use the MySejahtera mobile app, because it allows for easier and faster contact tracing.

Using the MySejahtera mobile app also obviates the need to sign a physical logbook, which usually means using a shared pen – an unnecessary risk factor.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is easily destroyed by soap, so the deep cleaning operation will definitely clean the outlet of any infectious particles.

But most important of all – we need to remember to always wear a face mask in public. Face masks have been proven to prevent the spread and reduce the risk of being infected.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe :

  • Avoid suspected cases or disease hotpots, like hospitals, if possible!
  • Avoid public events and crowds
  • Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
  • Keep our homes, offices, vehicles, etc. clean
  • If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
  • Wash your food with water (and soap) after purchase and before preparation

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Interstate Travel SOP For CMCO Areas In Peninsular Malaysia

Here is the interstate travel SOP for those who need to travel into, out of, or through CMCO areas in Peninsular Malaysia!

 

Peninsular Malaysia CMCO : Interstate Travel SOP

The Royal Malaysia Police recently issued the SOP for cross-state travel during the CMCO / PKPB lockdown in KL, Selangor and Putrajaya.

As announced by the Senior Minister (Security) and Defence Minister, Dato Sri Ismail Yaakob, there are FOUR (4) categories of travellers that will be permitted to undertake interstate travel.

  1. Residents of CMCO areas who need to travel to other states for emergency reasons (medical treatments and funerals) only
  2. Travellers who need to cross the CMCO areas for emergency reasons.
  3. Outstation travellers who wish to enter the CMCO areas for emergency reasons.
  4. Individuals who wish to access air transportation at KLIA, KLIA 2 and Subang Airport.

Travellers in those four categories need to fill in this form for the CMCO / PKPB Travel Permit (Permit Pergerakan Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Bersyarat) :

After filling the form, travellers must submit it to the nearest police station for their approval, BEFORE they begin their journey.

Please note that ONLY TWO PERSONS are allowed to travel together.

Workers are allowed to cross into other districts or states, as long as they have a work pass or permission letter from their employer.

 

Peninsular Malaysia CMCO : Interstate Travel Examples

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) listed two examples of permitted cross-state travel :

Category 2

An individual from Johor travelling to Penang wishes to cross Selangor for emergency reasons. He/she must fill in the form and send it to the nearest police station in Johor for approval, before making the journey.

Category 3

An individual from Melaka would like to enter Putrajaya for emergency reasons. He/she must fill in the form and send it to the nearest police station in Melaka for approval, before making the journey.

 

Peninsular Malaysia CMCO : Interstate Travel FAQ

Who Needs A Travel Permit?

Only those who need to enter, exit or pass through Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Putrajaya for emergency reasons must obtain a CMCO / PKPB travel permit.

Workers who need to enter or exit Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Putrajaya for work reasons do NOT need to fill in the form. They only need to show their work pass / permission letter from their employers.

How Many People Can Travel Together?

Under this CMCO / PKPB travel permit, a maximum of two persons can travel together.

What If You Don’t Forgot The Permit?

If you forgot to obtain a permit prior to your travel, or forgot to take it with you, you can stop by a nearby police station to fill in a new form and obtain approval before crossing the CMCO / PKPB roadblocks.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe :

  • Avoid suspected cases or disease hotpots, like hospitals, if possible!
  • Avoid public events and crowds
  • Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
  • Keep our homes, offices, vehicles, etc. clean
  • If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
  • Wash your food with water (and soap) after purchase and before preparation

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The Galaxy Note7 Return Guidance At KLIA & KLIA2 Airports

Just days ago, the Malaysian DCA issued a directive permitting the carriage of the Galaxy Note7 onboard aircraft flying into and out of Malaysia, subject to certain conditions. However, the directive still calls for airports and airlines to deny carriage of the Galaxy Note7 phablets.

To prevent confusion and inconvenience, Samsung Malaysia just issued specific Galaxy Note7 return guidance for users travelling via the KLIA or KLIA2 airports. They have obviously been hard at work for some time on the Galaxy Note7 return program at both airports. Take a look for yourself!

 

The Galaxy Note7 Return Program At KLIA & KLIA2

Here is the Galaxy Note7 return guidance at KLIA or KLIA2 :

  1. Back up your Galaxy Note7, or transfer your files to a microSD card.
  2. Return your Galaxy Note7 to the Samsung Galaxy Note7 booth at :
    • KLIA : Level 5, Main Terminal (beside the Emirates ticketing counter)
    • KLIA 2 : Mezzanine Level, Departure Hall, Sector 2
  3. Your Galaxy Note7 will be factory-reset on the spot by Samsung Customer Service.
  4. If your Galaxy Note7 was purchased in Malaysia – a Samsung Malaysia Customer Service representative will contact you to arrange for an exchange or refund.
  5. If your Galaxy Note7 was purchased outside of Malaysia, you will need to provide your passport and boarding pass for verification. The Samsung Malaysia Customer Service representative will provide you with an official “Samsung Galaxy Note7 Receipt” form, acknowledging the acceptance of your Galaxy Note7. You can then contact the local Samsung Customer Service Careline of the original country of purchase to enquire about the exchange or refund of your Galaxy Note7.

 

Can You Borrow A Loan Device?

You can request for a loan device at the Samsung Galaxy Note7 booth located at :

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  • KLIA : Level 5, Main Terminal (beside the Emirates ticketing counter)
  • KLIA 2 : Mezzanine Level, Departure Hall, Sector 2

You will need to complete the following steps :

  1. Please show your passport and boarding pass for verification.
  2. Fill up the “Samsung Galaxy Note7 Receipt” form.
  3. You will receive a loan device (subject to availability).
  4. Upon returning to Malaysia / your home country, you need to visit the nearest Samsung Customer Service Centre to return the loan device.
  5. The Galaxy Note7 refund / exchange process will only take place after the loan device is returned to Samsung Customer Service.

 

What If I Am Overseas With A Galaxy Note7 Purchased In Malaysia?

Unfortunately, Samsung Malaysia is only able to advise about the Malaysian DCA carriage permission, and the Galaxy Note7 collection at KLIA and KLIA2 airports.

If you are currently overseas with a Galaxy Note7 purchased in Malaysia, you will need to contact the local Samsung Customer Service Careline of the country you are in. They will have a country-specific return process that will allow you to return the Galaxy Note7 there, instead of bringing it back to Malaysia.

 

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