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Malaysia No Longer Requires Traveller's Pass!

Malaysia No Longer Requires Traveller’s Pass!

All travellers to Malaysia will no longer be required to obtain the Traveller’s Pass in MySejahtera!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Currently : Foreign Travellers Need Traveller’s Pass To Enter Malaysia!

Since 1 May 2022, the Malaysian government has liberalised air travel into Malaysia, waiving both quarantine and insurance requirements.

However, they still require foreign travellers to fill in their details in MySejahtera, to obtain a Traveller’s Pass, prior to departure.

  1. Download the MySejahtera app, and register for your MySejahtera account.
  2. Click on the Traveller icon in MySejahtera, and complete the pre-departure form
    a) fully-vaccinated travellers will receive a Digital Traveller’s Card
    b) partially vaccinated / unvaccinated travellers will receive a Digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO).

This requirement used to apply to Malaysian citizens too, but was waived starting 4 July 2022.

Read more : Air Travel To Malaysia : Latest Covid-19 Requirements + SOP!

 

Now : Traveller’s Pass No Longer Required To Travel To Malaysia!

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced on 31 July 2022 that all travellers will no longer be required to obtain the Traveller’s Pass.

Starting Monday, 1 August 2022, all travellers to Malaysia – citizens and foreigners alike – will no longer be required to fill in their details using the Traveller option in MySejahtera, to obtain a Traveller’s Pass or Digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO).

With this relaxation, travelling to Malaysia will essentially return to pre-pandemic norms. All you need to enter Malaysia is a valid passport, and a visa (if required).

 

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China Introduces COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate In Beijing!

China is introducing their first-ever vaccine mandate, to protect Beijing from a new COVID-19 outbreak!

Here is what you need to know…

 

China Introduces COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate In Beijing!

From Monday, July 11, 2022 onwards, Beijing residents will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at these public locations :

  • Live performances
  • Entertainment venues like movie theatres, museums, art galleries, cultural centres
  • Gyms and training facilities, stadiums and other sports venues
  • Libraries and tutoring centres
  • Internet cafes

This vaccine mandate will apply to everyone, including medical staff, people working in community service operations, home furnishing operators, express delivery providers, and people attending conferences.

Beijing residents will also need to receive a booster dose, although exemptions will be available for people who don’t qualify for vaccination.

Beijing Municipal Health Commission deputy director Li Ang called for elderly people living in care homes, and people who plan to enter an entertainment venue, to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

He also said that care home staff and visitors, as well as tourists, should get the booster dose; and that Beijing’s health code system will be updated to show everyone’s vaccination status more prominently.

Despite the vaccine mandate, Beijing residents are still required to get tested at least every three days to enter all public venues.

It is unknown how people who received their COVID-19 vaccinations overseas can meet this requirement since the Chinese health code system does not even recognise foreign vaccines. In fact, people who were vaccinated overseas have not been able to get their vaccinations registered.

 

Why China Is Introducing COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate In Beijing

China is implementing its first-ever vaccine mandate in Beijing to tamp down a new outbreak of the more infectious BA.5.2 Omicron subvariant.

On Wednesday, July 6, Beijing CDC announced 12 new cases caused by the Omicron BA.5.2 subvariant, based on gene sequencing tests. They were from four different districts, including Yanqing and Changping in Beijing.

These cases were traced back to previously quarantined patients, although one case reported a day earlier was picked up through community testing. This suggests that community spread is still limited.

This new BA.5.2 Omicron outbreak started on July 4, apparently caused by people returning to Beijing after completing their entry quarantine period.

Chinese authorities appear to be implementing this vaccine mandate in hopes of avoiding a lockdown that had already shut down the northwestern city of Xi’an until at least next Wednesday, July 13.

As of January 2022, some 98% of Beijing’s 20 odd million residents have been fully vaccinated, including 12 million who received a booster dose. However, only 80% of Beijing’s senior citizens (60 years and older) have been vaccinated, as late as April.

 

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£20 + £50 Paper Pound Sterling Notes Set To Expire!

The Bank of England is reminding everyone that the £20 and £50 pound sterling paper notes will expire in less than 3 months!

Here is what you need to know…

 

£20 + £50 Paper Pound Sterling Notes Set To Expire!

The Bank of England is reminding everyone that they have less than 3 months to use or swap their £20 and £50 pound sterling paper notes, which will soon expire!

The £20 and £50 pound sterling paper notes can still be used until 30 September 2022. After that, they are no longer legal tender.

But that does not mean they are worthless! Check in the next section on what you can do once these paper pound sterling notes expire!

£20 Pound Sterling

The £20 paper note featured the economist Adam Smith, and was introduced in 2007.

It is being phased out with a new £20 polymer note featuring the artist JMW Turner. This new polymer note was introduced on 20 February 2020.

 

£50 Pound Sterling

The £50 paper note featured the entrepreneur Matthew Boulton, and the engineer James Watt. This paper note was introduced in 2011.

It is being phased out with a new £50 polymer note featuring the scientist Alan Turing. This new polymer note was introduced on 21 June 2021.

 

What To Do After £20 + £50 Paper Pound Sterling Notes Expire?

After 30 September 2022, the £20 and £50 paper pound sterling notes will expire, and no longer be legal tender. They are more properly considered withdrawn notes.

That means you cannot use them to purchase goods and services, or pay businesses with them.

However, many UK banks will still accept these “expired” £20 and £50 paper notes as deposits. You can then withdraw new polymer notes from your bank account.

Some Post Office branches will also accept £20 and £50 paper notes as payment for goods and services, or as a deposit into a bank account.

As a final resort, the Bank of England (BoE) will readily exchange these withdrawn notes, through these methods :

By Post

The Bank of England accepts withdrawn notes sent to them by post. But be aware that you would be sending the notes at your own risk, and should take “appropriate measures to insure against loss or theft”.

You will need to fill in this postal exchange form, and send it to Department NEX, Bank of England, Threadneedle Street, London EC2R 8AH, together with

  • the banknotes you wish to exchange
  • a copy of your photo ID (for exchange of £700 or more)
  • a copy of proof of address (for exchange of £700 or more)
  • a cover letter with a company letterhead (for businesses)

The BoE will pay the money into your bank account, by cheque, or in new banknotes (if the exchange is less than £50).

The BoE will also accept overseas exchanges, but you will need to provide a BIC/SWIFT code as well as your IBAN or bank account number. The BoE will not charge for this service, but your account must be able to accept GBP, and your bank or intermediaries may charge you for this service.

Bank of England Counter

The Bank of England offers a counter service at Threadneedle Street, London, EC2R 8AH, which is open from 9:30 AM to 3 PM, Monday to Friday. It is closed on the weekend, and on bank holidays.

However, the BoE warns that this counter can have long queues, and waiting times may be up to an hour. So they recommend sending your banknotes through post.

Those who are exchanging their withdrawn paper notes at the counter should bring two original identity documents – one photo ID, and one proof of address (mandatory for exchange of £700 or more).

You may be asked to fill in a form, or provide additional evidence to support the origin of the banknotes. For example, if the money was from an estate, you will need to provide copies of death certificate, wills or grant of probate.

The BoE will give you new banknotes, or pay the money into your bank account (which currently takes at least 20 working days due to the backlog).

They can pay the money into any account that accepts GBP payments via SWIFT transfer. They do not charge for this service, but your bank / intermediaries may charge you.

 

New £20 + £50 Paper Pound Sterling Security Features

When you get the new £20 and £50 pound sterling polymer notes, be sure to look out for their new security features.

Hologram Image Change

If you tilt the new polymer notes from side to side, you will see the hologram image change between “Twenty / Fifty” and “Pounds”.

See Through Windows

Look at the metallic image over the main window. Check the foil is gold and green on the front of the note and silver on the back.

Within the two gold foil squares on the front of the note, the image changes between ’50’ and a ‘£’ symbol when the note is tilted.

Look for a second, smaller window in the bottom corner of the note.

 

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Air Travel To Malaysia : Latest Covid-19 Requirements + SOP!

Here are the LATEST COVID-19 requirements and SOP for those plan to travel by air to Malaysia!

Updated @ 2022-07-03 : Malaysian citizens are no longer required to register for Traveller’s Pass.
Updated @ 2022-06-13 : Added the current COVID-19 vaccination requirements

Originally posted @ 2022-04-28

 

Malaysia Air Travel : Current COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Currently, travellers to Malaysia must provide documentation that they have completed a full regimen of a COVID-19 vaccine recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), or by a stringent regulatory authority in the country of origin.

There are additional requirements on COVID-19 vaccination for travellers :

  • Those aged 60 years and above are required to receive a booster dose.
  • Those received two doses of Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccine, regardless of age, must receive a third dose (of any vaccine) to qualify as fully-vaccinated.

The definition of a full regimen of a COVID-19 vaccine includes the number of doses required to provide the full vaccine protection, as well as the time needed to achieve protection against COVID-19.

Currently, that means 14 days after the second dose of a two (2) dose vaccine, or 14 days after a one (1) dose vaccine. In the case of Sinopharm / Sinovac vaccine recipients, that would mean 14 days after the third dose.

You are also considered fully-vaccinated immediately after receiving your booster dose.

Please make sure you submit your vaccination information through the Travellers option in MySejahtera, before your flight to Malaysia.

After submitting your COVID-19 vaccination details, you will receive a Travellers digital card, which allows you entry into Malaysia on arrival.

 

Malaysia Air Travel Test + Quarantine Rules From 1 May 2022!

On 27 April 2022, the Malaysia Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin announced new test and quarantine rules for travellers flying to Malaysia.

These COVID-19 test and quarantine rules take effect from Sunday, 1 May 2022 onwards!

A. Children 12 Years Or Younger : No Test, No Quarantine!

Irrespective of their vaccination status, children who are 12 years old or younger do NOT need to :

  • undergo pre-departure test
  • undergo on-arrival test, or
  • undergo HSO quarantine

B. Fully-Vaccinated 13 Years Or Older : No Test, No Quarantine!

Fully-vaccinated adolescents and adults who are 13 years or older do NOT need to :

  • undergo pre-departure test
  • undergo on-arrival test, or
  • undergo HSO quarantine

C. Partially-Vaccinated / Unvaccinated 13-17 Years Old : No Quarantine!

Adolescents who are 13-17 years old, and are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated do NOT need to undergo HSO quarantine on arrival in Malaysia.

However, they will need to undergo :

  • a PCR test within 48 hours before departure to Malaysia, and
  • a supervised RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.

D. Vaccinated Adults : No Test, No Quarantine!

Fully-vaccinated adults (18 years and older), with or without a booster dose, do NOT need to :

  • undergo pre-departure test
  • undergo on-arrival test, or
  • undergo HSO quarantine

E. Unvaccinated with Medical Exemption : No Quarantine!

Unvaccinated individuals with a medical exemption will be allowed, on a case-by-case basis, to travel to Malaysia without a mandatory quarantine.

However, they must undergo :

  • a PCR test within 48 hours before departure to Malaysia, and
  • a professional RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.

F. Unvaccinated Adults : 5 Day Quarantine

Adult travellers (18 years and older) who are partially-vaccinated, or completely unvaccinated, must :

  • undergo a 5-day mandatory quarantine on arrival in Malaysia, and
  • undergo a PCR test on Day 4, or a professional RTK-Ag test on Day 5.

Travellers who are exempt from vaccination for health reasons must upload the evidence of medical exemption into the MySejahtera app.

G. Unvaccinated + Post COVID-19 : 5 Day Quarantine

Unvaccinated individuals who recovered from COVID-19 (infected in the last 6-60 days) must:

  • undergo a 5-day mandatory quarantine on arrival in Malaysia, and
  • undergo a PCR test on Day 4, or a professional RTK-Ag test on Day 5.

If they were not hospitalised, they must undergo :

  • a professional RTK-Ag test within 48 hours before departure to Malaysia, and
  • a professional RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.

If they were hospitalised, they can use a Fit To Travel letter from the hospital.

 

Latest Malaysia Air Travel Procedure From 4 July 2022!

On 27 April 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health issued the official procedure for travellers who arrive by air, that will take effect from 1 May 2022 onwards.

It was then updated on 1 July 2022, with the abolishment of the Traveller’s Pass for Malaysian citizens.

Before Departure

  1. Download the MySejahtera app, and register for your MySejahtera account. *
  2. Click on the Traveller icon in MySejahtera, and complete the pre-departure form
    a) fully-vaccinated travellers will receive a Digital Traveller’s Card *
    b) partially vaccinated / unvaccinated travellers will receive a Digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO).
  3. All unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers 13 years and above must undergo a PCR test 2 days before departure.
  4. Those who had a previous COVID-19 infection (within 6-60 days before departure) must undergo a professional RTK-Ag test 2 days before departure, or alternatively, have a Free-To-Travel letter if they were hospitalised for COVID-19 during that time.
  5. You do NOT need to purchase travel and COVID-19 insurance.

* No longer necessary for Malaysian citizens, starting 4 July 2022.

On Arrival

  1. All partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers 13 years and above must undergo a supervised RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.
    a) this supervised RTK-Ag test can be performed at any health facility of your choice, or virtually
    b) COVID-19 breathalyser / professional RTK-Ag tests are available at the airport
    c) Cost of on-arrival RTK-Ag test must be borne by the travellers.
  2. Children below the age of 13, and travellers from Singapore are exempted from the on-arrival test.
  3. Partially-vaccinated / unvaccinated travellers must undergo a mandatory 5-day quarantine.
  4. IMPORTANT : Travellers transiting through Malaysian international airports to Sabah or Sarawak must undergo professional RTK-Ag at the airport, before departing.

Testing Positive On Arrival

If you test positive on arrival, you must undergo a mandatory HSO quarantine of 7 days.

You can opt for the new Day 4 test and release procedure, by undertaking a supervised RTK-Ag test on Day 4 of your quarantine.

  • If you test negative, you are allowed to immediately terminate your quarantine.
  • If you test positive, you must complete your 7-day quarantine

Read more : Day 4 Test + Release For COVID-19 Positive In Malaysia!

Testing Positive During Quarantine

If you are a partially vaccinated / unvaccinated traveller, you will need to undergo a 5-day quarantine, and get tested on Day 4 (PCR) or Day 5 (RTK-Ag).

If you test positive on Day 4 or Day 5, your quarantine will get extended for 5 more days.

 

Malaysia Air Travel Test + Quarantine SOP : Summary

To make it easier to compare the myriad air travel requirements to Malaysia, I created this table to summarise the key requirements.

Vaccination Status Pre-Departure On Arrival Additional Test
or Quarantine
Child (< 13 Years) * No Test Required No Test
No Quarantine
Fully Vaccinated (≥ 13 Years)
Partially-Vaccinated or
Unvaccinated (13-17 Years)
PCR test
within 2 days
Supervised
RTK-Ag
within 24 hours
of arrival

On-Arrival
Professional
RTK-Ag
for travellers
transiting to
Sabah or
Sarawak
Not Vaccinated with
Medical Exemption
Partially Vaccinated or
Unvaccinated (≥18 Years)
5-Day Quarantine
with
Day 4 PCR or
Day 5 RTK

Partially Vaccinated
or Unvaccinated

+ Post-COVID-19
(6-60 Days)
Professional
RTK-Ag
within 2 days
or FTT letter **
if hospitalised

* By year of birth
** Also professional RTK-Ag if recovered from COVID-19 infection 6-60 days before departure
*** FTT = Fit To Travel

 

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Malaysian Citizens Don’t Need MySejahtera Traveller’s Pass!

Citizens returning to Malaysia will no longer be required to obtain the Traveller’s Pass in MySejahtera!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Currently : MySejahtera Traveller’s Pass Required To Enter Malaysia!

Since 1 May 2022, the Malaysian government has liberalised air travel into Malaysia, waiving both quarantine and insurance requirements.

However, they still require all travellers to fill in their details in MySejahtera, to obtain a Traveller’s Pass, prior to departure.

  1. Download the MySejahtera app, and register for your MySejahtera account.
  2. Click on the Traveller icon in MySejahtera, and complete the pre-departure form
    a) fully-vaccinated travellers will receive a Digital Traveller’s Card
    b) partially vaccinated / unvaccinated travellers will receive a Digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO).

This requirement applies to both citizens and foreigners alike – everyone must apply using the Traveller option in MySejahtera.

Read more : Air Travel To Malaysia : Latest Covid-19 Requirements + SOP!

 

Now : Malaysian Citizens Don’t Need MySejahtera Traveller’s Pass!

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced on 1 July 2022 that Malaysian citizens will no longer be required to obtain the Traveller’s Pass.

Starting Monday, 4 July 2022, travellers to Malaysia will no longer be required to fill in their details using the Traveller option in MySejahtera, to obtain a Traveller’s Pass or Digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO).

However, this is currently limited only to Malaysian citizens. The government will gradually extend this privilege to other groups like social pass holders, students, and permanent residents.

Therefore, all travellers who are not Malaysian citizens must continue to fill in their details using the Traveller option in MySejahtera, and obtain the Traveller’s Pass.

 

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China Slashes COVID-19 International Travel Quarantine!

China just relaxed entry requirements, by slashing more than half of its COVID-19 international travel quarantine!

Here is what you need to know…

 

China Slashes COVID-19 International Travel Quarantine!

On June 28, 2022, the Chinese National Health Commission announced a reduction of China’s quarantine requirement for international travellers.

China had earlier mandated that most inbound travellers must undergo a 14 + 7 quarantine protocol – at least 14 days at a government quarantine facility, followed by 7 days of self-isolation at home.

The new quarantine requirement will be a much shorter 7 + 3 protocol – travellers only need to spend 7 days at a quarantine facility, followed by 3 days of self-isolation at home.

 

Shorter Travel Quarantine, But China Still Maintaining Zero COVID

While China has relaxed its international travel quarantine requirements, that doesn’t mean it is going to quit its Zero COVID policy.

On the same day China announced the shorter quarantine policy, Chinese President Xi Jinping reaffirmed the Zero COVID policy on a visit to the Wuhan – where the pandemic started.

According to Chinese state news agency Xinhua, he said that he would rather “temporarily sacrifice a little economic growth” than “harm people’s health“.

This announcement came one day after Beijing Daily – the official CCP newspaper – published a quote by a senior Communist Party official who said that Beijing would remain under the Zero COVID policy “for the next five years”.

That sparked panic, causing Beijing Daily to remove the quote after claiming it was an “editing error”. Chinese censors also went into overdrive, removing all references to the quote.

According to CNN which analysed the entire speech, Beijing party chief Cai Qi did discuss at length the possibility that Zero COVID policies may remain in place for Beijing over the next five years.

Those measures, he said, would include routine PCR tests, strict entry rules, regular health checks in residential neighbourhoods and public venues. There will also be rigorous monitoring and testing for people entering and leaving Beijing.

So Chinese citizens and foreigners willing to tolerate the travel quarantine will have to continue putting up with mass testing and lockdowns of entire cities over small outbreaks. How long that lasts is anyone’s guess…

 

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Travellers To Europe Must Apply + Pay For ETIAS From 2023!

It’s official – travellers to Europe must start applying and paying for ETIAS from 2023! Here is what you need to know…

 

Travellers To Europe Must Apply For ETIAS From 2023!

The European Commission has just announced the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) for all travellers to the Schengen States.

Slated to start in May 2023, ETIAS is meant to “identify security, irregular migration or high epidemic risks” amongst visa-exempt travellers.

EU travellers are exempt from ETIAS, and will continue to have freedom of movement throughout the EU, and the freedom to spend as much time as they want in any state in the Schengen zone.

ETIAS will only be obligatory for travellers from countries that currently do not require a visa to travel to the EU – about 60 countries including the US and the UK.

Travellers who currently need a visa to enter the EU will still need to apply for a visa. They will not be allowed to use ETIAS.

 

How Does ETIAS Work For Travellers To Europe?

Travellers will need to apply for ETIAS through a “largely automated IT system”, with approval granted “within minutes” for about 95% of applicants. But that could drag out to a month for “very exceptional cases”. Those who have their application denied will be allowed to appeal.

While applying for ETIAS will be quicker, done online, and requires no biometric information, there is a cost attached.

Every traveller aged 18 to 70 will need to pay an ETIAS fee of €7 (about US$7.40, £6, A$10.60, S$10.20, RM32.50). It is currently unknown if ETIAS will be free or cheaper for other age groups.

Applicants will be required to submit their data in the online application, which is said to take only “10 minutes” :

  • Unspecified personal data
  • Travel document (passport or equivalent document)
  • Member State of first intended stay
  • Background questions relating to previous criminal records, presence in conflict zones, orders to leave the territory of a Member State or third countries, return decisions issued.
  • Identity of the person / company assisting the applicant in the application process (if necessary)

The ETIAS system will automatically check the information provided against several EU databases, and approve or transfer it to ETIAS National Units for manual processing.

Once approved, the ETIAS will be valid for 3 years, or until the expiry date of the passport. So if possible, travellers should definitely renew their passports before applying.

But note that the ETIAS can be revoked at any time, if the conditions for that travel authorisation are no longer met by the applicant.

 

ETIAS : Selected FAQs

Here are selected FAQs on the European Travel Information and Authorisation System for those who want to learn more.

What is the difference between a Schengen visa and an ETIAS travel authorisation?

The ETIAS authorisation is not a visa. Nationals of visa liberalisation countries will continue to travel the EU without a visa but will simply be required to obtain a travel authorisation via ETIAS prior to their travel. ETIAS will be a simple, fast and visitor-friendly system, which will, in more than 95% of cases, result in a positive answer within a few minutes.

An ETIAS travel authorisation does not reintroduce visa-like obligations. There is no need to go to a consulate to make an application, no biometric data is collected and significantly less information is gathered than during a visa application procedure.

Whereas, as a general rule, a Schengen visa procedure can take up to 15 days, and can in some cases be extended up to 30 or 60 days, the online ETIAS application only takes a few minutes to fill in. Only in very exceptional cases, could the ETIAS procedure take up to 30 days. The validity will be for a period of three years, significantly longer than the validity of a Schengen visa. An ETIAS authorisation will be valid for an unlimited number of entries.

The ETIAS travel authorisation will be a necessary and small procedural step for all visa-exempt travellers which will allow them to avoid bureaucracy and delays when presenting themselves at the borders. ETIAS will fully respect this visa-free status; facilitate the crossing of the Schengen external border; and allow visa free visitors to fully enjoy their status.

Read more : EU Digital COVID Certificate : A Comedy Of Errors!

What will visa-exempt travellers have to do before their travel?

Travellers will have to complete an online application via a dedicated website or an application for mobile devices. Filling in the application should not take more than 10 minutes and should not require any documentation beyond a travel document (a passport or other equivalent document). In case of an inability to apply (due to age, literacy level, access to and competence on information technology etc.) applications may be submitted by a third person.

An electronic payment of a €7 fee for each application will be required for all applicants between the ages of 18 and 70. The electronic payment methods will take into account technological advancements in the visa-free countries in order to avoid hindering visa-free third country nationals who may not have access to certain payment means.

The automated assessment process will start after the fee collection is confirmed. The vast majority of applicants (expected to be more than 95% of all cases) will be given automated approval which will be communicated to them within minutes of payment. If there is a hit against any of the searched databases or an undecided outcome of the automated process, manual handling of the application will take place by a Central Unit in the European Border and Coast Guard Agency or by a Member State team. This can prolong the response time to the visa-exempt third country national by up to 96 hours. In very exceptional circumstances further information may be asked of applicants and further procedural steps may be necessary, but in all cases a final decision shall be taken within four weeks of their application.

Of the roughly 5% of applications which produce a hit, it is expected that 3-4% will receive a positive decision after ETIAS Central Unit verifies the data, with the remaining 1-2% being transferred to ETIAS National Units for manual processing. After the decision applicants will be given a response by email with a valid travel authorisation, or a justification for the refusal.

Read more : EU Officially Accepts Malaysia’s Digital COVID Certificate!

What happens if a person has been refused travel authorisation from ETIAS?

If the travel authorisation is refused, the applicant retains the right to appeal. Appeals can be launched in the Member State that has taken the decision on the application and in accordance with the national law of that Member State. The applicant will be informed which national authority is responsible for the processing and decision on his or her travel authorisation, as well as information regarding the procedure to be followed in the event of an appeal. If the traveller considers their treatment to have been unfair, he/she is also given the right to seek redress or request access to the information through the national authority.

What is the validity of an ETIAS travel authorisation?

The validity of the travel authorisation will be three years (or until the expiry date of the travel document).

What are the obligations for the carriers?

Prior to boarding, air and sea carriers, as well as carriers transporting groups overland by coach will have to verify the status of the travel document required for entering the Schengen Area, including the requirement to hold a valid ETIAS travel authorisation. A transitional period is foreseen for carriers transporting groups overland by coach during which it will not be obligatory for them to check the presence of a valid travel authorisation.

What will happen at the border crossing point? 

Upon arrival at a Schengen area border crossing point, the border guard will electronically read the travel document data, thereby triggering a query to different databases, including a query to ETIAS in the case of visa-exempt travellers. If there is no valid ETIAS travel authorisation, the border guards will refuse entry and record the traveller and the refusal of entry in the Entry Exit System.

If there is a valid travel authorisation, the border control process will be conducted and the traveller may be authorised to enter the Schengen area if all entry conditions are fulfilled or refused access as provided by the Schengen Border Code.

Read more : EU Air Travel : Face Mask + Physical Distancing Not Required!

What databases will be checked by ETIAS?

When verifying and assessing the information submitted by visa-exempt travellers, the system will automatically cross-check each application against: 

A. the existing EU information systems:

  • the Schengen Information System (SIS),
  • the Visa Information System (VIS),
  • Europol data,
  • the Eurodac database (once the Eurodac recast is in place),

B. future EU information systems:

  • the Entry/Exit System (EES), 

C. Interpol databases:

  • the Interpol Stolen and Lost Travel Document database (SLTD),
  • the Interpol Travel Documents Associated with Notices database (TDAWN),

D. a dedicated ETIAS watch list and specific risk indicators.

Read more : Air Travel To Malaysia : Latest Covid-19 Requirements + SOP!

How will ETIAS ensure and guarantee the respect for fundamental rights and data protection?

Personal data recorded in ETIAS will not be kept for longer than is necessary for its purpose. Data shall be stored for: 

  • the period of validity of the travel authorisation or, 
  • five years from the last decision to refuse, revoke or annul the travel authorisation. 

The data could be stored for an additional period of no more than three years after the end of the period of validity of the travel authorisation if the applicant freely and explicitly consents to keep his or her data longer. After the expiry of the data retention period, the application file and personal data will be automatically deleted from the ETIAS Central System. 

Member States’ law enforcement authorities and Europol will have access to ETIAS, under strictly-defined conditions, for the prevention, detection or investigation of terrorist offences or other serious criminal offences. The designated authorities and Europol should only request access to ETIAS when they have reasonable grounds to believe that such access will substantially help them in carrying out their duties. 

 

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John Albert Laylo Was Mistakenly Shot, Not Killed By Antifa!

Philippine government attorney, John Albert Laylo, was mistakenly shot by a gunman, not assassinated by Antifa!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

Updated @ 2022-06-22 : Added updates on the Philly police investigation.
Originally posted @ 2022-06-21

 

Claim : Antifa Suspected Of Assassinating John Albert Laylo!

Within hours of news breaking that Philippine government attorney, John Albert Laylo, was shot and killed in Philadelphia, Vancouver Times posted a story claiming that Philadelphia police are warning the public that an Antifa cell may be responsible.

Police in Philadelphia are warning the public that an Antifa cell may be responsible for assassinating a high-level government attorney. John Albert Laylo was gunned down while he was en route to the airport, travelling with his mother in an Uber. It is unclear why Antifa would choose to murder an elected official from another country, but police have speculated it was due to his relationship with Duterte.

Antifa has committed acts of murder before. In 2020, a Trump supporter was shot dead by a members of the notorious far-left terrorist group.

Philippine Consul General Elmer Cato stated that the Philippines government would help his Laylo’s widow transport his body back to the country.

The mainstream media and big tech want to hide the truth. Beat them at their own game by sharing this article!

 

Truth : Antifa Not Suspected Of Assassinating John Albert Laylo!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created to generate page views and money from gullible people.

Fact #1 : Vancouver Times Is A Fake News Website

Vancouver Times is a “content aggregator” (copy and paste) website that is known for creating fake news to generate more page views and money.

To look legitimate, they copy and paste news from legitimate news organisations. To drive traffic, they create fake news, sometimes masked as “satire”.

To give themselves a veneer of deniability, they label themselves as a “satire website” in their About Us section.

Vancouver Times is the most trusted source for satire on the West Coast. We write satirical stories about issues that affect conservatives.

Here are some of their fake news that we debunked :

Fact #2 : Philly Police Cannot Identify Suspect Yet

The Philly police could not have suspected an Antifa cell as being responsible for John Albert Laylo’s murder, when they did not identify the suspect at that time.

According to Philly police, John Albert Laylo and his mother were travelling in an Uber ride from University City to the Philadelphia International Airport at around 4:10 AM on Saturday, 18 June 2022, when they stopped at a red light.

The shooter who was driving a black Cadillac, pulled up behind their Uber and fired several rounds into their vehicle, before pulling alongside the driver’s side and firing more shots.

Police officers who responded to the shooting transported Laylo to the Penn Presbyterian Hospital, where he was placed on life support. He subsequently died from a single gunshot wound to his head at 10:33 AM on Sunday, 19 June 2022.

On 21 June 2022, police were able to identify the gunman through surveillance video footage, but did not reveal his identity.

Fact #3 : Philly Police Suspects Road Rage, Not Antifa

The Philly police did not warn people that an Antifa cell may be responsible for John Albert Laylo’s murder. Vancouver Times made up that false claim to trigger right wing supporters, in a bid to go viral.

On 21 June 2021, they told CBS News that the gunman mistook the Nissan car Laylo was riding in, for another dark-coloured Nissan.

The surveillance video they obtained confirmed that “the shooting was targeted, but of mistaken identity“.

The video showed the shooter’s black Cadillac was in close proximity to another Nissan (that was not Laylo’s Uber ride) blocks before reaching the intersection of 38 and Spruce.

Philly police believe that the shooter mistook Laylo’s Uber ride (which was also a dark-coloured Nissan) for that earlier car, and fired as many as 15 shots into it, in what is possibly a case of road rage.

Fact #4 : No Reason For Antifa To Kill A Filipino Lawyer

Vancouver Times (intentionally) framed Antifa for the Laylo’s murder because “Antifa” is a trigger word for right wing activists and supporters who would likely share their fake story, and help it go viral.

Antifa is an anti-fascist and anti-racist movement in the United States, that rose up against alt-right and far right extremist groups, like neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

It has no interest in Philippine politics, much less a Philippine government lawyer. There is simply no reason for Antifa activists to murder John Albert Laylo.

Fact #5 : No Evidence John Albert Laylo Is Married

Vancouver Times appears to have (falsely) claimed that Laylo is married.

There is no evidence he is married. The only family members mentioned in media reports were his mother, Leah Bustamante Laylo, and his sister, Althea Ann Laylo.

My investigations of their social media also showed that his father is Trebla Laylo, and his other sister is Ann Lorraine Taylor Kamatoy.

The Laylo family, January 3, 2021 | Credit : Leah Bustamante Laylo

Fact #5 : There Is No Such Thing As A Publication Ban

Vancouver Times likes to use the “media blackout” claim, to explain why you can’t find any reputable media outlet reporting on Antifa being responsible for John Albert Laylo’s murder.

That’s utter and complete bullshit. No one – not a judge, not even the US government – can control the worldwide media, or prevent anyone from writing about such a momentous arrest.

You can also be sure that even if the mainstream media in the US refused to run the story, it would have been reported by the Filipino media and right-wing websites.

Yet, not a single press / right-wing outlet published their account of this incredible story? That’s because IT NEVER HAPPENED…

Read more : Was Prince Andrew Just Arrested For Human Trafficking + Child Porn?!

Fact #6 : Mainstream Media + Big Tech Would Have Loved The Hype

Vancouver Times is gaslighting you about how mainstream media and Big Tech want to hide the “truth” about Antifa assassinating John Albert Laylo.

They would all loved such shocking news, because it would have driven tons of traffic and engagement to their websites / platforms.

In fact, that was precisely why Vancouver Times created the fake story – to drive traffic, for the ad money.

Everything that Vancouver Times publishes should be regarded as FAKE NEWS, until proven otherwise.

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You Can Now Fly To United States Without COVID-19 Test!

You can now fly to the United States without taking any COVID-19 test!

Here is what you need to know!

 

You Can Now Fly To United States Without COVID-19 Test!

17 months ago, the US CDC issued an order requiring all travellers to present a negative COVID-19 test before they can fly to the United States, or present documentation of recovery from COVID-19.

US CDC Director Rochelle Walensky just rescinded that order for all aircraft departing their point of origin on or after Sunday, June 12, 2022, at 12:01 AM EDT (Eastern Daylight Time).

I have concluded that continuation of the Order is not currently necessary. There being no operation need to delay implementation of this rescission for more than a short period of time, it shall take effect for all aircraft departing from their point of origin on or after Sunday, June 12, 2022, at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

That said, the US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Xavier Becerra, said that this decision is based on “science and available data”, and warned that it may be reinstated if things change :

The CDC continues to recommend COVID-19 testing prior to air travel of any kind and will not hesitate to reinstate a pre-departure testing requirement, if needed later. Ensuring the safety and well-being of Americans is a top priority.

 

Current Requirements Before You Fly To United States

This order restores travel requirements to what it was before the pandemic – you will no longer be required to undergo a COVID-19 test, or show proof of COVID-19 recovery, before you fly to the United States.

However, the CDC still recommends that travellers get tested before and after travel, or after known exposure to someone with COVID-19.

They also recommend that travellers “remain up to date with vaccination against COVID-19“, and “wear masks in indoor public transportation settings“.

However, airlines may impose their own requirements, so please make sure you check with your airlines too!

American Citizens / Permanent Residents

The CDC recommendation to be up to date with your COVID-19 vaccination is no longer mandatory for American citizens.

Foreigners

For foreign travellers, you can fly to the United States without a negative COVID-19 test.

However, the CDC still requires foreigners to be fully-vaccinated before they can fly to the United States. A booster dose is not required.

Only selected foreigners may receive an exemption to this CDC requirement :

  • 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 (See list for updates that will be effective June 28, 2022)
  • 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)

But note that if you qualify for the exemption, you may be required to :

  • get tested for COVID-19 within 3-5 days of arrival in the United States, and
  • self-quarantine for 5 days, even if you test negative in the post-arrival test (unless you have documentation of recovering from COVID-19 in the past 90 days), and
  • self-isolate if you test positive in the post-arrival test, or develop COVID-19 symptoms
  • get vaccinated against COVID-19 if you intend to stay in the United States for longer than 60 days

 

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Did This American Man Harass Chinese Female Tourists?!

Did an American man harass Chinese female tourists, telling them to go back to China?!

Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : This American Man Harassed Chinese Female Tourists!

People are sharing a video of a man harassing two Asian females, as evidence of anti-Asian racism in the United States.

The video shows a man recording himself berating two Asian females on a beach, saying :

Go! Go! Take your dress and go from this country.

I hate Chinese. Fuck China. China, fuck you.

Translated from Turkish : You people made corona[virus] a thing, and now the economy is shit

 

Truth : He Is Not An American Man Harassing Chinese Female Tourists!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and pro-CCP netizens.

After investigating this video, here are the facts that I was able to ascertain…

Fact #1 : Video Was Recorded In Cyprus

First, let me point out that this video wasn’t recorded in the United States. It was recorded at the Nissi Bay Beach in Cyprus.

In fact, I geolocated the precise location to a few metres south of the Petra Snack Bar, at the Nissi Beach Resort.

On the left is a screenshot at 0:15 of the video clip; and on the right is a picture of the Petra Snack Bar taken in October 2019 by Matthias Schelker, at almost the same position!

You can see the same white Petra Snack Bar signboard, and stairs leading up to the cafe; as well as the red Life Guard shack.

Fact #2 : Man In Video Is Not American

The man in the video is not American. Even though he asked the ladies to “go from this country“, he’s not even a citizen of Cyprus!

He’s actually a Turkish citizen called Taner Tolga Tarlacı, who is living in Cyprus because he was sentenced to 18-20 years of jail in Turkey for a variety of small crimes.

Allegedly, he learned about the arrest warrant on a ferry from Cyprus to Turkey, and literally jumped off the ship and swam back to Cyprus to avoid arrest!

Fact #3 : Taner Creates Controversial Videos

Taner is actually a minor Turkish celebrity, after participating in Turkish Got Talent and Survivor Turkey (Survivor Türkiye). Since then, he has been creating controversial or crazy videos… and even porn!

He is notable for bizarre antics, so much so, he allegedly got his own TV show cancelled when he chased his guests with a fire extinguisher on its first episode!

So it is possible he recorded the video to “go viral”, which is why he made sure he figured prominently in it.

Fact #4 : The Ladies May Not Even Be Chinese!

When Taner told the Asian ladies to leave the beach, you can hear the lady who was standing up say, “Yeah, okay” in what sounds like an American accent.

In any case, there is no way to know if the ladies are Chinese citizens as alleged. They could be Japanese or Korean, or ethnic Chinese people from other countries.

Fact #5 : The Video Was Allegedly Taken In 2020

According to several netizens, the video was allegedly taken early in the COVID-19 pandemic, circa 2020.

I brought this up because people are claiming that this is a new video in various websites, social media and even WhatsApp.

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Thailand Decriminalises + Encourages Marijuana Cultivation!

Thailand has not only decriminalised marijuana, they are actively encouraging its cultivation!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Thailand Decriminalises + Encourages Marijuana Cultivation!

On 9 June 2022, Thailand removed marijuana (ganja) from its banned narcotics list, effectively becoming the first country in Asia to decriminalise it.

People in Thailand are now allowed to grow cannabis plants and sell them. In fact, the government is even giving away one million cannabis seedlings to encourage its cultivation!

This is part of the government’s plan to promote medical marijuana, as part of its medical tourism industry. Thai Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said recently :

We should know how to use cannabis. If we have the right awareness, cannabis is like gold, something valuable, and should be promoted.

 

Recreational Marijuana Use Is Still Banned In Thailand

Officially, recreational use is still banned, with cannabis approved only for medical use (since 2018), but the government is unlikely to prosecute anyone smoking marijuana privately.

After all, every household that registers with the government is allowed to cultivate up to six cannabis plants at home!

People smoking marijuana in public though could be arrested, and potentially invite a 3-month jail sentence and a 25,000 baht ($725 / RM3.2K) fine under the Public Health Act.

Thai Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said :

We still have regulations under the law that control the consumption, smoking or use of cannabis products in non-productive ways.

We [have always] emphasized using cannabis extractions and raw materials for medical purposes and for health.

There has never once been a moment that we would think about advocating people to use cannabis in terms of recreation — or use it in a way that it could irritate others.

On the other hand, the Thai government will also release about 4,000 people who were convicted of cannabis-related offences and imprisoned.

That suggests that the Thai government is working to relax rules on recreational use, with a wider law on cannabis trade and control being considered.

The current rules also allow people to smoke marijuana in private, as long as they declare it is for medical purposes.

It is also allowed to be used in food and drinks, or other products, as long as they contain less than 0.2% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the chemical compound that gives people the “high” feeling.

That said, it is quite impossible for the authorities to monitor and regulate how much THC goes into food and drinks… so the line they drew in the sand is already blurred.

 

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How To Renew Malaysian Passport Online : Latest Guide!

Find out how to renew your Malaysian passport online through the MyOnline Passport service!

 

You Must Renew Your Malaysian Passport Online!

MyOnline Passport is a service by the Immigration Department of Malaysia, which allows you to renew your Malaysian passports online.

Ever since international borders reopened, there has been a massive backlog of people renewing their passports.

On 11 May 2022, the Immigration Department stopped allowing most people to walk-in for their passport renewal. Except for a selected group of people, everyone else must renew their passports online.

Read more : Most People Cannot Walk-In To Renew Malaysia Passport!

 

How To Renew Your Malaysian Passport Online!

The MyOnline Passport service was originally designed by the Immigration Department of Malaysia as a convenient, online way for people to renew their Malaysian international passports.

However, it is now the only way to renew your Malaysian passport for most people, from 11 May 2022 onwards. Here is what you need to know about the process.

Only For International Passport Renewals

The first thing you must be aware is that MyOnline Passport can only be used to renew existing international passports issued by the Immigration Department of Malaysia.

You cannot use it to apply for a new passport, or to replace a stolen or damaged passport. You also cannot use it to renew special or restricted passports.

To apply for a new passport, or to replace a stolen / damaged passport, or renew special or restricted passports, you must walk-in.

Children who are less than 13 years old, special needs individuals, and those performing the Haj, must also walk-in to renew their passports.

Who Can Apply For Online Passport Renewal?

The MyOnline Passport service is only open to applicants 13 years and older, with existing Malaysian e-passports (passport with microchip).

Underaged applicants (13-18 years old) must have the consent of their parent(s) / legal guardian(s) to apply online, and the parent(s) / legal guardian(s) must be present during the collection of passport.

Can Overseas Citizens Use MyOnline Passport?

This service is also open to Malaysian citizens living overseas, with collection centres in these countries :

  • Australia : Canberra, Melbourne, Perth
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia : Jakarta
  • Singapore
  • United Kingdom : London
  • United States : New York

It Now Takes 3 Working Days To Renew Passport!

Originally…

If you submit the online application before 3 PM on a working day, you will be able to collect the new passport on the same day.

If you submit the online application after 3 PM on a working day, or anytime during a holiday, you can collect the new passport after 10 AM on the following working day.

Now

However, due to the massive demand, the Immigration Department announced that you will get an email notification within 3 working days if your online renewal has been approved.

If you do not receive the notification after 3 working days, you may walk into the selected collection centre.

Where Do You Collect The Passport?

Applicants can collect their renewed passports from a Passport Recipient and Issuance Office of their choice, from a list in the system.

The collection date and time will be provided, depending on the date and time the application was submitted.

How Much Does It Cost?

The MyOnline Passport service is free. You only need to pay for the standard Malaysian international passport renewal fees :

  • 13 to 59 Years Old : RM200
  • Above 60 Years Old : RM100

Payment must be made via a credit card or debit card / direct debit (FPX) on the website.

Read more : Please DO NOT Walk-In To Renew Your Malaysian Passport!

Please Check Blacklist Before Applying!

Every online passport renewal application will be vetted against the Immigration Department’s blacklist.

So please check if you are on the Immigration Department’s blacklist before you even apply.

  1. Go to the Immigration Control Status Checking page.
  2. Key in your 12-digit MyKad identity card number (without dash).
  3. Click on the Check button.

If you get the green No restriction result, then you may apply to renew your passport online.

What Is Required To Submit An Application?

Here is what you need to have, before applying for online renewal of your Malaysian international passport.

  • an existing Malaysia e-passport (passport with microchip) that is not defaced or water-damaged
  • a digital passport-sized photo with these specifications :
    a) background must be white, and without shadows (coloured backgrounds will not be accepted)
    b) applicants must wear dark clothing that cover the shoulders and chest.
    c) applicants who wear a scarf or hijab must wear dark-coloured scarf / hijab, and it must not cover the face.
    d) uploaded photo must have been taken at a professional photo studio, in the format provided by the photo studio. Polaroid photos will not be accepted.
    e) applications that do not meet these specifications will be put on-hold, resulting in delayed issuance and collection.
    f) you may have your passport photo taken at the Passport Recipient and Issuance Office you selected to collect your passport, if your passport photo does not meet the required specifications
  • a valid credit card / debit card / online bank account to make the required payment

In addition, you must be sure that :

  • you are able to physically collect the new passport in-person (a representative may not collect for you)
  • for underaged applicants : both applicant and parent(s) / legal guardian(s) must be present to collect the new passport

Passport Photo Specifications

Here are the latest specifications for online submission of passport photos :

  • Background must be white and without shadows. Coloured backgrounds will not be accepted.
  • Applicants are required to wear dark clothing that cover the shoulders and chest.
  • Applicants may wear dark-coloured scarfs or hijabs but they must not cover the face.
  • You must take the photo at a professional photo studio, and upload the soft copy in the format provided by the photo studio. Polaroid pictures will not be accepted.

If the photo you upload do not meet the specifications, your application will be put on-hold, and you will be asked to resubmit the photo, or get one taken at a passport office.

What Is Required To Collect Passport?

Finally, when it’s time to collect your renewed passport, please make sure you bring :

  • your MyKad identification card
  • your existing Malaysian international passport
  • the payment receipt issued by the system
  • for underaged applicants : your parent(s) / legal guardian(s) must bring your Birth Certificate

You cannot send a representative to collect your passport. If you fail to bring the necessary documents, or collect your passport in person, the renewed passport will not be released.

Underage applicants must be accompanied by their parent(s) / legal guardian(s), or their renewed passport will not be released.

How Do You Start The Process?

You can start the process on this MyOnline Passport page.

You may make multiple passport renewals, but you must submit one application per person.

Please avoid registering from 10:55 PM to 12:30 AM, because that’s when the system undergoes daily maintenance and no payment can be processed during that time.

If You Get An Error Message…

If you get an error message while making payment, please contact your bank for further instructions.

If your photo was rejected, you can upload a new photo, or have your passport photo taken at the Passport Recipient and Issuance Office you selected to collect your passport.

If you get this error message – “Kindly contact the Immigration Department of Malaysia”, it means your online application was unsuccessful for one of these reasons :

  • The file containing your fingerprint was damaged or deleted. You will be required to go to the passport office to have your fingerprint taken again, to avoid problems at the airport arrival / departure gates.
  • Your application does not meet with the specifications listed on MyOnline Passport.
  • The information provided was inaccurate, and/or contradicts the information in the Immigration Department system.

How To Resubmit Photo / Supporting Documents

If you need to resubmit your photo or supporting documents, please use these links :

How To Check Application Status

Please use this link to check your passport renewal status.

 

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Please DO NOT Walk-In To Renew Your Malaysian Passport!

If you are planning to renew your international passport, please DO NOT just walk into a passport office!

You will most likely be rejected, because most applicants are NO LONGER allowed to walk in!

 

Warning : Most People CANNOT Walk In To Renew Passport!

Ever since Malaysia announced the reopening of the international borders, everyone has been rushing to renew their passports.

Initially, passport renewals required prior appointments, but that was abandoned after appointments stretched to August and beyond.

People were allowed to walk in, but that led to a massive surge of people queuing for hours at Immigration offices. So the government announced two major measures, from 11 May 2022 onwards :

Extended Operating Hours

The Immigration Department announced extended operating hours to cope with the demand :

  • Until 10 PM : Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, and Melaka
  • Until 10 PM : All UTC (Urban Transformation Centre) outlets in peninsular Malaysia
  • Until 6 PM : Penang, Kedah, Perak, Kelantan, Pahang, Terengganu, and Perlis
  • 8 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturday : All passport offices in peninsular Malaysia (from 14 May onwards)

Walk-In Limited To Certain Groups

They also announced that only certain groups will be allowed to walk-in to renew their passports :

  • People applying for a new passport
  • Senior citizens (60 years and older)
  • Special needs individuals (must bring Social Welfare Department registration card)
  • Children who are less than 13 years old
  • People planning to perform the Haj (must bring the Tabung Haji offer letter)
  • Students (less than 21 years old) planning to study overseas
  • People who lost their passports (will require a police report)
  • People with damaged passports

Everyone else will have to renew their passports online!

Read more : How To Renew Your Malaysian Passport Online!

 

Should You Walk In To Renew Your Passport?

Since I first published this article, I spoke to other people who tried to walk in and renew passports, only to be turned away.

Based on my own experience (see below), I can attest that the Immigration officers are dead serious about turning people away.

If you are not in the list of people permitted to renew passports on-the-spot, please don’t waste your time. You will only waste your time queuing up, only to be rejected. Try to renew your passport online instead.

Recently, a video clip went viral, showing a security guard demanding that reporters leave the crowded Pudu UTC passport centre. While such aggression is uncalled for, it shows the amount of pressure and tension surrounding this issue.

Every day, hundreds of people queue up at passport centres for hours, posing a real risk as social distancing is completely impossible. Most will be turned away.

If you are renewing a child’s passport or applying for a new one, the unwritten rule is that they will allow one parent to renew his/her passport as well. But this is not a guarantee. It is at the officer’s discretion, and subject to the number of walk-in slots they have left.

Even if you qualify for on-the-spot passport renewal, you should be aware that every passport office will give out a limited number of slots per day. Once those slots are filled, everyone else will be asked to go home.

So make sure you go early in the morning. Preferably you should arrive 30-60 minutes before the passport office opens. Some told me that they queued up as early as 6:30 AM in the morning!

Preferably you should try to go on weekdays, as parents with school-going children have no choice but to go on weekends.

I would also recommend you go to smaller passport offices, especially in UTCs or those located in covered buildings. Imagine if you have to wait in the hot sun for hours!

 

How I Managed To Walk In To Renew My Passport!

Now, let me share with you my recent experience of walking into the Sentul Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) passport office to renew my passport.

We had earlier planned to renew our passports at the Sentul UTC, where there was no need to queue (pre-pandemic), so I was able to go in and come out with a brand new passport within an hour!

We went to the Sentul UTC early on a Saturday morning – arriving 40 minutes before they opened at 8 AM. By then, there was already a long queue of at least 50 people in front of us!

Some eventually left after reading the notice on the door, which stated that only certain groups would be allowed to walk-in to renew passports.

Expect to spend several hours, so please bring some water and food to eat and drink while you wait. Please note that you are not allowed to eat inside the passport office.

The Immigration office opened at 8 AM sharp, and people started filing in. Within minutes, we could see some people leaving, looking dejected.

As we got closer to the counter, we could see the Immigration officer rejecting some applicants, and giving others their queue numbers. It was a very stressful experience for everyone queuing up because no one knows if they would be rejected or allowed to proceed.

By the time we got to the counter, it was already 8:45 AM. The officer asked us why we were not renewing our passports online. Fortunately, my passport was water damaged, and our son was less than 13 years old.

My wife though did not have a valid reason, but it appears that they will allow one parent accompanying a child to renew his/her passport too, so she was allowed to renew hers as well.

Again, I need to stress – this is at the officer’s discretion, and subject to the number of available slots. So it pays to be polite and early.

The Immigration officer then checked our documents. If you don’t have the required documents, you will also be rejected. So please make sure you have these documents ready :

  • Original passport
  • Original MyKad. A photocopy is required if you are applying for a new passport.
  • Original birth certificate for children who are less than 18 years old
    Please note that they will not accept MyKid
    A photocopy is also required, if your child are applying for a new passport
  • Those performing the Haj must bring the Tabung Haji offer letter.
  • Special needs individuals must bring their Social Welfare Department registration card.
  • Students who are less than 21 years old must bring their overseas university / college offer letter or a similar document

As we waited for our numbers to be called, we watched many people get rejected at the counter. There were easily 300 people queuing up at this small passport office that morning – most were asked to renew their passports online.

At about 9:15 AM – just half an hour after we got our queue numbers – they announced that all of the walk-in slots had been taken up, and asked everyone still queuing up to go home.

For those who were lucky enough to get a queue ticket, the rest of the process was pretty similar to what it was pre-pandemic :

  1. When your number is called, you head to the allocated counter to submit your documents.
  2. The officer will verify your identity using your MyKad and a fingerprint scanner.
  3. The officer will then take your passport photo on the spot.
    This is FREE of charge, which is awesome! Just sure you wear dark clothes.
  4. You will be asked to check your details on the application form, sign it and authenticate it with your fingerprint.
  5. Your application will then be vetted by an officer at the back, against the Immigration Department’s blacklist.
    So please check your Immigration Control Status before you apply for your passport renewal!
  6. Once your passport renewal application has been approved, you will be asked to make payment :
    – Individuals 13-59 years old : RM 200
    – Senior citizen (60 years and above) : RM 100
    – Individuals performing the Haj : RM 100
    – Special needs individuals : Free
    Please note that they will only accept payment by credit card or debit card. Cash is NOT accepted.
  7. After payment, you should receive your passport within one hour.

All in – it took us about 4.5 hours to renew our passports at the Sentul UTC passport office. This is fast, considering the crowd we saw.

An officer I spoke to said that their small passport office was processing about 400 passports a day, while the larger passport offices were doing at least 1,000 passports a day.

About a hundred that day were reserved for walk-ins, while the rest were for online applications – they still have to drop in to submit their old passports and verify their identities before collecting their new passports.

I hope my experience helps give you an idea of the current passport renewal process, if you are allowed to renew on-the-spot at a passport office.

 

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EU Air Travel : Face Mask + Physical Distancing Not Required!

You will not longer be required to wear a face mask, or physically distance, during air travel to and from EU countries!

Here is what you need to know…

 

EU Air Travel : Face Mask + Physical Distancing Not Required!

On 11 May 2022, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) issued a joint statement, dropping their recommendation for the mandatory wearing of a face mask as well as physical distancing in airports and on flights.

From Monday, 16 May 2022 onwards, you will no longer be required to wear a face mask at airports, or onboard a flight across the European Union.

However, travellers with respiratory symptoms (coughing or sneezing) are strongly recommended to wear a face mask.

Airports are also no longer required to strictly implement physical distancing. Rather, they should adopt “a pragmatic approach”, and avoid imposing distancing requirements if they “will likely lead to a bottleneck”.

Airport operators are also not required to impose physical distancing if they are “not required at national or regional level”.

That said, they are still asking airport operators to encourage physical distancing where possible, particularly in the meet and greet areas and around baggage carousels.

 

Face Mask + Physical Distancing Not Required In EU, But Still Recommended!

While the EU will no longer require you to wear a face mask, or impose strict physical distancing during air travel, they are both still highly recommended to prevent COVID-19.

Here are selected excerpts from the latest EASA and ECDC guidelines (PDF) for air travel in the European Union :

Medical Face Masks

Medical face masks (hereafter referred to also as ‘face masks’) are among the most efficient means to prevent the transmission of SARS-COV-2 including existing VOCs. As such, the wearing of masks should be considered in crowded indoor and outdoor settings, including air travel.

If the departure or destination States require wearing of face masks in public transport, aircraft operators should require passengers and crew to wear a face mask beyond 16 May 2022.

In other cases, starting 16 May 2022, aircraft and aerodrome operators should continue to encourage passengers and crew members, as part of their pre-flight communications as well as during travel through signage and announcements, to wear a face mask during flight as well as in the airport as a way to protect themselves and others and that they should respect others’ decision to wear or to not wear a mask.

In their communication, operators should highlight that people at high risk for severe COVID-19 are advised to wear an FFP2 respirator mask during the flight for their own protection. Experimental studies indicate that respirators are more effective than medical face masks both in limiting the release of infectious respiratory droplets when worn by the infectious source and in limiting the exposure when worn by the exposed person. 

People with respiratory symptoms (coughing or sneezing) are strongly recommended to wear a medical face mask irrespective of the requirements on that particular flight. 

Physical Distancing

Physical distancing, alongside the proper wearing of face masks, has proven among the most effective non-pharmaceutical interventions to prevent SARS-CoV-2 (including VOCs) transmission. Physical distancing should be encouraged in all airport areas, the arrival terminal (with a particular focus for the meet and greet area) and around the baggage carousels. Signage and communication material should continue to encourage physical distancing where possible. 

However, implementation experience has shown that in some cases, strict physical distancing measures in the aviation environment (airport and aircraft) is not operationally feasible and creates additional unintended bottlenecks in other areas, increasing the exposure times and leading to operational delays touching the flight time limitation requirements and, consequently, flight safety. Physical distancing could therefore be added to the use of face masks where operationally feasible and where it does not result in additional crowding in other areas. If physical distancing measures cannot be implemented, the use of face masks should be encouraged for passengers. 

PPE For Airline / Airport Crew + Staff

Airport operators, aircraft operators and service providers/suppliers should provide the necessary PPE to their staff members and ensure that they are trained in its appropriate use: 

— Staff members who interact with passengers directly (e.g. cabin crew members, security check agents, assistants for passengers with reduced mobility, cleaning staff, etc.) should be encouraged to properly wear a medical face mask or, where available and the legal framework permits, a higher-standard face mask (e.g. FFP2/N95/KN95 respirators). 

— Staff should be encouraged to practise respiratory hygiene at all times as well as frequent hand hygiene, either via appropriate hand-washing or by applying an alcohol-based hand disinfectant. The use of a protective gown or a one-use plastic apron can be considered for tasks that may expose staff to splashes. 

— Flight crew members should be encouraged to wear a face mask whenever interacting with, or in the proximity of, other people. Once they are in the flight compartment and the door is closed, flight crew members may remove their masks subject to their operator’s policy and mutual agreement. Furthermore, the flight’s crew members should remove their masks for emergency situations and whenever requested by appropriate authorities for official purposes such as identification or alcohol testing. 

— Aircraft operators should have on board one or more Universal Precaution Kits (UPKs. Such kits should be used by crew members who are assisting passengers with COVID-

 

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Malaysia : No More COVID-19 Test / Insurance For Travellers!

Travellers to Malaysia will NO LONGER be required to undergo pre-departure and on-arrival testing for COVID-19, or purchase travel insurance!

 

Malaysia : No More COVID-19 Test For Most Travellers!

On 27 April 2022, the Malaysia Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin announced a wide range of COVID-19 liberalisation moves :

Starting Sunday, May 1, 2022, these groups of travellers will NO LONGER be required to undergo pre-departure testing and on-arrival testing for COVID-19!

  • Fully-vaccinated individuals who are 13 years or older
  • Individuals who recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6-60 days
  • Individuals who are 12 years or younger, regardless of vaccination status

This ruling applies to both Malaysian citizens, as well as foreigners, including those performing the Hat and even foreign workers.

Please note that ALL travellers must still submit information through the Travellers option in MySejahtera, and obtain the Travellers digital card.

Travellers who are 13 years or older, and are not yet fully vaccinated, must continue with the existing testing and quarantine protocol :

  • Not vaccinated with medical exemption : pre-departure PCR test within 2 days, professional RTK-Ag within 24 hours of arrival, no quarantine.
  • Partially-vaccinated / unvaccinated (13-17 yo) : pre-departure PCR test within 2 days, professional RTK-Ag within 24 hours of arrival, no quarantine.
  • Partially vaccinated / unvaccinated : pre-departure PCR test within 2 days, professional RTK-Ag within 24 hours of arrival, 5-day quarantine.
  • Partially vaccinated / unvaccinated post COVID-19 : pre-departure professional RTK-Ag within 2 days (or Fit To Travel letter if hospitalised), professional RTK-Ag within 24 hours of arrival, 5-day quarantine.

Travellers who test positive on arrival in Malaysia will be asked to undergo a professional RTK-Ag test on-the-spot.

To make it easier for you to understand, I created this table to summarise the new rules :

Vaccination Status Pre-Departure On Arrival Additional Test
or Quarantine
Child (< 13 Years) * No Test Required No Test
No Quarantine
Travellers From
Singapore
Boosted (≥18 Years)
Fully Vaccinated (≥ 13 Years)
Fully Vaccinated +
Post-COVID-19 (6-60 Days)
Partially-Vaccinated or
Unvaccinated (13-17 Years)
PCR test
within 2 days
Professional
RTK-Ag
within 24 hours
of arrival

On-Arrival
Professional
RTK-Ag
for travellers
transiting to
Sabah or
Sarawak
Not Vaccinated with
Medical Exemption
Partially Vaccinated or
Unvaccinated (≥18 Years)
5-Day Quarantine
with
Day 4 PCR or
Day 5 RTK

Partially Vaccinated
or Unvaccinated

+ Post-COVID-19
(6-60 Days)
Professional
RTK-Ag
within 2 days
or FTT letter **
if hospitalised

* By year of birth
** Also professional RTK-Ag if recovered from COVID-19 infection 6-60 days before departure
*** FTT = Fit To Travel

 

Malaysia : No More COVID-19 Insurance For Foreign Travellers!

Foreign travellers were earlier required to purchase COVID-19 and travel insurance with coverage of at least US$20,000 before travelling to Malaysia.

Only these groups are earlier exempted from the requirement to purchase COVID-19 and travel insurance :

  • Fully-vaccinated citizens of Singapore or Malaysia
  • Fully-vaccinated permanent residents of Singapore or Malaysia
  • Fully-vaccinated Long-term Pass Holders of Singapore or Malaysia

That changes from Sunday, May 1, 2022 onwards – the US$20K travel insurance requirement is NO LONGER REQUIRED for ALL foreign travellers!

So foreigners can travel to Malaysia without that additional cost. Of course, getting travel insurance is always a good idea.

 

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Malaysia : Unvaccinated Allowed To Enter All Premises!

Malaysia will allow unvaccinated individuals to enter all premises!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Unvaccinated Will Be Allowed To Enter All Premises!

On 27 April 2022, the Malaysia Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin announced a wide range of COVID-19 liberalisation moves :

Starting Sunday, May 1, 2022unvaccinated individuals will be allowed to enter all private or public premises, s!

Owners of premises are only required to check the MySejahtera app of people entering, to prevent entry by :

  • Individuals who are still positive for COVID-19
  • Individuals who are still undergoing HSO (Home Surveillance Order) quarantine
    This includes travellers who are not fully-vaccinated, and just arrived in Malaysia

So please make sure you continue to use MySejahtera, even though it will also not be mandatory to check-in using the MySejahtera QR code.

You are also strongly advised to enable MySJ Trace, to help facilitate accurate contact tracing.

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Malaysia : Negative List Business Activities Will Be Allowed!

Malaysia will soon permit business activities in the Negative List to resume! Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia : Negative List Business Activities Will Be Allowed!

On 27 April 2022, the Malaysia Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin announced a wide range of COVID-19 liberalisation moves :

Starting Sunday, May 15, 2022, all business activities currently in the Negative List will be permitted to resume, pending protocols by the respective authorities.

Currently, the only business activity still on the Negative List of forbidden business activities are night club or pub activities

This will be a relief for night club and pub owners who have had to shut down their main business activities for over two years.

In addition, business premises are allowed to operate at 100% venue capacity, and both MySejahtera check-in and physical distancing will no longer be required.

However, please note that this will only take effect on May 15, and not May 1 like the other COVID-19 liberalisation announced by the government.

 

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MySejahtera Check-In + Physical Distancing Will Be Optional!

You will NO LONGER be required to check-in using MySejahtera, or ensure physical distancing, in Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know!

 

MySejahtera Check-In + Physical Distancing Will Be Optional!

On 27 April 2022, the Malaysia Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin announced a wide range of COVID-19 liberalisation moves :

Starting Sunday, May 1, 2022, all individuals – irrespective of vaccination status – will NO LONGER be required to check in at premises using MySejahtera.

However, the Malaysia Ministry of Health strongly recommends that you turn on MySJ Trace, to allow for accurate contact tracing.

That does not mean you can uninstall MySejahtera, because premise owners are still required to check your status – COVID-19 positive individuals, and those who have to undergo HSO quarantine are still NOT allowed into public spaces.

In addition, MySejahtera is required to show digital proof of your COVID-19 vaccination for travel purposes, as well for reporting your COVID-19 self-tests.

Read more : How To Enable + Disable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera

As all economic activities will now be allowed with 100% venue capacity, physical distancing is NO LONGER required, starting Sunday, May 1, 2022.

However, the Ministry of Health strongly recommends physical distancing in crowded situations, especially if you are not wearing a face mask.

 

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Malaysia : Face Mask No Longer Required Outdoors!

Malaysia just announced that you will NO LONGER be required to wear a face mask while you are outdoors!

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Malaysia : Face Mask No Longer Required Outdoors!

On 27 April 2022, the Malaysia Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin announced a wide range of COVID-19 liberalisation moves :

Starting Sunday, May 1, 2022, all individuals – irrespective of vaccination status – will NO LONGER be required to wear a face mask while outdoors.

That said, the Malaysia Ministry of Health strongly recommends that you continue to wear a face mask outdoors, if possible. It will just be optional, and no longer mandatory.

However, please note that you are still required to wear a face mask whenever you enter an indoor premise (including shopping malls, schools and offices) or public transport (including e-hailing rides).

The government will continue to enforce the face mask mandate for indoor premises and public transport, except for these indoor situations :

  • performing heavy exercises (like in a gym)
  • alone within a specific space (like in your own office)
  • while you are eating or drinking
  • while you are giving a speech or presentation
  • while you are performing on stage

The Health Minister stressed the importance of wearing the face mask indoors, and on public transport, as ventilation is not as good as outdoors.

Even though it is not mandatory, the Malaysia Ministry of Health strongly recommends that you wear a face mask while in crowded situations outdoors (like at a Ramadan bazaar or a stadium).

They also strongly recommend that you wear a face mask if you are symptomatic, or are about to visit vulnerable individuals like the elderly, or people who are immunocompromised.

 

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30% to 100% Highway Toll Discount For 2022 Aidilfitri Holiday!

The government of Malaysia just announced 30% to 100% highway toll discount for the 2022 Hari Raya Aidilfitri holiday!

Here is what you need to know…

 

30% to 100% Highway Toll Discount For 2022 Aidilfitri Holiday!

On 25 April 2022, the government of Malaysia announced that they came to an agreement with 30 highway concessionaires to offer a 30% to 100% discount on highway toll charges during the 2022 Hari Raya Aidilfitri holiday!

The 30% to 100% discount will only apply to all vehicle classes, on these dates and times :

  • From 12:01 AM on Saturday, 30 April 2022 until 11:59 PM on Sunday, 1 May 2022
  • From 12:01 AM on Saturday, 7 May 2022 until 11:59 PM on Sunday, 8 May 2022

Please note that there is no toll discount from 2 May until 6 May 2022.

 

2022 Aidilfitri Highway Toll Discount : Full List Of Highways

Here is the full list of participating highways :

100% Highway Toll Discount

  1. Lebuhraya Utara Selatan (PLUS)
  2. Lebuhraya Utara Selatan Hubungan Tengah (ELITE)
  3. Lebuhraya Seremban – Port Dickson (SPDH)
  4. Lebuhraya Butterworth – Kulim (BKE)
  5. Laluan Kedua Malaysia Singapura (LINKEDUA)
  6. Jambatan Pulau Pinang (JPP)
  7. Lebuhraya Pantai Timur (LPT) 1
  8. Lebuhraya Pantai Timur (LPT) 2
  9. Lebuhraya KL – Karak (KLK)

50% Highway Toll Discount

  1. Lebuhraya Shah Alam (KESAS)
  2. Lebuhraya Damansara – Puchong (LDP)
  3. Lebuhraya Cheras – Kajang (GRANDSAGA)
  4. Lebuhraya Sungai Besi (BESRAYA)
  5. Lebuhraya Baru Pantai (NPE)
  6. Lebuhraya Bertingkat Ampang – KL (AKLEH)
  7. Lebuhraya KL-Putrajaya (MEX)
  8. Lebuhraya Duta – Ulu Kelang (DUKE)

30% Highway Toll Discount

  1. Projek Pengurusan Air Banjir Dan Terowong (SMART)
  2. Lebuhraya Koridor Guthrie (GUTHRIE)
  3. Lebuhraya KL- Kuala Selangor (LATAR)
  4. Lebuhraya Lingkaran Luar Butterworth (LLB)
  5. Lebuhraya Kemuning – Shah Alam (LKSA)
  6. Lebuhraya Lingkaran Kajang (SILK)
  7. Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Muad’zam Shah (JPP2)
  8. Lebuhraya Lembah Klang Selatan (SKVE)
  9. Lebuhraya Skim Penyuraian Trafik KL- Barat (SPRINT)
  10. Lebuhraya Kajang-Seremban (LEKAS)
  11. Lebuhraya Pintas Selat Klang Utara Baru (GRAND SEPADU)
  12. Lebuhraya Senai – Desaru (SDE)
  13. Lebuhraya Persisiran Pantai Barat (WCE)

The cost of these discounts, estimated at RM77.11 million, will be jointly absorbed by the Malaysian government and the concession companies.

 

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Air Travel to Malaysia : Test + Quarantine SOP For April 2022!

Here are the LATEST air travel procedures and SOP for those who are flying to Malaysia!

Updated @ 2022-04-12 : Added RTK-Ag option for Singaporean travellers, RTK-Ag testing requirement for transit to Sabah / Sarawak, and other updates
Updated @ 2022-03-31 : Added new updates to the air travel procedures
Updated @ 2022-03-25 : Added the air travel procedures
Originally posted @ 2022-01-24

 

Malaysia Air Travel Test + Quarantine SOP From 1 April 2022!

On 9 March 2022, the Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that new quarantine rules for travellers to Malaysia.

These COVID-19 test and quarantine rules take effect from Friday, 1 April 2022 onwards.

But there have been a few updates, so check the latest requirements below!

A. Travellers Undergoing Quarantine : Immediate Release!

For travellers who started undergoing quarantine prior to 1 April 2022, their quarantine orders will be rescinded on 1 April 2022.

They will no longer be under quarantine on 1 April 2022, irrespective of when they started their quarantine.

B. Children + Teenagers : No Quarantine!

Children and teenagers who are 17 years old or younger do NOT need to undergo quarantine, irrespective of their vaccination status.

Only children and teenagers 7-17 years old need to undergo :

  • a PCR test within 48 hours before departure to Malaysia, and
  • a professional RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.

Children who are less than 7 years old do not need to undergo any PCR test before departure, or after arrival in Malaysia.

C. Travellers From Singapore : No Quarantine!

Travellers from Singapore do NOT need to undergo quarantine, irrespective of their vaccination status. However, travellers 7 years and older age need to undergo :

  • a PCR or professional RTK-Ag test within 48 hours before departure to Malaysia

Children who are less than 7 years old do not need to undergo any PCR or RTK-Ag test before departure.

And all travellers from Singapore are exempt from testing after arrival in Malaysia.

D. Vaccinated Adults : No Quarantine!

Fully-vaccinated adults (18 years and older), with or without a booster dose, do NOT need to undergo quarantine on arrival in Malaysia. However, they must undergo :

  • a PCR test within 48 hours before departure to Malaysia, and
  • a professional RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.

E. Vaccinated + Post COVID-19 : No Quarantine!

Fully-vaccinated individuals who recovered from COVID-19 (infected in the last 6-60 days) do NOT need to undergo quarantine on arrival in Malaysia.

However, if they were not hospitalised, they must undergo :

  • a professional RTK-Ag test within 48 hours before departure to Malaysia, and
  • a professional RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.

If they were hospitalised, they can use a Fit To Travel letter from the hospital.

F. Unvaccinated with Medical Exemption : No Quarantine!

Unvaccinated individuals with a medical exemption will be allowed, on a case-by-case basis, to travel to Malaysia without a mandatory quarantine.

However, they must undergo :

  • a PCR test within 48 hours before departure to Malaysia, and
  • a professional RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.

G. Unvaccinated Adults : 5 Day Quarantine

Adult travellers (18 years and older) who are not fully-vaccinated, or completely unvaccinated, must :

  • undergo a 5-day mandatory quarantine on arrival in Malaysia, and
  • undergo a PCR test on Day 4, or a professional RTK-Ag test on Day 5.

After completing their quarantine, these travellers must comply with existing restrictions on individuals who lack the Fully Vaccinated status in Malaysia. For example, they will not be able to dine-in at restaurants.

Travellers who are exempt from vaccination for health reasons must upload the evidence of medical exemption into the MySejahtera app.

H. Unvaccinated + Post COVID-19 : 5 Day Quarantine

Unvaccinated individuals who recovered from COVID-19 (infected in the last 6-60 days) must:

  • undergo a 5-day mandatory quarantine on arrival in Malaysia, and
  • undergo a PCR test on Day 4, or a professional RTK-Ag test on Day 5.

If they were not hospitalised, they must undergo :

  • a professional RTK-Ag test within 48 hours before departure to Malaysia, and
  • a professional RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.

If they were hospitalised, they can use a Fit To Travel letter from the hospital.

 

Latest Malaysia Air Travel Procedure From 1 April 2022!

On 24 March 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health issued the official procedure for travellers who arrive by air, that will take effect from 1 April 2022 onwards.

Before Departure

  1. Download the MySejahtera app, and register for your MySejahtera account.
  2. Click on the Traveller icon in MySejahtera, and complete the pre-departure form
    a) fully-vaccinated travellers will receive a Digital Traveller’s Card
    b) partially vaccinated / unvaccinated travellers will receive a Digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO).
  3. All travellers 7 years and above must undergo a PCR test 2 days before departure.
  4. Travellers from Singapore can opt for either a PCR test or a professional RTK-Ag test 2 days before departure.
  5. Those who had a previous COVID-19 infection (within 6-60 days before departure) must undergo a professional RTK-Ag test 2 days before departure, or alternatively, have a Free-To-Travel letter if they were hospitalised for COVID-19 during that time.
  6. Non-Malaysian citizens (except Singaporean citizens) must purchase travel and COVID-19 insurance worth at least US$20,000.
  7. Partially-vaccinated or unvaccinated Singaporean citizens must purchase travel and COVID-19 insurance worth at least US$20,000.

On Arrival

  1. All travellers 7 years and above must undergo a professional RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.
    a) this professional RTK-Ag test can be performed at any health facility of your choice
    b) COVID-19 breathalyser / professional RTK-Ag tests are available at the airport
    c) Cost of on-arrival RTK-Ag test must be borne by the travellers.
  2. Children below the age of 7, and travellers from Singapore are exempted from the on-arrival test.
  3. Partially-vaccinated / unvaccinated travellers must undergo a mandatory 5-day quarantine.
  4. IMPORTANT : Travellers transiting through Malaysian international airports to Sabah or Sarawak must undergo professional RTK-Ag at the airport, before departing.

Testing Positive On Arrival

If you test positive on arrival, you must undergo a mandatory quarantine of :

  • Fully vaccinated : 7 days
  • Partially vaccinated / unvaccinated : 10 days

Testing Positive During Quarantine

If you are a partially vaccinated / unvaccinated traveller, you will need to undergo a 5-day quarantine, and get tested on Day 4 (PCR) or Day 5 (RTK-Ag).

If you test positive on Day 4 or Day 5, your quarantine will get extended for 5 more days.

 

Malaysia Air Travel Test + Quarantine SOP : Summary

To make it easier to compare the myriad air travel requirements to Malaysia, I created this table to summarise the key requirements.

Vaccination Status Pre-Departure On Arrival Additional Test
or Quarantine
Child (< 7 Years) * No Test Required No Test
No Quarantine
Travellers From
Singapore
PCR test or
professional
RTK-Ag **
within 2 days
No Test Required
Boosted (≥18 Years) PCR test
within 2 days
Professional
RTK-Ag
within 24 hours
of arrival
On-Arrival
Professional
RTK-Ag
for travellers
transiting to
Sabah or
Sarawak
Fully Vaccinated
Fully Vaccinated
+ Post-COVID-19
(6-60 Days)
Professional
RTK-Ag
within 2 days
or FTT letter **
if hospitalised
Children / Teenagers
(7-17 Years)
PCR test
within 2 days
Not Vaccinated with
Medical Exemption
Partially Vaccinated
or Unvaccinated
Day 4 PCR or
Day 5 RTK

5-Day Quarantine
Partially Vaccinated
or Unvaccinated

+ Post-COVID-19
(6-60 Days)
Professional
RTK-Ag
within 2 days
or FTT letter **
if hospitalised

* By year of birth
** Also professional RTK-Ag if recovered from COVID-19 infection 6-60 days before departure
*** FTT = Fit To Travel

 

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EU Officially Accepts Malaysia Digital COVID Certificate!

The EU has officially accepted the MySejahtera digital COVID certificate from Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know!

 

EU Officially Accepts Malaysia Digital COVID Certificate!

On 4 April 2022, the EU Ambassador to Malaysia, Michalis Rokas, announced that Malaysia has officially been connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate trust framework.

Some great news: The EU 🇪🇺 has accepted Malaysia 🇲🇾 @officialmosti
request for establishing the equivalence between EU’s Digital Covid Certificate and Malaysia’s MySejahtera.

This decision was actually agreed during the EU Commission Implementing Decision 2022/534 on 1 April 2022, but only took effect after it was published in the Official Journal of the European Union, L 105 on 4 April 2022.

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/534 of 1 April 2022 establishing the equivalence, for the purpose of facilitating the right of free movement within the Union, of COVID-19 certificates issued by Malaysia to the certificates issued in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2021/953 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

 

EU Accepts Malaysia Digital COVID Certificate : What Does It Mean?

But what exactly does it mean by this EU decision to accept Malaysia’s MySejahtera digital COVID certificate?

To help you understand what this means, I created this FAQ :

What Is The EU Digital COVID Certificate?

The EU Digital COVID Certificate is a digital verification system that certifies that the person has

  • been vaccinated against COVID-19, or
  • received a negative test result *, or
  • recovered from COVID-19

The EUDCC basically confirms that the person does not have COVID-19, or has immunity against COVID-19.

* Validity : 72 hours (PCR tests), 48 hours (rapid antigen tests)

It is basically the European Union equivalent of the MySejahtera digital COVID-19 certificate issued by Malaysia.

Read more : EU Digital COVID Certificate – A Comedy Of Errors!

Does It Mean Malaysians Will Receive The EUDCC?

No, Malaysians will not receive the Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which is the EU equivalent of the MySejahtera digital COVID-19 certificate.

The EUDCC is used only by residents in the 27 EU countries, and a few non-EU countries that are in the Schengen Area, or have an open border with the EU :

  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • San Marino
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City

If you have been fully-vaccinated with an EU-authorities vaccine, you may request for an EUDCC, but that’s a separate matter altogether.

So The EU Accepts The MySejahtera Certificate?

Yes. European Union countries will accept the MySejahtera digital COVID-19 certificate as equivalent to the EU Digital COVID Certificate.

This is reciprocal – Malaysia will also accept the EUDCC as equivalent to the MySejahtera digital COVID-19 certificate.

This means that holders of certificates issued by these two countries will be able to use them under the same conditions as holders of an EU Digital COVID Certificate.

At the same time, the two countries agreed to accept the EU Digital COVID Certificate for travel from the EU to their countries.

What Are The Advantages Of Connecting To EUDCC?

The instant Malaysia is connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate system, all MySejahtera digital COVID-19 certificates are automatically valid in the EU.

Malaysian travellers to the EU will be exempted from travel-related testing or quarantine across the entire EU+ are, including all Schengen Member States, and the four Schengen Associated States – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Is This Necessary For Free Movement In EU?

No, the MySejahtera digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or the the EU Digital COVID Certificate are not necessary for free movement, which is a fundamental right in the European Union.

Unvaccinated individuals are still free to travel across the EU. They are just subject to restrictions like testing or quarantine.

 

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Foreign Travellers To Malaysia Must Have US$20K Insurance!

Foreign travellers will need to purchase travel insurance of at least US$20K in value before travelling to Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Foreign Travellers Can Visit Malaysia Without Quarantine!

On 8 March 2022, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri Yaacob, announced that Malaysia will reopen all international borders on 1 April 2022.

  1. All Malaysian citizens can travel freely internationally, as long as they have valid travel documents.
  2. All foreigners with valid travel documents can freely travel in and out of Malaysia, without apply for MyTravelPass, which will be abolished.
  3. All travellers have to activate MySejahtera, and fill in the Pre-Departure Form using the Traveller option in MySejahtera.
  4. All travellers who are fully-vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine do not need to undergo any quarantine.
  5. However, travellers must show a negative RT-PCR test taken within 2 days before departure.
  6. In addition, travellers must undergo a professionally-administered RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia, and report the results in MySejahtera.

Read more : Air Travel to Malaysia : Procedures + SOP From 1 April 2022!

 

Foreign Travellers To Malaysia Must Have US$20K Insurance!

On 30 March 2022, the Ministry of Health dropped a little bombshell just days before Malaysia reopened its international borders.

Starting 1 April 2022, all foreign travellers to Malaysia must purchase COVID-19 and travel insurance with coverage of at least US$20,000 before travelling to Malaysia.

This rule applies to all foreign travellers entering Malaysia on a short-term social pass, irrespective of vaccination status.

Foreign travellers must declare their COVID-19 and travel insurance policy in the MySejahtera app, before travelling to Malaysia.

The COVID-19 and travel insurance policy will be used to pay for any quarantine, treatment or hospitalisation costs, in case they get infected with COVID-19 while in Malaysia.

Only these groups are exempted from the requirement to purchase COVID-19 and travel insurance :

  • Fully-vaccinated citizens of Singapore or Malaysia
  • Fully-vaccinated permanent residents of Singapore or Malaysia
  • Fully-vaccinated Long-term Pass Holders of Singapore or Malaysia

In other words, if you are a Singapore citizen / permanent resident / long-term pass holder who is NOT fully-vaccinated, you must purchase COVID-19 and travel insurance with coverage of at least US$20,000 before travelling to Malaysia.

These insurance exemptions apply to all those who enter Malaysia through Singapore by air, land or sea.

 

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1 Week Toll-Free Travel Between Malaysia + Singapore!

To kickstart the reopening of the land border, Malaysia will offer toll-free travel to and from Singapore for one week!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia + Singapore To Allow Land Travel On 1 April 2022!

On 24 March 2022, the governments of Malaysia and Singapore announced that they will reopen their common land border on 1 April 2022!

Start 1 April 2022, all fully-vaccinated travellers will be allowed to cross from Malaysia to Singapore, and vice versa, without the need to

  • apply for entry approval
  • under quarantine
  • take a pre-departure test
  • take an on-arrival test

This travel liberalisation will apply to all travellers, regardless of nationality and the medium of transportation.

This announcement will restore land travel between Malaysia and Singapore to how it was pre-pandemic, which will greatly boost trade and tourism.

Many Malaysians and Singaporeans will also be able to meet up with friends and family members in the other country.

Read more : Malaysia Reopens International Borders On 1 April 2022!

 

1 Week Toll-Free Travel Between Singapore + Malaysia!

To kickstart the reopening of the land border, Malaysia will offer toll-free travel to and from Singapore for one week!

From 1 April until 7 April 2022, the toll fee will be waived on all vehicles travelling via the Johor Causeway (Sultan Iskandar) and the Second Link (Tanjung Kupang).

This toll fee waiver are for Malaysian citizens, who are Touch ‘n Go and SmartTag users, travelling in both directions.

This toll fee waiver is in addition to the Road Charge waiver for Singapore-registered vehicles entering Malaysia at both the Johor Causeway and the Second Link.

PLUS Highway estimates that at least 42,000 vehicles will enter Malaysia through the both locations every day. This toll fee waiver is estimated to benefit over 300,000 cross-border journeys between Malaysia and Singapore.

 

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Malaysia + Singapore To Reopen Land Border On 1 April 2022!

Malaysia and Singapore just announced that they will reopen their joint land border on 1 April 2022!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Malaysia + Singapore To Reopen Land Border On 1 April 2022!

On 24 March 2022, the governments of Malaysia and Singapore announced that they will reopen their common land border on 1 April 2022!

Start 1 April 2022, all fully-vaccinated travellers will be allowed to cross from Malaysia to Singapore, and vice versa, without the need to

  • apply for entry approval
  • under quarantine
  • take a pre-departure test
  • take an on-arrival test

This travel liberalisation will apply to all travellers, regardless of nationality and the medium of transportation.

This announcement will restore land travel between Malaysia and Singapore to how it was pre-pandemic, which will greatly boost trade and tourism.

Many Malaysians and Singaporeans will also be able to meet up with friends and family members in the other country.

Read more : Malaysia Reopens International Borders On 1 April 2022!

 

Malaysia + Singapore Land Border Travel : Only For Fully-Vaccinated!

Please note that this only applies to FULLY-VACCINATED travellers, who received a full regimen of a COVID-19 vaccine in the WHO Emergency Use Listing.

However, there is good news for those who received a COVID-19 vaccine that is NOT in the WHO Emergency Use Listing. Malaysia will accept these “unapproved” COVID-19 vaccines :

  • Zifivax : China, Indonesia, Pakistan
  • Minhai : China, Indonesia
  • CoviVac : Cambodia, Russia
  • Median : Taiwan
  • ZyCoV-D : India
  • Turkovac : Turkey
  • Covifenz : Canada

Just make sure you bring the relevant digital or physical COVID-19 vaccination certificate to prove that you are fully-vaccinated!

 

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Travel to Malaysia : Test + Quarantine SOP Until 31 March!

Here are the CURRENT test and quarantine rules for those who plan to travel to Malaysia, until 31 March 2022!

 

Malaysia Travel Test + Quarantine SOP Until 31 March!

On 23 January 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health announced new COVID-19 quarantine rules for travellers to Malaysia.

These COVID-19 test and quarantine rules are in effect from Monday, 24 January 2022, and end on Thursday, 31 March 2022.

Read more : Travel to Malaysia : Test + Quarantine SOP From 1 April 2022!

A. Fully-Vaccinated with Booster Dose / Unaccompanied Teenager

New Quarantine Period : 5 Days

Travellers who are fully-vaccinated and received the booster dose, or teenagers travelling without an adult escort are now allowed to undergo a short quarantine of just 5 days.

They will need to undergo three screening tests during the 5-day mandatory quarantine :

  • RT-PCR test within 2 days prior to departure, with a negative test result
  • RT-PCR test on the day of arrival
  • RT-PCR test on Day 4, or
    RTK-Ag test that is supervised by a healthcare worker on Day 5

They will be released from quarantine only on Day 5, if they test negative on their RT-PCR test on Day 4, or the RTK-Ag test on Day 5.

B. Fully-Vaccinated without Booster Dose

New Quarantine Period : 7 Days

Travellers to Malaysia who are fully-vaccinated, but did not receive the booster dose, will be required to undergo a mandatory quarantine of 7 days.

They will also need to undergo three screening tests during the 7-day mandatory quarantine :

  • RT-PCR test within 2 days prior to departure, with a negative test result
  • RT-PCR test on the day of arrival
  • RT-PCR test on Day 5, or
    RTK-Ag test that is supervised by a healthcare worker on Day 7

They will be released from quarantine only on Day 7, if they test negative on their RT-PCR test on Day 5, or the RTK-Ag test on Day 7.

C. Unvaccinated or Not Fully Vaccinated

New Quarantine Period : 10 Days

Travellers to Malaysia who are not fully-vaccinated or unvaccinated, will be required to undergo a mandatory quarantine of 10 days.

They will also need to undergo three screening tests during the 10-day mandatory quarantine :

  • RT-PCR test within 2 days prior to departure, with a negative test result
  • RT-PCR test on the day of arrival
  • RT-PCR test on Day 8, or
    RTK-Ag test that is supervised by a healthcare worker on Day 10

They will be released from quarantine only on Day 10, if they test negative on their RT-PCR test on Day 8, or the RTK-Ag test on Day 10.

D. Travellers With Recent COVID-19 Infection

Travellers who recently recovered from COVID-19 infection are NOT required to undergo a mandatory quarantine, subject to these requirements :

  • must be fully-vaccinated, with proof of vaccination
  • proof of COVID-19 infection within 11-60 days prior to departure, using printed or digital test results
  • travellers with history of hospitalisation from COVID-19 must produce a “Fit to Travel” letter from the hospital
  • travellers who were not hospitalised must undergo a professional RTK-Ag test two days before departure, and are only allowed to fly with a negative test result

Travellers who recovered from a COVID-19 infection but are not fully vaccinated, or unvaccinated, must undergo a mandatory 7-day quarantine.

 

Malaysia Travel Test + Quarantine SOP : Current Summary

To make it easier to compare the three categories, I created this table to summarise their key features.

Note : Even with a negative test result, you must complete the full mandatory quarantine period.

Effective 24 January 2022 With Booster Dose,
or
Unaccompanied Teen
Fully-Vaccinated
w/o Booster Dose
Unvaccinated or
Not Fully Vaccinated
Quarantine Period 5 Days 7 Days 10 Days
Pre-Flight Test Negative RT-PCR within 2 days before departure to Malaysia
On Arrival Test RT-PCR test on day of arrival in Malaysia
Quarantine Test RT-PCR (Day 4)
or
RTK-Ag (Day 5)
RT-PCR (Day 5)
or
RTK-Ag (Day 7)
RT-PCR (Day 8)
or
RTK-Ag (Day 10)
Quarantine Release Day 5 Day 7 Day 10

 

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Malaysia Reopens International Borders On 1 April 2022!

The government of Malaysia just announced the reopening of international borders on 1 April 2022!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Malaysia Reopens International Borders On 1 April 2022!

On 3 March 2022, the Minister of Defence announced that the 13th Quartet Meeting has agreed in principle to reopen all national borders, based on three basic objectives:

  • to ensure smooth journeys for travellers,
  • based on science and the latest facts on COVID-19, and
  • comparing border reopening requirements with other countries.

This decision was made after the Ministry of Health had a meeting with other ministries and agencies on reopening the borders on Saturday, 26 February 2022.

On 8 March 2022, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri Yaacob, announced that Malaysia will reopen all international borders on 1 April 2022.

Based on that decision in principle, the Ministry of Health and all relevant ministries and agencies will finalise the protocols for pre-departure and arrival in Malaysia.

But here is what the Prime Minister announced so far :

  1. All Malaysian citizens can travel freely internationally, as long as they have valid travel documents.
  2. All foreigners with valid travel documents can freely travel in and out of Malaysia, without apply for MyTravelPass, which will be abolished.
  3. All travellers have to activate MySejahtera, and fill in the Pre-Departure Form using the Traveller option in MySejahtera.
  4. All travellers who are fully-vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine do not need to undergo any quarantine.
  5. However, travellers must show a negative RT-PCR test taken within 2 days before departure.
  6. In addition, travellers must undergo a professionally-administered RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia, and report the results in MySejahtera.

Read more : Malaysia To Reopen + Move Towards COVID-19 Endemicity!

 

More Malaysia VTL Options In Addition To Reopening Borders

In addition, the Prime Minister announced that they are looking at expanding the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme that allows for quarantine-free travel.

Currently, the VTL scheme is limited to Singapore, but the Prime Minister has announced that two more VTL schemes will soon be implemented :

  • Malaysia-Thailand VTL,
  • Malaysia-Brunei VTL, and
  • Malaysia-Indonesia.

The government is also looking at other countries to add to the VTL scheme.

 

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Malaysia To Reopen + Move Towards COVID-19 Endemicity!

Malaysia is set to reopen nationwide, as it moves towards COVID-19 endemicity!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia To Reopen + Move Towards COVID-19 Endemicity!

On 8 March 2022, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri Yaacob, announced that Malaysia will reopen and move towards COVID-19 endemicity.

Here are the new changes that will come into effect on Friday, 1 April 2022 :

  1. It is still mandatory to wear face masks in public.
  2. Restrictions on business operating hours are eliminated. Businesses can operate as long as they wish, or are licensed for. 24 hours eateries, for example, can now open 24 hours.
  3. Logging in using MySejahtera is still mandatory, except for open spaces that are not crowded or do not have gatherings.
  4. Using MySJ Trace is mandatory for indoor areas that are filled with people.
  5. The Federal Government will allow people to undertake religious activities without physical distancing. Each state will determine if they will adopt this recommendation, or still insist on physical distancing.
  6. Employee / staff attendance based on vaccination rate is abolished.
  7. All individuals are allowed to travel interstate, irrespective of vaccination status.
  8. All employees / staff will be allowed to work, irrespective of vaccination status.
  9. The 50% limit on venue capacity for group activities / gatherings (for example, wedding dinners) is abolished. However, there should be reasonable physical distancing.
  10. International borders is reopened completely. All Malaysian citizens can travel freely internationally, as long as they have valid travel documents.
  11. All foreigners with valid travel documents can freely travel in and out of Malaysia, without apply for MyTravelPass, which will be abolished. They just have to activate MySejahtera, and fill in the Pre-Departure Form using the Traveller option in MySejahtera.
  12. Travellers who are fully-vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine do not need to undergo any quarantine, but only need to have a negative RT-PCR test within 2 days before departure, and a professionally-administered RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.

Read more : Malaysia Reopens International Borders On 1 April 2022!

 

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National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP : 7 March Edition!

Here is the latest SOP for Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) for Malaysia!

Please SHARE this out, so your friends are updated on the latest Phase 2 SOP as well!

For Phase 1 SOP, please see PPN 1 SOP : 16 August 2021 Edition!
For Phase 2 SOP, please see PPN 2 SOP : 11 October Edition!
For Phase 3 SOP, please see PPN 3 SOP : 7 November Edition!

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP : Where Does It Apply?

This Phase 4 SOP currently applies to Labuan, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Melaka, Selangor, Kuala LumpurPutrajaya, Terengganu, Johor, Perlis, Perak, Penang, Sabah and Kedah, Sarawak and Kelantan.

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP : 7 March Edition!

This is the latest National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP that was released on 7 March 2022.

Fully Vaccinated Definition

Under this SOP, you are only considered fully-vaccinated if you meet these requirements :

  • For vaccines that require two doses (like the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Moderna or Sinopharm vaccines), the individual must exceed 14 days after receiving the second dose.
  • For vaccines that require only one dose (like the Johnson & Johnson and CanSino vaccines), the individual must exceed 28 days after receiving the second dose.

Individuals are considered to have received their booster dose as soon as they receive their booster dose. New!

For individuals who cannot be vaccinated on medical reasons, they must produce a medical report that has been verified by a registered medical practitioner.

Overseas Travellers In Phase 4 Areas

  • Travellers must download and active the MySejahtera app before travelling to Malaysia. They must click on the Traveller icon in the app, and fill in the Pre-Departure Form while overseas. New!
  • Necessary (travel) information required as evidence must either be uploaded into MySejahtera, or brought with you, for reference. New!
  • Malaysian citizens or foreigners who have homes in Malaysia (including PR and Malaysia My Second Home participants) arriving from overseas, are ALLOWED to undergo mandatory quarantine at home if they are fully vaccinated, on accepting a digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO) subject to these conditions:
    – Show proof of a valid negative RT-PCR test taken within 2 days prior to departure.
    – Have a valid and complete COVID-19 vaccination certificate (depending on the type of vaccine).
    – Have no symptoms during the health screening conducted at the International entry point.
    – Travellers must undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR screening test on arrival in Malaysia. New!
    – Have suitable accommodations to undergo quarantine.
  • The mandatory quarantine for overseas travellers is: Updated!
    – 5 days at home (if appropriate) or a quarantine station, for those who received a booster dose, or
    – 7 days at home (if appropriate) or a quarantine station, for those who are fully-vaccinated without a booster dose, or
    – 10 days at a quarantine station, for those who are unvaccinated, or have incomplete vaccination.
  • Travellers must perform self-assessment every day through the Home Assessment Tool (HAT) in the MySejahtera app until the end of his/her quarantine (whether it’s 5, 7 or 10 days after arrival). New!
  • Travellers do not need to undergo COVID-19 screening tests every day AND to be cleared from quarantine. New!
  • However, travellers must take an RTK-Ag self-test if they become symptomatic. If the test result is positive, the traveller must continue the quarantine and monitor his/her health status through the HAT every day. If the symptoms become worse, you must seek treatment at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre (CAC) or a private health facility. New!
  • Travellers are cleared from their quarantine on the 5th, 7th or 10th day of quarantine, based on their vaccination status. New!
  • Children below 18 years of age travelling with parents or guardians will follow their quarantine periods. New!

Monitoring For Close Contacts

  • Individuals who received a booster dose and are not symptomatic, do not need to undergo quarantine. However, they must perform an RTK-Ag self-test on the 1st and 3rd day from the last date of exposure to the COVID-19 positive case. New!
  • Individuals who received a booster dose but are symptomatic, must undergo a 5-day quarantine at home and perform an RTK-Ag self-test. New!
  • 5 day home quarantine for fully-vaccinated individuals without booster dose (with or without symptoms). Perform RTK-Ag self-test when symptomatic. Updated!
  • 5 day home quarantine for unvaccinated / incomplete vaccinated individuals (with or without symptoms). Perform RTK-Ag self-test when symptomatic. Updated!
  • Individuals will receive a digital Home Surveillance Order. The digital HSO can be screen-printed and employers must accept the digital HSO as proof that the individual must undergo isolation / quarantine. New!

General Health Protocol In Phase 4 Areas

  • Licence holders and premise owners are REQUIRED to provide MySejahtera QR code at the door / entry points of shopping malls, supermarkets. wholesale markets, wet markets and night markets. Shops or kiosks inside shopping malls, wholesale markets, wet markets and night markets do NOT need to provide MySejahtera QR codes. Updated!
  • Hand sanitiser must be provided at the entrance, and customers must use it before entering.
  • The use of MySejahtera is mandatory. The use of logbook is only allowed in areas with no Internet connectivity, or other reasonable excuse (senior citizens, no smartphone, etc.). Updated!
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers and workers check in using MySejahtera. or the manual logbook if there’s no Internet connectivity.
  • Employers, employees, customers and visitors are required to check in using MySejahtera or write their names and phone numbers legibly in the logbook (if there is no Internet connectivity) before entering government / private premises. Offices within those buildings do NOT need to provide a MySejahtera QR code. Updated!
  • Symptomatic individuals are NOT ALLOWED to enter premises.
  • Malls and premise owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk including Casual Contact Low Risk in MySejahtera are allowed to enter. Updated!
  • COVID-19 vaccination card can be used to show vaccination status in case there is no MySejahtera.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers must maintain physical distance of at least 1 metre at any time. Updated
  • It is MANDATORY for employees, suppliers and customers to properly wear face masks while within the premise.
  • There must be good ventilation at the premise according to ventilation and indoor air quality guidelines issued by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (JKKP).
  • Must comply with the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy.
  • It is MANDATORY to wear a face mask, especially in public areas, EXCEPT in these places or situations :
    a) hotel room or paid accommodation, alone or with your own family
    b) Personal working space
    c) Sports and recreational activities
    d) Personal vehicle, alone or with your own family
    e) Indoor or outdoor public areas, when there are no other individuals
    f) While eating or drinking in public areas (except in restaurants or other food & beverage premises) Updated!

Education Sector In Phase 4 Areas New!

  • Hand sanitiser must be provided in appropriate areas, and everyone must use it.
  • All teachers, executive staff, support staff and visitors must scan the QR code using the MySejahtera app before entering education premises under the Ministry of Education (KPM).
  • Only teachers, executive staff, support staff and visitors with “Low Risk” status in MySejahtera, as well as confirmation of a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or card, are allowed to enter education premises under KPM.
  • Parents / guardians must ensure that their children / wards are not symptomatic before sending them to school.
  • Symptomatic students or those who have COVID-19 positive family members staying in the same house (close contact) are NOT allowed to attend school.
  • Symptomatic students in schools must be isolated in isolation rooms for further action.

Travel Restrictions In Phase 4 Areas

  • Interstate travel is only ALLOWED for FULLY-VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS, by showing their digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or vaccination card with ID card or passport for verification.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are allowed to bring children 12 years and younger, subject to general health protocols.
  • Interstate travel is FORBIDDEN in Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO / PKPD) areas.
  • Interstate travel by workers are subject to worker’s pass or employer’s confirmation letter.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated may travel for funeral and emergencies, after getting permission from the police.
  • All vehicles, whether driven by individuals, for transportation of goods or public transport, are allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Activities and services at all airports and ports are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours.

Civil Service

  • 100% attendance capacity is allowed
  • Civil service is subject to the current orders by the Secretary to the Government of Malaysia.
  • Must follow the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines.

Meetings

  • Face-to-face meetings and interviews are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals, at full venue capacity with physical distancing.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated must undergo a pre-event test using a (saliva) self-test kit witnessed by the event organiser or with confirmation from a medical practitioner, before attending a face-to-face meeting; or conduct the meeting via video conferencing.
  • It is encouraged to conduct meetings through video conferencing.

Seminars, Trainings + MICE

  • Seminars, workshops, courses, trainings and talks including MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions & Exhibitions) are allowed for fully-vaccinated individuals, at full venue capacity with physical distancing.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated must undergo a pre-event test using a (saliva) self-test kit, or have confirmation from a medical practitioner before attending.
  • Undergo COVID-19 screening test in line with the National COVID-19 Screening Strategy.

Government + Private Events

  • Official events by the government or private sector are allowed for fully-vaccinated individuals, at full venue capacity but with physical distancing.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated must undergo a pre-event test using a (saliva) self-test kit, or have confirmation from a medical practitioner before attending.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test in line with the National COVID-19 Screening Strategy.

Social Activities In Phase 4 Areas New!

  • Social events like feasts, religious festivals, engagement parties, weddings, receptions, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, retreats and other social events are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals at 50% capacity with physical distance of 1 meter.
  • Attendees, organisers and staff must wear face masks at all times, except when eating and drinking.
  • Avoid 3C (Crowded, Closed and Chatting), and always perform the 3W (Wash, Wear, Warn).
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are allowed to bring children 12 years or younger, while following general health protocol.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test in line with the National COVID-19 Screening Strategy.

Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock, Plantation and Commodities

  • All of these activities, and their supply chain, are allowed to operate according to their licences, except those mentioned in the Negative List.
  • Must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines.

Manufacturing, Construction, Mining and Quarrying

  • Manufacturing, construction, mining and quarrying activities are ALLOWED, according to these fully vaccinated rates :
    a) 80% to 100% : Allowed to operate at 100% worker capacity
    b) Less than 80% : Allowed to operate at 80% worker capacity only
  • Must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines.

Trade + Distribution

  • Trade and distribution sectors, including business and service activities, are allowed to operate according to the licences.

Businesses Open Only To Fully Vaccinated Customers

  • These businesses can only serve fully-vaccinated customers :
    1. Photographic equipment and photography shop
    2. Preloved (second hand) shop
    3. Flower and nursery shop
    4. Handicraft and souvenir shop
    5. Antique shop
    6. Games shop
    7. Carpet shop
    8. Creative content and equipment shop
    9. Outdoor equipment (including camping, fishing and other equipment)
    10. Cosmetics, skincare and perfume
    11. Tobacco shop (including vape and electronic cigarette)
    12. House and kitchen appliance shop
    13. Furniture shop
    14. Sporting goods shop
    15. Car accessories shop
    16. Car sales and distribution
    17. Clothes, fashion and accessories shop
    18. Jewellery shop
    19. Barber shop
    20. Beauty salon / center
    21. House show room
  • Premise owners must ensure that customers who wish to enter MUST show their digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or card, to prove that they are fully-vaccinated.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring children who are 12 years old or younger to these premises.

Dine-In In Phase 4 Areas

  • Restaurant operators, including hotels, sports and recreational club houses, food shops, food stalls, food trucks, roadside hawkers, food courts, food carts, and food kiosks are ALLOWED to offer dine-in services, subject to these conditions :
    – only accept customers who are fully-vaccinated, and not symptomatic.
    – premise owners MUST display a notice at the entrance stating that only fully-vaccinated customers who are asymptomatic are allowed in
    – only workers who are fully-vaccinated and asymptomatic are allowed to work
    – premise owners must arrange the tables with physical distancing, and ensure the premise has good ventilation.
    – dine-in is allowed with a physical distance of at least 1 metre.
  • Individuals who are fully-vaccinated are ALLOWED to bring their children who are 12 years or younger to dine-in.

Markets

  • All markets, except night market and weekend market, are allowed to operate according to their licence or permit subject to the local authority (PBT) with SOP compliance and monitoring by RELA or PBT.
  • Wholesale markets are ALLOWED to open according to their licensed time, subject to the full vaccination of all employees, complying with the SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision.
  • Night market and weekend market are allowed to operate, subject to customers proving that they are fully-vaccinated by showing their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card.

Spa, Wellness Centre and Health Massage

  • Spa, wellness and massage parlours are ALLOWED to operate, on the condition that both customers and operators are fully-vaccinated.
  • Employees and customers must be fully-vaccinated, not COVID-19 positive and not close contacts to positive cases, and not symptomatic.
  • Walk-in is not allowed. Only customers with prior appointments are allowed.
  • Employees must wear disposable gloves, face mask and face shield while at work.
  • Employees must replace their disposable gloves, liners for the bed or mattress or chair, and clean all equipment including face shield before attending to each customer.
  • The ventilation system must be maintained according to schedule.
  • MOTAC will monitor these conditions :
    – spa operators must declare how many employees are fully-vaccinated to MOTAC before they are allowed to operate
    – SOP Self-Compliance Program, especially ventilation within the premise.
    – MOTAC will monitor compliance by conducting periodical spot checks
    – COVID-19 screening test of symptomatic employees

Education In Phase 4 Areas

  • Industrial training and skills training centres, including vocational college, TVET and so on are allowed to operate.
  • All schools and skill training institutes other than those under KPM, tahfiz centre and other educational institutes are subject to their relevant Ministry or Agency.
  • All institutes of higher learning will be open in stages to students who are fully-vaccinated.
  • Skills and industrial training sector, including vocational college, schools not under KPM, tahfiz centres, and other education institutes and all institutes of higher education must comply with the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines.
  • All face-to-face and group learning are allowed at institutes of higher education for students have been fully-vaccinated, subject to strict SOP. Hybrid learning will be implemented for on-campus students. Online learning will continue for students who have not returned to campus.
  • International and professional exams, as well as research activities requiring lab access in tertiary education facilities are ALLOWED.
  • Students in boarding schools or universities are ALLOWED to continue hybrid studies.
  • Daycare and childcare facilities under the Welfare Department (JKM) are allowed to operate.
  • Private and public kindergartens, kindergartens in private, international and expatriate schools and mind development centres are ALLOWED to operate.
  • Home care or rehabilitation centres of children, the disabled (OKU), senior citizens, women and other care facilities are allowed to operate, subject to the SOP.
  • The operators and employees of these kindergarten, childcare and care facilities must be fully-vaccinated.
  • Kindergartens, childcare facilities, day care centres and similar care facilities must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines.

Religion In Phase 4 Areas

  • Prayer activities are ALLOWED for individuals who are fully-vaccinated, subject to the rules and SOP of the state Islamic religious authority.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test before undertaking prayer activities in line with the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines.
  • Islamic wedding ceremony (akad nikah) is ALLOWED only in the Islamic Religious Office / Department with the attendance capacity set by the State Religious Authority.
  • Prayer activities are ALLOWED for individuals who are fully-vaccinated, subject to the rules and SOP of the Ministry of National Unity (KPN).
  • Non-Muslim marriage registrations are allowed at the National Registration Department (JPN), houses of worship and religious associations, subject to limits set by JPN.
  • Burial activities are allowed according to limits set by the State Religion Authority (Islam) or the National Unity Ministry (Non-Muslim).

Sports + Recreation In Phase 4 Areas

  • All sports and recreational activities involving physical touch in outdoor areas are LIMITED to fully-vaccinated individuals. New!
  • All sports and recreational activities (with or without physical touch, performed individually or in groups) in indoor areas are LIMITED to fully-vaccinated individuals. New!
  • The operation of both OUTDOOR and INDOOR sports and recreational facilities are allowed at 100% capacity, with operation hours subject to licence, but limited to fully-vaccinated individuals. Children under 12 years of age who are not fully-vaccinated can undertake activities under supervision of fully-vaccinated parents / guardians / coach / instructor. New!
  • Group sports and recreational activities (with or without physical touch) under supervision are limited to the area capacity, and must not exceed 1,000 people at any one time (whichever is lower). Children under 12 years of age who are not fully-vaccinated can undertake activities under supervision of fully-vaccinated parents / guardians / coach / instructor. New!
  • All competitions or championships of sports (with or without physical touch, whether local or International), must have PERMISSION from the Sports Commission Office, and are limited to 1,000 participants at any one time for sports like triathlon, open water swimming, marathon, trail run, obstacle run and so on.
  • Spectator / supporter presence at sports and recreational venues are limited to 50% of capacity or 20,000 people (whichever is lower), and limited to fully-vaccinated individuals including their fully-vaccinated children. However, children below 12 years of age who are not fully-vaccinated are NOT allowed to enter.
  • The entry of foreign athlete, coach, official, technical help to Malaysia are subject to the rules governing entry of foreigners into Malaysia.
  • Everyone must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines.
  • Individuals who are not fully-vaccinated or unvaccinated are restricted to individual sports and recreational activities that do not involve touch, with physical distance of at least 1-3 metres performed outdoors.

Recreational Fishing

  • Recreational fishing, including at fishing ponds, is ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals.

Picnic + Camping

  • Picnic and camping are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring children 12 years and younger for such activities, subject to strict SOP.

Creative Industry + Entertainment

  • All creative industry practitioners who are fully-vaccinated are ALLOWED to resume these activities :
    – development and broadcast of recorded or live-streamed creative content
    – broadcast or livestream of information and entertainment
    – in-studio or outdoor filming
    – busking
    – lounge hotel performances
    – live performances like theatre, musical, music and comedy (pre-registered)
    – cinema activities
  • Everyone must comply with the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines.

Tourism + Culture In Phase 4 Areas

  • Tourism and cultural activities are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals, subject to physical distancing and venue capacity.
    – tourism attractions like beach activities, water sports, snorkelling, scuba diving, sports fishing, edutainment centre, recreational park, extreme park, adventure park, nature park, farm, aquarium, zoo and so on.
    – special interest activities like golfing, scuba diving, cycling, angling, yachting and so on.
    – ecotourism activities like bird watching, caving, mountain climbing, whitewater rafting, hiking, jungle trekking, camping and so on.
    – art, culture and heritage premises like museum, library, art gallery, art and cultural village, cultural shows and so on.
    – theme park and family entertainment centre
    – academic premises like science centre, planetarium and Petrosains.
    – tourism and cultural events.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test when conducting these activities.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring their children who are 12 years or younger, subject to general health protocols.
  • Interstate tourism is allowed for fully vaccinated individuals, except to EMCO (PKPD) areas or any areas restricted by the government.
  • Licensed and registered hotel and homestay are allowed for fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • All other tourism and cultural activities, other than those specified in the Negative List, are allowed.

Cruise Ship

  • Cruise ships are ALLOWED to operate at 50% capacity, on the condition that all crew members and passengers are fully-vaccinated.
  • Pub and night club activities onboard are FORBIDDEN.
  • Must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines.

Driving Lessons New!

  • Driving schools are ALLOWED to operate, on the condition that employees, teachers and candidates are fully-vaccinated, with digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or card as evidence.
  • Only fully-vaccinated employees who are not symptomatic can work.

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP : NEGATIVE LIST

These activities are FORBIDDEN using the National Recovery Plan Recovery Phase 4 SOP.

  • Night club or pub activities
  • Local tourism involving foreign tourists entering Malaysia, except those involving International Tourism Bubble. Updated!
  • Sports and recreational activities exceeding the allowed capacity.
  • Championships, competitions, and matches without Sports Commission Office permission.
  • Any activity that involves many people gathering in one place until it is hard to maintain physical distancing, and compliance with the Director General of Health’s orders.
  • Any other matter that may be decided by the Government from time to time.

 

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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 our latest guide on 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).

From 16 March 2021 onwards, fully-vaccinated individuals will be allowed to travel between Changi Airport and PIA (Penang 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.

On 2 March 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health announced that VTL travellers are no longer required to undergo daily COVID-19 tests.

On 4 March 2022, the governments of Singapore and Malaysia announced that the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) programme would expand to include Penang.

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 / onward ticket and proof of accommodation (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.

 

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, and Penang International Airport (PIA) starting 16 March 2022.
  • 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 ART Test

  • Travellers, except children aged 2 and below in the calendar year and travellers who are certified positive for COVID-19 between 7-90 days before departure, are required to undergo a supervised self-administered ART test at a Quick Test Centre (QTC) or Combined Test Centre (CTC) within 24 hours of arrival in Singapore.
  • Except for attending the supervised ART, travellers are required to self-isolate in their declared accommodation until they are notified that they have tested negative. Travellers may only take private transportation, taxi, or private hire car between the QTC/CTC and their accommodation. Public transportation is not allowed.
  • Travellers should not wait for their test results at the test centre due to space constraints. They may leave the test centre once they have completed their self-administered ART and await notification of their test results via SMS or email.

 

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