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New Test + Isolation Rules To Fight Malaysia's Omicron Surge!

Malaysia COVID-19 Test + Isolation Rules : 25 Feb 2022

The Malaysia Ministry of Health just updated its COVID-19 test and isolation rules to combat the Omicron variant surge!

 

New COVID-19 Testing Rules To Fight Omicron Surge In Malaysia!

On 7 February 2022, Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced new test rules to combat the Omicron variant surge.

  1. Those who are symptomatic should immediately take a COVID-19 test, whether PCR or RAT.
  2. The test result, whether positive or negative, should be reported in MySejahtera.
  3. If you get a positive result on your rapid antigen test (RAT), there is no need to confirm the diagnosis using PCR. The positive RAT test result is good enough.

On 17 February 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) clarified the testing rules for close contacts :

  • If you test negative for COVID-19, you must finish the full quarantine period.
  • If you test positive, you must follow the COVID-19 positive protocol.

On 25 February 2022, KKM updated testing requirements for individuals with Cat 1 and Cat 2A COVID-19.

 

New Isolation + Hospitalisation Rules To Fight Omicron Surge In Malaysia!

Here are also the new rules on home isolation and hospitalisation for people who test positive for COVID-19, as of 25 February 2022.

First, let me clarify some of the terms for COVID-19 positive individuals :

  • Category 1 : patients who are asymptomatic (have no symptoms)
  • Category 2A : patients who have mild symptoms
  • Category 2B : patients who have moderate symptoms
  • Low Risk : patients who are less than 60 years old, and do not have co-morbidities
  • High Risk : patients who are 60 years and above, or have co-morbidities
Category 2A
(Mild Symptoms)
Category 2B
(Moderate Symptoms)
Sore throat or flu symptoms,
without fever or breathing difficulties
Prolonged fever for 2 days or more,
or developing a new fever
Cough without fever or
breathing difficulties
Breathing difficulty during physical activity
(Exertional dyspnoea)
Loss of taste, but with good appetite Chest pain
Loss of smell Loss of appetite
Diarrhoea 1-2 times in 24 hours Feeling tired during daily activities,
or on waking up from sleep
Vomitting or feeling nauseous Need help to walk
Tired, but can perform daily activities Worsening symptoms (cough, nausea,
vomiting, or persistent diarrhoea)
Muscle ache, but can perform daily tasks Declining mental acuity
Reduced urine output in the last 24 hours

COVID-19 Positive (Cat 1, Cat 2A, Low Risk)

  1. You should NOT go to the CAC (COVID-19 Assessment Centre), unless specifically requested through MySejahtera, SMS or a phone call.
  2. You must isolate at home for 7 days if you do not have symptoms (Cat 1), and are fully-vaccinated.
  3. You must isolate at home for 10 days, if you are symptomatic, or are unvaccinated / not fully-vaccinated.
  4. You must perform self-assessment using the Health Assessment Tool (HAT) in the MySejahtera app TWICE a day. Updated!
    a) before 12 PM
    b) before 6 PM
  5. You will receive an SMS or a robocall (Automated Voice Recording) in case you forget to perform the self-assessment.

COVID-19 Positive (Cat 2B and above)

  1. You must go to the CAC (COVID-19 Assessment Centre) for assessment, to determine if you need to go to the nearest hospital. Updated!
  2. Those who are not sent to the hospital must isolate at home for 10 days, and perform self-assessment using the Health Assessment Tool (HAT) in the MySejahtera app. Updated!

Read more : New Quarantine Rules For Close Contact / COVID-19 Positive!

Effective
17 February
Fully Vaccinated
with / without
Booster Dose
Unvaccinated or
Partially Vaccinated
Isolation Period 7 Days 10 Days

COVID-19 Positive High-Risk Group (Cat 1 + Cat 2)

On 17 February 2022, KKM announced that the following patients are considered high-risk, and will be hospitalised even if they are Category 1 or Category 2.

  • Have medical co-morbidities – diabetes, uncontrolled hypertension
  • Diagnosed with other non-contagious disease that are uncontrolled / untreated
  • Caretaker of paediatric or geriatric patient
  • Obstetric cases that require monitoring
  • Admissions through the emergency ward
  • Live in homes that are not conducive for self-quarantine
  • Immunocompromised patients (HIV, undergoing chemotherapy)
  • Children who have :
    a) dehydration
    b) prolonged fever and fatigue
    c) chronic disease
    d) no guardian

Close Contact

  1. If you do not have symptoms, there is no need to go to the CAC, or take a COVID-19 test. You will be given a digital HSO (Home Surveillance Order) to isolate at home.
  2. Adults 18 Years & Above
    a) No quarantine for fully-vaccinated individuals with booster dose, without symptoms on Day 1. But must conduct RTK self-test on Day 1 and Day 3, and if positive – report results in MySejahtera, and follow COVID-19 positive protocol
    b) No quarantine for people who were fully-vaccinated, or recovered from COVID-19 in the last 60 days.
    c) 5 days for fully-vaccinated individuals with booster dose, but symptomatic on Day 1.
    d) 5 days for fully-vaccinated individuals without booster dose
    e) 7 days for unvaccinated / not fully-vaccinated individuals
  3. If you have symptoms, you must immediately self test for COVID-19.
    a) the test result must be reported in the MySejahtera app.
    b) you must conduct daily self-assessment using the Health Assessment Tool (HAT) in the MySejahtera app.
    c) if test is positive, you must follow COVID-19 positive protocol. See above.
    d) if test is negative, you must finish the full quarantine period

Read more : New Quarantine Rules For Close Contact / COVID-19 Positive!

Effective
1 March 2022
On Day 1 Quarantine
Period
Testing
Fully-Vaccinated
+ Booster Dose
No symptoms None RTK-Ag self-test
on Day 1 + 3
Symptomatic 5 Days RTK-Ag self-test
if symptomatic
Recovered in last 60 days None
Fully Vaccinated Asymptomatic / Symptomatic 5 Days *
Recovered in last 60 days None
Incomplete or
No
Vaccination
Asymptomatic / Symptomatic 7 Days *

* No test is required to be released from quarantine, if not symptomatic. However, you must complete the full quarantine period.

 

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VMS Blockchain Error With MySejahtera Vaccine Certificate?

Are you getting a VMS Blockchain error when you try to obtain your digital or PDF versions of the MySejahtera vaccine certificate?

Find out what’s going on, and what you can do about it…

 

VMS Blockchain Error With MySejahtera Vaccine Certificate?

Quite a few people have reported one of these VMS Blockchain errors, while trying to obtain their digital or PDF versions of the MySejahtera vaccine certificate.

Unable to connect to VMS Blockchain system, please try again after some time.

Vaccination record doesn’t exist in VMS blockchain system.

Those who receive one of these error messages will NOT be able to access their digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate in MySejahtera, or generate and download the PDF certificate.

 

VMS Blockchain Error In MySejahtera : What’s Going On?

The VMS blockchain error only happens to people who were vaccinated against COVID-19 overseas, and submitted their vaccination records to MySejahtera.

VMS is short for the Vaccine Management System, which uses blockchain technology for better certification and traceability.

Unfortunately, MySejahtera (currently) does not support foreign COVID-19 vaccinations.

Those who register their overseas COVID-19 vaccinations will receive a Fully Vaccinated status in MySejahtera, but will not be able to :

  • generate a PDF vaccine certificate, or
  • display a QR code on the digital vaccine certificate.

Here is the official response by the MySejahtera team on this issue :

Please be informed that MySJ application will only show the PDF or QR Code on the Digital certificate for locally taken vaccinations.

You can refer to your own Vaccine card or certificate from the country that you took the vaccine.

For entry into public places in Malaysia, you can rely on the digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate (without QR code) in Mysejahtera.

But if you need to travel overseas, you will need to rely on the vaccination card or certificate that you obtain from the country you received your COVID-19 vaccinations.

Read more : 2 Ways To Get MySejahtera Certificate For Overseas Vaccine!

 

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How To Walk-In For Free Sinovac Booster At Offsite PPV!

Find out how to walk-in for your free Sinovac booster dose at any Offsite PPV nationwide!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Free Sinovac Booster Dose At PPV?

On 7 February 2022, Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin shared that 3.5 million people who were fully-vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine still have not received their booster dose.

To encourage them to get their booster dose, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) will offer Sinovac recipients the option of a Sinovac booster dose.

KKM however strongly recommends that Sinovac recipients receive either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster dose, because they offer much better protection.

Read more : ALL Seniors + Sinovac Recipients MUST Get Booster Dose!

 

How To Walk-In For Free Sinovac Booster At Offsite PPV!

On 12 February 2022, ProtectHealth Corporation announced that they will make the Sinovac booster dose available for FREE at all Offsite PPVs under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).

Starting Monday, 14 February 2022, you can walk-in for your Sinovac booster dose at any Offsite PPV in Malaysia.

You can look for the nearest Offsite PPV using the ProtectHealth Vaccination Centre search feature.

All individuals who walk-in for the booster dose must ensure that they have a proper digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate in MySejahtera before going to the PPV.

Those who do not have a digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate because they do not have a smartphone, can bring their physical vaccination card to the PPV.

Here is the official checklist of what you need to do BEFORE going to get your COVID-19 booster dose at the PPV :

  1. Get enough sleep
  2. Eat breakfast or lunch before going to the PPV
  3. Be in good health, with no symptoms
  4. Wear suitable and comfortable clothes
  5. Wear a face mask
  6. Bring your identity card / document (e.g. passport)
  7. Bring your vaccination card as proof of completed primary vaccination, if you don’t have MySejahtera
  8. Make sure you are not required to be under quarantine!

Read more : What Should You Do Before / During / After Booster Dose?

 

Should You Get Sinovac Booster Dose At PPV?

Now that KKM is offering the Sinovac vaccine booster dose for free, should you get it? That very much depends on a number of factors.

Read more :

Are You Allergic To The Pfizer Vaccine?

If you are allergic to the Pfizer vaccine, then you definitely cannot receive a booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

You will have to get a booster dose of other vaccine types – viral vector vaccines like AstraZeneca or Sputnik V, or inactivated virus vaccines like Sinovac or Sinopharm.

But with so many better vaccine options available out there, Sinovac CoronaVac should be your last choice, not your first.

Are There Better Options?

If you are given the option to switch to Pfizer or AstraZeneca, you should definitely opt for either one over the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine.

Of all the WHO approved vaccines, Sinovac CoronaVac is the least efficacious COVID-19 vaccine, offering just over 50% efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19.

And that was before it was tested against the Delta or Omicron variants. Studies have shown that two doses of Sinovac offered less protection against Delta, and no protection against Omicron.

Read more : Pfizer / Sinovac vs. Omicron : What HKU Study Just Revealed!

COVID-19
Variant
Seropositive Rate
Pfizer Sinovac
Alpha 100% 100%
Beta 100% 0%
Delta 100% 68%
Omicron 20% – 24% 0%

Must You Get A Chinese Vaccine?

The popularity of Chinese vaccines is partly due to Chinese propaganda, and partly because China offers travel advantages for people vaccinated with Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines.

People who need to travel to China are still FORCED to pay for Sinovac / Sinopharm vaccines to avoid additional PCR tests.

So here is my advice. If you have to travel to China, opt for the Sinopharm vaccine. It is not only cheaper than Sinovac, it is a far better COVID-19 vaccine!

Vaccine Ancestral Delta Variant Omicron Variant
Infection Severe
Disease
Infection Severe
Disease
Infection Severe
Disease
Sinopharm COVILO 68% 73% 67% 71% 35% 53%
Sinovac CoronaVac 47% 50% 46% 49% 24% 37%

 

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Malaysia May Not Reopen International Borders So Soon…

Malaysia will reopen borders for quarantine-free travel in March 2022… or maybe not?

Here is what you need to know!

 

Malaysia To Reopen Borders For Quarantine-Free Travel?

On 8 February 2021, the Malaysia National Recovery Council (NRC) agreed to reopen borders as early as 1 March 2022, for quarantine-free travel!

Yes, there will no longer be any mandatory quarantine for travellers flying into Malaysia!

However, Malaysia will still require pre-departure testing and upon arrival, as recommended by the Ministry of Health.

The reopening of Malaysia’s borders will be managed according to the current risk assessment, and the SOP will be announced later by the Ministry of Health.

It was recommended by the NRC that the country’s borders be fully opened in due time to support the nation’s recovery.

In connection to this, the council agrees that the nation’s borders are to fully open as early as March 1 without the need for mandatory quarantine.

The opening of the nation’s borders needs to be done accordingly and based on current risk assessment.

The reopening of Malaysia’s borders will revive the economy, and especially the international tourism industry which has been moribund for the past 2 years.

 

Malaysia May Not Reopen International Borders So Soon…

Just hours after the decision to reopen Malaysia’s international borders was announced, it was walked back by the Senior Minister (Defence) Hishamuddin Hussein.

I understand that National Recovery Council (NRC) chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had made an announcement Tuesday (Feb 8) morning on this matter and at the quartet level, we have already instructed the Immigration Department, Health Ministry and Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry to study the matter.

Once they have discussed the matter at length, they will bring it back to the quartet. We want people to come into our country but other countries have not made the same decision (to reopen their borders).

It is a big decision which can only be discussed at Cabinet level or the Covid-19 pandemic management special committee level.

Although he did not outright say it, it appears that Malaysia will not reopen international borders by 1 March 2022.

 

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COVID-19 Vaccine Is Now Mandatory In Austria!

Austria is now the first country in Europe to make it mandatory to receive a COVID-19 vaccine!

Here is what you need to know…

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Is Now Mandatory In Austria!

On Friday, 4 February 2022, President Alexander Van der Bellen signed into law a national COVID-19 vaccine mandate for adults in Austria.

The new law makes it mandatory for all adults in Austria to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, or get fined up to 3,600 euros (US$4,120).

This makes Austria the first country in Europe to make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory, but not the first in the world.

Ecuador was the first country to make it compulsory for all individuals 5 years and above to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate In Austria : The Details

Huge Monetary Fines

Unvaccinated people in Austria are currently banned from restaurants, sports and cultural venues, but they are now liable to be fined from 600 to 3,600 euros (US$687 to US$4,120).

Unvaccinated adults in Austria will be given time until 14 March to comply with the vaccine mandate, with compliance checks beginning on 15 March 2022.

This new law will last until 31 January 2024, and unvaccinated people can receive the maximum fine of €3,600 (US$4,000) up to four times a year. These fines can be waived if the individuals get vaccinated within 2 weeks.

Exemptions To Vaccine Mandate

The new law allows for certain individuals to receive an exemption from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine :

  • Pregnant mothers,
  • Individuals who cannot be vaccinated without endangering their health,
  • Individuals who recently recovered from COVID – this is a temporary exemption that only lasts 180 days from the date they received their first positive PCR test result.

A police officer checks the vaccination status of a visitor during a patrol in a shopping mall in Vienna, Austria, in this file photo from January 12, 2022. © Lisa Leutner, AP

Implemented In 3 Stages

The Austrian vaccine mandate will be implemented in three stages :

  • All households will be informed of the new law by 15 March through an official letter delivered by post.
  • Austrian police will start spot-checking people’s vaccination status, and issuing fines of €600, which can increase to €3,600 for non-compliance.
  • Those who refuse to show proof of vaccination by a certain undetermined deadline will be automatically fined.

This vaccine mandate in Austria is on the other end of the spectrum from Denmark’s decision to remove all COVID-19 restrictions.

81% of Danes 5 years and older have been fully-vaccinated, but Austria has a pretty high vaccination too – about 75% of the eligible population has been fully-vaccinated.

However, the government argues that mandatory vaccination is the only way to further increase vaccination rates, especially in certain regions like Upper Austria where fewer than 60% of residents are fully-vaccinated.

Other countries will be closely watching to see which of these EU countries made the right decision…

Read more : Why Denmark Is First EU Country To Lift All COVID-19 Laws!

 

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Why Denmark Is First EU Country To Lift All COVID-19 Laws!

Denmark is the first EU country to lift all COVID-19 restrictions, fully opening up despite a massive surge in cases.

Find out why they are able to do that… again.

 

Denmark Is First EU Country To Lift All COVID-19 Laws!

On Tuesday, 1 February 2022, Denmark became the first country in the European Union to lift all COVID-19 restrictions… again.

  • Wearing of face masks is no longer mandatory on public transport, shops and standing clients in restaurant indoor areas.
  • Face masks will only be recommended in hospitals, healthcare facilities, and nursing homes.
  • The COVID-19 digital pass is no longer required to enter nightclubs, cafes, party buses, and to be seated indoors in restaurants, unless required by individual event organisers.
  • There will no longer be limits on the number of people allowed in indoor gatherings.
  • Social distancing measures will no longer be required.

The Danish government no longer considers COVID-19 to be a “socially critical sickness“, even as the country experienced a massive surge in cases.

There is one notable exception though – unvaccinated travellers, or those who were not previously infected between 11 and 180 days ago, must undergo a COVID-19 test before being allowed to enter Denmark.

Read more : Did 10 countries cancel all COVID-19 tests and vaccinations?

 

Why Denmark Is Able To Lift All COVID-19 Laws!

Some antivaxxers are already touting the move by Denmark as evidence that COVID-19 is not serious. After all, they will point out – Denmark currently has the second-highest infection rate in the world.

That’s an intentionally misleading, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Denmark Has Very High Vaccination Rates

Danish Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said that “widespread vaccination and boosters have helped the country open up again“, and it shows :

  • Over 81% of people 5 years and older have been fully-vaccinated.
  • Over 61% of people 12 years and older received their booster dose

Jens Lundgren, a professor of viral diseases at the Copenhagen University Hospital said, “We have been very successful in our national vaccine programme throughout 2021, a lot of people have received two vaccination shots, and a lot have received three doses as well, and many of those doses were provided in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Fact #2 : Denmark Has Very Low ICU + Death Rates

Thanks to the high levels of vaccinations, Denmark has experienced very low levels of ICU usage and mortality rates.

Even though they are experiencing a massive surge in new COVID-19 cases, the number of people in ICUs have fallen to only 32.

Even people dying today is far lower than the peak in December 2020, when Denmark experienced far fewer COVID-19 cases.

Danish Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said, “the number of hospitalizations and patients in intensive care is decreasing every day, thanks to vaccination“.

Søren Brostrøm, director-general of Denmark’s Health Authority concurred, “At the same time as infections are skyrocketing, patients admitted to intensive care actually going down. It’s around 30 people in ICU beds right now with a COVID-19 diagnosis, out of a population of 6 million.

Fact #3 : Denmark May Reimpose Restrictions

The Danish authorities held out the possibility that COVID-19 restrictions may return, as it is too early to know whether there will be a new variant that needs to be addressed.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told Danish radio, “I dare not say that it is a final goodbye to restrictions. We do not know what will happen in the fall, whether there will be a new variant.

Denmark had actually lifted all COVID-19 restrictions in September 2021, but reimposed them in the first of a third wave of infections.

So it will not be surprising if they do reimpose COVID-19 restrictions should a new virulent COVID-19 variant start spreading.

Fact #4 : Denmark May Introduce A Fourth Dose

Despite the elation over the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, the government has warned that Denmark could see a rise in infections in the coming weeks.

Health Minister Magnus Heunicke called on Danes to get tested regularly, so that the country could “react quickly if necessary”.

In addition to the reinstatement of COVID-19 restrictions, the Danish government may introduce a fourth vaccine dose.

I should also point out that Denmark almost exclusively uses mRNA vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. They stopped using AstraZeneca and J&J vaccines, citing the risk of rare blood clots.

Read more : AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clots – What To Look For?

We can all enjoy the same privilege as the Danes, by adopting the same common sense approach they have.

Help us reach the same goal, by vaccinating yourself and your family against COVID-19!

 

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CNY 2022 : Heavy Vehicles + Speed Limit Reduced!

Malaysia has limited or banned heavy vehicles, and reduced the speed limit for the CNY 2022 holiday rush!

Here is what you need to know!

 

CNY 2022 : Heavy Vehicles Banned / Limited!

The roads and highways will be jammed packed during the coming Chinese New Year 2022 holidays.

To mitigate the problem, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) issued a directive banning or limiting heavy vehicles during Chinese New Year 2022.

This directive will be enforced on four days (not including the two CNY public holidays) :

  • Before CNY : 30 and 31 January 2022
  • After CNY : 3 and 4 February 2022

Category 1 : Total Ban

  1. Car carrier, tipper, dumper and tipping trucks whose fully-loaded weight exceeds 7,500 kg, low loader, pole trailer, bulk cement tanker, platform trailer, lumber lorry, heavy wheeled machinery and tractor.
  2. Lorry carrying cement, steel, stone, sand, earth and other construction material, tin tailing, tin ore, coal and other mining ores.

Category 2 : Banned From 12 AM to 8 AM

  1. Container lorry, except for container lorry carrying goods from ports or airport to and from industrial area within the same state.
  2. Lorry carrying electronic and electrical / industrial goods to and from the port or airport to the industrial area.
  3. Lorry carrying oil palm and rubber goods from the plantation to the industrial area.
  4. Empty cargo lorry travelling home.

Category 3 : Banned From 6 PM to 6 AM, Within 25 KM Of Construction Site

  1. Moving crane and cement mixer lorry

Exceptions

  1. Heavy wheeled machinery and moving cranes are given exceptions for emergency work.
  2. Any vehicle carrying goods not mentioned in this directive are allowed to travel during this period.

 

CNY 2022 : Speed Limit Reduced!

As part of Ops Bersepadu, the Works Ministry (KKR) will reduce the speed limit for federal and state roads by 10 km/h.

From 25 January until 8 February, these will be the new speed limits :

  • Federal roads : 80 km/h
  • State roads : 70 km/h

 

CNY 2022 : Speed Limit Enforced Using In-Car Radar + iCOPS!

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) will also use In-Car Radar and the iCOPS vehicle plate scanner to enforce the speed limit.

From 28 January until 6 February 2022, PDRM will carry out the 17th Ops Selamat, using Expressway Mobile Patrol Vehicles (EMPV) equipped with both systems.

The In-Car Radar system will be used to make sure all road users abide by the speed limit, while the iCOPS system will be used to check if a driver has any outstanding summonses or traffic arrest arrests, or whether the vehicle was used in any crime.

 

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Updated 2022 Chinese New Year SOP For Malaysia!

The government just updated the official SOP for 2022 Chinese New Year celebrations in Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know!

 

2022 Chinese New Year SOP For Malaysia!

On 19 January 2022, the Ministry of National Unity released the official SOP for 2022 Chinese New Year celebrations in Malaysia!

They also issued two other SOP documents + two infographics with additional SOP, so I compiled all their rules here for your convenience. I will keep updating this article, as and when they issue new “clarifications”.

Here is a video that summarises the key points of the 2022 Chinese New Year SOP for Malaysia.

 

2022 Chinese New Year SOP For Malaysia : 23 January Edition

  1. The Family Reunion Dinner is allowed on Monday, 31 January 2022.
  2. Prayers are allowed in non-Muslim houses of worship on 1 and 2 February 2022 (Tuesday and Wednesday), according to the existing SOP under PPN Phase 4.
  3. The special Hokkien clan prayers (Bai Tian Gong) are allowed on 8 and 9 February 2022 (Tuesday and Wednesday).
    a) Prayers are allowed in non-Muslim houses of worship, according to the existing SOP under PPN Phase 4.
    b) Prayers are allowed at individual house compounds at night, according to the Hokkien clan tradition.
  4. Chap Goh Meh prayers are allowed at non-Muslim houses of worship on Tuesday, 15 February 2022, according to the existing SOP under PPN Phase 4.
  5. You are allowed to visit family and friends from 31 January until 15 February 2022.
  6. Chinese New Year Receptions are allowed from 31 January until 15 February 2022
    a) only those who were explicitly invited are allowed to enter
    b) NOT ALLOWED to members of the public who were not invited
    c) continuous receptions like open houses are NOT ALLOWED
    d) allowed at up to 50% venue capacity, with physical distancing
  7. Chinese New Year receptions by companies or associations are allowed, subject to these restrictions :
    a) held in a hall or restaurant,
    b) limited invitations,
    c) not held in public places, and
    d) cannot be continuous, like an open house
  8. Lion / dragon / tiger dance are allowed from 31 January until 15 February 2022, subject to the Creative Industry (Live Performance) SOP.

The Ministry of National Unity calls on the public to always obey the SOP, and take COVID-19 precautions like wear a face mask, maintain good hygiene and ensure physical distancing.

 

2022 Chinese New Year SOP For Prayers In Malaysia!

Here is the additional SOP for prayer activities at non-Muslim houses of worship during Chinese New Year 2022 :

Non-Muslim Houses of Worship must :

  • Open a health screening counter at the entrance, conduct a body temperature scan and look for symptoms like fever, cough, breathing difficulties and flu.
  • Ensure that only fully-vaccinated people are allowed to enter, by checking their digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
  • Make sure everyone is recorded using the MySejahtera application, or registers manually using the logbook.
  • Provide hand sanitiser at the registration counter.
  • Ensure that face masks are worn.

Worshippers attending prayers must :

  • Scan the MySejahtera QR code, or register manually using the provided logbook.
  • Scan their body temperature
  • Use the provided hand sanitiser.
  • Only fully-vaccinated people are allowed to enter.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 1 metre.
  • Must wear a face mask.

The government of Malaysia will take action against those who flout these SOP requirements.

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 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.

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

 

Latest 2022 Chinese New Year SOP Slides : 20 January Edition

Here are the latest 2022 Chinese New Year SOP slide, as of 20 January 2022.

 

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Penang Smart Parking : RM4.40 Glitch Fixed!

The Penang Smart Parking glitch that reduced everyone’s account balance to just RM4.40 has been FIXED!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Penang Smart Parking Glitch Reduced Balance To RM4.40!

On 19 January 2022, drivers in Penang received a surprise when their Penang Smart Parking app showed a balance of just RM 4.40.

Many took to social media to ask if their accounts were hacked, or claim that the Penang Smart Parking app was hacked.

Currently, it does NOT appear to be a hack, as everyone reported the same RM4.40 balance in their account.

 

Penang Smart Parking Glitch Fixed, Balances Synced By Tomorrow!

When the problem first cropped up, the Penang Smart Parking team asked the public not to worry if their account balance shows RM4.40, as their eWallet balances remain secure and intact.

At 5:51 PM, the PSP team announced that they successfully fixed the problem, and restored the correct eWallet record.

All transactions will be synchronised after operating hours today at 6:00 PM, and is expected to be completed by 6 AM on 20 January 2022.

 

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Sinovac Vaccine Is Cheaper, Not Better, So Why Bother?

The Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine is now cheaper, thanks to a price limit that kicks off today!

However, it is still not a very good COVID-19 vaccine, so why bother? Here is what you must know…

 

Sinovac + Sinopharm Vaccines Now Cheaper!

For some time now, people have been complaining about the prices of the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines, which ranged from RM95 to RM190 per dose.

So the government of Malaysia set price limits for both Chinese vaccines that take effect today, Saturday, 15 January 2022.

Note : These price limits do NOT include service charge and the cost of disposables used during the administration of the vaccine.

Vaccine Maximum Price
Per Dose
Wholesale Retail
Sinovac CoronaVac RM 62 RM 77
Sinopharm COVILO RM 49 RM 61

While this is great news for people who want Chinese vaccines, I should point out that this does not make the Sinovac CoronaVac a better vaccine. It is just cheaper to buy, not better.

The truth is – Sinovac CoronaVac is not a good COVID-19 vaccine, which is why the National COVID-19 Immunisation Program (PICK) no longer offers it.

In this article, I will show you why we should NOT bother with the Sinovac vaccine, even if it’s cheaper… and what Chinese vaccine you should opt for, if you must absolutely get a Chinese vaccine.

 

Sinovac Vaccine Is Cheaper, Not Better, So Why Bother?

Here is a quick summary of why the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine was, at best, a temporary solution until better vaccines become available.

Only 50% Effective Against Ancestral COVID-19

Even when it was first approved, the Sinovac vaccine offered just over 50% efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19. It was literally, the least efficacious COVID-19 vaccine in the world.

Read more : CoronaVac Vaccine by Sinovac : Your Questions Answered!

Efficacy Drops After 2 Months

The massive RECoVaM study recently showed that its limited efficacy dropped precipitously after two months, with a big drop in protection against hospitalisation.

Read more : RECoVaM Study Highlights How Well COVID-19 Vaccines Work!

Not Efficacious Against Omicron + Beta Variants

Despite claims that its antibodies can bypass mutations in the spike protein, antibodies from the Sinovac vaccine was shown to be completely unable to neutralise the Omicron and Beta variants of COVID-19.

Read more : Pfizer / Sinovac vs. Omicron : What HKU Study Just Revealed!

COVID-19
Variant
Seropositive Rate MN Titer (GMT)
Pfizer Sinovac Pfizer Sinovac
HKU691 Omicron 20% 0% 5.43 Min.
HKU344-R346K
Omicron
24% 0% 6.42 Min.
Delta 100% 68% 124.7 10.3
Beta 100% 0% 25.7 Min.
Alpha 100% 100% 229.4 21.7

Three Doses Not Enough Against Omicron

Even three doses of the Sinovac vaccine was recently shown to be insufficient to protect against the Omicron variant.

Read more : Pfizer vs. Sinovac : Which Is Better Against Omicron Variant?

 

For Travel To China : Sinopharm Is Cheaper + Better Than Sinovac

When we lacked access to better vaccines from Pfizer and AstraZeneca, the Sinovac vaccine was better than nothing.

But now that Malaysia is offering far superior COVID-19 vaccines for FREE, why should we settle for less effective vaccines?

The popularity of Chinese vaccines is partly due to Chinese propaganda, and partly because China offers travel advantages for people vaccinated with Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines.

China initially would only allow travellers who were fully-vaccinated with Chinese vaccines to enter. This forced people who want to travel to China to use only Chinese vaccines.

China has since relaxed their restrictions by allowing travellers who are fully-vaccinated with non-Chinese vaccines to enter as well, but considers them no different from unvaccinated people:

  • those who received inactivated virus vaccines (Sinovac / Sinopharm) are allowed to take only one PCR test before flying to China
  • everyone else, whether partially- or fully-vaccinated with other kinds of COVID-19 vaccines, or completely unvaccinated, are required to take three PCR tests or two PCR tests and an antibody test, before flying to China

In other words, China is offering people fully-vaccinated with Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines the special privilege of avoiding two additional PCR tests, which is a big advantage.

Hence, people who need to travel to China are still FORCED to pay for Sinovac / Sinopharm vaccines – the only COVID-19 vaccines available worldwide that use inactivated virus technology.

So here is my advice. If you have to travel to China, opt for the Sinopharm vaccine. It is not only cheaper than Sinovac, it is a far better COVID-19 vaccine!

Vaccine Ancestral Delta Variant Omicron Variant
Infection Severe
Disease
Infection Severe
Disease
Infection Severe
Disease
Sinopharm COVILO 68% 73% 67% 71% 35% 53%
Sinovac CoronaVac 47% 50% 46% 49% 24% 37%

 

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Vaccinated + Recovered From COVID-19? No Quarantine!

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

Here is what you need to know!

 

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

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

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

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

 

New Travel + Quarantine Rules For International Travellers To Malaysia

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

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

Fully Vaccinated Travellers : No Quarantine!

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

Everyone Else : Mandatory Quarantine

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Fake News : New Malaysia Travel Ban On 23 Countries!

Please note that the new travel ban by Malaysia on 23 countries with high COVID-19 cases is FAKE NEWS!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Claim : Malaysia Travel Ban On 23 Countries!

On 7 January 2022, people started sharing a screenshot of a travel advisory by the Embassy of Malaysia in Berlin, Germany.

Please skip to the next section for the facts…

Embassy of Malaysia, Berlin

TRAVEL ADVISORY
ENTRY RESTRICTIONS ON FOREIGN TRAVELERS TO MALAYSIA

Effective from 08 January 2022, the Government of Malaysia is imposing travel restrictions into Malaysia on foreign travellers who are travelling from countries that have recorded over 150,000 COVID-19 cases as listed below:

 

Truth : There Is No Such Travel Ban!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS being created and circulated on WhatsApp and social media, and here are the facts…

Fact #1 : This Travel Advisory Was Forged

This travel advisory was forged from the original September 2020 travel advisory.

Back then, the government of Malaysia announced the temporary travel ban on those 23 countries, that would start on 7 September 2021.

The original travel advisory was edited, with the new date added to make it look like it’s new. But it was a very poor photo-editing job.

If you look carefully, the 08 January 2022, date is not only in bold , but of a different type of font and a much larger size.

Note : Here is the screenshot that went viral. I added a FAKE overlay to prevent further abuse.

Fact #2 : Embassy of Malaysia In Berlin Confirms It Is Fake

The Embassy of Berlin in Malaysia confirmed that the viral travel advisory is FAKE.

ANNOUNCEMENT

The Embassy of Malaysia, Berlin would like to warn the public that there has been a fake news being circulated regarding travel advisory by the Embassy of Malaysia, Berlin on entry restriction on foreign travelers [sic] to Malaysia.

We condemn the actions of those who maliciously spread fake news which can have an adverse effect and concern to the public. The public is advice [sic] to validate the source before circulating any news.

Thank you.

Embassy of Malaysia, Berlin
7 January 2022

Fact #3 : Malaysia Currently Has No Travel Ban

There is currently no travel ban in Malaysia.

In fact, Malaysia just ended a temporary travel ban of 8 countries, on 27 December 2021, due to the risk of Omicron variant.

There is currently only a list of 18 countries that are considered high-risk due to the Omicron variant.

  1. Australia
  2. The United States of America
  3. The United Kingdom
  4. Norway
  5. France
  6. Denmark
  7. Canada
  8. Nigeria
  9. India
  10. Saudi Arabia
  11. South Africa
  12. Botswana
  13. Eswatini
  14. Lesotho
  15. Mozambique
  16. Namibia
  17. Zimbabwe
  18. Malawi

Travellers from those 18 high-risk countries can still travel to Malaysia, but they must comply with the following additional restrictions :

  • Negative COVID-19 PCR test within 2 days before departure
  • COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Malaysia
  • Wear a digital tracker on arrival in Malaysia
  • Mandatory quarantine of 7 days or 10 days, depending on vaccination status, either at home or at a quarantine centre, subject to approval.
  • Additional PCR test on Day 5 (for 7-day quarantine) or Day 8 (for 10-day quarantine).
  • Risk assessment on the last day of quarantine, which may be extended if you are symptomatic.
  • You will only be free from the quarantine on Day 8 or Day 11, if there is no quarantine extension and the Day 5 or Day 8 PCR test is negative.
  • Travellers from the United Kingdom have the additional requirement of conducting daily RTK-Ag tests during their quarantine, which must be reported in MySejahtera.

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Singapore – Malaysia VTL Suspended Due To Omicron Variant!

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

Here is what you need to know…

 

Singapore – Malaysia VTL : What Is It?

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

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

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

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

 

Singapore – Malaysia VTL Suspended Due To Omicron Variant!

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

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

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

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

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

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Shah Alam Toll Plaza : Still CLOSED After Flash Flood!

The Shah Alam toll plaza on the PLUS Highway remains closed, as PDRM + Bomba helped to rescue 226 victims!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Shah Alam Toll Plaza : Still CLOSED After Flash Flood!

At around 2 PM on 18 December 2021, a flash flood forced the PLUS Highway management to completely shut down the Shah Alam Toll Plaza and Interchange.

They also activated mandatory exits at the Subang and Seafield toll plazas to divert southbound and northbound traffic from the flooded Shah Alam toll plaza and interchange.

In addition, PLUS Highway also closed the entry lane at Bukit Raja, as well as the Setia Alam ramp to Shah Alam.

Motorists who are trapped between Setia Alam to Shah Alam, and between Subang to Shah Alam / ELITE Highway, were required to make an emergency U-turn via a temporary access that PLUS created.

19 December 2021 Update

By 7 AM, PDRM and Bomba rescuers located and transferred 226 victims who were trapped by the flash flood to other parts of the PLUS highway.

At 5:40 PM, PLUS Highway announced that the Shah Alam toll plaza will remain closed, and motorists would continue to be redirected to the Subang and Seafield toll plazas.

If you are planning to travel to, or from Shah Alam, using the PLUS Highway, you should seek an alternative route; or postpone your trip.

PLUS Highway will reopen the Shah Alam toll plaza once they confirmed it’s safe to do so.

 

Flash Flood Risk To Persist Until 19 December 2021

The Malaysia Meteorological Department warned that the severe rainstorm will persist at least until 19 December 2021 :

  • Dangerous (until 18 December 2021) : Selangor, Kuala Lumpur
  • Severe (until 19 December 2021) : Perak, Pahang, Selangor, Putrajaya, Negeri Sembilan

 

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TNG RFID Self-Fitment Guide : How To Do It Yourself!

Did you know that you can purchase and self-fit TNG RFID tags at home?

Here is our guide on how to purchase and fit the TNG RFID tag by yourself!

 

TNG RFID Tag : What Is It?

TNG RFID is an electronic payment system that uses an RFID (radio-frequency identification) tag to pass through tolls.

The RFID Tag is affixed to the vehicle’s windscreen or headlamp, and linked to the user’s Touch ‘n Go eWallet account.

Whenever the vehicle approaches a toll, an overhead scanner its encrypted code and automatically deducts the fare, allowing the user to pass without stopping.

 

TNG RFID Tag : Where To Buy?

You can now purchase the TNG RFID tags for RM 35 at these two official online stores :

Please buy only from the two official TNG online stores above. We do NOT recommend buying from third-party stores, because they may not be authentic.

 

TNG RFID Self-Fitment Step 1 : Install It On Your Vehicle

Here is a handy video guide on how to install the RFID tag on your vehicle :

  1. Clean the surface of the windscreen or headlamp
  2. Peel off the RFID tag from the Self-Fitment Kit
  3. Attach theRFID Tag either to :
    a) the exterior of the upper left windscreen, or
    b) the left headlamp of the vehicle

 

TNG RFID Self-Fitment Step 2 : Register + Activate Your Tag

  1. Register a Touch ‘n Go Mobility eXperience account at mx.touchngo.com.my.
  2. Log into your Mobility eXperience account.
  3. Register your TNG RFID Tag number.

  1. Add your vehicle number to pair your RFID Tag with it.

  1. Add your mobile number to link your RFID Tag to your Touch ‘n Go eWallet.

That’s it! Now you just have to wait for an activation SMS in the next 24 hours, before you can start using your new RFID Tag!.

 

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How To Pay PDRM Traffic Summons Using Maybank ATM!

You can now pay your PDRM traffic summons using any Maybank ATM!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Pay Your PDRM Fines Through Pos Malaysia / Maybank ATM!

On 12 December 2021, PDRM announced that you will be able to pay your traffic summons with the 80% discount through :

  • all Pos Malaysia branches across the country
  • all Maybank ATM machines anywhere in Malaysia

Note : We have no idea if this option will extend beyond the discount period.

Read more : 80% Traffic Offence Discount Extended For PDRM + JPJ!

 

How To Pay PDRM Traffic Summons Using Maybank ATM!

Some of you have had trouble paying your PDRM traffic summons using the Maybank ATM, so here is our (partial) guide :

Step 1 : Insert your ATM card, and key in your PIN number

Step 2 : Select the PAYBILLS option.

Step 3 : Select PDRM SUMMONS PAYMENT.

Step 4 : Tap CONTINUE in this disclaimer screen.

Step 5 : Key in your MyKad (I/C) number, and tap YES.

Step 6 : Your compoundable summons will now be displayed, with the total amount to be paid (after the 80% discount).

Step 7 : Unfortunately, I have none under my name, so I cannot proceed further. But at this point, you will be allowed to make payment through the Maybank ATM, either through a cash deposit, or your Maybank account.

 

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TNG RFID Will Finally Be Operational On PLUS Highway!

After almost 2 years of delay, TNG RFID will finally be operational on the PLUS Highway from 15 January 2022 onwards!

Here is what you need to know…

 

TNG RFID @ PLUS Highway : Originally Scheduled For April 2020!

TNG RFID is an electronic payment system that uses an RFID (radio-frequency identification) tag that is affixed to the vehicle’s windscreen or headlamp, and linked to the user’s Touch ‘n Go eWallet account.

The TNG RFID Tag is linked to the user’s Touch ‘n Go eWallet account, and whenever your vehicle approaches a toll, an overhead scanner its encrypted code and automatically deducts the fare, allowing you to pass without stopping.

This system was originally meant to be implemented on the PLUS highway in April 2020, but was repeatedly delayed until now…

Read more : TNG RFID Self-Fitment Guide : How To Do It Yourself!

 

TNG RFID Will Finally Be Operational On PLUS Highway!

On 16 December 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Works (KKR) announced that the TNG RFID system will be activated from 15 January 2022 onwards for Class 1 light vehicles from the Juru toll in Penang to the Skudai toll in Johor Bahru.

This is part of the Ministry’s Intelligent Transport System (ITS) blueprint, which includes the Multi Lane Free Flow (MLFF) toll system.

With the RFID system enabled, motorists will be able to pass through RFID tolls at up to 30 km/h, with the convenience of automatic top-ups.

Don’t worry if you don’t have your RFID tag yet. PLUS highway tolls will still support Touch ‘n Go cards and SmartTAG. Support for these legacy payment methods will be gradually reduced to allow for more RFID lanes.

You can purchase the TNG RFID tags for RM 35 at these two official online stores :

Please buy only from the two official TNG RFID online stores above. We do NOT recommend buying from third-party stores, because they may not be authentic.

 

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Pay Your PDRM Fines Through Pos Malaysia / Maybank ATM!

PDRM now allows you to pay your fines (with an 80% discount) through Pos Malaysia or the Maybank ATM!

Here is what you need to know…

 

80% Discount For PDRM + JPJ Traffic Fines Extended!

To alleviate the heavy traffic to their servers, both PDRM and JPJ announced that they would extend their 80% discount on traffic offences!

  • PDRM : Until 31 December 2021
  • JPJ : Until 31 December 2021

Read more : 80% Traffic Offence Discount Extended For PDRM + JPJ!

 

Pay Your PDRM Fines Through Pos Malaysia / Maybank ATM!

In addition to extending their 80% discount offer until the end of the year, PDRM also added two new payment methods across the country.

From 12 until 31 December 2021, you will be able to pay your PDRM fines with the 80% discount through

  • all Pos Malaysia branches across the country
  • all Maybank ATM machines anywhere in Malaysia

Note : We have no idea if this option will extend beyond the discount period.

 

How To Pay PDRM Fines Using Maybank ATM Machine

If you are looking to pay using a Maybank ATM machine, here are the steps :

  1. Insert your ATM card and key in your PIN number.
  2. Select the PAYBILLS option.
  3. Key in your MyKad (IC) number.
  4. The Maybank ATM machine will list your outstanding PDRM traffic fines.
  5. You can then make payment through the Maybank ATM machine.

 

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80% Traffic Offence Discount Extended For PDRM + JPJ!

PDRM + JPJ just extended their 80% traffic offence discount programmes, so there is NO NEED to rush!

Here is what you need to know…

 

80% Discount For Traffic Offences : Four Days Of Long Queues!

After both Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and Road Transport Department (JPJ) offered the 80% discount on most traffic offences, there were long queues outside police and JPJ offices.

This extended online, where the PDRM MyBAYAR Saman system was brought to its knees, with users unable to register and/or log in to pay their fines.

Nevertheless, PDRM reported that 372,636 traffic summonses were cleared on the first day, netting RM 17.5 million!

Read more : PDRM + JPJ Traffic Offences : How To Get 80% Discount?

 

80% Traffic Offence Discount Extended For PDRM + JPJ!

To alleviate the heavy traffic to their servers, both PDRM and JPJ announced that they would extend their 80% discount on traffic offences!

PDRM

PDRM is extending their 80% discount on traffic offences to 31 December 2021, and you will be able to make payments at :

  • Payment Counters at Police District Headquarters
  • Payment Counters at Police Contingent Headquarters
  • MyBAYAR Saman online portal or app
  • Pos Malaysia branches
  • Maybank ATM

JPJ

JPJ is extending their 80% discount on traffic offences to 15 December 2021, and you will be able to make payments at :

 

80% Discount Not For All Traffic Offences

The discounts being offered do NOT apply to all traffic offences. Here is a list of traffic offences that will not be reduced under this programme :

  • Causing accidents
  • Overtaking another vehicle dangerously
  • Driving on the emergency lane
  • Not obeying traffic lights
  • Overtaking across double lines
  • Non-compoundable offences
  • Offences involving heavy vehicles
  • Modification of vehicle exhausts

 

How To Get PDRM / JPJ Traffic Discount Online?

PDRM

Instead of queuing up at the police headquarters, you should use the online MyBayar Saman portal or app :

The PDRM launched MyBayar Saman as an alternative payment option, instead of paying over-the-counter, or using private collecting agents like MyEG.

This would also save the public money as MyBayar Saman is FREE, and does not collect service charges. They can also pay their fines at their convenience, without wasting time queuing to pay.

JPJ

Instead of queuing up at JPJ offices, you should use their online mySIKAP online portal.

 

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PDRM + JPJ Traffic Offences : How To Get 80% Discount?

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and the Road Transport Department (JPJ) just announced the latest details of their 4-day traffic offence discount programme!

Now you can actually skip the queue, and pay for your traffic offences with up to 80% discount online!

 

Discount For Traffic Offences : What Was Announced Earlier

It was announced earlier that the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and the Road Transport Department (JPJ) would be offering massive discounts on traffic offences over four days at the KL Convention Centre (KLCC).

  • 80% discount for traffic summonses within Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya
  • 70% discount for traffic summonses outside Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya

That immediately led to criticism that the tiered discounts is discriminatory. A common refrain -why are people in KL and Putrajaya getting more discount than those from other states?

They also announced that these discounts would only be valid at the KLCC payment counters. That was roundly criticised as it would mean people gathering and queuing for hours – a big risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

PDRM + JPJ Traffic Offences : How To Get 80% Discount?

Just before the offer kicked off, PDRM and JPJ issued press releases (JPJ) making changes to the traffic offence discount programme :

Discount Now Up To 80%

PDRM and JPJ announced that they will offer up to 80% discount on traffic summonses, with a minimum of RM30.

There is no longer any reference to a 70% discount for traffic summonses outside KL and Putrajaya.

Discount Programme Runs For 4 Days

The PDRM and JPJ traffic summons discount programme will run for 4 days – from 9 until 12 December 2021.

You Don’t Have To Pay At KLCC!

PDRM will now allow you to pay for your compound at multiple venues, and even online!

  • PDRM Payment Counters @ KLCC
  • Summon Payment Counters at Police District Headquarters
  • Summon Payment Counters at Police Contingent Headquarters
  • MyBAYAR Saman online portal or app

JPJ will similarly allow you to pay for your compound at multiple venues, and even online!

Discounts Do NOT Apply To All Traffic Offences

The discounts being offered do NOT apply to all traffic offences. Here is a list of traffic offences that will not be reduced under this programme :

  • Causing accidents
  • Overtaking another vehicle dangerously
  • Driving on the emergency lane
  • Not obeying traffic lights
  • Overtaking across double lines
  • Non-compoundable offences
  • Offences involving heavy vehicles
  • Modification of vehicle exhausts
  • Cases registered at the courts
  • Arrest warrants that have not resulted in Discharge Not Amounting To Acquittal (DNAA)

PDRM + JPJ Advised Public To Pay Compounds Online!

Instead of requiring people to queue up at the KL Convention Centre, PDRM and JPJ now advise the public to pay their compounds online instead.

They also called on those who wish to pay their compounds physically, to obey COVID-19 precautions and SOP.

 

How To Pay PDRM / JPJ Traffic Offences Online?

PDRM

Instead of queuing up at the police headquarters, you should use the online MyBayar Saman portal or app :

The PDRM launched MyBayar Saman as an alternative payment option, instead of paying over-the-counter, or using private collecting agents like MyEG.

This would also save the public money as MyBayar Saman is FREE, and does not collect service charges. They can also pay their fines at their convenience, without wasting time queuing to pay.

JPJ

Instead of queuing up at JPJ offices, you should use their online mySIKAP online portal.

 

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New Measures To Block Omicron Variant From Malaysia!

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

Here is what you need to know…

 

New Measures To Block Omicron Variant From Malaysia!

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

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

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

 

How Malaysia Intends To To Block Omicron Variant!

Temporary Travel Ban

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vaccinated Travel Lane

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

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

They must then report their test results in MySejahtera.

Monitoring Of Countries With Omicron Variant Cases

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

Strengthening Of International Gateways

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

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

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

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

International Students + Foreign Workers

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

Langkawi International Tourism Bubble

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

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

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

 

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Singapore-Malaysia VTL Land (Causeway) Travel Guide!

There is now a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) for land travel between Singapore and Malaysia at the Johor Causeway!

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

 

Singapore-Malaysia VTL By Land Kicked Off!

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

At first, this was only by air – between Changi Airport and KLIA, but that was expanded to include the Johor Causeway as well!

From 29 November 2021 onwards, fully-vaccinated individuals will be allowed to travel between Changi Airport and KLIA, and across the Johor Causeway.

Travellers using these Vaccinated Travel Lanes 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 is NOT cheap, as you will need to undergo several COVID-19 tests.

Read more : Latest Singapore-Malaysia VTL Air Travel Guide!

 

VTL Land Travel Guide : Singapore To Malaysia

On 29 November 2021, the Immigration Department of Malaysia released details of the Vaccinated Travel Lane rules for people travelling from Singapore to Malaysia by land.

We have summarised the key details below, but please make sure you check with the Immigration Department in case they make last minute changes. Please also read their FAQ.

Who Qualifies?

  • Malaysia and Singapore citizens
  • Malaysia and Singapore Permanent Residents
  • Malaysia and Singapore Long-Term Pass holders
  • Travellers must remain in either one country for at least 14 consecutive days before departure.
  • 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.
  • Unvaccinated children below 12 years old MUST be accompanied by vaccinated adults.
  • Travellers must have a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate with QR Code
    – via MySejahtera if vaccinated in Malaysia
    – via Notarise portal, HealthHub, TraceTogether if vaccinated in Singapore

Pre-Departure

  • Travellers must register at www.mysafetravel.gov.my.
  • Travellers must use only VTL-Land designated buses that will operate from 9:30 AM until 7:30 PM.
  • VTL-Land bus tickets can be purchased via :
    Causeway Link
    Transtar
  • Travellers must take a professionally-administered antigen rapid test (ART/RTK) or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test 2 days (48 hours) prior to departure date.
  • Travellers must print their COVID-19 vaccination certificate with QR Code
    – via MySejahtera if vaccinated in Malaysia
    – via Notarise portal, HealthHub, TraceTogether if vaccinated in Singapore
  • Travellers must download and register the MySejahtera app

Departure

  • Travellers must check-in for their bus rides at least 1-2 hours ahead of departure time.
  • These are the official boarding and disembarkation points :
    – Queen Street Terminal (Singapore)
    – Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange (Singapore)
    – Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal (Johor)
  • Travellers will need to present these documents at check-in :
    a) Passport
    b) Proof of VTL-Land Registration

    c) Valid vaccination certificate
    d) Negative RTK / ART / RT-PCR test results
    e) Bus Ticket
    f) Singaporeans : submit electronic Health Declaration Card (eHDC), and upload your vaccination certificate QR code if you were vaccinated overseas.
  • Up to 45 people can travel in a VTL-Land designated bus.
  • Passengers must wear a face mask throughout the entire journey, and must maintain physical distance.
  • Every VTL-Land designated bus must be sanitised prior to departure, and after arrival.

On Arrival

  • Take the on-arrival COVID-19 test at the Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal.
  • Present all documentation at the Malaysian immigration for clearance.
  • Check your status on the MySejahtera app.
  • From 7 December 2021 onwards :
    a) RTK-Ag tests (self-administered) on Day 2, 4 and 6 after arrival.
    b) RTK-Ag tests (professionally-administered) on Day 3 and 5 after arrival.

Stay In Malaysia

  • Travellers must adhere to the current public health measures
  • Travellers must activate MySejahtera app at all times.

 

VTL Land Travel Guide : Malaysia To Singapore

The Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) released details of the Vaccinated Travel Lane rules for land travel to Malaysia. This is NOT the same as the rules for air travel.

We have summarised the key details below, but please make sure you check with the ICA in case they make last minute changes.

Who Qualifies?

  • Singapore citizens
  • Singapore Permanent Residents
  • Singapore Long-Term Pass holders
  • Travellers must be fully-vaccinated with a WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL) vaccine, at least two weeks before arrival in Malaysia.
  • 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 have a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate with QR Code
    – via MySejahtera if vaccinated in Malaysia
    – via Notarise portal, HealthHub, TraceTogether if vaccinated in Singapore
  • Travellers must remain in either one country or any other VTL country recognised by Singapore for at least 14 consecutive days before departure.

Pre-Departure

  • Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents do NOT need to apply for a VTP-Land pass.
  • Singapore Long-Term Pass Holders MUST apply for a VTP-Land pass, but accompanying children aged 12 and below do NOT need to apply.
    – the VTP-Land pass is valid for up to 14 calendar days from your chosen date of entry. If you do not plan to travel during this period, you can apply for a VTP later.
  • Travellers must use only VTL-Land designated buses that will operate from 7:30 AM until 6:45 PM.
  • VTL-Land bus tickets can be purchased via :
    Causeway Link
    Transtar
  • Travellers must take a professionally-administered antigen rapid test (ART/RTK) or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test 2 days (48 hours) prior to departure date.
  • Travellers must prepare their COVID-19 vaccination certificate with QR Code
    – via MySejahtera if vaccinated in Malaysia
    – via Notarise portal, HealthHub, TraceTogether if vaccinated in Singapore
  • Travellers must ensure that they have sufficient insurance coverage for COVID-19 medical treatment and hospitalisation costs (minimum coverage of SGD30,000)
  • Travellers must download and register the Trace Together app.
  • Travellers should complete the SG Arrival Card up to 72 hours before arrival to avoid delays.

Departure

  • Travellers must check-in for their bus rides at least 1-2 hours ahead of departure time.
  • These are the official boarding and disembarkation points :
    – Queen Street Terminal (Singapore)
    – Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange (Singapore)
    – Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal (Johor)
  • Travellers will need to present these documents at check-in :
    a) Passport
    b) Valid vaccination certificate
    c) Negative RTK / ART / RT-PCR test results
    d) Bus Ticket
    e) Travel / Medical Insurance (recommended)
    f) Long-Term Pass Holders only : Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP)
    f) Malaysians : submit SG Arrival Card (SGAC) under Foreign Visitors.
  • Up to 45 people can travel in a VTL-Land designated bus.
  • Passengers must wear a face mask throughout the entire journey, and must maintain physical distance.
  • Every VTL-Land designated bus must be sanitised prior to departure, and after arrival.

On Arrival

  • Take the on-arrival COVID-19 test (according to ICA – see Section 3)
  • Present all documentation at the Singapore immigration for clearance.

 

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Train Simulator 2022 : Get FREE 50th Anniversary Pack!

The 50th Anniversary Pack for Train Simulator 2022 is FREE for a Limited Time!

Find out how to get it FREE, and make sure you TELL your friends!

Don’t forget to LIKE the Tech ARP Facebook page to get these updates quickly!

 

Train Simulator 2022

Welcome to the ultimate railway hobby! Take control of authentic licensed locomotives, drive iconic real-world routes from around the world and customise your experience on Steam Workshop.

Take to the tracks and control powerful iconic locomotives from around the world. Master complex operations on the BR Class 323, DB BR 429.1, Amtrak’s Acela, and more as you deliver passengers and freight to their destinations with a packed timetable of real-world services and scenarios.

Whatever you love about trains, Train Simulator 2022 lets you take your hobby to the next level.

The unparalleled authenticity of the locomotives in Train Simulator 2022 means you are truly in control. Manage your engine, passengers, safety systems, signalling and much more from the comfort of the cab, with control boards that perfectly re-create the operations of real trains.

Enter the TS Academy and begin your career as a virtual train driver or engineer. Whether it’s Electric, Diesel or Steam you will learn to operate some of the world’s most amazing rail-bound machines.

Use the Train Simulator Editor to build living worlds with easy-to-use comprehensive tools. Create your own railway and share with other players with the Steam Workshop or check out the thousands of community creations already available with comprehensive in-game search functions.

Build a dream set of routes, locomotives, trains, route extensions, and rolling stock with a vast array of content on the Steam store. With hundreds of add-ons available, whatever your interest, you’ll find something new to expand your collection at your own pace.

 

Train Simulator 2022 50th Annivesary Pack : What’s In It?

The year 2021 marked Amtrak’s 50th Anniversary in serving as America’s national intercity passenger railroad – and in celebration, Amtrak rolled out a fleet of six specially painted locomotives which have delighted travelers and railroad enthusiasts alike. And now, a beautiful selection of Amtrak’s special livery diesels comes to Train Simulator!

Five of Amtrak’s 50th Anniversary commemorative locomotives are General Electric P42DC diesels, the stylish and powerful 4,200-horsepower diesel that has served as the standard-bearer of Amtrak diesel-powered services over the past quarter-century — and Train Simulator’s popular P42DC is dressed in each of the five striking and historic schemes.

The Amtrak P42DC 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition for Train Simulator includes each of these distinctive locomotives:

  • P42DC No. 46 in “Phase V 50th” livery, wearing Amtrak’s present-day standard livery with special commemorative logos.
  • P42DC No. 100 in a striking, one of a kind “Midnight Blue” livery honoring the commitment and contributions of Amtrak’s employees.
  • P42DC No. 108 in red and blue “Phase VI” livery, an adaptation of Amtrak’s newest scheme applied to the P42DC.
  • P42DC No. 161 in “Phase I” livery, Amtrak’s original and now classic standard livery first introduced in 1972.
  • P42DC No. 160 in the striking bold and unique livery originally first applied to Amtrak’s General Electric Dash 8-32BWH diesels in 1991.

In the Train Simulator Amtrak P42DC 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition, each of these special commemorative locomotives are superbly and authentically re-created. Along with the P42DC, the pack includes a complete set of Amtrak Superliner equipment and a selection of four realistic and challenging career scenarios hosted on the Train Simulator Miami-West Palm Beach route (route available separately).

In addition to the included career scenarios on the Miami-West Palm Beach route, the Amtrak 50th Anniversary P42DCs will be a perfect and ideal fit for use on a wide variety of popular Train Simulator routes from coast to coast!

 

Train Simulator 2022 : How To Get 50th Anniversary Pack For FREE!

Follow these steps to get the 50th Anniversary Pack for FREE, before 10 AM (GMT+8) on 2 December 2021 :

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the 50th Anniversary Pack page on Steam.
  3. Click on the green Add to Account button.

That’s it! You now have the 50th Anniversary Pack in your Steam account!

Note : You will need the Train Simulator 2022 base game for this DLC to work!

 

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Singapore + Malaysia VTL Dry Run @ Johor Causeway!

A new Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) could soon be opened between Singapore and Malaysia across the Johor Causeway!

 

Singapore + Malaysia VTL : What Is It?

On 8 November 2021, Singapore and Malaysia agreed to launch a Vaccinated Travel Lane that would kick off on 29 November 2021.

The Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) programme allows fully-vaccinated travellers avoid the mandatory quarantine on arrival in Singapore or Malaysia.

However, this VTL is currently limited to specific VTL flights between Changi Airport and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

Read more : Singapore-Malaysia Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) Guide!

 

Singapore + Malaysia VTL Dry Run @ Johor Causeway!

The good news is that it looks like Singapore and Malaysia are close to launching a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) programme for the Johor Causeway as well.

On 23 November 2021, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, released three photos showing Singapore and Malaysia officials conducting a dry run for a proposed Vaccinated Travel Lane through the Johor Causeway.

Such a VTL programme across the Johor Causeway would be highly beneficial, as travel costs are much lower.

This could finally allow many families in both countries to be reunited, and the restoration of economic and social ties between Singapore and Malaysia.

 

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

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

 

US International Travel Ban Lifted On 8 November 2021!

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

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

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

 

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

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

Who Must Be Fully-Vaccinated

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

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

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

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

Accepted COVID-19 Vaccines

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

Single Dose Vaccine

  • Johnson & Johnson Janssen

2-Dose Vaccines

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

Proof Of Vaccination

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

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

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

Verifiable Records (Digital / Paper)

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

Non-Verifiable Paper Records

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

Non-Verifiable Digital Records

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

Proof Of Negative COVID-19 Test

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

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

Fully-Vaccinated Travellers

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

Travellers Who Are NOT Fully-Vaccinated

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

Travellers Who Recently Recovered From COVID-19

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

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

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

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

 

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National Recovery Plan Phase 3 SOP : 7 November Edition!

Here is the latest SOP for Phase 3 of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) for Malaysia!

Please SHARE this out, so your friends are updated on the latest Phase 3 SOP as well!

For Phase 1 SOP, please see PPN 1 SOP : 25 August 2021 Edition!
For Phase 2 SOP, please see PPN 2 SOP : 11 October Edition!
For Phase 4 SOP, please see PPN 4 SOP : 7 November Edition!

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 3 SOP : Where Does It Apply?

This Phase 3 SOP currently applies to Sarawak and Kelantan.

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 3 SOP : 11 October Video!

This video shows the latest National Recovery Plan SOP slides (11 October 2021) for Phase 3, followed by our English translation.

Note : We are still working on the 7 November video, which will be posted shortly…

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 3 SOP : 7 November Edition!

This is the new National Recovery Plan Phase 3 SOP that was released on 7 November 2021.

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 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.

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

General Health Protocol In Phase 3 Areas

  • Licence holders and premise owners must provide MySejahtera QR code and a manual logbook to register customers.
  • Hand sanitiser must be provided at the entrance, and customers must use it before entering.
  • The use of MySejahtera is mandatory is areas with good Internet connectivity. The use of logbook is only allowed in areas with no Internet connectivity, or other reasonable excuse.
  • 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).
  • In shopping malls, customers only need to scan their body temperatures ONCE at the mall entry point. It is not necessary to scan their body temperature at every premise in the mall.
  • Those with body temperatures exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius are NOT ALLOWED to enter.
  • Malls and premise owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk or Casual Contact Low Risk in MySejahtera are allowed to enter.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers must maintain physical distance of at least 1 metre entering or leaving their premises.
  • Individuals 18 years or younger are not encouraged to be in public places and facilities.
  • Premise owners and business licence holders must restrict the number of customers within their premises to ensure at least 1 metre physical distancing.
  • Every premise must publicly display the limit of customers allowed inside at any one time. The use of a numbered queue system is encouraged to control the number of customers.
  • All building owners must provide QR Codes for each floor / level.
  • 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).
  • It is MANDATORY to wear a face mask, especially in crowded 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) Sporting activities and outdoor recreation
    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, when there are no other individuals (except in restaurants or other food & beverage premises)

Benefits For Fully Vaccinated People In Phase 3 Areas

Interstate Travel

  • Interstate travel is ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals by showing the digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or card, and identity card / passport as evidence.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring children 18 years and below, subject to public health protocols.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test when conducting these activities. New!

Overseas Travellers

  • 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 3 days of 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.
    – Have suitable accommodations to undergo quarantine
  • Individuals who arrive from overseas and are not fully vaccinated, or have not been vaccinated, must undergo mandatory quarantine in a KKM-approved quarantine centre.
  • The mandatory quarantine for overseas travellers is 7 days at home (if appropriate) or quarantine station for fully-vaccinated individuals, and 10 days in a quarantine station for individuals who are not fully-vaccinated.
  • Travellers must conduct a self-assessment using the Home Assessment Tool (HAT) in the MySejahtera app, every day until the end of the quarantine period (7 or 10 days after arrival).
  • Travellers must undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR screening test on arrival.

Monitoring For Close Contacts

  • 7 day home quarantine for fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • 10 day home quarantine for individuals who are not fully-vaccinated.

Test & Release (R&T) Protocol

  • The pilot program for the test & release (T&R) protocol is limited to this group of low-risk travellers arriving from overseas, with strict travel plans / itinerary for official visits :
    a) National figure
    b) Minister
    c) Deputy Minister
    d) Chief Minister
    e) State EXCO member
    f) Members of Parliament
    g) Government official
  • The requirements for this programme include :
    – submitting an application with supporting documents to MKN and KKM for approval
    – undergoing a PCR test 3 days before returning to Malaysia
    – undergoing a PCR test on arrival in Malaysia

Dine-In

  • Restaurant operator including in hotel, sports and recreational club house, food establishment, food stall, food truck, roadside vendor, mobile vendor, food court, hawker centre, and food kiosk are ALLOWED to provide dine-in services, subject to these conditions :
    – Only accept fully-vaccinated customers who are not symptomatic.
    – Premise owners MUST display a notice on accepting fully-vaccinated customers who are not symptomatic at the entrance.
    – Only employees who are fully-vaccinated and not symptomatic are allowed to work.
    – Premise owners must arrange the tablets to ensure physical distance, and the premise must have good ventilation.
    – Dine-in activities with physical distancing of at least 1 meter is subject to the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) SOP for Phase 3.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring children 18 years or younger to dine-in at these premises, while complying with general health protocols.

Sports + Recreation

  • All sports and recreational activities with physical contact performed OUTDOORS are LIMITED to individuals who are fully-vaccinated, from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All OUTDOOR sports and recreational facilities are ALLOWED to operate with activities that require physical touch for fully-vaccinated individuals and their children who are under 18 years old of age, subject to strict SOP. Worker capacity (both management and operations) cannot exceed 80%.
  • All sports and recreational activities, with or without physical contact, performed INDOORS are LIMITED to individuals who are fully-vaccinated, from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All INDOOR sports and recreational facilities are ALLOWED to operate with activities that require physical touch at up to 50% capacity, LIMITED to fully-vaccinated individuals and their children who are under 18 years old of age, subject to strict SOP. Worker capacity (both management and operations) cannot exceed 80%.
  • Group sports and recreational activities / training (without or without contact) are limited to fully-vaccinated individuals and their children who are below 18 years of age, with supervision and limited to 50% capacity of the venue / area, or up to 250 persons at any one time, including the coach / instructor / parents, whichever is fewer.
  • Competitions or championships, with or without contact, are only allowed WITH PERMISSION from the Sports Commission Office (PPS).
  • Competitions or championships or mass sports events are only allowed WITH PERMISSION from PPS, limited to no more than 250 people at any one time for sports like triathlon, open water swimming, marathon, trail run, obstacle run and so on. Updated!
  • International competitions or championships using the Sports Bubble model are subject to KBS approval only.
  • Spectator / supporter presence at sports and recreational venues are limited to 30% of capacity or 10,000 people (whichever is lower), and limited to fully-vaccinated individuals and children. However, children under 18 are not allowed to enter if they are not fully-vaccinated. Updated!
  • The operation of both OUTDOOR and INDOOR sports and recreational facilities are subject to the rules of the local authorities / relevant authorities.
  • Entry of foreign athlete / coach / official / technical support into Malaysia is subject to the rules governing entry of foreigners into Malaysia.
  • Everyone must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines. New!

Recreational Fishing

  • Recreational fishing, including in fishing ponds, is ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals from 6 AM until 12 midnight.

Picnic + Camping

  • Picnic and camping are ALLOWED.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring children 18 years and younger for such activities, subject to strict SOP.

Tourism

  • Interstate tourism is ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to undertake tourism activities, by showing their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card when checking in.
  • Hotel and homestay operators must ensure that individuals who enter their premises prove that they are fully-vaccinated by showing their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card.
  • Individuals who are fully-vaccinated are ALLOWED to bring their children who are 18 years or younger for tourism activities at the hotel and homestay.
  • Visits by prior appointment are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals to public cultural premises like museum, gallery, archive, handicraft centre, memorial, library and cultural complex, cultural village or center, cultural shows, up to 50% capacity.
  • Tourism centre / premise / product like zoo, farm, aquarium, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing and jungle are allowed to operate on the condition that all operators and visitors / guests are fully-vaccinated.
  • Theme parks and family entertainment centres are allowed to operate with up to 50% capacity, on the condition that the operators, employees and customers are fully-vaccinated.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test when conducting these activities. New!

Cruise Ships

  • 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. New!

Manufacturing, Construction, Mining + Quarrying

  • For manufacturing, construction mining and quarrying companies that achieved 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
  • Workers must undergo RTK antigen tests every two weeks, at employer’s cost

Trade + Distribution

  • Only open to 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 18 years old or younger to these premises.

Spa, Wellness + Massage Parlours

  • 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

Driving School

  • Driving schools are ALLOWED to operate, with the condition that all workers, teaching staff and candidates must be fully-vaccinated, with COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card as evidence.
  • Only employees who are fully-vaccinated and asymptomatic are allowed

Creative + Entertainment Industry

  • 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 with fully-vaccinated spectators up to 70% capacity of the studio space.
    – in-studio or outdoor filming
    – busking
    – lounge hotel performances to fully-vaccinated guests
    – live performances like theatre, musical, music and comedy (pre-registered) with fully-vaccinated attendees up to 70% of premise capacity.
  • Cinema activities are ALLOWED with fully-vaccinated workers and cinema goers, up to 80% of cinema capacity.
  • Must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines. New!

Government + Private Official Events

  • Official events by the government or private sector, including inaugurations and so on, are allowed, subject to these conditions :
    – Organisers and participants must be fully-vaccinated, not positive for COVID-19, not close contact to positive cases and not symptomatic.
    – Individuals who have not been vaccinated must undergo pre-event testing using a (saliva) self-test kit before attending, witnessed by the organiser or a medical practitioner.
    – Limited to 50% capacity of the event space.
    – Only packed food is allowed to be provided.

MICE

  • Seminar, workshop, course, training and talk are allowed, subject to these conditions :
    – Organisers and participants must be fully-vaccinated, not positive for COVID-19, not close contact to positive cases and not symptomatic.
    – Individuals who have not been vaccinated must undergo pre-event testing using a (saliva) self-test kit before attending, witnessed by the organiser or a medical practitioner.
    – Limited to 50% capacity of the event space.
    – Only packed food is allowed to be provided.

Travel Restrictions In Phase 3 Areas

  • Interstate travel is only ALLOWED for FULLY-VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS.
  • Interstate travel is FORBIDDEN in Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO / PKPD) areas.
  • The area will be controlled by the police (PDRM), with help from ATM, APM and RELA.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to travel in vehicles at full capacity. Individuals are allowed to bring children who are 18 years and below.
  • For those who are not fully-vaccinated :
    – Only three (3) household representatives may leave to purchase food, medicine, dietary supplement and basic necessities.
    – Up to three (3) people, including the patient, may leave to seek healthcare, medical care, screening test, vaccination, security or emergencies.
  • Taxis and e-hailing rides can travel at maximum capacity.
  • Vehicles carrying goods or involved in the economic chain or industry (including worker transportation) are allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Official and government vehicles are allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Airports, ports and logistic sector are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours.
  • Sea and land public transportation like bus, express bus, ferry are allowed to operate at full capacity.
  • Unloading of goods at premises, factories and ports are ALLOWED.
  • Disaster or humanitarian aid from NGO must obtain permission from the state or district Disaster Management Committee, and the aid must be channelled through the Disaster Operational Control Centre (PKOB) of the affected area.
  • Travel for Short Term Business Visitors under the One Stop Centre (OSC) initiative for official or business purposes are ALLOWED with police permission.

Civil Service

  • Subject to the current orders by the Secretary to the Government of Malaysia.
  • Civil service will operate in hybrid mode with this approach :
    – Office attendance must not exceed 80% at any one time (except for frontliners, security, defence and enforcement), and 20% must work from home, in rotation.
    – Counter services are subject to the current orders from the Secretary to the Government of Malaysia (KSN).
    – Civil servants going to office must receive official attendance order and worker’s pass.

Private Sector

  • Employee interstate travel is limited to approved operations letter or worker’s pass or employer’s letter of authority.
  • Employee capacity for the private sector is limited to 80%.
  • All offices not listed under essential services are allowed to operate at these vaccination rates :
    a) 80% to 100% : Allowed to operate at 100% worker capacity
    b) Less than 80% : Allowed to operate at 80% worker capacity

Meetings

  • Face-to-face meeting are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals, limited to 50% of meeting room capacity.
  • Meetings must be conducted via video conferencing for individuals who are not fully-vaccinated.
  • It is encouraged to conduct meetings through video conferencing.
  • Critical interviews are ALLOWED either face-to-face or online.

Business Activities In Phase 3 Areas

  • Restaurants (including in hotel, sports and recreation club house), food shops, food stalls, food trucks, hawkers, food courts, hawker centres. food kiosks are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Sale of food only allowed through takeaway, drive-through or delivery, except dine-in services for fully-vaccinated customers. Dine-in services for social events are FORBIDDEN.
  • Healthcare services like hospitals, clinics and medical laboratories are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours, or up to their licensed operating hours.
  • Petrol stations, including convenience stores inside petrol stations, can operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight, except for those on tolled highways which can operate 24 hours.
  • Rest and Recreation (R&R) operations in all highways are allowed to operate 24 hours.
  • All trade and distribution sectors are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight, or according to their business licence.

  • Daily and public markets are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 4 PM, subject to the local authorities, proper SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision.
  • Controlled Fresh Produce Market (PST) are ALLOWED to open from 7 AM until 2 PM.
  • Permanent Farm Market (PTK), MyFarm Outlet (MFO) and Local Farmer’s Association Complex (PPK) are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 6 PM.
  • 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.
  • Farmer’s market and morning market are ALLOWED to open from 7 AM until 1 PM.
  • Night markets and weekend markets are ALLOWED to operate according to their licence / permit until 12 midnight, with SOP compliance and monitoring by the authorities including RELA / civil defence.
  • Customers who wish to enter night markets and weekend markets MUST show their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate to prove that they are fully-vaccinated.
  • Agriculture, fisheries, livestock, plantation, commodity and logging, and their supply chains, are ALLOWED to operate.
  • Manufacturing and construction, and their supply chains, are ALLOWED to operate.
  • The operation of mines and quarries is ALLOWED, subject to the Mining and Quarrying SOP.

Education In Phase 3 Areas

  • All private educational institutes like tuition centres, language centres, skill centre, mind enrichment centre and other institutes registered under the Ministry of Education can conduct face-to-face classes at 50% capacity.
  • Reopening of schools under the Ministry of Education (KPM), or educational institutes registered with KPM for face-to-face learning are based on risk assessment and opinions of the Ministry of Health (KKM) and the National Security Council (MKN).
  • Primary School Reopening
    a) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education Schools and Integrated Special Education Program can attend classes without rotation.
    b) Preschool and private kindergarten students can attend classes without rotation.
    c) all other students will continue with online classes.
  • Secondary School Reopening
    a) Form 6 Semester 2, International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) Year 2 and Pre-University Program Semester 3 students in Malaysia Sports School (SSM) can attend classes without rotation.
    b) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education / Vocational Schools or PPKI can attend classes without rotation.
    c) Pre-University Program students in SSM (Malaysia Sports School) and students preparing for public examinations like SPM, STAM, SVM, STPM in full boarding schools (SBP), full boarding National Religious Secondary School (SMKA) / Government-Assisted Religious School (SABK), Art School and Sports School can attend classes without rotation.
    d) Students sitting for international IGCSE (International General Certificate for Secondary Education) O Level, A-Level and Australia Higher School Certificate and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme can attend classes without rotation.
    e) Students studying for other International exams can attend classes in rotation.
    f) Students studying for public exams like SPM, STAM, SVM and STPM in day school / private school can attend classes in rotation.
    g) all other students will continue with online classes.
  • Matriculation College
    a) Students of two semester and four semester (Semester 3) systems can attend classes in college or online classes.
    b) Semester 1 students of the four semester system must continue with online learning (PdPR).
  • Teachers College (IPG)
    a) Online learning up to 6/7 November 2021 for PPISMP, PISMP and PDPP students. Face-to-face or hybrid learning at the IPG campus will begin on 7/8 November 2021.
    b) Online learning will continue for PDPM and KDC students. Face-to-face or hybrid learning at the IPG campus will begin on 11/12 December 2021.
  • Students are allowed to travel inter-state to attend school or other education institute with a confirmation letter from the Ministry of Education, MARA or the relevant Ministry or Agency.
  • Students are allowed to be accompanied by a guardian / parent while travelling to and from their school or other education institute.
  • Teachers or lecturers who are involved in face-to-face classes are allowed to travel interstate, with confirmation letter from the Ministry of Education.
  • Students who need to travel from Peninsular Malaysia to Sabah, Sarawak or Labuan and vice versa must comply with existing quarantine rules.
  • Students are allowed to travel interstate to their hostels with confirmation letter from the Ministry of Education / MARA or any relevant Ministry or Agency.
  • Students staying in hostels must test themselves using the COVID-19 Self-Test Kit three times – before registering to enter, on the 6th day and on the 14th day in their hostel.
  • IPG students are encouraged to test themselves using the COVID-19 Self-Test Kit a day before returning to IPG, or undergo a swab test at a health facility and inform the IPG of the results.
  • 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.
  • All learning activities in institutes of higher learning – face-to-face, in groups – are allowed for fully-vaccinated students. Hybrid learning will be conducted for students on campus, while online learning will continue for students who are unable to return 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.
  • Kindergartens and daycare centres under the Social 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 for parents or guardians who are working.
  • 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.
  • Operators and employees of all kindergartens, daycare centres, home care or rehabilitation centres must be fully-vaccinated.
  • Kindergartens, childcare facilities, day care centres and similar care facilities must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines. New!

Religion

  • Mosque and surau activities are allowed for fully-vaccinated individuals, subject to the State Religious Authority.
  • Islamic wedding ceremony (akad nikah) is ALLOWED, subject to the State Religious Authority.
  • Activities at non-Muslim houses of worship are ALLOWED, subject to the National Unity Ministry.
  • 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, subject to the State Religion Authority (Islam) or the National Unity Ministry (Non-Muslim).

Sports + Recreation (for partially-vaccinated / unvaccinated)

  • Individual sports and recreational activities without physical contact and physical distancing of 1-3 metres are allowed in OUTDOOR spaces, from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Operations of all OUTDOOR sports and recreational facilities are subject to the local authorities.

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 3 SOP : NEGATIVE LIST

These activities are FORBIDDEN using the National Recovery Plan Recovery Phase 3 SOP.

  • Night club and pub activities
  • Social events like feasts, festivals, weddings, engagements, receptions, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, retreats and other social events.
  • Local tourism involving foreign tourists entering Malaysia.
  • Sports and recreational activities exceeding the allowed capacity.
  • Championship / competition / sports or recreational event that do not have permission from PPS. Updated!
  • 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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Perlis, Perak, Penang, Sabah + Kedah Upgraded To Phase 4!

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

Here is what you need to know…

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Port Klang Vaccination Program For Ship Crew

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

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

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

Stadium Access For Fully-Vaccinated Adolescents

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

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

Eating and drinking at stadiums are still NOT ALLOWED.

Switch From Hotel To Private Quarantine Station

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Langkawi International Tourism Bubble : SOP + Rules!

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

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

 

Langkawi International Tourism Bubble : Starts 15 November!

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

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

 

Langkawi International Tourism Bubble : SOP + Rules

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

Who Can Travel To Langkawi?

The Langkawi International Tourism Bubble will target these foreign tourists :

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

When Will It Start?

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

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

Basic Requirements

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

Arrival

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

Departure

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

 

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PPN Phase + SOP Changes On 22 October 2021!

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

Here is what you need to know…

 

PPN Phase Changes On 22 October 2021!

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

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

 

PPN SOP Changes On 22 October 2021!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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How To Get PDF Of Vaccine Certificate In MySejahtera!

Find out how to generate a PDF of your COVID-19 vaccine certificate in MySejahtera, to download and print!

You can also do it for your vaccine dependents!

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate : Now Available In PDF!

On 8 October 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health released a new version of MySejahtera which adds the ability to generate a PDF version of the digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate.

This PDF copy of the digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate has TWO QR codes for verification purposes, and is thus DIFFERENT from taking a screenshot (which can be edited).

It is also downloadable, which allows you to print copies for work or travel purposes.

In this video, we will show you how to generate a PDF copy of your digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate, including those of your vaccine dependents!

 

How To Get PDF Of Vaccine Certificate In MySejahtera!

Here is our step-by-step guide on how to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine certificate in PDF format, so you can print it!

Step 1 : Make sure you update MySejahtera to version 1.0.48 (or later), which offers these updates :

– PDF download feature for digital vaccination certificate
– Minor bug fixes

Note : Version 1.0.48 was made available for iOS on 8 October 2021, and was finally made available for Android devices on 18 October 2021.

Step 2 : Open MySejahtera, and tap Close on the default check-in screen.

Step 3 : In the main MySejahtera screen, tap on the Profile option at the bottom right corner.

Step 4 : In your Profile page, scroll down until you see your digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate. You should now see a new Generate PDF icon.

Step 5 : Tap on the Generate PDF icon to generate the PDF file. This message will appear :

Your certificate is being generated. You can download it shortly

Step 6 : The Generate PDF icon will change to say “Download”. Tap on it to view the PDF copy of your digital vaccine certificate.

Step 7 : You can now tap the Share button to share or print it wirelessly. Alternatively, you can connect your phone to your computer, and download the file, which is stored in the MySejahtera folder.

If you need to look for it, the filename will be “vaccination_yourMyKadnumber“.

You can also generate the same PDF for your Vaccine Dependents.

  1. Under your Profile page, just keep scrolling until you see the list of Dependents.
  2. Tap on them, and scroll down to locate their digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate.
  3. Then use the same method above to generate a PDF copy of their digital vaccine certificate, which you can then download or print.

Please remember that these PDF versions of the vaccine certificates are VERIFIABLE using their QR codes, unlike screenshots that you may have been using .

 

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