While Malaysia is open and vaccinations have been a boon to everyday life and local business, COVID-19 remains a reality for all of us. Below you’ll find the most useful and current information for navigating Penang, plus plenty of resources for planning ahead.
Starting 28 September 2022, the use of face masks is no longer required on flights due to the relaxation announced by the Health Ministry, which is also in line with health recommendations from the European Union, Britain, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore, unless travelers are traveling to or from destinations that mandate it. Face masks indoors are also optional in Malaysia but remain mandatory in public transport, healthcare facilities, and for COVID-19 cases. However, pregnant women, travel companions of high-risk individuals such as the elderly, children, and those with chronic diseases, low immunity, and exhibiting influenza-like symptoms are highly encouraged to don the mask.
Starting 1 August 2022, inbound travelers to Malaysia will no longer need to fill in the Traveller’s Card on the country’s contact tracing app, MySejahtera. The relaxation of the rule is aimed at easing the entry procedure for travelers to Malaysia due to the better state of the country’s health system. All travelers are allowed to enter Malaysia regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status and do not require a pre-departure or on-arrival COVID-19 test. No quarantine orders related to COVID-19 are enforced by the Malaysian Government upon arrival.
Starting 1 May 2022, fully-vaccinated inbound travelers are no longer required to undergo pre-departure and on-arrival COVID-19 tests, including children aged 12 and below and those who have been infected with COVID-19 within six to 60 days before departure to Malaysia. Travel insurance will also not be a prerequisite for foreigners entering the country. However, inbound travelers who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 still need to undergo an RT-PCR test two days before departure and a professionally-administered RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arriving in Malaysia, observe a five-day quarantine (quarantine exemption is only for those aged 17 and below).
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