Malaysia is not open for tourism, only to special long-pass holders and returning nationals only. There is a mandatory quarantine of 7-10 days at a government-appointed facility and negative PCR test results are required.
All costs for additional testing and hospitalization (if necessary), as well as quarantine accommodation, will be covered by the traveler.
The country started its vaccination campaign and tourism officials are confident this will allow them to welcome international tourists soon. They are negotiating bubble agreements and green lanes with neighboring countries.
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Malaysia Reopening Borders – Latest Updates
April 30 – Malaysian people protest to end the COVID-19 state of emergency
The internal situation in Malaysia is getting dicey after thousands of people stormed the doors of the parliament today, demanding the government to end the state of emergency since almost 800,000 Malayans have lost their jobs and 32 small and medium enterprises have shut their doors.
Additionally, the standard operating procedures (SOP) set up to control the spread of the virus seems to only work for the government to impose fines to the desperate unemployed locals looking for jobs outside their houses, according to the protesters.
So far, the government hasn’t made any announcements about the current internal situation or the reopening for tourism with Singapore that is still scheduled for May 4.
April 13 – Malaysian officials will be officially discussing the reopening with Singapore on May 4.
It’s not a rumor any longer. Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be officially discussing the Malaysia-Singapore border reopening in an official visit Muhyiddin will be paying to Singapore on May 4.
According to local media, Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the country and the Johor government is ready to reopen within the next two months, but they still need to work on Singapore’s requirements and final approval.
Update March 31 – New (possible) travel agreement with Singapore
On March 26, the Malasyan Prime Minister (Menteri Besar) Hasni bin Mohammad, reiterated his commitment to mutually accept a COVID-19 certificate or COVID-19 passport to allow travel between the two countries in the near future.
“The effort is an initiative of the Malaysian and Singaporean governments, with both agreeing to assess and explore the possibility of reopening the border once this (vaccine) certificate can be used as a basis,” said the minister at a press conference.
Update March 8
Malaysia’s Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri believes that vaccination rollout in the country is the key for a safe reopening.
“Currently, vaccination exercise has just started … it is hoped that it will be an opportunity for us to reopen the economy to foreign countries,”
The plan would start with Malaysia’s closest neighbors, Singapore and Brunei, but the specific schedule for reopening has not been announced. (Source)
The country had received almost 400,000 doses of the vaccine out of which 112,914 have already been administered.
All arrivals need to agree to quarantine for 7 days if they bring a valid negative PCR COVID-19 test result with them, or for 10 days if they don’t. They will also need to get re-tested before their quarantine period is over.
The country expects to receive their first batch of vaccines this month and start its administration by March. (Source)
Malaysia and Singapore’s border
Prior to Covid-19, the border between Malaysia and Singapore was among the world’s busiest. There were over 29,000 flights between the two countries annually as well as 300,000 daily land crossings. Now, it’s closed until further notice.
The government aims to immunize at least 100,000 Malaysians against COVID-19 who have jobs in Singapore so the countries can reopen as soon as June, 2021.
Unless they fall in the categories mentioned above or are diplomats or their families, Americans are not allowed entry to the country.
Malaysia’s Borders still Closed; Delays Likely
Since March, 2020, tourism has been restricted in Malaysia with a government ordered Movement Control Order (MCO) in place. General tourism is still not possible, but as of July 1 medical tourists were allowed.
In addition, a few other foreigners are being allowed to enter. These include foreign spouses and dependents and a few select workers in high management positions. These arrivals must follow the same strict entry rules as medical tourists.
How the Coronavirus has affected Malaysia
As of April 30, Malaysia’s second wave of the Coronavirus seems to be receding and daily cases are ranging between 3,100-3,400 new cases per day. In total, Malaysia has recorded 408,713 cases and 1,506 deaths caused by the virus. (Source)
The Malaysian government is still negotiating with Singapore to reopen borders fully for daily commuters but as there are huge spikes in COVID infections, fully reopening of the border as well as allowing regular international tourists in is being delayed indefinitely.
Malaysia imposed a strict quarantine policy that included asymptomatic patients. Anyone who came into close contact with a confirmed coronavirus patient was subject to being hospitalized. It also imposed mass testing early on, particularly in high-risk areas.
Why visit Malaysia?
Located in Southeast Asia, Malaysia takes up part of the Malay Peninsula as well as the island of Borneo.
It’s known for its natural beauty, with white sand beaches and tropical rainforests. It is also a melting pot of cultures, with Malay, Chinese, Indian, and Europeans all living here.
Visitors to Malaysia can choose between two very different experiences. They can either visit the Malay Peninsula, which has an ultramodern capital, Kuala Lumpur, and a blend of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and European cultures.
Or they can visit the Malaysian Borneo. Here they will find orangutans and remote tribes in the wild jungles as well as granite peaks, massive trees, and waterfalls. There are also beautiful islands, excellent diving, colonial towns to explore, and luxury resorts.
For those who seek pristine white beaches, Langkawi offers 99 islands to choose from. An archipelago in the Andaman Sea, it is Malaysia’s heaviest tourist destination.
Conservationists can visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation center, which was opened in 1964. Here they can meet rescued orphans, who are trained to survive in the wild. They are released into the adjacent sanctuary.
In Kuala Lumpur, meanwhile, tourists can see the Petronas Twin Towers, which are the tallest twin buildings in the world. The Batu Caves near the city offer magnificent Hindu art and there are many beautiful Buddhist and Hindu temples within the city itself.
The Bukit Bintag shopping district offers both daytime bargains and trendy nightlife.
Thanks to the mix of cultures here, there are also some addictively tasty dishes to try.
It may be a while before Malaysia opens its borders. When it does, make sure your visit here encompasses both the highlights of the peninsula and the unique charms of Borneo.