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Malaysia ditches pre-arrival testing for international arrivals

The Malaysian Ministry of Health has confirmed that COVID-19 testing for all inbound travellers who are fully vaccinated or under the age of 12 has now been removed.  

The Malaysian Ministry of Health has confirmed that COVID-19 testing for all inbound travellers who are fully vaccinated or under the age of 12 has now been removed.  

From 1 May all fully vaccinated travellers, children aged 12 and below, regardless of their vaccination status, and travellers with a history of recovery from COVID-19 within 6 to 60 days of departure, will no longer be required to take a pre-departure RT-PCR test.

They will also not be required to take another test within 24-hours of arrival in Malaysia.

Inbound travellers who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will still need to undergo an RT-PCR test two days before departure as well as a professionally-administered RTK-Ag test within 24 hours upon arrival in Malaysia and observe a five-day quarantine (quarantine exemption is only for those aged 17 and below).

Travel insurance will also not be a prerequisite for international arrivals, but, of course, we would always recommend it.

The new easing of restrictions also goes on to make it optional to wear masks outdoors and check-in before entering premises, as it further eases pandemic measures.

Masks must continue to be worn indoors, including on public transport.

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Malaysia fully reopened its borders on April 1, allowing entry without quarantine for visitors vaccinated against COVID-19.

However, fully-vaccinated travellers were required to take a RT-PCR test two days before departure and a professional antigen test within 24 hours of arrival.

But with this no longer being the case, and life being almost back to ‘normal’ in Malaysia, the destination could be a good one to put on your travel wish list for 2022.

For more information, visit www.malaysia.travel