Malaysia’s borders are shut until August 31, but some types of tourists can now enter in July.
Malaysia is still under a government ordered MCO (Movement Control Order) since March which restricts all tourism in the country, including any visitors wanting to gain entry. General tourism at the moment is not possible in Malaysia, but some recent updates in July are now making exceptions for certain type of tourists.
Malaysia has had their borders closed to international tourism since March, and the current border closure isn’t set to expire until August 31st, but there are now a few ways that select tourists can enter.
Similar to what Thailand has also set into motion, Malaysia is now allowing medical tourists to enter the country, as of July 1. It’s a great way to slowly restart a portion of the tourism sector, and at the same time allow tourists in that will be directly investing into the country.
The government has agreed to allow patients from designated green zone countries to enter Malaysia for treatment. As of July 21, the current green zone countries are:
Yes. Malaysia is making some other exceptions for foreigners to enter as of July, but they are strict. They include: Expatriates holding high management positions with Employment Pass category 1 (EP1), Professional Visit Pass and Resident Talent Pass, foreign spouses with long-term dependency pass, etc.
The current border closures are set to expire on August 31.
On August 31, Malaysia may renew the border closure, or may remove it.
Note: We are monitoring the situation and will update this article when we know Malaysia’s official reopening date.
The border with Singapore is expected to reopen earlier than August 31.
On July 8th the government of Malaysia said:
“We are expecting Malaysia and Singapore to reach a firm decision on the reopening of its borders under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) by early August following fruitful discussion on the matter.”
Yes. Hotels to theme parks to restaurants have been reopening in Malaysia for domestic tourism.
Disclaimer: Malaysia’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.
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