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.
Medical Tourism Exception Rules for Malaysia
- Foreign visitors arriving in the country for medical tourism purposes must go through the Health Ministry and register with the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC).
- The MySejahtera app must be downloaded
- Medical tourists must undergo a Covid-19 PCR test in their home country prior to their arrival in Malaysia. They will be tested again upon arrival into Malaysia.
- Quarantine will come into effect, and the visitor would be expected to check directly into the hospital or clinic for their treatment.
- Medical tourists can bring one guardian to accompany them, but the guardian must also follow all the above requirements including testing, app download, etc.
Which countries can currently visit for medical tourism?
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:
- South Korea
- New Zealand
Other than Medical Tourists, are there any other exceptions for entry into Malaysia?
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.
When will Malaysia Reopen for General Tourism?
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.
What about the border with Singapore?
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.”
Is Domestic tourism reopen in Malaysia?
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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