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Malaysia relaxes entry ban on expats, professional visit pass-holders from 23 countries

Malaysia on Thursday (Sept 10) announced that it will allow expatriates and professional visit pass-holders from 23 countries to enter, reversing a move on Monday (Sept 7) that was criticised by employers.

All foreign tourists have been banned from entry since March.

But Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Ismail Sabri Yaakob said on Thursday that a special Cabinet committee has decided to slightly relax the regulation that was enforced from Monday.

But these expatriates and professional visit pass-holders must first “obtain approval from the (Malaysian) Immigration Department before they can enter the country”, he said.

“Their application must be accompanied by a supporting letter from the Malaysian Investment Development Authority or related agencies, ” he said.

Employers had complained that the government should continue to allow expats and professional pass-holders to come in as their technical skills are needed to help the economy.

In another reversal of the ban that started on Monday, Datuk Seri Ismail said the government has also decided to allow permanent residents, as well as foreign spouses of Malaysian citizens, to enter Malaysia from these 23 countries with high infection rates.Related Story

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