PETALING JAYA: International borders will be reopened beginning Monday (Oct 11) and fully-vaccinated Malaysians will be allowed to leave the country, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
“The government agrees to allow Malaysians to travel overseas without going through the #MyTravelPass by the Immigration Department,” he said during his special address on Sunday (Oct 10).
Ismail Sabri said fully-vaccinated Malaysians who are returning to the country must be tested for Covid-19 before their departure, and upon arriving the country.
“Travellers must do a swab test three days before returning to Malaysia, and another swab test upon arriving Malaysia.
“For Malaysians, self-quarantine at home is allowed. If there are cases, the Health Ministry will then place them at quarantine centres.”
However, Ismail Sabri said this does not mean that Malaysian borders have been reopened for international tourism.
“Studies is still ongoing and God willing, we might make an announcement as soon as possible.”
Ismail Sabri said the government is currently evaluating countries that have low Covid-19 risks.
“Now, most countries in the world have vaccinated their people and this new development will be considered by the Health Ministry as it decides to reopen our international borders, he added.
Ismail Sabri said the decision to allow international travel among Malaysians is to connect separated family members and loved ones.
“It is also for Malaysians who are heading overseas for working and business purposes.”
Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri advised Malaysians who are not yet vaccinated to quickly be inoculated.
“Many of the announced relaxations, such as interstate travel, domestic and international travel, and dining-ins are all subjected to a term that one must be fully vaccinated.”