Covid-19: Vaccinated travellers above 13, those recently recovered no longer need to be tested on arrival


Travellers from abroad are pictured at the KLIA arrival hall in Sepang April 1, 2022. – Malay Mail photo

KUALA LUMPUR (April 27): Several groups of travellers will no longer need to take Covid-19 tests on arrival in Malaysia, including vaccinated travellers aged 13 and older, as well as anyone who has recovered from a Covid-19 infection in the past six to 60 days.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced the matter during a press conference streamed online today, adding that those aged 12 and under will also be exempt from the tests on arrival.

“The same policy will be used for all categories of travellers including Umrah, Haj and foreign workers. Umrah and Haj travellers are required to receive booster vaccines before leaving for the Holy Land,” he said, referring to Mecca.

However, Khairy said travellers who are unvaccinated or who have not completed their vaccinations will still be required to undergo Covid-19 tests.

They will have to test two days before leaving for Malaysia, either using rapid test kits (RTK-Ag) or a professional RT-PCR test; and then take another RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival — with the observation of a medical professional virtually or in-person.

Then, they will have to undergo five days of quarantine, and go through a final test using either an RTK-Ag test on the fourth day or a professional RT-PCR test on the fifth day.

Khairy also said that Covid-19 insurance will no longer be needed for non-Malaysians to enter Malaysia.

However, he said all travellers will need to furnish their “Traveller’s Card” on the MySejahtera contact tracing mobile app upon reaching the international arrival gates at airports. – Malay Mail