KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): After more than three months of closing its borders to prevent foreigners from entering the country, Malaysia, which is now in the Covid-19 (coronavirus) recovery stage, is gradually phasing out the ban.
Malaysia has now agreed to allow Singaporeans and Bruneians to enter the country's borders without having to apply to the Malaysian Immigration Department, or undergo Covid-19 screening and quarantine at home.
With the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) in its 11th day today, the government is now also opening its doors to allow the entry of expatriates without them having to seek the permission of the Malaysian Immigration Department.
The permission is given to expatriates in Category Ep1, those with Professional Visit Pass and Resident Talent Pass holding senior management posts.
Apart from that, as announced by Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Saturday (June 20), the Malaysian government also agreed to allow Singaporeans (those residing in Singapore only) and brunei nationals (living in Brunei only) to enter the country without having to seek Immigration permission.
This is, however, subject to the Singapore and Brunei governments giving the same treatment to Malaysian citizens.
They are also required to undergo Covid-19 screening test in their home country before leaving for Malaysia or to do so on arrival in the country.
This is important to prevent infection of imported Covid-19 cases in the country and ensure success of Malaysia’s fight against the pandemic.
"This is Malaysia's consent in the form of reciprocity, with Singapore and Brunei at the same time giving Malaysians the freedom to enter their country without any restrictions," he said during his press conference on the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).
Ismail Sabri, who is also the Minister of Defence, said Wisma Putra was currently discussing the matter with Singapore’s Foreign Ministry, and Malaysia's decision to provide such relaxations would be in line with the decisions made in the discussions.
He said the permission to enter Malaysia without restrictions would only be granted to Singaporeans and Bruneians who were living in their respective countries, adding that the two countries, as well as New Zealand and Australia, were currently classified as Green Zones by the Ministry of Health Malaysia.
Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said foreigners who entered the country legally before the Movement Control Order (MCO) on March 18, had ample time to renew their visas as the Immigration Department had been in operation since the implementation of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) last month.
Therefore, he said the department had its own basis to detain those currently deemed to have overstayed. - Bernama