Foreign diplomats entering Malaysia need not undergo 14-day quarantine at centres, says Wisma Putra

PETALING JAYA: Foreign diplomats returning to Malaysia will not have to undergo the 14-day mandatory quarantine at designated quarantine centres, says the Foreign Ministry.

In a statement on Monday (June 15), the ministry said that foreign diplomats were however still required to undergo the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Covid-19 tests at their country of origin.

The ministry said that starting June 10, foreign diplomats returning to the country have been able to undergo the 14-day mandatory quarantine at their respective homes.

“The Malaysian government (however) has made it is compulsory for all arriving individuals to download and install the MySejahtera application that would enable the Health Ministry (MOH) to monitor users’ health conditions, and for the MOH to be able to take immediate actions in providing the treatments required, ” the ministry also said.

The ministry added that all actions taken by the government were made based on consultations from experts and consensus by the relevant agencies involved in order to preserve public health and national security.

“These decisions were made collectively as efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19, and should not be seen as an arbitrary or discriminatory act, but derived from clear and transparent laws and regulations, applicable to all persons entering the country.

“In the context of cooperation to effect the Covid-19 containment measures, inviolability of eligible diplomatic personnel, missions and residences will, at all times be respected, provided that it is not against the spirit of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (VCDR) 1961, ” added the ministry.

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