PETALING JAYA: Students are no longer required to seek the Immigration Department’s permission before leaving abroad to study.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, however, they need to show proof before leaving abroad, as Malaysia had yet to fully open its borders in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“New students must show letters of offer (from higher learning institutions), and those returning to continue their studies must show their student cards,” he told a press conference Tuesday.
“Only the parents are allowed to accompany the students. We don’t allow the entire family to accompany them and go on holiday.
“Upon returning, they will be placed under a 14-day mandatory quarantine,” he said.
From July 24 to Sept 14, a total of 29,054 individuals had returned from abroad.
Of this figure, 10,414 individuals were placed under mandatory quarantine at 75 hotels as well as eight other public premises in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Penang, Johor, Sarawak, Kelantan, Perak, Kedah, Perlis, Terengganu, Sabah and Labuan.
Through Ops Benteng, the authorities had nabbed 46 illegal migrants, and seized one boat and three vehicles, he said.
Those who have information on illegal migrants and criminal activities at the border are urged to forward the information to the National Task Force hotline at 011 6251 1223.
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