KUALA LUMPUR: Only foreign officials who are ministers or are of a higher rank will be allowed to enter the country for official matters, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The Senior Minister (Security) added that a special National Security Council (NSC) meeting decided that all permitted foreign officials must adhere to strict standard operating procedures (SOPs).
"All of the delegations must undergo a swab test three days before arriving at Malaysia's international airports. They are also required to undergo another swab test upon arrival at the airport," he told a press conference on Saturday (Oct 3).
He said that this included the leader of the delegation.
Ismail Sabri added that the presence of the delegation must be for official events or ceremonies that do not involve many people.
"The delegation must be escorted from the airport to their place of accommodation and to the meeting place as well as back to the airport," he said adding that their arrival in Malaysia is only permitted via air travel.
Ismail Sabri said Malaysian leaders are also allowed to travel overseas on official matters but they must follow strict SOPs.
"Upon their return to the country, they must undergo quarantine for 14 days. There is no exemption," he added.