PETALING JAYA: Inbound travellers to Malaysia who are fully vaccinated and have recently recovered from Covid-19 do not need to undergo mandatory quarantine, says Khairy Jamaluddin.
This new ruling comes into effect on Thursday (Jan 13), said the Health Minister in a statement on Wednesday (Jan 12).
He said travellers would need to present evidence that they had been fully vaccinated as well as printed or digital laboratory reports to prove they had been infected 11 to 60 days before arriving in Malaysia.
He also said those who had been hospitalised for Covid-19 would also have to show a “fit to travel” letter from the health facility where they were treated.
“Those who were treated for Covid-19 at home or at isolation centres will have to undergo an RTK-Antigen test two days before flying to Malaysia and test negative,” he said.
Khairy said those who had yet to be fully vaccinated would be required to undergo mandatory quarantine for seven days at a designated quarantine centre.
“The current quarantine rules will continue to apply to vaccinated travellers who have not been infected with the virus.
“This new ruling was based on scientific evidence and the latest developments in other countries in their management of travellers who have been infected.
“Travellers must also download the MySejahtera application and fill up a health declaration form, undergo health screenings and another RTK-Antigen test upon arrival at any international entry point,” he said.
Khairy added that the Health Ministry advises those eligible to receive a booster dose to achieve an optimum level of protection as well as avoid severe Covid-19 symptoms and complications.