Malaysia to let Singapore, Brunei nationals in; Covid-19 test and quarantine waived

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said nationals Singapore and Brunei would also be exempted from the mandatory Covid-19 screening and 14-day quarantine upon arrival. — Reuters pic
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said nationals Singapore and Brunei would also be exempted from the mandatory Covid-19 screening and 14-day quarantine upon arrival. — Reuters pic

PUTRAJAYA, June 19 — The government has provisionally decided to grant Singapore and Brunei citizens entry into Malaysia without prior approval from the Immigration Department, said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said nationals from both countries would also be exempted from the mandatory Covid-19 screening and 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

“However this is only limited to Singaporeans and Bruneians who are currently residing in their home countries,” Ismail said during his thrice-weekly press conference.

The minister added that permission for Singaporeans and Bruneians to enter Malaysia again is subject to the same permission granted by their respective countries to Malaysians, as well as further discussions between the Foreign Ministry and its peers in the two countries.

Similarly, the Health Ministry is refining its list of green-zone countries, in which individuals departing from those countries to Malaysia will not be required to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

“Those coming into Malaysia from green-zone countries are nonetheless required to download the MySejahtera app for monitoring. Travellers from non-green zone countries will still be required to undergo the mandatory quarantine period,” he said.

On the subject of foreign citizens who wish to travel to Malaysia for medical tourism, Ismail said they must first register with the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council via the ministry, as well as undergo screening in their home countries or immediately upon arrival at checkpoints.

“For foreign medical tourists, they will not have to undergo the mandatory quarantine period and instead will be immediately taken to the hospital.

“They are permitted to bring along a caretaker as company, and must also download the MySejahtera app for monitoring,” he said.

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