Malaysia’s borders are set to reopen for international travels on 1 April, including air and land routes.
To ensure the smooth reopening of the country’s borders, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said his ministry has collaborated with the Ministry of Transport (MOT) to simply the process of entering the country.
He said that these new protocols of entry of foreign tourists at the country’s air gates can shorten the waiting time to about 35 to 45 minutes compared to the current hour.
“Therefore, many prerequisites need to be complied with and completed by foreign tourists before entering the country, including uploading the MySejahtera application and the Covid-19 screening test,” he said.
According to Khairy, there will be a pre-departure condition for travellers to fulfil before they board the plane. This will then avoid congestion at the airport.
Among the conditions are incoming tourists will need to download MySejahtera, upload the PCR test results and fill in the pre-release form.
Upon completion, they will be give a traveller’s card through MySejahtera and be allowed to board the plane.
Once they arrive in Malaysia, the traveller will go through immigration and if there is no problem with the documents, they can enter.
In addition, travellers must also complete an antigen test within 24 hours of arrival, or take a breath test at KLIA for travellers. The cost will be borne by the traveller.
Khairy said that starting 1 April, all Covid-19 screening test facilities at KLIA and KLIA2 will be closed.
On the other hand, details on the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the opening of the country’s borders, including air and sea, would be announced in a press conference on the coming Tuesday (22 March).
Meanwhile, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said airlines have been informed of the new protocols for entering Malaysia beginning 1 April.
He said the pre-departure conditions imposed on travellers will ensure safety. He added that the reopening of the country’s borders to travellers will help spur the nation’s economy towards recovery.