The borders between Malaysia and Thailand is now open and travellers from both the countries now only need a border pass to enter.
According to Bernama, Perlis Border Relations and Cooperation Committee chairman Ruzaini Rais said this relaxation was given after Malaysia and Thailand reached an agreement to spur the economic recovery of both nations.
He also said that travellers or tourists who want to cross the border need to apply for the border pass through the Thailand Pass web portal 24 hours before their departure.
“However, only residents in four states, namely Perlis, Kedah, North Perak, and Kelantan are allowed to use the border pass.”
“Those who use the pass are also only allowed to enter Thailand for three days,” he said.
Similarly, travellers or tourists from Thailand who use the border pass are also allowed to travel in and out of the country, provided they have been fully vaccinated.
Ruzaini also said that the same SOPs imposed for the reopening of the country’s borders on 1 April would be applied to travellers or tourists who use passports to enter Malaysia.
“They are also required to have travel insurance and undergo health screenings first,” he said.
As of 10am yesterday (5 May), Ruzaini said 82 travellers had been recorded crossing the Malaysia-Thailand border using the Padang Besar ICQ border gate.
He also expects that the number of travellers will increase within a week.
On 1 April, the Wang Kelian border gate was reopened to citizens of Malaysia and Thailand after being closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.