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Latest Covid-19 SOPs Malaysians should follow during the Endemic phase starting 1 April

After lots of anticipation, the government has finally announced that Malaysia will be reopening its borders and transitioning to the endemic phase. In a press conference on 9 March, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has provided more details on the SOPs for this endemic phase.

As announced by the Prime Minister on 7 March, fully vaccinated international travellers can enter the country without applying for MyTravelPass and they are not required to undergo mandatory quarantine.

However, all incoming travellers must install the MySejahtera app and conduct an RT-PCR test 48 hours before departure. Travellers must also conduct an RT-Antigen test within 24 hours upon arrival. If one is tested positive, they are required to isolate themselves as per current COVID-19 protocols.

Meanwhile, unvaccinated travellers or those who have yet completed their COVID-19 vaccination will be required to undergo a mandatory 5-day quarantine when they enter Malaysia. After the completion of quarantine, they must adhere to the SOPs set by the Malaysian government. For example, they will not be allowed to dine-in until they get fully vaccinated.

For travellers who cannot get vaccinated due to health reasons, they can apply for an exemption via MySejahtera. Proof of vaccine exemption such as an official letter from a doctor, and the Ministry of Health will verify the submission.

Source: Straits Times

Children under 18 years old will not be required to undergo mandatory quarantine regardless of their vaccination status, but they are still required to take an RT-Antigen test within 24 hours upon arrival.

Meanwhile, Khairy also said that despite most SOPs were being stripped away, the public must continue to practice the basics of living with the virus. This includes practicing the following:

  • Face mask is still a must in public places, except for open spaces without crowds
  • Check-ins via MySejahtera are still a requirement, except for open spaces without crowds
  • Those who want to maintain their “fully vaccinated” status (aged 60+, Sinovac recipients aged 18+ for the first two doses) must receive booster jabs before 1 April.
  • Jemaah prayers will finally be allowed without any physical distancing.
  • Nightclubs will remain closed.
  • Selected and relevant businesses will be allowed to operate for 24 hours again!
  • Interstate travels will be allowed regardless of your vaccination status.
  • Paxlovid, an antiviral pill, will be prescribed to people who are recovering from the Covid-19 virus.
  • People are still encouraged to work from home in order to curb the spread of the virus in the workplace.

For easy reference, the Ministry of Health will also publish the latest SOPs and protocols on MOH’s portal at covidprotocol.moh.gov.my.

Watch the full conference here:

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