Malaysia will fully reopen its borders on 1st April as the country begins to transition to the COVID-19 endemic phase, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said on March 8th.

Speaking at a press conference, he explained that with this development, international travelers entering Malaysia would only need to have valid travel documents to enter and exit the country, and Malaysians can travel freely to other countries with similar open borders.

He added that foreign travelers will no longer need to apply via the MyTravelPass mechanism, and only had to download the MySejahtera contact tracing application. He said: “Taking into account the Omicron variant, which is still in our country and other countries, there are some mandatory steps for both Malaysians and travelers.”

For those who are fully vaccinated, there is no need to undergo any quarantine. They only need to undergo a COVID-19 reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test two days before departure and a professional COVID-19 rapid test kit-antigen (RTK-Ag) test within 24 hours after arrival in Malaysia.

“For those who are not fully vaccinated, or unable to receive the vaccine due to health reasons, the health minister will detail further Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on this tomorrow,” Mr Ismail Sabri added.

For countries that have not fully reopened their borders such as Indonesia and Singapore, Malaysians can utilize the vaccinated travel lanes that had been agreed on between Putrajaya and the relevant countries, the prime minister added.

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