Malaysia to open borders for medical tourist, expat workers and residents

Malaysia will partially reopen its borders to allow medical tourists to enter the country, while permitting its citizens to leave the country for medical, education or other specific purposes, the Nikkei Asian Review cited senior minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob as saying.

“Those entering under medical tourism need not undergo quarantine as they will be taken directly to the hospitals of their choice,” he said, adding that similarly, Malaysians who need to travel abroad for medical, emergency or specific purposes can now do so without seeking prior approval from the immigration authorities.

The government will also allow expatriates under the employment pass category one, as well as holders of professional visit passes and resident pass talent work permits to enter the country. But they must undergo Covid-19 swab tests either at their home countries or as soon as they enter Malaysia.

International students can return

In addition, international students at private and public institutions of higher learning as well as international schools in Malaysia are now allowed to return to the country to resume their studies, but they need to register with the education ministry or the higher education ministry. They can choose to either undergo the Covid-19 screening in their own countries or upon arrival in Malaysia.

Similarly, Malaysians who need to travel abroad for study purposes must produce letters to prove that they need to go overseas to continue their studies or sit for exams before departing the country.

Furthermore, Malaysians with foreign spouses and non-Malaysian children can now apply for the passes from the immigration department before entering Malaysia.

Malaysia also plans to open the border for six selected countries after its official lockdown period ends on August 31, namely Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea, according to health ministry’s director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah.

However, Malaysia has yet to achieve an agreement with the six “green zone” countries to open up its borders, Hisham said.



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Malaysia will partially reopen its borders to allow medical tourists to enter the country, while permitting its citizens to leave the country for medical, education or other specific purposes, the Nikkei Asian Review cited senior minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob as saying. “Those entering under medical tourism need not undergo quarantine as they will be taken directly to the hospitals of their choice,” he said, adding that similarly, Malaysians who need to travel abroad for medical, emergency or specific purposes can now do so without seeking prior approval from the immigration authorities. The government will also allow expatriates under the employment...

Malaysia will partially reopen its borders to allow medical tourists to enter the country, while permitting its citizens to leave the country for medical, education or other specific purposes, the Nikkei Asian Review cited senior minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob as saying.

“Those entering under medical tourism need not undergo quarantine as they will be taken directly to the hospitals of their choice,” he said, adding that similarly, Malaysians who need to travel abroad for medical, emergency or specific purposes can now do so without seeking prior approval from the immigration authorities.

The government will also allow expatriates under the employment pass category one, as well as holders of professional visit passes and resident pass talent work permits to enter the country. But they must undergo Covid-19 swab tests either at their home countries or as soon as they enter Malaysia.

International students can return

In addition, international students at private and public institutions of higher learning as well as international schools in Malaysia are now allowed to return to the country to resume their studies, but they need to register with the education ministry or the higher education ministry. They can choose to either undergo the Covid-19 screening in their own countries or upon arrival in Malaysia.

Similarly, Malaysians who need to travel abroad for study purposes must produce letters to prove that they need to go overseas to continue their studies or sit for exams before departing the country.

Furthermore, Malaysians with foreign spouses and non-Malaysian children can now apply for the passes from the immigration department before entering Malaysia.

Malaysia also plans to open the border for six selected countries after its official lockdown period ends on August 31, namely Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea, according to health ministry’s director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah.

However, Malaysia has yet to achieve an agreement with the six “green zone” countries to open up its borders, Hisham said.



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