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Malaysia reopening to Aussie travellers

Australian families can return to Malaysia for the first time in two years from April.

Enjoy an up close marine experience at SEA LIFE Malaysia 1
Enjoy an up close marine experience at SEA LIFE Malaysia

Malaysia is all set to welcome back international travellers after the government announced the full reopening of its borders for the first time after nearly two years of COVID-19 pandemic-related closures, beginning on April 1. 

As the nation is transitioning to endemic phase, fully-vaccinated travellers can enjoy quarantine-free travel and are only required to take the COVID-19 PCR test two days before departure and undergo professionally-administered rapid antigen test within 24 hours upon arrival in Malaysia.

To ease the entry process to Malaysia, travellers with valid travel documents can enter Malaysia by downloading and activating the MySejahtera contact tracing app (from Apple App Store, Google Play Store or Huawei AppGallery) and completing the pre-departure form under the ‘Traveller’ icon without the need to apply for MyTravelPass, which will be abolished.

See traditional dance in Malaysia. Image Sarawak Tourism Board 1
See traditional dance in Malaysia. Image: Sarawak Tourism Board

Quarantine, use of face masks and physical distancing

But international travellers who are not fully vaccinated must still undergo a five-day quarantine upon arrival. Children and young people aged 12 to 17 are allowed quarantine-free entry and only need to undergo professionally administered rapid antigen test within 24 hours of arrival.

The use of face masks in public places and MySejahtera check-in at premises remain in place as standard practice under the endemic phase, especially in confined areas with large crowds. The government also set out the return of full-capacity activities even though physical distancing would still be encouraged.

An aerial view of Sunway Lagoon theme park in Malaysia 1
An aerial view of Sunway Lagoon theme park in Malaysia

“We are delighted with the latest government’s announcement for the resumption of international travel, and look forward to engaging with airlines and travel trade to ramp up marketing efforts to promote Malaysia as a safe travel destination,” Malaysia’s minister of tourism, arts and culture YB Dato’ Sri Hajah Nancy Shukri said. “With the upcoming reopening of international borders, it is timely for our marketing agency, Tourism Malaysia to implement its Strategic Plan 2022-2026 in undertaking strategic transformation, forging smart partnerships, enhancing tourism promotion and optimising its strategic communication as well as media engagement.”

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