Wednesday, January 12, 2022

No quarantine needed for fully vaxxed travellers with Covid history

Those who have yet to be fully vaccinated or who have not been vaccinated must be quarantined for a week.

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From tomorrow onwards, travellers who have been infected with Covid-19 but who have completed their vaccination do not need to undergo quarantine upon arrival in Malaysia.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the government was still monitoring the borders and conducting compulsory screening tests and quarantine for travellers.

“Upon their arrival in Malaysia, those who have contracted Covid-19 within 11 to 60 days and who have been fully vaccinated do not need to undergo mandatory quarantine,” he said in a statement today.

However, he said they would need to undergo RTK Ag tests in the presence of government or private health workers stationed at the international entry points.

Travellers who have yet to complete their vaccination or who are not vaccinated will need to undergo mandatory quarantine for seven days at the quarantine station prepared by the health ministry.

Since December, the government had required international travellers to undergo quarantine at such stations regardless of vaccination status due to concerns over the global spread of the Omicron variant.

They were also required to undergo screening several times throughout the quarantine period, and would only be released after the last negative test result.

Khairy said the government has also laid out several conditions for travellers with a history of Covid-19 infection.

Among others, they need to be fully vaccinated with proof of vaccination, and must show proof of infection 11 to 60 days before leaving for Malaysia. They must also produce “fit to travel” letters from the relevant hospital.

“All related documents must be brought and shown to the flight and health authorities at the point of entry, if requested,” Khairy said.

Travellers entering the country must also follow several SOPs in relation to the MySejahtera application.

Among others, they are required to scan the QR code for overseas travellers, have their temperatures checked, and take an RTK Ag test in the presence of health workers.

“For travellers who have not been infected with Covid-19, the current conditions still apply,” Khairy said.

“The government will keep all parties informed of developments and any new conditions for travellers.”

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