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Mandatory Quarantine Period Increased to 14 Days for Arrivals from 40 Countries

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Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob made the announcement over the weekend, as the Health Ministry expressed fears about Covid-19 variants.

Travellers arriving in Malaysia from 40 countries will now have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine after concerns are increasing about the spread of three Covid-19 variants.

A 10-day quarantine rule had applied to four countries previously (the UK, South Africa, Brazil, and Japan) following reports of the spread of Covid-19 variants in those countries. On April 24, it was decided to increase the period to 14 days. Then, a week later, another 36 countries were added to the list.

The new measure impacts anyone travelling from those countries, not just the countries’ own nationals. Even Malaysians returning home are now required to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine period if they are travelling from, or have travelled through, any of the 40 countries on the list.

The affected countries are as follows:

  1. Argentina
  2. Austria
  3. Bangladesh
  4. Belgium
  5. Brazil
  6. Cambodia
  7. Canada
  8. Chile
  9. China
  10. Colombia
  11. Czech Republic
  12. Denmark
  13. Germany
  14. Greece
  15. France
  16. India
  17. Iraq
  18. Ireland
  19. Israel
  20. Italy
  21. Japan
  22. Lithuania
  23. Mexico
  24. Mozambique
  25. Netherlands
  26. Nigeria
  27. Norway
  28. Peru
  29. Philippines
  30. Qatar
  31. Rwanda
  32. South Africa
  33. Spain
  34. Sweden
  35. Switzerland
  36. Tanzania
  37. Turkey
  38. United Arab Emirates
  39. United Kingdom
  40. United States

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