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:
- Czech Republic
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
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