Malaysia Removes All Testing For Vaccinated Travelers

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Malaysia has removed all of its Covid-19 testing requirements for fully vaccinated visitors entering the country – from May 1.

Other mandatory requirements for travelers – some of which also apply to Malaysian residents – are also being removed from the same date.

What Are The Current Entry Requirements For Vaccinated Travelers Entering Malaysia?

Kek Lok Si Temple on Penang island, Georgetown, Malaysia

Since reopening for tourism at the beginning of this month – April – fully vaccinated visitors have been able to enter Malaysia by adhering to the following entry requirements:

  • present proof of full vaccination against Covid-19 – with visitors required to upload the details of their vaccination to the MySafeTravel website
  • download and register your details on the Malaysian government’s MySejahtera application
Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
  • complete a digital pre-departure form on the MySejahtera application
  • purchase travel health insurance – which must cover you for up to US$20,000 for any medical costs relating to Covid-19
  • undertake a Covid-19 PCR test within 48 hours prior to traveling to Malaysia – with a requirement to upload your test results to the MySejahtera application
  • undertake a professional Covid-19 Rapid-Antigen test within 24 hours of arriving in Malaysia.
Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

And, inside the country, all travelers – along with Malaysian nationals and residents – are currently required to check themselves in when entering public places – which includes shops, restaurants, bars, hotels and all forms of public transport.

This is done using the MySehajtera application.

Malaysia Is Removing Most Of Its Covid-Related Entry Requirements For Vaccinated Travelers – From 1 May

Jalan Bandar Timah (Leech Street) in Old Town, Malaysia

In just a matter of days – starting on 1 May – entry to Malaysia for fully vaccinated travelers is set to become extremely simple, with only the following entry requirements remaining:

  • show proof of full vaccination – including uploading your details to the MySafeTravel website
  • download and register your details on the Malaysian government’s MySejahtera application
  • complete a digital pre-departure form on the MySejahtera application.
Georgetown City view from Penang Hill during dawn

Therefore, there is no longer the requirement to undertake any testing for Covid-19 – both prior to your departure and upon arrival.

You can find out how Malaysia defines an individual as being ‘fully vaccinated’ against Covid-19 by clicking here.

Vaccination certificate on mobile phone.

The same entry requirements also apply to individuals under the age of 12 – whether the child has received their full Covid vaccination or not – as well as those who have recovered from Covid-19 within 6 to 60 days prior to their planned departure to Malaysia.

The requirement to constantly check in – using the MySejahtera app – to indoor public areas, such as shops, restaurants, bars, hotels, and all forms of public transport, will also no longer be mandatory.

Open air restaurant at Pangkor Laut - Malaysia

What About The Entry Requirements For Unvaccinated Visitors – Are These Set To Change?

For visitors who have not received their full vaccination against Covid-19, there is still a requirement for such travelers to undertake a professional PCR or Rapid-Antigen test within two days of their departure to Malaysia.

Landscape of Langkawi Island, Malaysia

The requirement for unvaccinated visitors to undertake a professional Rapid-Antigen test within 24 hours of their arrival will also remain – along with the mandatory 5-day quarantine, which also requires further Covid-19 testing on day 4 or 5.

The need to download and register on the MySejhatera application – as well as the requirement to complete a digital pre-departure – also remains mandatory for unvaccinated visitors.

Langkawi island in Langkawi, Malaysia

There is, however – as is the case for fully vaccinated travelers – no longer a mandatory requirement for unvaccinated individuals to purchase Covid-related travel health insurance prior to entering Malaysia.

Outdoor Mask Mandate And Other Internal Covid-Related Restrictions Are Set To Be Removed

Christ Church in Melaka, Malaysia

From 1 May, Malaysia’s mandatory outdoor mask mandate will cease to exist – with people only required to wear a face covering when inside indoor public areas, including all forms of public transport.

On the same day, those that are unvaccinated will once again be allowed to enter restaurants, as well as shopping malls – and physical distancing measures will also be removed.

Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

And, the mandatory requirement for everyone to scan a QR code – in order to check in – upon entry to public places will no longer be enforced, and instead become optional for individuals.

Malaysia Joins Other Southeast Asian Nations In Removing Testing For Vaccinated Travelers

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Malaysia has followed the likes of neighboring countries – Thailand and Singapore – who are also removing ALL testing requirements for vaccinated travelers. Travel to the entire South East region is now becoming the easiest it’s been over the past two years

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