Malaysians Abroad: Travel Restrictions Lifted?

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As of October 2022, Malaysians have been able to travel abroad for leisure again after not being able to hop on an international flight for over a year. However, it is important to note that travel restrictions are subject to change. Therefore, it is recommended to conduct research and refer to official websites for the most up-to-date information before planning international travel. Additionally, Malaysians must take extra precautions when travelling, such as being aware of the items in their luggage and registering with the relevant Malaysian mission upon arrival in a foreign country.

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Interstate and international travel restrictions Lifted for fully vaccinated individuals from 11 October 2022
Countries Malaysians can travel to without quarantining Thailand, Singapore, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Taiwan, UK, Canada, Philippines, Switzerland, France, UAE, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Egypt, Mauritius, Iceland
Visa requirements No visa required for short-term visits of up to 3 months; 90-day tourism visa available on arrival
Passport validity Must be valid for more than 6 months from the date of travel
Registration requirements Must register with the nearest Malaysian Mission if staying for more than 3 months
Health requirements May need to produce a World Health Organisation-approved International Inoculation Certificate; Yellow fever vaccine is the only vaccine that could be required
Safety precautions High threat of kidnapping in the coastal areas of eastern Sabah; risk of terrorism

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Quarantine-free countries

As of 1 April 2022, Malaysians are no longer required to quarantine upon arrival in Singapore. However, they must submit the SG Arrival Card and e-health declaration via the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website three days before their departure. Additionally, all visitors must use the TraceTogether app to facilitate contact tracing.

Malaysia's neighbour, Thailand, has also lifted quarantine requirements for visitors. All visitors must have an approved Thailand Pass to enter the country, and it is mandatory for travellers to have a Covid-19 travel insurance policy with a minimum coverage of US$10,000. Unvaccinated travellers can enter with a 5-day Alternate Quarantine or a No Quarantine program if they have a pre-departure RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of their departure.

Australia, a favourite among Malaysians, has also lifted its strict border controls and travel restrictions as of 21 February 2022. All nationalities, including Malaysians, can enter the country without quarantine. PCR tests are, however, required prior to departure and upon arrival, and travellers are required to fill up the Digital Passenger Declaration form within 72 hours before their flight.

For those looking to travel to Europe, the United Kingdom has lifted all entry restrictions for visitors as of 18 March 2022. France has also removed the requirement for a Covid-19 test before departure or upon entry, but travellers must be able to provide proof of full vaccination. Switzerland and Ireland have similar requirements, with Switzerland mandating mask-wearing in all public places, and Ireland recommending that visitors be fully vaccinated.

For a tropical getaway, Bali has been a popular choice for Malaysians. The Indonesian government has applied for a quarantine-free trial period, and travellers from Malaysia only need to take two PCR tests—one before arrival and another on the third day. Proof of confirmation of booking and payment for tour packages or lodging accommodation for a minimum of four days in Bali is also required.

Other quarantine-free countries include the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Egypt, Canada, Mexico, and New Zealand.

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Travel insurance

When choosing a travel insurance provider, you should consider the following:

  • The range of incidents covered by the policy
  • Whether the policy covers overseas and/or domestic travel
  • The ease of purchasing the insurance
  • The availability of 24-hour emergency assistance
  • The efficiency of the insurance company in dealing with claims

TripCare 360 Insurance

TripCare 360 Insurance offers coverage for travel delays, loss of baggage, medical emergencies, and other travel inconveniences. It also includes new COVID-19 coverage for your overseas travels. You can get a 25% rebate when you apply online.

TripCare 360 Takaful

TripCare 360 Takaful is a Shariah-compliant plan that offers similar coverage to TripCare 360 Insurance. It also includes cash back when you make no claims for the annual plan and new COVID-19 coverage for your overseas travels. You can get a 25% rebate when you apply online.

Travel Ezy Insurance

Travel Ezy Insurance provides compensation for domestic flight delays, paying RM60 when your flight is delayed by 30 minutes or more. You can get a 25% rebate when you apply online.

I-Travel Ezy Takaful

I-Travel Ezy Takaful is a Shariah-compliant plan that offers similar coverage to Travel Ezy Insurance. You can get a 25% rebate when you apply online.

Allianz Travel Insurance

Allianz Travel Insurance provides protection for you and your family during your holidays, whether overseas or domestic. It covers death and permanent disablement due to accidents, travel or luggage delay, emergency medical evacuation, and repatriation. It also includes new COVID-19 coverage. You can purchase Allianz Travel Insurance online easily and conveniently. For any travel emergency assistance, you can contact their 24-hour emergency telephone numbers.

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Visa requirements

As of 2024, Malaysian citizens can enter 183 countries and territories without a visa or with a visa on arrival. This includes short-term visits for tourism, business, or to visit relatives or friends. However, it is important to note that visa requirements may vary depending on the purpose and length of stay, and regulations are subject to change at short notice. Here are some key points regarding visa requirements for Malaysian citizens:

  • Visa-free access or visa on arrival: Malaysian citizens can enter many countries without a visa or with a visa on arrival, including popular destinations such as Thailand, Singapore, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Canada, the Philippines, Switzerland, France, the United Arab Emirates, and more. It is recommended to check the official websites of these countries for the most up-to-date information.
  • Schengen Area: Malaysian citizens can stay in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days within any 180-day period without a visa.
  • Yellow Fever Vaccine: Some countries may require travellers to produce a World Health Organization-approved International Inoculation Certificate, especially for the yellow fever vaccine. It is advised to check with the Ministry of Health Malaysia for the latest information.
  • Passport Validity: Most countries require passports to be valid for at least six months beyond the intended date of departure. Malaysian citizens should ensure their passports have blank visa pages and meet the validity requirements of their destination country.
  • EVisa: Some countries offer electronic visas (e-visas) that can be obtained online prior to departure, such as Cambodia, India, and Turkey.
  • Travel Advisories: Malaysian citizens are advised to inquire about the safety of their destination country and register with the relevant Malaysian mission upon arrival.
  • Travel Bans: Malaysian citizens are currently banned from travelling to North Korea due to safety concerns. Additionally, travel to Israel is restricted to Christian and Muslim pilgrims only.

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Safety precautions

As of 29 September 2022, Malaysians are allowed to travel abroad for leisure. However, it is important to take safety precautions when travelling internationally. Here are some essential safety precautions to keep in mind:

Before Your Trip:

  • Research Your Destination: Before planning your trip, ensure that you research the safety of your desired destination. Check official websites and seek updated information on any travel advisories, health guidelines, and local laws.
  • Visa Requirements: Familiarize yourself with the visa requirements of your destination country. Visa requirements may vary depending on the purpose and length of your stay. Contact the High Commission, Embassy, or Consulate of the country for detailed information.
  • Vaccination Status: Ensure that you are fully vaccinated before travelling. Some countries may have specific vaccination requirements for entry.
  • Travel Insurance: Invest in comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical expenses and emergency situations.
  • Health Precautions: Consult your doctor or a travel clinic to discuss any necessary vaccinations or health precautions specific to your destination.
  • Medication Awareness: Be aware of the rules and regulations regarding the importation of prescription and non-prescription medication to your destination country.
  • Travel Registration: Register with the relevant Malaysian mission upon your arrival in a foreign country.
  • Employment Verification: If you plan to take up a job offer abroad, verify the status of the employer and the authenticity of the offer to protect yourself from potential scams.
  • Travel Documentation: Ensure that your passport is valid for more than six months from the date of your planned return. Keep your passport and other self-identification documents safe during your travels.
  • Inoculation Certificates: Check if your destination country requires you to produce any specific inoculation certificates, such as the World Health Organization-approved International Inoculation Certificate.

During Your Trip:

  • Personal Safety: Remain vigilant and follow local authority advice, especially in public places. Avoid travelling alone at night, and stay with people you trust in social settings.
  • Food and Beverage Safety: Avoid leaving your food or drinks unattended. Do not accept food, drinks, cigarettes, or gum from strangers. Follow proper food hygiene practices and recommendations, such as the five keys for food safety.
  • Hand Hygiene: Practice frequent hand hygiene, especially after contact with respiratory secretions. Wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Cough Etiquette: Cover your nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of the tissue immediately and perform hand hygiene.
  • Face Masks: Follow the local guidelines on wearing face masks. If masks are recommended or required, ensure you know the proper way to wear, remove, and dispose of them.
  • Social Distancing: Maintain a distance of at least one metre from individuals who are showing symptoms or are sick.
  • Symptom Monitoring: If you develop any symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, contact local healthcare providers and inform them of your symptoms and travel history.
  • Crime Awareness: Be aware of your surroundings and keep your belongings secure, especially in crowded areas, tourist hotspots, and during holiday periods. Avoid carrying bags that are easy to snatch, and hold your bag on the opposite side to the traffic.
  • Credit Card Safety: Keep your credit card in sight when making purchases to prevent credit card fraud. Be cautious when using ATMs, and avoid using them in isolated locations.
  • Transportation Safety: Use reputable transportation services, such as registered taxis or e-hailing services. Avoid hailing taxis on the street, especially after dark.

After Your Trip:

  • Self-Monitoring: Upon returning from your trip, continue to self-monitor for symptoms for at least 14 days. Follow the national protocols of your home country for travellers.
  • Quarantine Requirements: Some countries may require returning travellers to enter quarantine. Comply with any quarantine or isolation requirements to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.

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Travel advisories

Malaysia

Malaysians are advised to take extra precautions when travelling abroad. There have been recent cases of Malaysians being arrested at foreign entry points due to the discovery of illicit drugs in their possession. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has warned that international criminal syndicates are targeting Malaysians to act as unwitting drug couriers. Therefore, Malaysians must be fully aware of all the items in their luggage and register with the relevant Malaysian mission upon arrival in a foreign country.

Visa Requirements

Malaysians are advised to inquire about visa requirements for their destination country, as these may vary depending on the purpose and length of stay. Visa requirements can also change at short notice. This information is available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia.

Safety

It is important to ensure that the place and country of destination are safe to visit. Malaysians should also ensure that their passports are valid for more than six months from the date of travel and keep their passports, self-identification documents, and emergency contact information safe while travelling.

Registration

Upon arrival, Malaysians who plan to stay for more than three months in a foreign country are required to register at the nearest Malaysian Mission. This can be done by telephone, fax, email, or by visiting the Mission.

Health

For some countries, travellers may be required to produce a World Health Organisation-approved International Inoculation Certificate. Currently, the yellow fever vaccine is the only vaccine that is required. However, some countries may demand proof of vaccination against other diseases. Malaysians can check the website of the Ministry of Health Malaysia for more information.

Insurance

It is recommended that travellers to Malaysia obtain comprehensive travel insurance that covers all planned activities.

Other Advisories

  • Always carry your personal belongings on the side away from the street.
  • Do not carry too much cash or display expensive jewellery or accessories.
  • Do not leave your belongings unattended in crowded public places.
  • Keep your travel documents on your person at all times.
  • Do not leave important documents or valuables in plain sight in your car.
  • Avoid isolated, unfamiliar places, especially at night or when alone. Opt for well-lit and well-travelled areas.
  • Be vigilant and take sensible precautions to protect yourself from street crime.
  • Avoid large gatherings and demonstrations, and monitor local media reports closely.

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