Malaysia is not open to tourism, but plans to start reopening on May 4

Malaysia is not open to tourism, only for people with special long passes and citizens returning to the country. There is a mandatory quarantine of 7 to 10 days in a government-appointed facility and negative PCR test results are required.

All costs of additional testing and hospitalization (if necessary), as well as quarantined accommodation, will be covered by the traveler.

The country started its vaccination campaign and tourism officials are confident that this will allow them to receive international tourists soon. They are negotiating bubble deals and greenways with neighboring countries.

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Malaysia Border Reopening – latest updates

April 13 – Malaysian authorities will officially discuss the reopening with Singapore on May 4.

It is no longer a rumor. Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will officially discuss the reopening of the Malaysia-Singapore border on an official visit that Muhyiddin will make to Singapore on May 4.

According to local media, Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the country and the Johor government are ready to reopen in the next two months, but still need to work on Singapore’s demands and final approval.

March 31 Update – New (possible) travel agreement with Singapore

On March 26, Malaysian Prime Minister (Menteri Besar) Hasni bin Mohammad reiterated his commitment to mutually accepting a COVID-19 certificate or COVID-19 passport to allow travel between the two countries in the near future.

“The effort is an initiative of the Malaysian and Singaporean governments, which have agreed to assess and explore the possibility of reopening the border once this (vaccine) certificate can be used as a base,” the minister told a news conference.

March 8 Update

Malaysian Minister of Tourism, Art and Culture, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, believes that the implementation of vaccination in the country is the key to a safe reopening.

“Currently, the vaccination exercise has just started … hopefully it will be an opportunity to reopen the economy abroad,” he said.

The plan would begin with Malaysia’s closest neighbors, Singapore and Brunei, but the specific timetable for the reopening has not been announced. (Source)

The country has received almost 400,000 doses of the vaccine, of which 112,914 have already been administered.

February 11 Update

Malaysia extended its Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) until March 31, 2021. Under this order, foreigners are not allowed to enter the country, with the exception of long pass holders, international students and essential workers.

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All arrivals must agree to the quarantine for 7 days if they bring a valid negative PCVID-19 PCR test result or for 10 days if they do not. They will also need to be tested again before the quarantine period ends.

The country expects to receive the first batch of vaccines this month and begin administration in March. (Source)

November 20 update

All nationalities, legal residents of Singapore, who need to make essential single-entry trips, including for business and official purposes in Malaysia

The border between Singapore and Malaysia is only open for essential travel, but negotiations are underway to speed up the reopening of tickets between these 2 neighboring countries. For more information on the requirements for crossing the border between Singapore and Malaysia My Travel Pass.

Malaysia and Singapore border

Before Covid-19, the border between Malaysia and Singapore was among the busiest in the world. There were more than 29,000 annual flights between the two countries, as well as 300,000 daily land crossings. It is now closed until further notice.

The government plans to immunize at least 100,000 Malaysians against COVID-19 who have jobs in Singapore so that countries can reopen in June 2021.

Rules for medical tourists in Malaysia

They will be required to register with the Malaysian Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) and download an app.

Before coming to Malaysia, they must pass the Covid-19 test. They will also be tested on arrival. They must go directly to quarantine at the hospital or clinic where they will receive care.

If a medical tourist has a family member or guardian, that person must also follow these guidelines.

Which countries can enter Malaysia?

Malaysia allows visitors under the Recovery motion control order (RMCO). Only holders of special long passes and returning citizens are allowed to enter.

Can Americans visit Malaysia?

Unless they fall into the categories mentioned above or are diplomats or their families, Americans are not allowed to enter the country.

Malaysian borders still closed; Probable delays

Malaysia reopens in 2021

Since March 2020, tourism has been restricted in Malaysia with a government-mandated movement control order (MCO) in place. General tourism is not yet possible, but as of July 1, medical tourists were allowed.

In addition, some other foreigners are being allowed to enter. This includes foreign spouses and dependents and some selected workers in senior management positions. These arrivals must follow the same strict entry rules as medical tourists.

How Coronavirus affected Malaysia

From April 13th, The second wave of Malaysian Coronavirus appears to be receding and daily cases vary between 550-700 new cases per day. In total, Malaysia recorded 363,940 cases and 1,345 deaths caused by the virus. (Source)

The Malaysian government is still negotiating with Singapore to fully reopen the borders for daily passengers, but as there are huge spikes in COVID infections, the full reopening of the border, in addition to allowing regular international tourists in, is being postponed indefinitely.

Malaysia imposed a strict quarantine policy that included asymptomatic patients. Anyone who came into close contact with a confirmed coronavirus patient was subject to hospitalization. He also imposed mass testing early, especially in high-risk areas.

Why visit Malaysia?


Located in Southeast Asia, Malaysia occupies part of the Malay Peninsula and also the island of Borneo.

It is known for its natural beauty, with white sand beaches and tropical forests. It is also a melting pot of cultures, with Malaysians, Chinese, Indians and Europeans all living here.

Malaysian visitors can choose between two very different experiences. They can visit the Malay Peninsula, which has an ultramodern capital, Kuala Lumpur, and a mixture of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultures.

Or they can visit Malaysia’s Borneo. Here they will find orangutans and remote tribes in the wild jungles, as well as granite peaks, huge trees and waterfalls. There are also beautiful islands, excellent diving spots, colonial cities to explore and luxury resorts.

For those looking for pristine white sand beaches, Langkawi offers 99 islands to choose from. An archipelago in the Andaman Sea, it is the heaviest tourist destination in Malaysia.

Conservationists can visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, opened in 1964. Here they can find rescued orphans, who are trained to survive in the jungle. They are released into the adjacent sanctuary.

Meanwhile, in Kuala Lumpur, tourists can see the Petronas Twin Towers, which are the tallest twin buildings in the world. The Batu caves near the city offer magnificent Hindu art and there are many beautiful Buddhist and Hindu temples within the city itself.

The Bukit Bintag shopping district offers bargains during the day and trendy nightlife.

Thanks to the mix of cultures here, there are also some tasty and addictive dishes to try.

Petronas Twin Towers

It may take a while for Malaysia to open its borders. When that happens, make sure your visit here embraces the highlights of the peninsula and the unique charms of Borneo.

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