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Malaysia If you’re travelling to Malaysia, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information. General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation For the latest update please read the General COVID-19 Travel Advisory > Overview Security Status High degree of caution Security Status Last Updated: 30 July 2021 Latest Travel Alert COVID-19 is still a threat, but with continued public health measures, vaccination and testing, it will be possible to travel internationally. You will need to plan your travel carefully and there are risks. Department of Foreign Affairs services and practical supports to all Irish Citizens travelling abroad can be found on Travel-dfa.ie We advise against non-essential travel to all islands off the coast of eastern Sabah from Kudat to Tawau, including (but not limited to) Lankayan, Mabul, Pom Pom, Kapalai, Litigan, Sipadan and Mataking. Travel to Malaysia Entry to Malaysia by foreign nationals is prohibited, except for those holding certain categories of residence visas and employment passes. For those holding residence or employment visas, it is advisable to check with the Malaysian authorities what approvals are required before both departure from, and re-entry to, Malaysia. With effect from 17 August 2020, you are required to apply for exit and entry permissions on the MYEntry online platform, which may be found on the Expatriate Services Division website, https://mtp.imi.gov.my/myTravelPass/main As advice can change regularly, you are encouraged to check your personal circumstances with your local Malaysian Embassy or with the Malaysian Immigration authorities before travelling. Anyone with further visa queries should contact Malaysian Immigration directly, on Hotline numbers: 03 8888 2010 or +03 8000 8000, via the website https://www.imi.gov.my/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org The Malaysian authorities have informed us that foreign nationals with social visit passes which have expired since 1 January 2020 and who are currently in Malaysia are now allowed up to 14 working days after RMCO ends on 31 March 2021 to leave the country without having to apply for, or obtain prior approval or any special extension pass. On 12 April, the Malaysian Immigration Department confirmed that those holding such expired social visit passes must leave Malaysia by 21 April 2021, and that failure to do so may result in enforcement action being taken against them. On 21 April 2021, the Malaysian Immigration Department further announced through social media channels, that foreign nationals with an expired social visit pass will have to apply to Malaysian Immigration for a special pass to enable them to stay in Malaysia while waiting for their flight back to their country of origin. Applicants must make an appointment via the online appointment system (STO) http://sto.imi.gov.my/e-temujanji/home.php and they must attend the appointment in person. Further details of the Malaysian Immigration Department’s announcement, including what documents are required, may be found here: https://www.facebook.com/138683329531464/posts/immigration-d-g-starting-tomorrow-holders-of-expired-social-visit-pass-must-appl/4127554113977679/ Irish citizens who require an Embassy letter should e-mail the Embassy of Ireland in Kuala Lumpur, attaching a copy of the data page of their Irish passport, and a copy of their expired social visit pass. Permission to enter or to remain in Malaysia is at the sole decision and discretion of the Malaysian Immigration authorities. Anyone who is permitted to enter Malaysia must undergo compulsory quarantine at a quarantine facility designated by the Malaysian government and must bear the cost of this quarantine themselves. The quarantine facility may be pre-booked and paid for on the following portal: https://safetravel.myeg.com.my/ On 30 April 2021, the Malaysian Ministry of Health announced that passengers entering Malaysia from a number of countries which had Variants of Concern – including those arriving from Ireland – will have to complete 14 days quarantine in a quarantine facility. They must also have the result of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Malaysia, and will need to download the MySejahtera app. Citizens are advised to follow the Malaysian Ministry of Health guidance on quarantine requirements. On 8 August 2021, the Prime Minister announced that fully vaccinated Malaysians and foreigners who have a residence in Malaysia, including permanent residents, and MM2H visa holders returning from overseas may serve their quarantine at home. If you require clarification on your personal circumstances, you are encouraged to contact the Ministry of Health Home Surveillance Order (HSO) team at email@example.com in advance of travel to request home quarantine, including the following documents: Entry Pass/Visa Travel itinerary Passport Vaccine proof Residential address in Malaysia (Home quarantine location) PCR test results Permission for home quarantine is at the decision and discretion of the Malaysian Ministry of Health. If you are travelling to East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak), please consult with the Malaysian Embassy/High Commission and your airline as regards immigration and quarantine requirements in Sabah and Sarawak. Sabah and Sarawak have additional immigration requirements in place. The Embassy advises citizens to fully comply with Malaysian Immigration requirements while in Malaysia. If intending to transit through Kuala Lumpur International Airport, you should carefully confirm any transit arrangements for connecting flights with your airline in advance of travel, ensuring that your luggage is checked all the way through to your final destination, and checking that you do not have to present at Malaysian Immigration. You will not be able to leave the transit area in KLIA between flights. Transit between terminals KLIA and KLIA2 will not be possible during this period. Transit flights are allowed within 24 hours only. COVID-19 The wearing of face masks in public spaces is compulsory, including on public transport, in shops, and other public areas. You will also need to register your contact details upon entry to shops and other facilities, and your temperature will be taken. Keep up to date with, and follow the advice of, local authorities on Movement Control restrictions, Standard Operating Procedures and Department of Health COVID-19 guidelines. Various Movement Control Orders are in place across Malaysia. Check local government websites and media channels for up to date information for the relevant state or federal territory. Penalties for non-compliance with Movement Control Orders remain in place, and you may be detained and/or fined if found in breach of these. Further controls within Malaysia may be imposed at any time, at short notice. General Travel Advice You should carry your passport with you at all times when in Malaysia. Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for Malaysia. Inter-state travel is currently not permitted in Malaysia without a police permit. Travel to Ireland Up to date information on travelling to Ireland can be found on gov.ie Information on Travel within Europe (EU/EEA) can also be found on Re-open EU.
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UPDATED SOP FOR TRAVELLERS TO MALAYSIA On 29 April 2021, the Ministry of Health, Malaysia has shared a list of countries with reported SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern (VOC). (http://covid-19.moh.gov.my/garis-panduan/gp-umum-covid19/senarai-negara-penularan-variant-of-concern-voc) In this regard, the government has introduced new Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for foreign returnees from countries with reported SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern (VOC) including Japan. The SOPs are as follows: 1. Travellers must undergo COVID-19 screening tests 72 hours before departure to Malaysia and submit a certificate of negative test results. 2. Travellers must download, activate and register the MySejahtera app before arriving in Malaysia. They must then use the app to register a QR code upon arrival. 3. Travellers must undergo the necessary health screening upon arrival at the airport. 4. Travellers must complete 14 days of mandatory quarantine at a designated quarantine station. 5. Travellers must monitor their health condition for the quarantine period of 14 days through the MySejahtera app 6. Travellers must then undergo another COVID-19 test on the 10th day of quarantine and will be allowed to return home on the 14th day if their results are negative. INFORMATION ON LOU & TRAVEL NOTICE Effective 1st May 2021, travellers headed to Malaysia are no longer required to present a Letter of Undertaking and Indemnity (LOU) and Travel Notice to the relevant authorities upon arrival. However, travellers headed to Malaysia through Singapore by land will still be required to submit their entry application through the myPASS system. Other entry requirements such as visa, PCR tests, mandatory quarantine, entry approval through the MyTravelPass/MyEntry system and existing regulations for Business Travellers under the MIDA's OSC still applies. *** Please also take note that: -There are no Clinics/Hospitals/Labs in Japan that are designated by the Government of Malaysia (https://www.tecot.go.jp/rmii/ ) -The Test/Results Certificate of the PCR Test must be in English and must be ISO accredited or equivalent in order for MOH to validate it upon arrival. -The Type of PCR test : Nasal /nasopharyngeal swab (Through the nose) OR Throat (oropharyngeal) swab (sample is taken from the back of the throat) Embassy of Malaysia, Tokyo 30 April 2021
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