Malaysia has announced that it will be opening its borders to international travellers from 1st April.
Under the new rules, fully vaccinated passengers will not be required to quarantine on arrival, provided they take a PCR test two days before departure and a rapid antigen test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.
It isn’t clear what would happen to you if you failed the rapid antigen test on arrival.
Foreign travellers will be able to enter the country provided they have completed a pre-departure travel form and will no longer be required to obtain a MyTravelPass permit.
Rhys is heading down to Malaysia in a few weeks as the guest of Malaysia Airlines to take a look at what tourists can expect to find.
Abu Dhabi relaxes ‘test on arrival’ rules
Abu Dhabi has also announced a further change to its rules. You will no longer need to take an arrival test in Abu Dhabi. This is on top of the earlier move which no longer requires you to show proof of a negative test before flying as long as you are fully vaccinated.
This move reflects an unwillingness amongst visitors to fly in without having taken a test and risk testing positive on arrival, with the consequences that would entail.
It’s not all plain sailing, however. Unless you take a voluntary test on arrival, you will not be able to activate the Alhosn app. This is required for entry into most public places in Abu Dhabi. Whilst most establishments in Dubai do not bother with Alhosn, it is more strictly enforced in Abu Dhabi according to multiple reports.