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Malaysia to reopen to tourism next month

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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.

Malaysia to reopen to tourism

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.

Comments (17)

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  • Nav says:

    Does anyone know the requirements of entering Malaysia from Singapore and vice-versa?
    Saw the excellent article on HFP on travelling with an infant on Sing Air and decided to bite the bullet and book a trip late April..

  • Scallder says:

    Any idea on the date for the enhanced Barclaycard sign up offer coming out?

  • The real Swiss Tony says:

    Re AUH, it’s probably worth getting the test at the airport. It was comical – I’m not even sure the swab went into my nostril. Compare that with the test I had in Dubai where I think they managed to tickle the back of my eyeball….

    • Blenz101 says:

      Well that is just down to the person administering the test rather than any government policy.

      For AUH you must have Al-hosn Green pass to get into any public building in AD including hotels. So taking one at the airport is pretty much mandatory unless staying with friends or AirB&B type accommodation.

      • tony says:

        I heard this from other reports before I flew in. Was sceptical, but until I read that someone had a proper PCR test at AUH I’m minded to believe they’re doing this as full on theatre. Just like their seemingly mad hat idea that you can detect covid at some distance with electromagnetic waves. I think the only other place in the world to buy into this was Zanzibar – and that’s because Abu Dhabi gave them the kit for free….

        • Blenz101 says:

          Well you have to remember the media is state controlled. They have spent two years telling the population that the restrictions are all their to keep people safe and have a very compliant resident population.

          Even now outdoor masks are not required I would estimate 80% of people still wear them.

          The theatre is all part of keeping everyone compliant and easing people back towards normality.

  • jkay says:

    Based on my understanding of the current situation in Malaysia, I would infer that all inbound travellers would have to activate the MySejahtera app on entry into the country. Your preexisting health conditions are asked about on the app which then lets the local health authorities risk stratify you should you test positive. Asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic individuals who test positive get a 7-day (I think) home quarantine order (if you’re vaccinated and boosted) that is quite strictly enforced. Anyone with medical comorbidities (unsure about the exact definition) or more are more symptomatic may require mandatory admission to a state run facility. I suppose it waits to be seen once people start travelling after the 1st of April (which I will be after being unable to return for the last 2 years)

  • numpty says:

    Yes, you still need the MySejahatera app (and you need to register with a Malaysian address i.e. hotel). Currently, you need to use this app to check into malls, and then into every single shop/cafe etc, i think this check in requirement will remain. From the experience of friends in KL due to all the check ins they get pinged by the app every week about possible exposure to covid. All this means is that you have to check yourself for symptoms, nothing more strict than that.

    From looking online i dont think the test facilities at KLIA are set up yet for booking a LFT/RTK test, but the wording of the regs suggest you can leave airport and get a professional test done elsewhere, within 24 hrs of arrival. I’d prefer to get it done asap.

  • Gill says:

    wish BA would bring back the KUL route now.

    • numpty says:

      at the end of last year KUL was one of the routes BA had submitted for a LHR slot (i am paraphrasing). Malaysia ended up having one of the strictest covid policies, which banned foreigners from entry, and which was only lessened when they brought in the Langkawi travel bubble. So i think/hope we will see the KL route brought back subject to having enough staff to man the flight – the flights were usually full.

      • Gill says:

        yep – family still live in Malaysia and i’m really hoping to use my 2-4-1 voucher because planning travel to another country for the fun of it just seems like a pain right now.

  • ADS says:

    Abu Dhabi “Unless you take a voluntary test on arrival, you will not be able to activate the Alhosn app”

    So you can come in without taking a test, but you can’t actually do anything

    That really doesn’t seem to make any sense

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