Malaysia has finally entered the “Endemic” phase of Covid-19 after nearly two years of battling the pandemic.
Under this phase, all restrictions on business operating hours have been removed, and most of the business and social activities are allowed now without physical distancing, from today (April 1) on.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, in a televised address on Tuesday, said “the transition to the endemic phase is an exit strategy that would allow Malaysians to return to near-normal life.
However, he added, that this is only a “temporary phase before the country moves to the endemic phase.” Therefore, he urged the people to still adhere to the rules and standard operating procedures (SOPs) including wearing face masks in public places, admission registration using the MySejahtera app at all premises, except at open areas that are not crowded.
Prayers and religious activities in mosques/suraus and other houses of worship are now allowed without physical distancing. Interstate travel is also allowed for all regardless of their vaccination status.
Malaysia has also reopened its borders for international travellers starting from today and it has abolished quarantine for the vaccinated.
Effective 1 April 2022, in transitioning to the endemic phase of Covid-19, Malaysia’s national borders has been “reopened”.
All fully-vaccinated travellers are now allowed to enter the country without undergoing quarantine, but will be required to take a RT-PCR test two days before departure and a rapid test (RTK) within 24 hours of arrival.
Unvaccinated travellers will be subject to a five-day quarantine.