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Malaysia Airlines welcomes Malaysia’s border reopening, unveils latest procedures including need for incoming travellers to buy minimum US$20,000 travel, Covid-19 insurance

Malaysia Airlines welcomes Malaysia’s border reopening, unveils latest procedures including need for incoming travellers to buy minimum US$20,000 travel, Covid-19 insurance
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KUALA LUMPUR (March 30): Malaysia Airlines Bhd said it welcomes the reopening of Malaysia’s borders on Friday (April 1), ahead of the nation’s transition to the Covid-19 endemic phase, and that incoming foreign travellers must comply with the country’s latest procedures which include the requirement to buy travel and Covid-19 insurance with a minimum value of US$20,000 (about RM84,060).

In a statement, Malaysia Airlines said travellers to Malaysia must fulfil Covid-19-driven general protocols set by Malaysian authorities and that the latest procedures will supersede the nation's programmes and requirements including the lifting of the temporary ban on travellers from 18 high-risk countries to Malaysia and the existing need for incoming travellers into Malaysia to wear digital tracking devices.

"Travellers to Malaysia must fulfil the following general protocols by the Malaysian authorities:

"Before departure to Malaysia, download and update the MySejahtera mobile app [and] complete the pre-departure form via the 'Traveller' icon.

"Foreign travellers are required to purchase travel and Covid-19 insurance with minimum value of US$20,000. Fully vaccinated travellers will be issued a 'Digital Traveller’s Card' and it will be reflected on their MySejahtera app,” Malaysia Airlines said.

Malaysia Airlines said partially or unvaccinated travellers will be issued a digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO) and it will be reflected on their MySejahtera app.

Travellers who do not have a traveller card display or HSO instructions on the MySejahtera app are not allowed to continue their journey, according to Malaysia Airlines.

"Travellers aged seven years and above must take [the] polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test two days before departure to Malaysia and upload the results on MySejahtera. Exceptions are given to travellers aged six years and below (based on year of birth) [and they] are not required to take the PCR test.

"Post Covid-19 patients with infection between six [and] 60 days before departure must undergo a professional RTK-Antigen test two days before departure,” Malaysia Airlines said.

Within 24 hours upon arrival in Malaysia, passengers aged seven years and above are required to take a professionally administered Covid-19 RTK-Antigen test either at a private health facility or clinics approved by the Ministry of Health, according to the airline.

"The RTK-Antigen test results will be displayed on MySejahtera,” Malaysia Airlines said.

Chong Jin Hun