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Malaysia announces new and relaxed Covid rules effective May 1

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced the easing of COVID SOPs in Malaysia starting 1 May 2022.

Following a tease several days ago, he also announced that everyone will now be allowed to dine in, enter buildings and travel regardless of vaccination status. Read on for the latest updates on COVID-19 rules and requirements in Malaysia.

What are the relaxed COVID SOPs for Malaysia effective May 1?

Reduced quarantine period for positive cases

The easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Malaysia includes reducing the length of quarantine for positive cases to 4 days if they test negative. If they still test positive, they’ll be required to undergo quarantine for 7 days. According to Khairy Jamaluddin, they should take the RTK-antigent test supervised by a medical practitioner.

Wearing of face masks in public

Additionally, wearing masks in outdoor public places will be optional (although encouraged). Mask-wearing is still required at certain indoor venues.

Scanning of MySejahtera no longer required

The scanning of MySejahtera in public and private areas for check-in is no longer mandatory, except for those who are positive and have ‘High Risk’ status.

Testing no longer required for vaccinated travellers

Testing upon entry and pre-departure into Malaysia will not be required from May 1 onwards, as long as travellers are fully vaccinated.

Stay tuned for more updates. 

Hero image credit: Pixabay/Pexels, Featured image credit: Nafis Abman/Pexels. The story first appeared on Prestige Malaysia

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