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List Countries Subject to Increased Quarantine Period Announced | Tafapolsky & Smith LLP


02 May 2021

Malaysia, United States

List Countries Subject to Increased Quarantine Period Announced

On 29 April 2021, the Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH) clarified that travelers from 40 countries will now have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine period to curb the spread of three new Covid-19 variants. This announcement came on the heels of an earlier statement from last week by the Malaysia National Security Council (NSC) that countries with reported cases of the new strain SARS COV-2 will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine instead of the standard 7- or 10-day period.

The list of 40 countries – current as of 29 Apr 2021 – are:

  • Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, USA
  • Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom
  • Middle East: Iraq, Qatar, United Arab Emirates
  • Africa: Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania

The list will be updated on an ongoing basis based on information gathered from the following –

As a reminder, travellers from the countries listed above are subject to the following entry process:

  1. Obtain Pass Approval Letters issued by ESD / MDEC / TalentCorp for new applicants (applicable for all work permit types, all dependant permit types eg. EP, PVP, DP, LTSVP, RPT etc)
  2. Obtain relevant Entry Approval Letters or MYTravel Pass (MTP) Approval Letters
  3. Make payment for Quarantine & Screening charges online at MySafeTravel (myeg.com.my)  
  4. Obtain a negative RT-PCR Test
  5. Obtain a Visa from the Malaysia Embassy / High Commission in departing country (for nationals who require one)
  6. Download and register the MYSejahtera App and scan upon arrival
  7. Undergo Health Screening upon arrival

For additional questions regarding this alert, please contact the T&S APAC immigration team at apac@tandslaw.com.

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