Banned again: All interstate travel, including for tourism between RMCO states

KUALA LUMPUR, 4 May 2021:

All interstate travel has been banned again with immediate effect, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced today during the media conference on the Movement Control Order (MCO) across Malaysia.

Given the rise in Covid-19 infections, he said this includes the previously allowed Green Travel Bubble from one Recovery MCO (RMCO) state to another RMCO state – but tourism activities travel will be allowed within each RMCO state.

States with RMCO status till May 17 are Kedah, Labuan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Putrajaya and Terengganu.

Also announcing full imposition of MCO restrictions on six Selangor districts for a fortnight from Thursday May 6 to 17, he said inter-district travel is also barred for these districts – Hulu Langat, Petaling, Gombak, Klang, Kuala Langat and Sepang. The remaining three Selangor districts – Kuala Selangor, Sabak Bernam and Hulu Selangor – remain in Conditional MCO (CMCO) status.

However, emergency travel is allowed with permission letters from police and National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said in a statement individuals who need to travel inter-district and inter-state for the purpose of getting their Covid-19 vaccination at designated vaccine dispensing centres do not need to apply for such permissions.

Khairy these individuals only need to show their appointment details displayed on their MySejahtera app, website or SMS when passing through police roadblocks.

Ismail Sabri further said all Ramadan bazaars – including in full MCO areas – can continue to operate within the prescribed standard operating procedures (SOPs), subject to enforcement action by the respective state authorities.

Looking forward, he said home visits for Hari Raya Aidilfitri festivities will be allowed only on the first day for MCO areas – but CMCO and RMCO areas are allowed such visits up to the third day. The number of visitors would be capped at 15 at any one time, based on the size of the house and with physical distancing. Hari Raya is expected to fall on May 13.

Meanwhile, Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari announced free Covid-19 screening for all the state’s residents under the Selangor Public Health Action Plan from May 8-June 10.

This comes amid concerns over the high number of daily Covid-19 cases for several weeks in Selangor and he said it is possible many of those infected are silent carriers. “These silent carriers are asymptomatic and healthy. This is very worrying because they can spread infections among the high-risk groups.”