MCO ends Oct 11, Malaysia reopens all borders for vaccinated persons

PUTRAJAYA, 10 Oct 2021:

Fully vaccinated Malaysians are free to travel inter-state and overseas as of Monday Oct 11, effectively ending the Movement Control Order (MCO) restrictions after 572 long days.

This announcement over live TV was made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today, declaring that no more permission needs to be applied for travels – though the quarantine and Covid-19 testing still continues.

Ismail Sabri said this decision to allow interstate travel will not be scrapped even if there is later a spike in Covid-19 cases, as the country is getting ready to treat the virus infection as an endemic situation, similar to dengue – though that date is yet to be set, subject to Health Ministry’s advice.

As this freedom is subject to full vaccination, he urged all Malaysian residents to get the Covid-19 vaccination shots. The prime minister noted that 90% of all Malaysian adults have been fully vaccinated as of today. Unvaccinated teenagers and children aged 12 and younger can travel inter-state with parents or guardians.

While self-screening for Covid-19 is not compulsory for inter-state travel, Ismail Sabri said this is highly encouraged to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.

For overseas travel, the government is abolishing the MyTravelPass under the Immigration Department effective midnight. However, arrivals still have to test negative at within 72 hours of returning and undergo quarantine – with home quarantine allowed, unless hospitalisation or isolation is required.

This leeway is given only to Malaysian citizens, Ismail Sabri said plans to open up for foreign tourists will be announced later.

The good news comes as another 7,373 persons tested positive for Covid-19 over the past 24 hours, raising Malaysia’s tally to 2,339,594 infections.

There was a foreigner among the two imported cases, local transmissions were made up of 6,991 Malaysians (94.8%) and 380 non-citizens. Of this total, 133 (1.8%) persons needed hospitalisation.

Patient reductions were seen at intensive care units with 702 confirmed Covid-19 patients (plus another 60 suspected) and among those needing breathing aids with 293 confirmed Covid-19 patients (plus another 117 suspected).

There was a religious cluster in Johor (Jalan Bunga Cempaka Kota Tinggi) among the eight identified today, together with a high-risk group also in Johor (Jalan Seroja Muar) plus a single workplace clusters in Kedah (Dah 13 Industri Baling).

The five community clusters are mainly in Kelantan (Jalan Tali Air Kuala Lemal Pasir Mas, Kampung Gertak Kechupu Kota Bharu, Kampung Jejulok Kota Bharu and Taman Kenerek Jaya Pasir Mas) plus one in Pahang (Kampung Londang Maran).

Active clusters have dropped to 810 out of 5,588 identified so far.