Overseas travelers are reminded to follow immigration rules and health protocols

PUTRAJAYA: Foreign travelers wishing to enter Malaysia when the border reopens on April 1 must comply with regulations set by the Immigration Department, its director general Datuk Seri Khairul Dzaimee Daud has said.

Among them, one must have sufficient financial facilities or credit to cover expenses in Malaysia, have a return ticket to the country of origin, have a residence in Malaysia which has been booked and a passport which must be valid for more six months.

“For countries (travellers) that need a visa, they must apply for a visa. Now visas can be applied for via eVisa online, all payments i.e. visa fees and processing, can be done online,” he said on Wednesday when contacted by Bernama (March 30).

Visitors are also reminded to adhere to the health protocols set out by the Ministry of Health (MOH), including downloading the MySejahtera app, performing a professional RTK-Antigen (Ag) test either at a facility private healthcare at an international gateway or outside an international gateway within 24 hours.

“The most important thing in reopening the borders are the rules. There are two types of rules that must be followed by visitors, namely MOH protocols and immigration rules,” he said. declared.

On March 8, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the country’s borders would be reopened on April 1, as Malaysia enters the transition to the endemic phase.

In terms of personnel, Khairul Dzaimee said that the Immigration Department has enough staff at the borders of the country.

“Some 5,000 immigration staff were stationed at all ports of entry in the country before the pandemic.

“During the pandemic, some of them have been assigned other duties, including running temporary depots that have had to be opened to handle the growing number of illegal immigrants entering the country.

“Now they have been brought back to take care of the counters in stages,” he said.

Khairul Dzaimee added that the automatic gate system at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) was activated a month ago and is working well. – Bernama

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