Apart from Indonesia, the “Neighboring States” will also ban the entry of Indian and Filipino citizens.
The ban will be effective starting next Monday (7/9/2020) onwards until further notice.
This ban will apply to long-term residence permit holders, students, expatriates, permanent residents, as well as Malaysian family members.
Currently many of those in that category are still allowed to enter Malaysia despite strict travel restrictions.
The policy was announced by Defense Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob to reporters in a televised press conference, as quoted from Bloomberg Tuesday (1/9/2020).
“Today’s meeting decided to impose a ban on citizens of India, Indonesia, and the Philippines to enter the country,” he said.
Ismail further said that the government would also monitor the situation in other countries and did not rule out the same ban being imposed on other countries that experienced a spike in cases.
“We have asked the Ministry of Health to make detailed plans on how Malaysia should deal with the threats and challenges, given the possible increase in cases in the winter.”
“We have started tightening border controls by not allowing people from the three countries to enter.”
Previously, all foreign tourists had been barred from entering since March.
Malaysia continued its pandemic response measures until the end of the year, because corona virus “It continues to spread throughout the world,” said Malaysian PM Muhyiddin Yassin on Friday (28/8/2020). The Star.
Meanwhile Ismail said, the next challenge of this policy is how to prepare for the return of Malaysian citizens from countries with a surge in coronavirus cases.
It explains, the steps need to be reviewed further.