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With Malaysia’s borders reopening on April 1, 2022, travelers can finally fly in and out of the country. Some SOPs remain largely unchanged, but there appears to be a source of uncertainty regarding insurance coverage.
According to Bernamathe government has set a minimum insurance cover for Covid-19 and travel of USD 20,000 (RM 84,076) for travelers arriving in Malaysia.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said this applies to all foreigners entering Malaysia using short-term social visit passes, regardless of their Covid-19 vaccination status.
Insurance protection is needed to cover quarantine, treatment and hospitalization costs, in case travelers become infected with Covid-19 while in Malaysia.
Before leaving for Malaysia, travelers are required to comply with one of the general protocols which is to declare to MySejahtera that they have purchased the insurance policy.
Exempt insurance coverage for fully vaccinated travelers
However, the requirement for insurance coverage is waived for fully vaccinated travellers.
Persons exempted are Singaporean or Malaysian citizens, Singaporean or Malaysian permanent residents, and holders of Singapore or Malaysian long-term passes.
The exemption applies to all travelers entering Malaysia from Singapore by air, land and sea.
Although the endemic phase in Malaysia begins on April 1, the public should still adhere to SOPs such as wearing face masks, washing hands with soap or hand sanitizer, and avoiding mass gatherings.