Insurance coverage

Khairy: Travelers to Malaysia must have minimum insurance cover of US$20,000 except Singaporean or Malaysian citizens, permanent residents and long-term pass holders | Malaysia

From the arrival hall, a passenger pushes his luggage cart at KLIA, March 29, 2022. — Photo by Devan Manuel

KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 – The government has set a minimum insurance cover (for Covid-19 and travel) of USD 20,000 (RM 84,090) for travelers arriving in Malaysia, in line with the reopening of the country’s borders on April 1st.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said this applied to all foreigners entering Malaysia using short-term social visit passes, regardless of their Covid-19 vaccination status.

“The insurance protection, among others, should cover the cost of quarantine, treatment and hospitalization, in case they become infected with Covid-19 while in Malaysia,” he said in a statement. today.

Khairy said that before leaving for Malaysia, travelers would be required to comply with one of the stipulated general protocols, namely to declare via the MySejahtera app that they have taken out the insurance policy.

With the Singapore government’s latest decision on travel insurance as well as based on the reciprocity policy, however, Khairy said the insurance cover requirement is waived for fully vaccinated travellers.

He said those exempted included citizens of Singapore or Malaysia; Singaporean or Malaysian permanent residents; and long-term pass holders in Singapore or Malaysia.

“This exemption is applicable to travelers entering Malaysia from Singapore by air, land and sea,” he said.

Meanwhile, Khairy said the responsibility of each individual and solidarity between communities were crucial aspects of the country’s efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infection.

He said that although the country would enter the transition to the endemic phase, members of the public are reminded to always use face masks whenever there is another person and to always wash their hands with soap. or hand sanitizer.

He also reminded the public to avoid mass gatherings, which can make it difficult to practice physical distancing, and poorly ventilated places. — Bernama