Relaxations on overseas travel lauded

Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar

KUCHING: Federal Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar has commended the government’s move to ease restrictions for Malaysians to travel abroad.

“Among the relaxations provided by the government when the country has achieved the herd immunity target of 90 percent is to abolish the MyTravelPass.

“This decision is also one of the country’s preparations towards the transition to the endemic phase apart from assisting in the process of economic recovery,” he said in a Facebook post.

Wan Junaidi said with the relaxation, Malaysians are allowed to travel abroad provided they have been fully vaccinated.

“At the same time, upon their return home (to Malaysia), they have to undergo a self-quarantine for 14 days,” he said.

The Santubong MP also thanked all Malaysians for their cooperation and support to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

“All our sacrifices and efforts have borne fruit. May we continue to fight until we become a stronger and more united nation,” he said.

Last week, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said Malaysians who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can travel abroad not only for official matters but also for tourism activities.

Previously, Malaysians who wished to travel abroad were only limited to emergency matters, business trips and official government affairs, in which, they were required to apply for the MyTravelPass.

With the removal of MyTravelPass, Ismail Sabri said those who wished to travel overseas for non-official activities such as for tourism purposes were allowed to do so.

“This will enable Malaysians to reunite with their immediate family members and relatives residing abroad,” he said.

He, however, said the country’s borders were still closed to foreigners who wished to enter Malaysia for tourism activities.

The country’s borders would only be open to foreigners for emergency matters as well as official and business purposes.

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