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Indian, Indonesian, Philippines Pass Holders Banned From Entering Malaysia Amid Spiking COVID-19 Cases

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  • Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri announced that long-term pass holders from India, Indonesia, and the Philippines will not be allowed into Malaysia due to the spike in COVID-19 cases in the said countries.
  • He said the new restrictions will come into force on September 7 and apply to permanent residents, holders of Malaysia My Second Home pass, expatriates, spousal visa holders, and foreign students.
  • However, Ismail Sabri stressed that Malaysians returning from the three countries will be allowed to return home and that stipulated SOPs will apply.
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Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri announced that long-term pass holders from India, Indonesia, and the Philippines will not be allowed into Malaysia due to the spike in COVID-19 cases in the said countries.

He said the new restrictions will come into force on September 7 and apply to permanent residents, holders of Malaysia My Second Home pass, expatriates, spousal visa holders, and foreign students.

“The decision was made following advice from the Health Ministry to ensure Covid-19 is contained in the country,” he said during his press briefing.

Ismail Sabri said the government would monitor the situation in other countries as well, and did not rule out the possibility of imposing the same restrictions on citizens of other countries experiencing a spike in cases.

“Nothing has been finalized yet, but we are looking into other countries that may face a spike in COVID-19 cases,” he said.

However, Ismail Sabri stressed that Malaysians returning from the three countries will be allowed to return home and that stipulated SOPs will apply.

“We cannot stop them from coming back as it goes against the Constitution. The Immigration Act also cannot prevent our citizens from returning.”

He said the Ministry of Health would propose a plan for minimizing the risk of foreign infections through returning Malaysians from the said countries.

Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said yesterday that the government is already looking four months ahead by preparing for a possible spike in COVID-19 infections due to the onset of winter in the northern hemisphere.

Although Malaysia’s infection rate is now under control, he said developments in other countries, such as what happened in India, South Korea, Japan, Spain, and France during cold weather conditions, need to be considered.

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