In the wake of safeguarding the country from the augmenting cases of COVID-19, Malaysia has barred the entry of long-term pass holders from 23 countries into Malaysia from September 7. The 23 countries include nations which have recorded more than 150,000 COVID-19 cases.
The move has been announced by Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on September 1 to bar entry of long-term pass holders from India, Indonesia and the Philippines. On September 3, he extended the ban to countries with more than 150,000 COVID-19 cases.
According to a list issued by the Immigration Department on its official Facebook account, the countries include Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The ban involves six categories of pass holders, namely those with permanent resident status (PR), Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme participants, expatriates including professional visit pass (PVP) holders and resident pass holders.
Keeping bilateral emergencies in hand, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that exemptions would be given for emergency cases but would require permission from the Immigration Department.