Border controls relaxed, swimming training now allowed

By S. Harrish

MALAYSIA has decided to open its borders for limited entries and exits as the nation recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said foreigners who will be allowed in are some expatriates, technical experts needed for work, individuals coming in for medical treatment as well as international students studying here.

He said Malaysian students who needed to go overseas for studies, exams or work purposes can also leave if they have documents to show as evidence.

Ismail said foreigners entering Malaysia must have been screened for Covid-19 in their country of departure.

“If they can’t be swabbed at their country of departure, they must be swabbed upon arrival. If found negative, they don’t have to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

He said there were currently four green-zone countries – Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand and Australia.

Ismail said they were discussing with Singapore and Brunei on allowing citizens from both countries to freely cross borders without being screened or to undergo mandatory quarantine.

On other relaxations, Ismail said non-contact training will be allowed for watersports and swimming with a limited number of participants, starting June 25.

This is only for national and state athletes, club and swimming academy swimmers in certain training programmes, and participants of learn-to-swim programmes.

Swimming clubs, academies and pool operators are required to register online with the international trade and industry ministry.

Private and public pools will also be allowed to operate in hotels and recreational clubs, subject to SOPs.