Dear Travellers, Travel & Media Partners,
In the wake of the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-2019), we would like to bring to your attention the latest updates on the travel situation in Malaysia:
WEDNESDAY, 01 APRIL 2020
Dear Friends of Malaysia,
While we go through this difficult time in our war against COVID-19, let us take comfort in the fact that we are in this together. Many of our industry and trade partners are working together to render assistance the best they can in their own capacity during this pandemic.
Disinfection work and thorough clean up at hotspot locations are made possible with volunteers and donations from generous benefactors from the industry to reduce further spread of COVID-19. Our hoteliers too have offered support in terms of lodgings and space to our medical heroes at no cost to help ease their burden while they battle at the frontlines for us.
Here in Malaysia, we are committed in ensuring the health and safety of the people in our shores. This is clearly demonstrated when our Government placed a Movement Control Order effective 18 March to 14 April in a bid to contain the virus. As at 1st April 2020, we are happy to see the recovery of 645 COVID-19 positive patients, including tourists in Malaysia.
We are hopeful that we can weather this storm, especially when each of us contribute the best way we can.
Let’s continue spreading messages of positivity like our hotel friends here, who put up words of encouragement in support of #stayhome movement to eliminate COVID-19:
As always, stay safe and healthy.
1. Malaysia starts nationwide disinfection efforts to prevent coronavirus spread – Click here
2. Tune Hotels offers free lodging to HKL's medical frontliners – Click here
3. OYO offers free rooms too to Covid-19 frontliners – Click here
4. A message of love and hope from Kuching hotels – Click here
5. Health DG pays tribute to health workers – Click here
6. Hotel-hotel di Malaysia Manfaatkan Lampu Kamar untuk Sampaikan Pesan Positif Saat Masa Lockdown – Click here
THURSDAY, 19 MARCH 2020
TUESDAY, 17 MARCH 2020
On 16 March 2020, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has declared a Movement Control Order which subjects the entire country to certain restrictions in movement in response to the rising cases of the coronavirus or COVID-19 in Malaysia. This order will come into effect from 18 to 31 March 2020.
The order outlines six restrictions made under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and the Police Act 1967, which include restrictions on the entry of all tourists and foreign visitors into the country throughout the containment period. The order also provides that all Malaysians who have returned from overseas travel are required to undergo a health check and impose a self-quarantine for a period of 14 days.
Tourism Malaysia is committed in working together with the tourism industry players and relevant organisations, under the guidance of the Ministry of Health to make sure that tourists are informed on the latest updates on COVID-19 related to the tourism industry. While we strive to ensure the excellence of the tourism sector in Malaysia, we recognise that the health and safety of people is of utmost priority.
We appreciate your interest in Malaysia and your kind understanding in this difficult time. We hope that any visitors planning to visit Malaysia in this month and the near future can seek for information and advice from their carriers and agents.
We look forward to welcoming you with the hope that these troubled times will pass soon.
Stay safe, stay positive.
Below is the excerpt of the Movement Control Order as delivered by the Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia on 16 March 2020 that has been translated into English:
Movement Control Order
Effective: 18/3/2020 – 31/3/2020
This control order is made under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and the Police Act 1967. This Movement Control Oder includes:
FRIDAY, 14 FEBRUARY 2020
Tourism Malaysia is continously monitoring the latest developments on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Malaysia has managed to successfully record cases of recovery of patients diagnosed with COVID-19, including foreign tourists. High level of professionalism and commitment are shown by relevant authorities in ensuring effective preventive measures are implemented to prevent the spread of the virus in Malaysia.
It has come to our attention that there are a few countries who have issued travel advisory to their citizens cautioning against travelling to countries affected by COVID-19.
Tourism Malaysia wishes to highlight that tourist attractions in Malaysia are safe to be visited. All tourist attractions in Malaysia are operating as usual and are still welcoming many tourists today.
Tourism Malaysia is working closely with the Health Ministry (MOH) to ensure the safety of tourists in this country. Tourism Malaysia‘s offices in over 30 countries have been mobilised to channel current and correct information while providing assistance to foreign tourists who plan to visit Malaysia.
In general, Malaysians show positive sentiments in receiving foreign tourists in Malaysia, in line with our image of Malaysian Hospitality which is renowned worldwide. Various effective measures have been executed by the relevant authorities as well as the private sector. Service providers and operators in the tourism sector are reminded to constantly adhere to the rules and measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and MOH.
Events and programmes that have been scheduled are to proceed as planned, provided that strict health checks are in place. Currently Malaysia is hosting the PATA Adventure Travel Conference and Mart (ATCM) in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah which managed to attract 368 delegates from 33 countries on its opening day where 40% of the turnout consist of international delegates. The enthusiastic reception to the conference attests to the confidence the international delegates have in the measures Malaysia has taken in dealing with COVID-19.
Tourism Malaysia is committed in working together with the tourism industry players to make sure the tourists in Malaysia are safe and comfortable while visiting our shores. Many tour packages and deals will be offered to ensure that Malaysia continues to be attractive to tourists as a preferred destination.
THURSDAY, 6 FEBRUARY 2020
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