Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has announced that interstate travel will be allowed from tomorrow (Oct 11) for those who have been fully vaccinated.
He said this is because Malaysia has successfully carried out its Covid-19 immunisation campaign with 90 percent of the adult population fully vaccinated - although that would only be reflected on the Health Ministry's CovidNow website tonight.
“I know Malaysians have been patient. This lifting of interstate travel restrictions will allow families to be reunited,” said the premier on a live broadcast to the nation today.
Children below the age of 18 will be allowed to travel nationwide too.
Tourism activities within the country will also be allowed, he added.
With the easing of restrictions, Ismail Sabri warned Malaysians to still observe the Covid-19 preventive standard operating procedures.
"There will be no specific roadblocks (stationed at the state borders). However, the police can still conduct checks at any place and look at your mobile application MySejahtera."
He encouraged individuals to get tested before going back to their hometowns.
”For those who have symptoms such as fever, cough, cold and shortness of breath, my advice is to postpone your trip.
"While you have this freedom, I would like to remind you not to be complacent. The Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) is still in force," Ismail Sabri said.
The restrictions, however, will remain in force for areas under the enhanced movement control order.
Malaysians can travel abroad
The prime minister also announced that the government has agreed to allow Malaysians to travel abroad without going through the Immigration Department’s MyTravelPass process.
"Currently, individuals who wish to leave the country need to apply for MyTravelPass. They can travel abroad for the purpose of business, study and government affairs.
"With the abolition of MyTravelPass from tomorrow onwards, Malaysians can travel abroad for non-official activities, including tourism. They can go to all the countries," he said.
However, travellers still need to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine when they return home.
“This permission is subject to the individual being completely vaccinated.
“The reason for this repeal is to help connect family members and spouses who have been separated,” Ismail Sabri said.
However, he acknowledged that the country has yet to open its borders to international tourists.
"The matter is being studied. God willing, we will make an announcement soon. Currently, we have not opened our borders except for emergency matters, business and official affairs.
"Almost all countries in the world have vaccinated their citizens, so we will consider allowing (international tourists to visit Malaysia)," he said.
Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri noted that the government is preparing the country for the endemic phase.
"We have not set a date for us to enter endemic. Our priority (now) is to ensure there is no spike in Covid-19 cases."
He also assured the public that the government would only close down premises or localities hit by the Covid-19 cluster instead of the entire area, and in doing so, the activities will not be affected.
Remove roadblocks at state borders
In a separate statement, Inspector-General of Police Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said the police will remove roadblocks at the state borders by midnight tonight following the government's decision to lift the interstate travel ban.
"The roadblocks at areas placed under an enhanced movement control order, roadblocks under Ops Benteng, as well as roadblocks set up for crime prevention and security purposes, will remain.
"Although there is no roadblock at the state borders, the police will continue to mobilise our SOP compliance force to ensure the community continues to adhere to it.
"Inspection will be carried out at random in the public areas in accordance with the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act," he added.