Further relief is in sight for Malaysia’s medical tourism industry following the relaxing of virus restrictions including testing at airports and mask mandates, as infection rates flatten and the nation adjusts to living with Covid.
The country has scrapped mandatory testing on incoming vaccinated travellers and children under 12. Wearing masks outdoors is now optional and social distancing measures have gone. Fully vaccinated travellers, children aged 12 and below regardless of their vaccination status, and travellers with a history of recovery from Covid-19 within six to 60 days of departure, are longer required to take a pre-departure polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test. They are also no longer required to take another test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.
Some entry restrictions remain in place for unvaccinated travellers. They still must undergo tests and observe a five-day mandatory quarantine. Travel insurance is longer a prerequisite for foreigners entering the country.
Malaysia Airlines, the national carrier of Malaysia, has said it welcomes the news and is increasing the number of flights.
The national carrier has a partnership with Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) to promote the medial tourism sector via joint marketing activities. It sponsors tickets for medical familiarisation trips to Malaysia, and offers discounted rates for medical tourists visiting the country.