As of now Malaysian international borders are still closed for foreign visitors expect for diplomats, students coming to study and those under Malaysia My Second Home program. There has been discussion to create travel bubbles between countries that are categorised as green zone but this will hae to be studied in detail.
Senior Security Minister, Datuk Sabri Yaakob assures that discussion between some of the countries are already on the way, prior to this 6 countries have been identified for the opening Singapore, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Brunei and Australia among them. Situation changes constantly those regarded as green zone after some time become red due to some outbreaks and new clusters, since them there has been countries dropped from the list. Furthermore, Malaysia will only open its borders for those who also allow Malaysians to travel there, it has to be reciprocal added the Minister.
Home Ministry will be in charge of conducting the negotiations while the Health Ministry will make further advice on the SOP’s. Countries looking to open the borders have to treat very carefully as most domestic cases are imported and no state would want another outbreak brought it by foreigners. Until top notch guidelines and state of the art technology is put in place, Malaysia will need to delay in making the decision.
China and South Korea that managed to keep cases to zero saw a sudden outbreak, this goes to show the virus is still in the community and can easily transmit. Malaysia hasn’t done that many testing as these two nations, in that aspect we could have many more positive cases in the community than the current daily reports.