Malaysia Welcomes Again Medical Travellers

Malaysia, medical tourism

Before a potential reopening of the country’s borders after August 31, Malaysia allows again since July some categories of travellers. Medical tourists are among the lucky ones to be able to enter the country again. Only travellers from green zones are allowed. 

The Malaysian government has agreed to allow medical travellers from designated green zone countries to enter Malaysia for treatment. As of July 24, the current green zone countries are Australia, Brunei, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea.

Specific registration is however needed to enjoy the facility of coming for medical purposes to Malaysia. Instead of requesting a visa from an embassy, foreign visitors arriving in the country for medical tourism purposes must go through the Health Ministry and register with the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC). This happens by downloading a specific app, MySejahtera.

When approved, the MHTC will issue a letter which will be sent to the traveller through the selected hospital. Then only, the traveller will either request a visa or come on a visa-on-arrival scheme.

To be fully cleared, medical tourists must undergo a Covid-19 PCR test in their home country prior to their arrival in Malaysia. They will be tested again upon arrival into Malaysia. Quarantine will come into effect, and the visitor would be expected to check directly into the hospital or clinic for their treatment.

Medical tourists can bring one companion to accompany them, but the latter must also follow all the above requirements including testing, app download, etc.

Malaysia accept also other categories of travellers. This includes expatriates holding high management positions with Employment Pass category 1 (EP1), Professional Visit Pass and Resident Talent Pass as well as foreign spouses with long-term dependency pass. The situation is due to remain the same until August 31, when the State of Medical Emergency is set to expire. The lifting of the State of Emergency would then mean a reopenign of borders. But the government could also prolonge once more the closure of borders. All will depend of the pandemics’ evolution.