Malaysia Soon To Allow Quarantine Free Travel From UK Says KJ

Malaysia is ready to negotiate with the United Kingdom the implementation of a vaccinated travel lane (VTL) to allow fully vaccinated individuals from the United Kingdom to enter Malaysia without requiring to undergo mandatory quarantine.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that the matter has been communicated to UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs Elizabeth Truss with the permission of Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah during their meeting on Monday here (Nov 8).

“We will discuss technical matters and we will soon announce the VTL timeline for UK travelers who want to enter Malaysia,” he stated following his meeting with Truss.

Truss landed in Malaysia on Sunday (November 7) as part of her first trip to South-East Asia after being appointed Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom in September 2021.

Meanwhile, Khairy said that he had told Truss of Malaysia’s hopes that the UK would consider allowing Malaysian travellers who had the Sinovac vaccination to enter the UK without being quarantined.

According to him, only Malaysian travelers who have received certain types of vaccines are presently permitted to enter the country without being subjected to mandatory quarantine.

“I was informed earlier that there is good news from the UK that will be announced later. We are hoping it will be about them recognising the Sinovac vaccine, so recipients of the vaccine will also be given quarantine-free privileges when visiting the UK.

“We would like to thank the UK for being willing to consider Malaysia’s proposal and request and also from other nations which use the vaccine as it (vaccine) is also recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO),” he said.

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When asked about the Delta AY.4.2 subvariant detected in two imported cases brought in from UK by two Malaysian students, Khairy said that it was still categorized as a variant under investigation (VUI) and had not yet been designated as a variation of concern (VOC).

“It has been found that it is a variant in which infectivity, especially involving asymptomatic cases, is slightly higher than the original Delta variant, but in terms of severity or symptomatic level, it is not worse than the original Delta variant,” Khairy said.

He said that the subvariant is currently being investigated and monitored in the country.

On Saturday (Nov 6), Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah revealed the finding of two Covid-19 cases carrying the subvariant amongst imported cases, namely Malaysian students who had just arrived from the United Kingdom.

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