PETALING JAYA: The government has imposed a temporary ban on flights to and from India to prevent the spread of a new Covid-19 variant from the country, starting Wednesday.
Senior minister for security Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this included travellers transiting in Malaysia.
“However, exemption will be given to Malaysian citizens only,” he said in a statement.
This comes after the health ministry had proposed for all flights from India to be halted at the special National Security Council (MKN) meeting today.
Ismail added that ships with a travel history from India in the last 14 days will not be allowed to sign off in Malaysia.
He also said the MKN had agreed to temporarily ban the entry of foreign workers, international students and business travellers from India.
All Malaysians that fall under these categories, along with their foreign spouses and children, will still be allowed entry into the country on the condition that they undergo 14 days of quarantine.
The same exemption will apply to religious groups from the country.
Sarawak bans travellers from India
The Sarawak state government has also banned the entry of travellers from India, including those with a travel history to the country in the last month.
The state disaster management committee said the rule comes into effect immediately.
It was recently reported that India’s capital had announced a lockdown, following a new Covid-19 wave that saw over 300,000 daily cases, believed to have been caused by a double-mutant variant of the virus.
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