International students will be allowed entry into Malaysia once more starting January 1, 2021. This was announced by Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. However, he said the exception was for those coming from the United Kingdom ― where a new highly infectious strain of Covid-19 emerged recently.


“Students who will be eligible for this would be those returning to universities or schools in Malaysia and new students who have already received offers from local universities and schools and have already found a place to live,” he said in a news conference this afternoon. Datuk Seri Ismail added that incoming students to Malaysia must adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) already set by the National Security Council. “Students must undergo Covid-19 testing three days prior to travelling to Malaysia, and must undergo another swab test the minute they arrive at the airport in Malaysia. “Those who test negative during these tests must still undergo the mandatory 10-day quarantine at locations gazetted by the government. All cost will be borne by the student,” he said.


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