Students, professionals require additional approval for entering Malaysia   

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 20:16, Sep 10,2020


The Malaysian government has decided to slightly relax travel ban on professionals from 23 countries, including Bangladesh, by way of introducing a new provision of obtaining prior approval from the immigration department.

Malaysian senior minister Sabri Yaakob on Thursday said that a special cabinet committee decided to slightly relax the regulation enforced on September 7, according to Malaysian newspaper The Star.

Expatriates, professionals and student pass-holders will have to obtain approvals from the immigration department before they can enter the country, he said, adding, ‘Their application must be accompanied by a support letter from the Malaysian Investment Development Authorities or related agencies.’

Foreign student pass-holders from the affected countries will also be allowed into Malaysia.

The immigration would, however, not accept new applications for student passes, he said.

The Malaysian authorities also decided to allow permanent residents, as well as foreign spouses of Malaysian citizens, to enter Malaysia, provided that it is a one-way journey, so that they remain in the country.

The entry ban, which took effect on September 7, was imposed on the 23 countries with records of a high number of COVID-19 cases.

The countries are Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States.

Bangladesh diplomats in Dhaka said they were waiting for a formal confirmation from the Malaysian embassy in Dhaka on the matter.

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