As more countries are beginning to slowly reopen their borders, you cannot deny that the travel bug is definitely hitting most of us.
To make life a little easier, we’ve listed down 10 countries where you won’t have to undergo the hassle of quarantine. Time to add these destinations into your holiday wish list!
SOPs on International Travel
The lifting of movement control restrictions and travel bans feels like a gift to many, especially after being cooped up for almost two years already! So before we jump right into it, let’s have a look at some important SOPs that you should take note of when travelling.
- With the current relaxations, those who have completed their vaccination can travel abroad without having to apply for a MyTravelPass.
- Before departure and upon your return arrival to Malaysia, it is compulsory to undergo a COVID-19 swab test.
- Returning travellers are to perform self-quarantine at home for seven (7) days once they arrive.
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Countries You Can Freely Travel To
If you’re already in vacation mode, it’s time to start packing! Here are some of the countries that are ready to welcome Malaysians with open arms once again.
Despite being neighbors separated by a mere strait, the pandemic has clearly made Singapore so close, yet so far. And now after much discussion and debate, the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) initiative was launched. Effective 29 November, the VTL only permits travel between the two countries via flight, and of course with its passengers fully vaccinated. So don’t forget to conduct the swab tests during departure and arrival back to Malaysia!
Feeling a bit more exotic? Then why not fly over to one of the most culturally rich countries in Southeast Asia? From discovering the modern and bustling streets of Bangkok, lounging in the beaches of Krabi to taking a romantic stride through a sea of sunflowers, Thailand will definitely meet (and even exceed) your expectations when it comes to fun, fun and fun.
3. United Kingdom
Ah, if it isn’t the city of sights, sounds and shopping. Especially with the holiday season coming up, you can get all sorts of goods here that will more than satisfy. A little bit more on the stricter side, the UK requires its inbound travelers to book a Covid-19 test which will be done two days after arrival. You would also need to fill up a passenger locator form prior to travelling.
(Note: As of now, the UK does not recognize Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccinations.)
If you’ve been meaning to brush up on some French, then France awaits! Take in the sights of Paris while munching on some warm eclairs, or escape to the countryside for a while for a good breather. Just submit evidence of your vaccination status to register for a Covid Health Pass. And nope, there’s no swab test to do either, as long as you’re fully-vaccinated!
The Swiss Alps and snowy climate this time around make Switzerland the most perfect place to spend your Christmas getaway. Whether you’re fully vaccinated or not, you can still enter the country. For those who haven’t been vaccinated, they would need to provide negative RT-PCR results. On the other hand, if you’re already vaccinated, just show proof of vaccination and hand in an entry form. And that’s it, you won’t have to undergo the trouble of a swab test.
Before you can enter Canada, a mandatory swab test is applicable whether you are fully-vaccinated or not. This should be taken within 72 hours before you leave for your destination. So far, Canada accepts almost all vaccines, with the exception of Sinovac and a few others.
Embark on a healing trail when you visit the majestic Himalayas and absorb the laidback vibes of this country. Like Canada, both fully-vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals are granted entry. You would need to have a Covid-19 PCR test done before departing and an antigen test will be performed upon arrival.
8. United Arab Emirates
The UAE is made up of a chain of successful states including its capital, Abu Dhabi and six others. Out of which Dubai happens to be the most popular choice of travel (specifically luxury travel). They’ve started letting in only vaccinated travelers since August, and visitors must show proof of their negative test results when they touchdown.
9. The Maldives
Certified as one of the most beautiful islands worldwide, who wouldn’t want to bathe in the sun and seas of the Maldives? Within 4 days before your flight date, take a Covid swab test, and only those who test negative can join in the fun. Whether you are vaccinated or not, you just need to have negative test results as your ticket into paradise.
How about witnessing the Northern lights play around in the skies of beautiful Iceland? You can pamper your eyes with this phenomenal occurrence while relaxing in a warm geothermal sea bath for the ultimate experience. Just get yourself your full doses of jabs, fill up an online pre-registration form and submit a negative PCR or antigen test result (within 72 hours before departure), and you’re good to go!
As much as we all want to fulfill our wanderlust, it’s still important to be mindful of how to do it the safe way. Remember to stick to the SOPs and regulations wherever you are to keep yourself protected at all times! Here are some other travel guides you might be into: