With the increasing number of coronavirus cases and countries opening up to tourism, there is a high risk for locals and foreigners visiting a new country. And in order to contain this situation, many countries restrict their visitors or prevent them from visiting their country altogether. To curb this situation, Malaysia has banned the entry of visitors from India, Indonesia and the Philippines due to the increasing number of coronavirus cases from these countries.
Malaysia Defense Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in a press conference that this restriction would affect those with long-term ID cards, students, expatriates, permanent residents as well as family members of Malaysians. Malaysia had already banned foreigners from entering the country in March and was slowly opening up to tourism.
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a speech that Malaysia is extending its pandemic containment measures until the end of this year as the virus is still actively spreading and the country will keep an eye on its situation regarding travel.
The new rule is being enacted as the virus has spread rapidly in the Philippines and Indonesia. India also has a number of cases with a daily number of over 75,000+ and ranks 3rd in the global coronavirus count. Therefore, Malaysia is taking steps for the safety of its citizens and banning visitors from these countries.
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