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The requirement, however, will still be subject to the conditions set by the country of arrival.

Effective 28 September 2022 (Wednesday), face masks are no longer mandatory when travelling on an airplane to and from Malaysia, Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin has announced.

The requirement, however, will still be subject to the conditions set by the country of arrival.

The Ministry of Health also "strongly encourages" the continued use of face masks for the following groups:

  • individuals with symptoms such as fever, cough, and cold;
  • high-risk individuals such as the elderly, people with chronic diseases, individuals with low immunity, and pregnant women, and
  • individuals traveling with high-risk individuals such as the elderly and children.

This decision was made" using a risk-based approach and has taken into account improvements in aircraft technology and the more controlled COVID-19 caseload in Malaysia at the moment", Minister Khairy said. These include:

  • good ventilation in the cabin;
  • using a high-efficiency particulate absorbing filter to remove airborne pollutants;
  • forward seating arrangement, and
  • the frequency of scheduling disinfection of airplanes.

The minister further shared that this relaxation comes in line with health recommendations from the European Union, the UK, the US, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. 


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