Malaysia bans entry from 4 countries including Bangladesh
Published: 10:39 AM, 6 May 2021
Malaysia’s senior defense minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob; Photo: Collected
Malaysia has banned the entry of citizens of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal, except diplomatic and official passport holders due to the increase in the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.
In a statement on Wednesday, Malaysia’s senior defense minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the ban covered all categories of long-term social visit pass holders, business travelers and social visitors. “However, this does not apply to holders of diplomatic and official passport holders,” he added.
The move comes as enforcement of control orders and coronavirus infections continue to rise in several Malaysian states, he also said.
The senior defense minister added an immediate ban has been imposed on travelers from the Indian subcontinent due to India’s Covid-19 strain. “Weekly infection rates have risen sharply in India’s neighboring countries. Nepal’s COVID outbreak increased 14 times from the number recorded in early April. Infections have also increased in Sri Lanka and Pakistan,” he said.
Earlier on April 26, the Southeast Asian country banned the entry of Indian nationals.