KUALA LUMPUR: All travellers entering Malaysia from Monday (Aug 1) will no longer need to fill in the traveller's card in the MySejahtera mobile application.
Announcing this on Saturday, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the move is aimed at simplifying entry procedures.
The decision was made after considering Malaysia's current health system, which is at a good and controlled level, he added.
The MySejahtera app was introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was designed to facilitate contact tracing efforts and also serves as a vaccine passport.
Currently, travellers entering Malaysia need to download, activate and register the MySehjatera application on their mobile phones.
They are required to complete the traveller's card before starting their journey, by declaring information such as their passport number, citizenship, the purpose of travel, place of departure, departure date and arrival time.
Travellers are also asked to verify the type of COVID-19 vaccine and the number of vaccination doses they have taken on the pre-departure form.
Mr Khairy said authorities will step up the monitoring of travellers' health symptoms at all international entry points in Malaysia.
On arrival, if a traveller is detected to have a fever through the thermal scanner or found to be unwell, they will be referred for re-examination by the health department, he said.
If a traveller is suspected to have an infectious disease such as COVID-19, monkeypox or MERS-CoV, they will be taken to a nearby health facility for further examination and treatment.
All travellers who have just arrived from overseas should self-monitor their health, comply with the standard operating procedures and are advised to go to a health facility if they are unwell, added Mr Khairy.