What is the current Covid-19 situation in Malaysia?

Updated : 21 July 2021

As of right now, a nationwide total lockdown has been implemented since the 1st of June 2021 (FMCO – Full Movement Control Order) and will be extended indefinitely. Fortunately, a recovery plan is set in place and the nation is on the road to recovery.

The Malaysian government is stepping up the vaccination roll out to double of the original target of 150,000 doses a day. As of now the daily vaccination rates surpasses the world average per capita. With a target of 300,000 vaccinations a day starting July 2021.

What you need to know about Malaysia’s 4-Phase National Recovery Plan

Updated : 21 July 2021

Malaysia’ Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has proposed a 4-Phased recovery plan aimed to getting the nation back on their feet through this pandemic. The transition between phases, hinges on the 3 following factors:

  • State of COVID-19 transmissions – based on the number of daily cases of infection >
  • Capacity of the public health system – based on the ICU ward occupancy
  • Vaccination rollouts – based on the percentage of population that are fully vaccinated with two doses

As of July 10th, Sabah has transitioned into Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan after successfully fulfilling the 3 mentioned indicators.

What is the status of tourism activities in Sabah?

Updated : 21 July 2021

All tourism activities has been suspended under the current MCO 3.0. Tourism activities is set to resume in Phase 3 of the National Recovery Program, with the condition of domestic tourism only.

Sukau Rainforest Lodge will remain closed until October 31st, 2021.

Borneo Eco Tours is open to accept any enquiries you may have, submit your enquiry here.

Are International borders open?

Updated : 21 July 2021

Travel Ban

The Malaysian International borders remain closed to all foreign travellers with the exception of long-pass holders, international students, and essential workers. It is still uncertain when they will be reopened.

Travellers that are categorised as permitted to travel into Malaysia are required to undergo medical screening upon entry and will be put under quarantine for 7-10 days at designated quarantine centres by the government or approved quarantine hotels. Cost of quarantine, additional testing and hospitalisation(if necessary) will be borne by the traveller.

With the start of the nationwide vaccination program, The Health Director General, Dr Noor Hisham has said it is too early to have Covid-19 vaccinations to serve as “immunity passport” to travel.

Vaccinated travellers will be the first one to be welcomed when the borders re-open, so before planning your travels we highly recommend to getting yourself fully vaccinated.

When can we expect to travel?

Updated : 21 July 2021

International travel to Malaysia will only be possible when Malaysia’s COVID-19 Immunisation Program reaches a level of herd immunity.

According to the Malaysian Association of Hotels Chief Executive Officer, Yap Lip Seng – Malaysia’s vaccination programme is expected to achieve herd immunity by the end of 2021.

We are anticipating the reopening of international borders in stages by 2022, mentioned here.

I am currently residing in Malaysia; is domestic tourism allowed?

Updated : 21 July 2021

If you are residing in Malaysia and are thinking of a getaway to Borneo, you may be allowed to when we enter Phase 3 of the National Recovery Plan. The opening of tourism will start with domestic tourism first, following strict SOPs and risk assessments at tourist attractions.

If the nation’s recovery plan successfully goes according to plan, domestic travel is expected to resume by end of October or early November at the earliest.

Statistic as of 27 Jul 2021

Covid-19 Malaysia

Confirmed Cases




Covid-19 situation in Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei

Confirmed Cases


71,952 (+351)

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