30th December 2021



1.1 EMGS would like to provide an update on the bulletin sent out on 2nd December 2021 – ‘Temporary Entry Ban of Foreigners from Several Southern African Countries’.


1.2 The bulletin from EMGS dated 2nd December 2021, stated that travellers from eight (8) countries from Southern Africa have been temporary restricted from entering Malaysia due to the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.



2.1 Beginning 29th December 2021, Ministry of Health Malaysia has lifted the temporary travel restriction for the eight countries that were temporarily banned. The countries are:

      • South Africa
      • Botswana
      • Eswatini
      • Lesotho
      • Malawi
      • Mozambique
      • Namibia
      • Zimbabwe


2.2 Travellers from these eight (8) countries will be allowed to travel again into Malaysia. However, these countries will be listed as high-risk countries along with the other existing ten (10) countries in the list. The countries are United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Norway, France, Denmark, India, Canada, and Nigeria.


2.3  Travellers (inclusive of International Student) travelling from these eighteen (18) countries are required to:

a) Undergo a RT-PCR COVID-19 test at least two (2) days prior to the departure date.

b) Undergo a RT-PCR COVID-19 test upon arriving in Malaysia.

c) Travellers will be equipped with the digital tracker upon arriving in Malaysia.

d) Mandatory quarantine: seven (7) days for fully vaccinated or ten (10) days (unvaccinated).

e) Quarantine location will be either at the designated quarantine station or home quarantine, subject to Home Quarantine Application (HQA) status.

f) PCR COVID-19 test on the fifth (5th) day (for seven (7) days quarantine) or eighth (8th) day (for ten (10) days quarantine)

g) Risk assessment on the last day of the quarantine period (either on the seventh (7th) or tenth (10th) day. The quarantine duration will be extended if the individual is symptomatic.

h) Released from quarantine on the eighth (8th) or eleventh (11th) day if tested negative on fifth (5th) or eighth (8th) day

i) Daily RTK-Ag Self-test during quarantine and report test result on MySejahtera (only applicable for Travellers from the United Kingdom)


2.4 Kindly note that the entry requirements to enter Malaysia is still subjected to the prevailing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) set by the Government of Malaysia.


Education Malaysia Global Services

30th December 2021

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Sarah Azreen Abdul Samat

Sarah has over 22 years of experience in corporate finance transactions involving equity issuance, mergers and acquisitions, fundraising, corporate restructuring, and corporate valuation, amongst others. She began her career in investment banking with Malaysian International Merchant Bankers Berhad in 2001 after obtaining her professional qualifications from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Later in her career, she joined other investment banking institutions in Malaysia such as AmInvestment Bank Berhad, Maybank Investment Bank Berhad and RHB Investment Bank Berhad.

Presently, Sarah sits as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of Reneuco Berhad and Independent Director of Pharmaniaga Berhad. She is currently the Executive Director of 3p Capital Advisers Sdn. Bhd., a company licensed with the Securities Commission Malaysia to provide advisory services to the capital market players.

Tuan Haji Ismail Bin Mohamed

Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed sits on the Board of Director for Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS). He obtains his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

Prior to sitting on the EMGS Board, he was also appointed to be the Board of Director to KEJORA from 2013 to 2018, and several companies such as Permodalan Darul Takzim Sdn Bhd, Perbadanan Usahawan Johor Sdn Bhd, PIJ Holding and Ranhil SAJ Sdn Bhd. Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed also co-founded Pertama.

He started his career by setting up a company and being the founder of JYBB Enterprise. His career came to prominence when he became the co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Pertama Polyerethane Technology (M) Sdn Bhd and subsequently became the Special Officer to the Minister of Education in 2013.

Ismail Mohamed is acknowledged for his expertise in Agriculture and Agro-based industry, landing him being appointed as the Chairman of the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Committee of the Johor State, the Chairman of Agro KEJORA and the Chairman of the Johor State Agriculture, Agro-based industry, Entrepreneurial Development and Cooperatives Committee.