Malaysia extends entry ban to US, UK and French pass holders

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FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: A Malaysian health quarantine officer waits for passengers at a thermal checkpoint in the international arrivals terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, March 10, 2020. REUTERS / Lim Huey Teng / File Photo

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia on Thursday added at least nine other countries, including the United States, Britain and France, to its list of long-term immigration pass holders to be banned of stay in the country, reported the national news feed Bernama.

The Malaysian government announced on Tuesday that it will ban the entry of pass holders from India, Indonesia and the Philippines from September 7 in a bid to reduce imported cases of coronavirus in the country’s third-largest economy. South East Asia.

The ban will now include all countries that have reported more than 150,000 cases of the coronavirus, the report said, citing Chief Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Malaysia, which reported just 9,374 COVID-19 cases and 128 deaths on Thursday, has banned tourists and business travelers from entering the country since March, when it imposed strict restrictions on movements and trade to contain the spread.

The decision to further tighten entry restrictions follows the discovery of new groups caused by infections among returnees and undocumented migrants.

The expanded list also includes Brazil, France, Spain, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Bangladesh.

“We will add other (countries) considered to be high risk,” said Ismail Sabri quoted by Bernama.

Ismail Sabri had said earlier that the ban would affect permanent residents, expatriates, students and spouse visa holders and participants in Malaysia’s My Second Home program.

Report by Joseph Sipalan; Edited by Martin Petty

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