Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia on Sunday lifted interstate and international travel restrictions for residents to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as the country achieved a target of vaccinating 90% of its adult population.
Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yacoub said the government has agreed to allow fully vaccinated Malaysians to travel abroad without applying for permission. The new rules have come into effect from Monday.
Ismail Sabri said at a news conference that the government is preparing to move to an endemic COVID-19 phase where it will not impose a widespread lockdown again.
“We have to train ourselves to live with COVID, because COVID cannot be eliminated completely,” he said.
About 65% of the country’s 32 million population, including those aged 12 to 17, were fully vaccinated as of Saturday. The Southeast Asian nation has recorded 2.3 million coronavirus infections and 27,265 deaths from COVID-19.