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New International Students’ Entry on Hold

Published by Afterschool.my on Aug 06, 2020, 11:53 am

PETALING JAYA: Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) has announced that entry for new international students and their dependents into the country is on hold until further notice.

Even though, there are over 9,000 new international student applications for entry in January and February next year, EMGS chief executive officer Mohd Radzlan Jalaludin, explained that public health is the government’s priority.

“The increase in imported COVID-19 cases is the reason, a decision has been made to put on hold the entry of new international students for now. The situation is very fluid and we are keeping tabs on it to see when it will be appropriate to allow new students to come in here again”, he said.

He also stated that meetings involving the Immigration Department, National Security Council, Health Ministry, EMGS and all relevant authorities are being held daily to monitor the COVID-19 situation here.

Afterschool team also made an effort to directly contact EMGS earlier and discovered that new international students can register and start online lessons under their respective higher education institutions and when the time is right, they will be allowed to enter the country for physical lessons.

EMGS, which is a one-stop center for international students pursuing higher education in Malaysia, also listed the standard operating procedure (SOP) to be followed by existing returning international students.

International students must register at https://visa.educationmalaysia.gov.my/ before they can request for travel authorization. Students will only be allowed to enter Malaysia via Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and KLIA2. Those who attempt to enter from other entry points will be denied entry and may risk being deported to their country of origin.

They must undergo a polymerase chain reaction test or antibody rapid test in their home country three days prior to their arrival here. A mandatory COVID-19 screening test will be conducted by the Malaysian Health Ministry upon their arrival to Malaysia. The students will have to bear the RM250 screening fee.

Most importantly, 14 days of quarantine at locations determined by their respective higher education institutions is compulsory for returning international students.

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