06 February 2020 – Temporary travel ban on Chinese nationals extended

Type of Intervention: Regulation
Sectors Involved: Immigration, Tourism, Transportation
Intervention Categories: International travel measures
Level of Jurisdiction: Supranational
Lead People/Agency: Government

Overview: Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister issued a statement on Thursday, February 6, extending the temporary travel ban on Chinese nationals due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak. Under the new regulations, the ban now covers individuals traveling from any province placed under lockdown by the Chinese government. Previously the ban only applied to those from Hubei province.

Malaysia Airlines also announced on Wednesday, February 5, that it will temporarily suspend its flights between Kota Kinabalu and Shanghai from Tuesday, February 18.
Full details here: https://www.garda.com/crisis24/news-alerts/312061/malaysia-new-travel-restrictions-introduced-february-6-update-2

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Learning from other jurisdictions, Perception of an increased threat
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – government, International – government
Evidence/Justification: Perception of increased threat, related to the decision of China to lockdown affected provinces, as well as rising case numbers in Malaysia linked to overseas travel,