KUALA LUMPUR — Jan. 27, 2020: The government has decided to temporarily ban the entry of people from Wuhan and the wider Hubei province with immediate effect.
The decision was made to contain the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, of which there have been four confirmed cases in Malaysia, all Chinese nationals.
According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, the government is following the World Health Organisation procedures and taken the advice of experts.
The government has temporarily banned residents from the Hubei province and its capital city of Wuhan from entering Malaysia by suspending all available visa programmes facilitating their entry here.
The facilities temporarily suspended include the eNTRY (visa-free entry), visa on arrival, e-visa and manual visa to Chinese nationals from Hubei province.
The foreign ministry or Wisma Putra is coordinating with the Chinese government on the Malaysian decision.
In a statement posted at Facebook Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said he has been in contact with the Malaysian embassy in Beijing as well as the consulate-general offices in various cities in China to assist Malaysians there.