Fully vaccinated Malaysians and foreigners returning from overseas will no longer have to send emails to apply for their home quarantine.
Instead, they can apply via the Home Quarantine Application (HQA) portal at https://ecovid19.moh.gov.my/outbreak-portal-hqa, starting today from 8am.
“Go to the MOH website. There will be a banner for home quarantine application and one just needs to fill up the form.
“Approval will be given after a risk assessment is done by the ministry,” Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said.
He said the HQA portal was aimed at simplifying the process for fully vaccinated returnees.
“Previously, they had to make an application for home quarantine by sending an email to the Health Ministry’s Home Surveillance Order team at email@example.com.
“However, this process has created backlogs and currently, we have a backlog of about 6,000 applications for home quarantine. This is as emails have to be opened and processed individually.
“Therefore, as an improvement measure, we have developed a portal known as Home Quarantine Application (HQA) to better manage the large number of applications.
“We hope to ease the process of people coming back to Malaysia; be it Malaysians or expatriates, who found it so difficult to apply for home quarantine because of the backlogs,” he said.
Khairy said the application for home quarantine has increased tremendously, following a previous announcement that travellers who had completed their Covid-19 vaccination can undergo mandatory quarantine at home.
He said the applications must be made within seven to 10 days before arrival in Malaysia.
“Therefore, plan your journey.”
Khairy, however, said there will be no change in the conditions to undergo mandatory quarantine at home.
“All the conditions, as previously announced, must be complied with by all travellers arriving in Malaysia,” he said.
Khairy urged those who have been given home quarantine orders to not breach them.
“We give you home quarantine orders, you stay at home. We will monitor you. There are ways for us to monitor and ensure people follow the order,” he said.
He said the ministry is currently testing out technology that uses GPS to track a person’s whereabouts.
He added that it is under development and the green light has been given for the programme.