The Immigration Department of Malaysia today has suspended the access to all automated gates at all of the entry points throughout the country. The move was done as part of the government’s effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The temporary closure of these gates was first known through a directive letter that was spread online before it was officially confirmed by the department’s Director-General, Khairul Dzaimee Daud later in the day. The directive applies to all types of automated gates including the Malaysians autogate and foreign visitors e-gate as well as the Malaysian Automated Clearance System (MACS) in Johor.
Despite being a temporary measure, the Immigration Department didn’t provide any specific conclusion date in its announcement. With that, it looks like you might experience longer clearance time at the airport and other entry points throughout the country starting from today onwards.
According to the Ministry of Health, there are currently 50 positive case of COVID-19 in Malaysia. They are part of 93,469 cases that have been detected in 78 countries across the globe up till 6pm Malaysian time today, according to the statistics from World Health Organization.
(Source: Immigration Department of Malaysia.)