16 March 2020 – Borders closed to all foreigners

Type of Intervention: Regulation, Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Immigration, Tourism
Level of Jurisdiction: Supranational
Lead People/Agency: Government

Overview: Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced that Malaysia will close its borders to foreign travelers and Malaysian citizens will not be allowed to leave the country from Wednesday, March 18, through Tuesday, March 31, to prevent further spread of the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Full details here: https://www.garda.com/crisis24/news-alerts/323221/malaysia-government-closes-borders-to-all-foreigners-over-covid-19-concerns-march-18-update-5

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Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Scientific Evidence (e.g. academic paper, report)
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – government
Evidence/Justification: Malaysia reported a major spike in cases, nearly two thirds related to overseas visitations and travel. Case numbers documented are the highest in Southeast Asia. Actions taken by the government to curb transmission of the virus and limit imported cases.