Entry for new international students on hold, says EMGS

Entry for new international students on hold, says EMGS

Entry for new international students and their dependents into the country is on hold until further notice, says Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS).

In a statement on its website dated July 29, EMGS – a company wholly owned by the Education Ministry that operates a one-stop centre for international students together with the Immigration Department – also listed the standard operating procedure (SOP) to be followed by returning international students.

Among other things, it said the RM250 cost of the mandatory Covid-19 screening test would be borne by students. The test will be conducted by the Health Ministry upon their arrival at the international gate.

“International students can pay for the test using cash or credit cards, ” it said.

Last month, Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad said all international students must register with EMGS before they were allowed into the country.

They must undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or antibody rapid test in their home country three days prior to their entry into Malaysia.

“They must also undergo a health screening by the Health Ministry and undergo 14 days of quarantine at locations determined by their respective higher education institutions, ” she said, adding that some 11,000 foreign students – the majority of whom are from Pakistan, Thailand and Indonesia – had applied to return to Malaysia.

There are also over 9,000 new applications for entry of international students in January and February next year.

In June, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said international students studying in public and private higher learning institutions, as well as international schools, can return to Malaysia to resume their studies.

He said they did not need to apply to the Immigration Department but would have to register with the Education Ministry or the Higher Education Ministry for reference at international entry points. - The Star