The Movement Control Order (MCO) or Malaysia’s version of a lockdown, was enacted on 18th March, 2020. Nobody is allowed to travel unless there is an emergency.
To date, the MCO has been extended to Phase 4 (29th April until 12th May) by the National Security Council (NSC). In view of the improving situation of COVID-19 and upcoming Aidilfitri celebration, the authorities have decided to slightly relax travel restrictions. However, only selected groups of people are allowed to travel interstate, and for a one-way trip only.
These groups include students at institutes of higher learning, those who are currently trapped at a different location, those who are now in their hometown and have to return to the city for work, or other reasons deemed acceptable by the authorities.
Travellers who wish to make this trip are required to apply for the permit via Gerak Malaysia mobile application. This app is downloadable from Google Play Store, Apple App Store and Huawei App Gallery.
Application date is from 26th until 29th April, 2020. Travel dates are 1st until 3rd May, 2020.
Those without access to a smartphone, thus unable to apply via Gerak Malaysia can head to the nearest police station to submit a manual application. However, do take note that priority is given to applications received via Gerak Malaysia.
For successful applicants, ensure that you plan your journey well. Travellers are disallowed to leave their vehicles, unless to answer nature’s call. There will be no food outlets open at North South Expressway (NSE) rest areas. Surau (prayer room for Muslims) are also inaccessible.
Therefore, don’t abuse this slight relaxation in lockdown or all of us would end up #dudukdirumah for a longer period.