Malaysia has relaxed the face mask mandate for airline passengers in commercial aircraft from 28th September 2022. Airlines have been quick to respond to the announcement and confirm the use of masks is optional to passengers, except where the usage is compulsory in destination countries.
Face mask mandate relaxation
The mandate was introduced at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and has been in place in Malaysia for 2.5 years. The change was announced by the Minister of Health, Khairy Jamaluddin on 28th September, effective immediately.
Malaysia Airlines was the first to update their information, confirming that all Airlines Under Malaysia Aviation Group would apply the ruling. However, the airline strongly encourages passengers who are unwell, high-risk individuals and those travelling with high-risk individuals to continue wearing masks onboard. Airlines in the Group are Malaysia Airlines, Firefly, MASwings and AMAL.
AirAsia has also issued a statement, covering passengers on AirAsia Malaysia flights. They added that they will update the guidelines on the use of face masks on board for all their other markets as they reinstate flights.
…….. The use of face masks on board flights is optional for AirAsia Malaysia (AK) guests, unless they are travelling to or from destinations that require a face mask. Guests who wish to wear a face mask on board may continue to do so. AirAsia statement
All aircraft operated by Malaysian airlines are equipped with powerful High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters. These filters remove 99.99% of dust particles and airborne contaminants including viruses and bacteria. The cabin air is completely refreshed every every two to three minutes to maintain the highest possible quality of air throughout your flight.
Batik Air Malaysia has yet to release a statement. However, as this is a government announcement, it is safe to assume that while you are not requited to do so, it is your choice whether to wear a mask or not.