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COVID-19 Information
Last updated: September 28, 2022

Notice

On April 18, 2022, the State Department issued a Level 1 Travel Advisory for most of Malaysia. A Level 2 Travel Advisory applies to Eastern Sabah due to the ongoing threat of kidnappings-for-ransom from both terrorist and criminal groups.

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September 28, 2022

If you are a U.S. citizen with a life-or-death emergency, please contact us at KLACS@state.gov

*** Effective June 12, 2022, the requirement for airline passengers to the United States to provide a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken within one day of travel has been rescinded.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Please note that the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrant travelers remains in effect.  For more information, review the CDC website.

Some airlines may have additional requirements; check your airline’s COVID-19 requirements prior to traveling.

Country-Specific Information

  • As of August 1, 2022, all travelers are permitted to enter Malaysia regardless of their vaccination status, and there is no requirement for a pre-departure or on-arrival COVID-19 test. There are no on-arrival quarantine requirements.  See the Entry and Exit Requirements section below.
  • Carry your U.S. passport with you at all times.  If detained, request that local authorities notify the Embassy (+60-3-2168-5000) and review the ways in which we can provide assistance when a U.S. citizen is arrested abroad.
  • Masks are no longer mandatory in all indoor public areas, but are required on public transit and in health care facilities, and may be required at the discretion of the owner in other facilities. Failure to comply may result in a fine of RM 1,000 (USD $235) or more, and/or jail time.

 

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Malaysia? Yes, both types of tests are available.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day?
    • Many testing providers can provide results within one calendar day for antigen tests. PCR test results are typically available within 72 hours, though some labs may offer quicker results.  Prior to scheduling your appointment, confirm with the testing provider when the results will be available.
  • The Malaysian Ministry of Health, in collaboration with Doctor On Call, provides a platform to share information on COVID-19 in Malaysia, including options for purchasing self-test kits or booking a COVID-19 testing appointment online.
  • The Malaysian Ministry of Health maintains lists of private and publicclinics able to offer COVID-19 testing on their website.
  • The MySejahtera mobile app also contains information about COVID-19 testing locations and will automatically show the testing sites closest to the user’s location.
  • U.S. Citizens must pay all COVID-19 testing fees.  There are a variety of public and private testing options and costs for foreigners can range from 100-500 RM ($20-115 USD).
  • The method of delivery of COVID-19 test results may vary by provider.  If you need the test results for international travel, including travel to the United States, inform your provider that you need an electronic or hard copy of the test results.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

  • Has the government of Malaysia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?
  • Are vaccines available in Malaysia for U.S. citizens to receive?
    • Foreign nationals residing in Malaysia are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination through Malaysia’s national vaccination program.
  • Individuals in Malaysia can register for the COVID-19 vaccine in one of the following ways:
    • Through the MySejahtera app
    • Via Malaysia’s National Immunization Website
    • Via the National COVID-19 Vaccination Registration Line: 1800-888-828
  • Which vaccines are available in Malaysia?
    • Malaysia’s National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) granted conditional registration to the Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinovac, AstraZeneca, CanSino Biologic, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.
    • Malaysia has not yet approved vaccines for children less than five years of age.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.

 

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, with some restrictions.
    • Effective August 1, 2022, non-Malaysians, including U.S. citizens, may enter Malaysia without advance permission. Downloading and updating the MySejahtera app is not required before arrival, but travelers should plan to download and use the app to indicate their risk status while in Malaysia, as it may be checked when entering businesses or other premises.
    • Entry restrictions may change with little advance notice. Travelers are encouraged to monitor the websites and social media of the Malaysian Ministry of Health and the Malaysian Immigration Department and contact the Malaysian authorities directly with any questions.  Please note that the social media pages for these Malaysian agencies are often the first to be updated with the latest information on entry restrictions and quarantine requirements.
  • Sabah and Sarawak:  Additional travel restrictions apply for travel to the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, which have local autonomy over immigration at domestic and international ports of entry.  For additional information, see “Movement Restrictions” below and contact local immigration authorities directly.
  • Transit:  Foreign nationals may spend up to 24 hours in transit through the international terminals of Malaysian airports as long as they are not required to pass through immigration while in transit.  Note that this could change with little notice, so please confirm before commencing travel.  KLIA and KLIA2 are different terminals, and as such, travelers cannot transfer between these terminals without passing through immigration. Transit passengers may be able to obtain COVID-19 testing while in transit via new a new Health Screening Centre with airside locations in both KLIA and KLIA2.  For more information on this option, please review https://airport.doctor2u.my/ and contact the Health Screening Centre directly with questions.
  • Departure:  Dual nationals who entered Malaysia using their Malaysian passport are typically required by Malaysian Immigration to depart using their Malaysian passports and subject to any exit restrictions applicable to Malaysian citizens.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? .
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?   Although there is no longer a testing requirement, Malaysian authorities retain the discretion to screen for symptoms of COVID-19 or other diseases upon entry.

 

Information regarding Malaysian Immigration for U.S. Citizens currently in Malaysia

  • U.S. citizens have reported conflicting guidance from various Immigration offices and officers.  The U.S. Embassy reminds citizens that all questions regarding immigration policy must be directed to Malaysian Immigration.  
  • U.S. citizens with specific questions or concerns may contact Malaysian Immigration through the Malaysian Government call center (MyCGG) at 03-8000-8000 or 03-8888-2010.   The U.S. Embassy cannot make immigration appointments on your behalf.  Immigration appointments may be made online though Malaysian Immigration’s website here.
  • Permission to enter and remain in Malaysia is at the decision and discretion of the Malaysian Immigration Department.  Neither the U.S. Government nor the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur can intervene on your behalf when you apply for a Malaysian visa or apply for an extension.
  • Expired Ninety-day Social Visit Passes (Tourist Entry Stamps)
    • Foreign nationals holding expired Social Visit Passes should apply for a Special Pass to extend their stay in Malaysia through their planned date of departure.
    • U.S. citizens without valid Malaysian immigration documents, including holders of expired social visit passes, holders of current Malaysian visas in expired U.S. passports, and U.S. citizen infants born in Malaysia without a Malaysian visa in their U.S. passport, will need to apply to the Putrajaya Immigration Department, Enforcement Unit to receive a Special Pass authorizing their exit. This is typically done by appointment only and processing may take several days.  The special counters formerly operated by the Malaysian immigration authorities at KLIA closed as of June 30, 2022, and special passes may no longer be obtained at the airport on the day of travel.
      • We remind travelers that Malaysian Immigration maintains the authority to suspend or deny an application to exit Malaysia and recommend that all travelers book flight options that can be rescheduled if needed.

 

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? Generally, no.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No, except that Sabah and Sarawak may impose their own entry policies (see below).
  • Information for Fully Vaccinated Individuals
    • Fully vaccinated individuals who can demonstrate their vaccination status in the MySejahtera mobile app are subject to relaxed restrictions under the National Recovery Plan.
    • Please refer to the Malaysian Ministry of Health’s social media post on who is considered fully vaccinated or partially vaccinated.
    • Registering vaccines received abroad in MySejahtera:  Individuals who received a COVID-19 vaccine outside of Malaysia may apply directly via the MySejahtera Helpdesk to have their digital vaccine certificate added.
      • To do this, open the MySejahtera app, select “Helpdesk,” then scroll down to select Option N “I have received my vaccination overseas and would like to obtain my digital certificate in MySejahtera” and enter the requested information.
    • Additional travel restrictions apply for travel to the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, which have local autonomy over immigration at domestic and international ports of entry.
      • Sabah: For additional information on traveling to Sabah, please consult with state authorities.
      • Sarawak: For additional information on traveling to Sarawak, please consult with state authorities.

 

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine on arrival?
  • Effective August 1, 2022, all on-arrival quarantine and testing requirements were eliminated. If you test positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Malaysia, you will be required to quarantine for 7 days, with early release possible if you test negative on the fourth day or later.

 

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating?
  • Is public transportation operating?
    • Masks must be worn on public transportation.

 

Fines for Non-Compliance

  • Failure to comply with any of the National Recovery Plan Standard Operating Procedures, including wearing masks when required, may result in a fine of RM 1,000 (USD $235) or more, and/or jail time.
  • The Malaysian government may implement further changes with little or no advance notice.  Please contact the appropriate local authorities directly with any additional questions.  U.S. citizens should carry their passport and visa with them at all times.

 

Consular Operations

  • American Citizen Services: Routine consular services at the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur are available. Please visit our website to make an appointment.
  • Visa Services: Visa services are available.  Please see https://ustraveldocs.com/my/ for further information.

Local Resources

Information regarding COVID-19 in Malaysia can be found at the website of the Ministry of Health (MOH), as well as Ministry of Health social media accounts listed below.  Malaysian authorities frequently share policy updates first on official social media accounts prior to publishing on official websites.

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