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On August 6, 2020, the State Department issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Malaysia due to COVID-19, advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Malaysia. For additional information, please see the full Travel Advisory.

Please note that routine Consular Services at the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur are suspended due to the MCO. Please complete this form https://bit.ly/2SPVSFf to request an emergency appointment, making sure to note the nature of your emergency.

If you are a U.S. citizen with a life or death emergency, please contact us at KLACS@state.gov. More information on COVID-19 in Malaysia can be found here.

COVID-19 Information
Last updated:  February 18, 2021

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information:

  • Malaysia has implemented entry and movement restrictions on all foreign nationals in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. For up-to-date numbers on COVID-19 cases in Malaysia, please consult the Ministry of Health’s website.
  • COVID-19 related restrictions throughout Malaysia vary significantly by state and district. The entire country remains under a “Recovery Movement Control Order” (RMCO) through March 31, 2021. Additionally, certain states and districts with higher prevalence of COVID-19 are subject to Movement Control Orders (MCOs), Conditional Movement Control Orders (CMCOs), or Enhanced Movement Control Orders (EMCOs).  For additional information on the MCOs, CMCOs and EMCOs currently in effect, please see the Movement Restrictions section below.
  • The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to review current restrictions frequently to ensure compliance. Restrictions may be changed with little notice and are strictly enforced. Give yourself a healthy margin of time to return home prior to applicable curfews.  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.  For additional questions on current MCO restrictions, please check with local police directly.
  • The Malaysian Ministry of Defense instituted a mandatory mask requirement effective August 1, 2020 in all public areas.
  • Failure to comply with any of the RMCO restrictions, including the mask requirement, 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
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
    • Many testing providers can provide results within 72 hours. 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, set up a platform to disseminate information on COVID-19 in Malaysia, including a list of designated public hospitals in each state that are equipped to screen for COVID-19.
  • The Malaysian Ministry of Health has lists of private and public clinics able to offer COVID-19 testing on their website.
  • The MySejahtera 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 240-700 RM. COVID-19 testing is conducted at clinics and hospitals approved by the Ministry of Health.  More information on testing options is available at the Doctor On Call website.
  • 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.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.htm
    • Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity (COVID-19 testing is currently widely available throughout Malaysia). To submit information in support of an exemption, email KLACS@state.gov.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Malaysia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
    • Malaysia’s National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) granted conditional registration to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow Malaysian developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • According to Malaysian authorities, Malaysia will begin receiving shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in February and initial shipments will be reserved for front liners including health care workers, police and army officials. Foreign nationals residing in Malaysia will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Malaysia launched a National Immunization Website containing information about the anticipated roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine in Malaysia.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

 

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No, with very limited exceptions
    • Travelers must have formal written approval from the Malaysian Government before attempting to enter Malaysia. Malaysian Immigration operates a consolidated portal called My Travel Pass for most categories of pass holders to request permission to enter (or exit and re-enter) Malaysia during the RMCO. Note that there is a different process for student pass holders, please see International Students section below for more details.
    • On September 18, the Immigration Department of Malaysia announced that foreign travelers with long-term passes may enter Malaysia with approval by the Immigration Department of Malaysia. According to the September 18 announcement, holders of the following passes may apply for entry permission: “Residence Pass-Talent (RP-T) and their dependents,  Employment Pass (Category EP I, II and III), Professional Visit Pass (PVP), Dependent Pass to expatriate for all categories, Long Term Social Visit Pass (LT-SVP) to expatriate for all categories, and Foreign Maid to expatriate for all categories.”  In addition, as of November 20, spouses of Malaysian citizens may apply for entry permission.  The Director General of Immigration may consider appeals to enter Malaysia on emergency and compassionate grounds.
    • All travelers are required to undergo COVID testing and a mandatory quarantine at a facility designated by the Malaysian government. The full cost of testing and quarantine must be borne by the traveler. Please see the section on Quarantine Information below for further details.
    • International Students: International students are permitted to enter Malaysia beginning on January 1, 2021, subject to compliance with Malaysia’s Standard Operating Procedures. Additional details about this policy and SOPs for returning international students are available on the Education Malaysia website.
    • Malaysia My Second Home Holders (MM2H): Effective October 5, the return approval process for MM2H visa holders is managed by Malaysian Immigration rather than the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture.  Return approval may be requested from Immigration via My Travel Pass.
    • Transit: Foreign nationals may 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.
    • Departure: Foreign nationals are permitted to depart the country; however, flight options are reduced, and re-entry may not be permitted (see entry requirements above). Malaysian citizens with a foreign residence permit, including U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents, are allowed to depart, but may not be able to return until the RMCO is lifted.  All travelers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  Travelers should closely monitor the situation in Malaysia and other transit countries before travel.
    • 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 about traveling to Sabah or Sarawak, see the information in “Movement Restrictions” below and contact the local immigration authorities directly.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • All individuals entering Malaysia are required to undergo COVID testing and a mandatory quarantine at a facility designated by the Malaysian government. The full cost of testing and quarantine must be borne by the traveler. Please see the section on Quarantine Information below for full details. Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes
    • See above

 

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes, in certain areas.
    • Zones under MCOs, CMCOs or EMCOs may have curfews in place.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes, in certain areas.
    • While general restrictions have been relaxed during the RMCO, specific “red zones” with higher numbers of COVID-19 cases may be intermittently placed under a more restrictive Movement Control Order (MCO), Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) or an Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).
    • A Movement Control Order is in effect until March in the following states: Penang, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, and Johor (the “MCO Areas”).
    • From February 19 until March 4, a Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) will be reinstated for Kedah, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Terengganu, Kelantan, Melaka, Pahang and Sabah as well as the federal territories of Putrajaya and Labuan. The northern state of Perlis will be placed under a Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) during the same period.  All districts in Sarawak are subject to a CMCO through March 1.
    • The Malaysian authorities have not released Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the February 19 through March 4 MCO/CMCO/RMCO restrictions, however, press releases and news reporting indicate the SOPs will include the following policies:
      • Nationwide:
        • Interstate travel is prohibited.
      • MCO areas:
        • Interdistrict travel is prohibited.
        • Vehicular movement will no longer be limited to a 10-km radius from a person’s home.
        • A maximum of two people may ride in one vehicle.
        • Restaurants may permit dine-in but must limit table capacity to two patrons.
      • CMCO areas:
        • Interdistrict travel is prohibited.
        • Vehicle occupancy is limited only by the vehicle’s capacity.
        • Restaurants may permit more than two people to dine at a table but must maintain social distancing.

RMCO areas:

  • Interdistrict travel is permitted.
  • Individuals who need to cross district or state borders must obtain a police authorization letter prior to traveling. The police authorization form to cross districts or states in the MCO Areas is available here. If you are considering traveling across state or district borders, please consult with local police directly for specific guidance.
  • 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: Sabah is subject to a CMCO through March 4, 2021. For additional information on traveling to Sabah, please consult with state authorities.
    • Sarawak: All districts in Sarawak are subject to a CMCO through March 1, 2021. For additional information on traveling to Sarawak, please consult with state authorities.

 

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • All travelers must undergo COVID testing and a mandatory quarantine at a facility designated by the Malaysian government. The full cost of testing and quarantine must be borne by the traveler.
      • Travelers presenting the results of a negative RT-PCR test undertaken within 72 hours of their departure to Malaysia must quarantine for seven days upon arrival. The Malaysian authorities may require a COVID-19 test upon arrival, and will require an additional COVID-19 test on the 5th day of quarantine.
      • Travelers not presenting the results of a negative RT-PCR test will be tested upon arrival and must quarantine for ten days with an additional COVID-19 test on the 8th day of quarantine.
    • Travelers must download the MySejahtera application and may be required to wear a wristband for identification and monitoring by the authorities. For additional information on quarantine requirements, please contact the Malaysian National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA).
    • Travelers who test positive should closely follow Ministry of Health guidance on quarantine and hospitalization requirements.

 

Transportation Options:

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

 

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Failure to comply with any of the RMCO restrictions, including the mask requirement, 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: Please note that most routine Consular Services at the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur are suspended due to the MCO in effect in Kuala Lumpur. Although routine consular services are suspended, we are scheduling limited emergency appointments for U.S. passports, CRBAs, and exceptional notarial services.  Please complete this form  https://bit.ly/2SPVSFf to request an emergency appointment, making sure to note the nature of your emergency.
  • American Citizen Services consular appointments that have already been scheduled during the MCO period will not be canceled. We continue to allow collection of U.S. passports, passport cards, and Consular Reports of Births Abroad during the scheduled times indicated in our pick-up confirmation email. However, please note that depending on your location, Malaysian police authorization may be required to travel to the Embassy as interstate and inter-district travel are restricted during the MCO.  Please reach out to your local police directly for additional information on the requirements for interstate or inter-district travel.
  • Visa Services: In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur has cancelled all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible, but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.

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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.
  • During the RMCO, the Government of Malaysia has opened immigration services by appointment only. U.S. citizens with specific questions or concerns may contact Malaysian Immigration through the Malaysian Government call center (MyCGG) at 03-8000-8000. Please also refer to the FAQs at the Immigration Department of Malaysia.
  • The U.S. Embassy cannot make appointments with the Malaysian Department of Immigration on your behalf. 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.

 

  • Ninety-day Social Visit Passes (Tourist Entry Stamps)
    • As of January 1, 2021, the Malaysian authorities have updated the U.S. Embassy that foreign nationals with expired social visit passes currently in Malaysia may leave Malaysia within 14 working days after the end of the RMCO without having to apply or obtain prior approval or any special extension pass. U.S. citizens still stranded in Malaysia after 14 working days following the end of the RMCO must visit immigration within 30 working days to request an extension. There are no guarantees that requests for extensions will be approved.
    • There should be no expectation that 90-day social visit (tourist) passes will be extended due to the global pandemic, and Malaysian Immigration strongly encourages all social visit pass holders whose passes have expired to depart Malaysia as soon as possible.

 

  • Immigration Letters for Social Visit Pass Holders
    • The U.S. Embassy is aware of an Immigration press statement indicating that foreigners with expired visas who choose not depart Malaysia within 14 working days after the end of the RMCO should obtain proof from their respective embassies regarding their justification for not being able to leave the country, or else face Immigration enforcement action.
    • While the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur cannot intervene on your behalf when you request an extension for a Malaysian visa, we are issuing letters that ask Malaysian Immigration to consider the COVID-19 pandemic and our advice to avoid all international travel. The U.S. Embassy CANNOT certify or validate your specific or personal justification for remaining in Malaysia. Permission to enter and remain in Malaysia is at the decision and discretion of the Malaysian Immigration Department.
    • If you require such a letter, please complete this online form.

 

  • Long-Term Pass Holders (e.g. dependent passes, employment passes, MM2H, etc.)
    • Long-term pass holders (such as expatriate pass or spouse visas) whose passes expired before or during the RMCO must visit immigration and apply for an extension in the usual manner.
    • If your renewal or extension request is denied, you may be subject to immigration fines, immediate deportation, or other enforcement action

 

  • Exit and Reentry Requirements for Pass Holders in Malaysia
    • Exit and return to Malaysia during the RMCO will only be granted on a case by case basis for emergency cases and medical reasons. For further information, please visit the Expatriate Services Division website.

 

  • Travel for Malaysian citizens: Guidance issued by the Malaysian Prime Minister’s office indicates that Malaysian citizens who are permanent residents of other countries or hold long-term visas from other countries are permitted to leave on the condition that they do not return to Malaysia prior to the end of the RMCO. Supporting documents will be required by Malaysian Immigration upon departure. Please refer to information published by the Malaysian authorities for further details about travel restrictions applicable to Malaysian citizens.  The U.S. Embassy does not provide letters of support for Malaysian citizens who wish to depart Malaysia and travel to the United States.

 

  • Malaysia-Singapore Border Crossing Arrangement: For information on the Malaysia-Singapore Border Crossing Arrangement, please review Malaysian Immigration’s website here.