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On April 20, 2021, the State Department issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for Malaysia, advising U.S. citizens not to travel to Malaysia due to COVID-19. For additional information, please see the full Travel Advisory.

Please note that most routine Consular Services at the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur are suspended due to the FMCO in effect in Malaysia. Although routine consular services are suspended, we are scheduling limited appointments for U.S. passports, CRBAs, and exceptional notarial services. Please complete this form https://bit.ly/2SPVSFfto request an appointment, making sure to note any urgent circumstances.

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: 07/30/21

***  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.  All air passengers traveling to the U.S., regardless of vaccination or antibody status, are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.  Some airlines may have additional requirements; check your airline’s COVID-19 requirements prior to traveling.


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.
  • Malaysia is currently in Phase One of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) from June 29 until the required indicators are met to move to Phase Two. Phase One of the NRP is also known as the Full Movement Control Order (FMCO).  A nationwide Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Order 2021 is in effect through August 1, 2021.  For additional information on the movement restrictions 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.    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 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 MCO 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.
  • 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
  • Are vaccines available in Malaysia for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
    • Malaysia began its national vaccination program in February and foreign nationals residing in Malaysia are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination through this program. Malaysia’s vaccine program has the following three phases:
      • Phase 1 (February – April 2021): Front line workers including those working in healthcare, defense, security, and essential services
      • Phase 2 (April – August 2021): Senior citizens over age 60, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with health conditions that place them at higher risk
      • Phase 3 (May 2021 – February 2022): Adults age 18 and above. Priority will be given to those in red zones, followed by yellow, then green zones.
    • 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
    • Additional information can be found at Malaysia’s National Immunization Website.
  • Which vaccines are available in Malaysia?
    • Malaysia’s National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) granted conditional registration to the Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinovac, and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. U.S. citizens who would like to be vaccinated but do not wish to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through Malaysia’s national vaccine program should consider returning to the United States to obtain the vaccine.  For additional information please see COVID-19 Vaccine Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad


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.  Note that there is a different process for short term business travelers and student pass holders, please see below for more details.
    • On September 8, 2020, the Immigration Department of Malaysia announced that nationals of certain countries, including the United States, are banned from entry to Malaysia. On September 18, 2020, Immigration announced U.S. citizens with certain long-term passes may apply to enter Malaysia.  In addition, as of November 20, 2020, spouses of Malaysian citizens may apply for entry permission.  The Director General of Immigration may consider appeals from those in other visa categories to enter Malaysia on emergency and compassionate grounds – these requests should be submitted via My Travel Pass.
    • 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.
    • Travelers arriving from India: As of April 28, 2021, Malaysia barred flights to and from India. Travelers who embark from India will be prohibited from entering Malaysia, including travelers who transit a third country prior to traveling to Malaysia.  According to the Ministry of Health announcement, exceptions to this entry ban will be made for Malaysian citizens and spouses of Malaysian citizens, both of whom will be required to quarantine at the assigned quarantine location for 21 days.
    • International Students: International students are permitted to enter Malaysia 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.
    • Short Term Business Travelers: Business travelers approved to enter Malaysia for a period of 14 days or less may not be required to quarantine upon arrival.  Additional details on the application and approval process are available on the website of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority.
    • Expatriate Teachers: Per guidance received from Malaysian Immigration, expatriate teachers and their dependents may now be approved to depart Malaysia for the 2021 summer school holiday and return to Malaysia thereafter.  Interested expatriate teachers should apply for advance Immigration authorization via My Entry.  If approved, the Malaysian Immigration approval letter will be valid for 90 days, and both exit and return to Malaysia must take place within this 90-day window of validity.  Those wishing to remain outside Malaysia longer than 90 days should initially apply only for exit approval, and then apply separately for entry approval once they are ready to return to Malaysia.  Please contact the Expatriate Services Division of the Immigration Department of Malaysia directly with further questions at +603 8880 1449 or esdhelpdesk@imi.gov.my.
    • 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 without prior approval.  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 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 provide the results of a COVID-19 (RT-PCR) test taken within 72 hours of departure, undergo mandatory quarantine at a facility designated by the Malaysian government and undergo a subsequent COVID-19 test. 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
  • 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.  Malaysian Immigration appointments may be requested through Malaysian Immigration’s website (https://www.imi.gov.my/).  Please also refer to the FAQs at the Immigration Department of Malaysia.
    • The U.S. Embassy cannot make immigration appointments 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 April 22, 2021, 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. Applications must include supporting documents including financial and residency information and a supporting letter from the foreign national’s respective embassy.  Malaysia maintains exit controls and U.S. citizens holding expired Social Visit Passes should not expect to be able to freely depart Malaysia without applying for prior approval with Malaysian Immigration and satisfying any fines or penalties imposed by the authorities.
    • On July 8, 2021, the Malaysian Immigration Department announced that a new Immigration Special Counter (open 24 hours and located on Level 3, next to the Domestic Arrival Hall) has been established at KLIA to expedite the departure of foreign nationals holding expired Short Term (90 day) Social Visit Passes issued on or after January 1, 2020. On July 26, Immigration announced that due to overwhelming demand and long wait times, 20 additional Special Counters will be built at the KLIA Short Term Car Park, and 8 Special Counters will be built at KLIA2 to operate from July 28 onwards. 
      • U.S. citizens holding expired Social Visit Passes may proceed directly to an Immigration Special Counter for processing prior to departing Malaysia, rather than waiting to obtain an appointment at a local Immigration office. Travelers must present themselves at a Special Counter at least six hours before their departure flight with the following documentation:
        • Return ticket to country of origin
        • Payment of RM500 (payable ONLY by debit/credit or Touch’nGo eWallet)
        • RT-PCR COVID-19 test results taken within 72 hours prior to the flight
        • (Recommended) Letter from the U.S. Embassy
      • Additionally, the Malaysian Immigration Department has confirmed to the U.S. Embassy that U.S. citizens who have a current, unexpired Malaysian pass in an expired U.S. passport, and who have obtained a new U.S. passport, may utilize the KLIA Immigration Special Counter and must present both the old passport containing the Malaysian pass AND the new passport issued by the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
      • Likewise, we are informed that infants born in Malaysia who have been documented as U.S. citizens but have not yet received a Malaysian pass in their U.S. passport may utilize the KLIA Immigration Special Counter to obtain departure permissions.
      • The U.S. Embassy reminds citizens that Malaysian Immigration maintains the authority to suspend or deny an application to exit Malaysia, and recommends that travelers book flight options that can easily be rescheduled if needed.
    • The U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur cannot intervene on your behalf when you apply for a Malaysian visa and we cannot certify or validate your specific or personal justification for remaining in Malaysia. However, U.S. citizens may request a letter from the U.S. Embassy through our online form, which may be provided to Malaysian Immigration in connection with an application for a Special Pass or other departure permissions.  The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that permission to enter, remain in, and depart Malaysia is at the decision and discretion of the Malaysian Immigration Department.
    • For more information, review the FAQs on Malaysian Immigration’s website (click on “FAQs Division of Visa, Pass & Permit”).
  • Long-Term Pass Holders (e.g. dependent passes, employment passes, MM2H, etc.)
    • Holders of Long Term Passes (Resident, Employment, Dependent, Student, MM2H, etc.) should renew them following the normal process.
    • For more information, review the FAQs on Malaysian Immigration’s website (click on “FAQs Division of Visa, Pass & Permit”).
    • 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 is currently 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 may be permitted to depart Malaysia with the approval of Malaysian Immigration. 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.

 

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes, in certain areas.
    • Zones under Movement Control Orders may have curfews in place.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
    • Individuals who need to cross district or state borders must obtain police or employer authorization prior to traveling. The police travel authorization form to is available here. If you are considering traveling across state or district borders, please consult with local police directly for specific guidance and do not wait until the last minute to request your police authorization letter.  If your travel is related to your employment, consult with your employer on the necessary documentation and when in doubt, check with local police as well.
  • Movement Control Orders
    • Specific “red zones” with higher numbers of COVID-19 cases may be intermittently placed under the following types of restrictive orders (listed from least to most restrictive): Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), Movement Control Order (MCO), or Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO). The Ministry of Health maintains a list of the states and districts under each type of order on their website here, along with SOPs.
    • A number of locations throughout Malaysia are also strict EMCOs of varying durations. The Ministry of Health maintains a full list of all locations under EMCOs on their website here, sorted by state.  This website also includes SOPs for the EMCOs. Past EMCOs have included the following general restrictions, but review the Ministry of Health website for full details.
      • EMCO district/locality borders will be closed and monitored by police
      • Only one person per household may leave their home to purchase basic necessities within 10km of their residence
      • Residents may not leave their homes after 8PM, with exceptions only permitted for emergencies or those with police permission
      • The Ministry of Health may conduct targeted COVID-19 screenings on residents
      • Taxis and e-hailing services may continue to operate with limits of two persons per vehicle, including the driver
      • Essential services (including grocery stores, restaurants, and pharmacies) may continue to operate from 8AM to 8PM
      • Hospitals and medical services may operate 24 hours a day
      • Airports (including KLIA), ports, and public transport (at reduced capacities) will continue to operate
      • Interstate and inter-distract travel for COVID-19 vaccine appointments is permitted but travelers must present proof of their vaccine appointments. For full EMCO SOPs, please review the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website and/or check with your local police.
    • On June 27, 2021, the Malaysian National Security Council announced that Phase One of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), previously in effect nationwide from June 1-28, will be extended.
      • Phase One of the NRP is also known as the Full Movement Control Order (FMCO), or “total lockdown.” During Phase One, only essential sectors identified by the Malaysian National Security Council may operate.  Phase One will remain in effect in each state until the following criteria are met:
        • The average daily COVID-19 case count drops below 4000
        • The rate of ICU bed usage returns to “moderate” levels
        • At least 10 percent of the population is fully vaccinated
      • Phase Two of the NRP will allow additional economic sectors to reopen.
      • Phase Three of the NRP will return to a lighter lockdown similar to the Movement Control Order in effect throughout Malaysia from May 12-31, 2021, during which social activities will remain prohibited but nearly all economic sectors may resume operations following strict SOPs and social distancing requirements.
      • The National Security Council will assess when to progress to each phase of the NRP based on daily COVID-19 numbers, hospital capacity, and vaccination rates.
      • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Phase One of the NRP are available on the National Security Council’s website here. Additional information on the NRP is available here.
    • 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? Yes
    • All travelers must undergo COVID-19 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 arriving to Malaysia from the United States and most other countries must provide the results of a COVID-19 (RT-PCR) test taken within three days of departure, quarantine at the assigned quarantine location for 14 days, and undergo a second COVID sample screening on the 10th day of quarantine.
    • Travelers arriving to Malaysia from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan must provide the results of a COVID-19 (RT-PCR) test taken within three days of departure, quarantine at the assigned quarantine location for 21 days, and undergo a second COVID sample screening on the 18th 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, CMCO, MCO, FMCO, or EMCO 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: Routine consular services at the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur are suspended. However, we are offering limited emergency appointments for U.S. passports, CRBAs, and exceptional notarial services.  Please complete this form https://bit.ly/2SPVSFf to request an appointment, making sure to note in detail any urgent circumstances.
    • 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 travel and inter-district travel is restricted.  Please reach out to your local police directly for additional information on the requirements for interstate and inter-district travel.
  • Returning to the United States on an Expired U.S. Passport
    • If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until December 31, 2021. See this page for more information.
    • Please note that Malaysia maintains exit controls and U.S. citizens holding expired Malaysian visas should not expect to be able to freely depart Malaysia without applying for prior approval with Malaysian Immigration (see above section on Information regarding Malaysian Immigration for U.S. Citizens currently in Malaysia) and satisfying any fines or penalties imposed by the Malaysian authorities.
  • Visa Services: Visa services may be limited and/or delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see https://ustraveldocs.com/my/  for further information.

 

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