COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 10/14/2021

***  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 implemented entry and movement restrictions on all foreign nationals in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • COVID-19 restrictions vary throughout Malaysia under a four phase National Recovery Plan (NRP).  For additional information, please see the Movement Restrictions section below. Effective October 11, 2021, most inter-state and inter-district restrictions travel restrictions were lifted for fully vaccinated individuals.
  • The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to review current restrictions for your state 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.
  • The Malaysian Ministry of Defense instituted a mandatory mask requirement effective August 1, 2020 in all public areas.
  • Failure to comply with Standard Operating Procedures under the National Recovery Plan, 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, provides a platform to share 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 maintains lists of private and public clinics 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 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
    • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Foreign nationals 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.
    • 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.
    • U.S. citizens holding long-term Malaysian visas and spouses of Malaysian citizens may apply for entry permission through My Travel Pass.  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 mandatory quarantine.  The full cost of testing and quarantine must be borne by the traveler. Please see the section on Quarantine Information below for further details.
    • 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.
  • Departure:  Foreign nationals may depart the country; however, re-entry may not be permitted (see entry requirements above).  Dual nationals who entered Malaysia using their Malaysian passport are typically required by Malaysian Immigration to depart using their Malaysian passports.  See Travel for Malaysian citizens
  • All travelers should closely monitor the situation in Malaysia and other transit countries before travel.
  • 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 and undergo 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 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.  Immigration appointments may be made online 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.
  • 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.  Applications must include supporting documents including financial and residency information and a supporting letter from the foreign national’s respective embassy.
    • The U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur 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.
    • Malaysian Immigration is also operating Immigration Special Counters (open 24 hours) at KLIA to expedite the departure of foreign nationals holding expired Ninety-day Social Visit Passes issued on or after January 1, 2020.  Special Counters for KLIA are located on Level 2, Block B of the KLIA Short Term Car Park, and additional Special Counters are operating out of KLIA2.
      • U.S. citizens with expired Social Visit Passes may choose to proceed directly to a Special Counter prior to departing Malaysia, or obtain an appointment at a local Immigration office to apply for a Special Pass.  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
      • The Malaysian Immigration Department has confirmed to the U.S. Embassy that U.S. citizens with a current, unexpired Malaysian pass in an expired U.S. passport who have obtained a new U.S. passport may utilize the Special Counters. These travelers must present both the old passport containing the valid 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 Special Counters to obtain departure permissions.
      • 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.
    • 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
      • Effective October 11, 2021, fully vaccinated Malaysian citizens no longer need to apply for My Travel Pass approval to exit Malaysia. Please direct further questions to Malaysian Immigration.  Note that quarantine requirements upon return, as discussed below, continue to apply to all travelers.
      • The U.S. Embassy does not provide letters of support for Malaysian citizens who wish to depart Malaysia and travel to the United States.
      • Dual Nationals: 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.
    • 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.
    • Certain areas may have curfews in place under the National Recovery Plan.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? For the most part, no.
    • Beginning October 11, 2021, fully vaccinated individuals who wish to cross district or state borders no longer need police authorization.  Some restrictions may remain in areas falling under Enhanced Movement Control Orders (EMCO), so you should consult the National Recovery Plan website to review current EMCO areas prior to travel.  Travelers who are NOT fully vaccinated must obtain police authorization prior to interstate travel (see the Malaysian government’s definition of “fully vaccinated” below).  The police travel authorization form to is available here.  For further questions on domestic travel restrictions, please check with your local police. .
  • National Recovery Plan (NRP)
    • Under the National Recovery Plan (NRP), each Malaysian state and territory moves through four “phases” of COVID-19 related restrictions based on daily COVID-19 numbers, hospital capacity, and vaccination rates, with Phase One being the most restrictive. The Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and “phase” levels for each state are available in English on the National Recovery Plan website hereThe U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to review current SOPs frequently to ensure compliance. Restrictions may be changed with little notice and are strictly enforced.
  • 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.
    • The NSC’s definition of fully vaccinated is:
      • 14 days after the second dose of Pfizer, Astrazeneca, or Sinovac; or
      • 28 days after one dose of Johnson & Johnson or Cansino.
    • Registering vaccines received abroad in MySejahtera: The Malaysian Special Committee on Ensuring Access to COVID-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) announced on Twitter on October 4, 2021 that individuals who received a COVID-19 vaccine outside of Malaysia may now 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.
      • Previously, JKJAV announced that individuals who were fully vaccinated abroad must appear at the nearest district health office (PKD) for verification and validation to obtain a digital vaccination certificate on the MySejahtera application following the instructions below. For those who wish to utilize this process rather than the new process described above, we recommend that you contact your district health office in advance to verify whether this process is still in effect.
        • Individuals must present COVID-19 vaccination records or certificates as proof that they obtained a COVID-19 vaccine abroad.
        • After receiving confirmation from PKD, the State Health Department will send the information to the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) in Putrajaya. CPRC Putrajaya will inform MySejahtera to update and issue a digital certificate in the application.
        • JKJAV advises that the processing time may take 7 – 30 days.
      • 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 must quarantine at a facility designated by the Malaysian government.  The full cost of testing and quarantine must be borne by the traveler.
  • Home Quarantine Information – Preapproval Required
    • Fully vaccinated Malaysians and foreigners who have a residence in Malaysia, including permanent residents and MM2H visa holders, returning from overseas may serve their quarantine at home with preapproval from the Ministry of Health (MOH), subject to strict requirements including mandatory electronic monitoring.
    • Other travelers who can demonstrate that they have a home residence in Malaysia that is suitable for quarantine may also be permitted to quarantine at home, subject to MOH preapproval.
    • Travelers must make a formal application for home quarantine through the Home Quarantine Portal at least 7-10 days prior to travel to request home quarantine. You should be prepared to submit the following documents or information:
      • Travel itinerary/tickets
      • U.S. passport
      • Malaysian visa/pass
      • Vaccine card
      • Residential address in Malaysia (where the traveler will quarantine)
    • If approved, you will be notified by email and given further instructions. Travelers must print the home quarantine preapproval notice and present it upon arrival to Malaysia.
    • Being vaccinated does NOT guarantee home quarantine will be approved.  The U.S. Embassy cannot assist with applications for home quarantine.  Permission for home quarantine is at the decision and discretion of the Malaysian Ministry of Health.
  • All travelers arriving to Malaysia 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 10thday 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 are required to wear a wristband for identification and monitoring by the authorities.
  • 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 National Recovery Plan Standard Operating Procedures, 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 limited.  However, we are offering 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.
  • 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 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.

 

Local Resources

Information regarding COVID-19 in Malaysia can be found at the websites of the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Health, as well as Ministry of Health social media accounts:

Other links: