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COVID-19 Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur (March 28, 2020)
March 28, 2020

Health AlertNote: You will receive an updated version of this alert each day until further notice.

As of March 27, 2020, the Malaysian Ministry of Health has confirmed 2,161 cases of COVID-19 in the country.  Among these, 26 individuals have died, 54 are in the ICU, and 259 have fully recovered.  For more information regarding COVID-statistics in Malaysia, please review the Malaysian Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Portal and visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19.

As of 5:00 pm on March 27, 2020, limited commercial flights remain an option for U.S. citizens wishing to depart Malaysia.  Many airlines have cancelled international flights and several transit countries have set up new quarantine restrictions or have barred international transit altogether.  The Embassy is aware of commercial flights from Kuala Lumpur to the U.S. through both Japan and London.  Please note that flight schedules are likely to change with little advance notice and commercial flight options will likely become increasingly limited over the coming days. 

Please see below for outbound flights from Kuala Lumpur to major transit hubs with onward flights to U.S. cities.

Outbound  Carrier Weekly Frequencies (flights)
From To Date (M) Date (T) Date (W) Date (Th) Date (F) Date (Sa) Date (Su)
Kuala Lumpur (KUL) Tokyo (NRT) Japan Airlines (JAL) 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
Kuala Lumpur (KUL) Tokyo


ANA (ANA) 0 0 1 0 1 0 1
Kuala Lumpur (KUL) Doha


Qatar Airways 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Kuala Lumpur (KUL) London Heathrow (LHR) Malaysia Airlines (MH) 1 2 1 1 1 1 1


The U.S. Embassy is unable to book airline tickets on your behalf.  Please continue to reach out to airlines and utilize commercial websites to book or change your tickets while these flights are an option.  We encourage you to look at all flight options flying into the United States, regardless of whether the flight is going to your final destination; it may be necessary to book a second ticket onward. We will post any alerts and updates on the COVID-19 situation in Malaysia on our Embassy’s webpage on COVID-19.

On March 25, 2020, the Malaysian government announced that the Movement Control Order (MCO), first announced on March 16, will be extended until April 14, though this end date may be extended again at the discretion of the Malaysian government.  All foreign nationals, with very limited exceptions, are restricted from entry or transit through Malaysia during this time.  The MCO prohibits all individuals – Malaysian citizens and foreign nationals – from movement and mass assembly within Malaysia.  Movement includes outdoor recreational activities such as jogging or walking.   Please note that the Ministry of Health is also classifying particular areas as “hot spots” and those areas will be experiencing Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) restrictions.  U.S. citizens are reminded that they are subject to local laws and regulations while visiting or living in Malaysia.

All houses of worship and business premises will remain closed, except for supermarkets, public markets, grocery stores and stores, department stores selling everyday necessities.  All schools and universities, both private and public, will also be closed.  All government and private services except those involved in essential services such as water, electricity, power, telecommunications, postal, transportation, fuel, finance, banking, health, pharmacy, fire, port, airport, security, retail and food supply will also be closed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 – Avoid Non-Essential Travel – Notice for Malaysia.  The State Department has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel.

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.

Countries around the world are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice.  Any U.S. citizen returning home 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.

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