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U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur – Health Alert (March 31, 2021 )
March 31, 2021

U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur
Health Alert


Event: COVID-19
Location: Malaysia
Conditional and Recovery Movement Control Orders

(UPDATED) A Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) will continue to be in effect through April 14 in the following states and federal territories: Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Penang, and Kelantan. A CMCO will be in effect in Sarawak until April 12. A Recovery Movement Control Order will continue to be in effect through April 14 in the following states and federal territories: Melaka, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah, Putrajaya, Labuan, Perlis, Kedah, Perak, and Negri Sembilan.

Interdistrict travel is permitted except in Sabah. Interstate travel remains prohibited. Individuals who need to cross state borders must obtain a police authorization letter prior to traveling. The police authorization form to cross state borders is available here. If you are considering traveling across state borders, please consult with local police directly for specific guidance. Please note that in Sabah, police authorization is also required for interdistrict travel.

(UPDATED) The nationwide Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Order 2021, previously in effect through March 31, 2021, was extended through August 1, 2021. We do not have guidance at this time about how this extension may affect Malaysia’s current entry restrictions or U.S. citizens with expired social visit passes. We will share additional information via Health Alert and on our website as soon as we know more.

The Malaysian Ministry of Defense instituted a mandatory mask requirement effective August 1, 2020. Failure to comply with any of the MCO, CMCO or RMCO restrictions, including the mask requirement, may result in a fine of RM 1,000 (USD $235) or more, and/or jail time.

The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to review current MCO, CMCO, and RMCO 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 restrictions, please check with local police directly.

American Citizen Services

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 is restricted during the MCO. Please reach out directly to your local police for additional information on the requirements for interstate travel.

If you are a U.S. citizen with a life or death emergency (e.g. victim of a violent crime, arrest, reporting a death of a U.S. citizen) you may reach us at +60-3-2168-5000 or via email at: KLACS@state.gov.

Please note that most routine Consular Services at the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur remain suspended due to the CMCO in effect in Kuala Lumpur. 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/2SPVSFf to request an appointment, making sure to note any urgent circumstances.

We will announce further resumption of services via alerts to registered U.S. citizens in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) and on our Embassy’s website.

COVID-19 Test Requirement for Travel to the United States

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.

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 Testing in Malaysia

The Malaysian Ministry of Health, in collaboration with Doctor On Call, has 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.

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.  The Malaysian Ministry of Health has lists of private and public clinics able to offer COVID-19 testing on their website. More information on testing options is available at the Doctor On Call website and via the MySejahtera app.

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.

COVID-19 Vaccines in Malaysia

Malaysia has granted conditional registration to the Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinovac, and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, allowing for their immediate emergency use. Malaysia began its national vaccination program in February and is prioritizing health care workers and other front-line workers during the first phase of distribution. Foreign nationals residing in Malaysia will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Malaysia launched a National Immunization Website containing information about the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine in Malaysia. Individuals in Malaysia can register for the COVID-19 vaccine through the MySejahtera application.

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.

Malaysian Immigration Information

For additional information, please visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19.

Malaysian Entry Requirements, Quarantine Process, and Immigration Services

For additional information, please visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19.

COVID-19 Information

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.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 – Avoid All Travel Travel Health Notice for Malaysia. The Department of State Travel Advisory for Malaysia is Level 3 – “Reconsider Travel” due to COVID-19.

Actions to Take:

U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
376 Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 60-3-2168-5000