U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur
April 8, 2021
U.S. Citizens in Malaysia Holding Expired Social Visit Passes
(IMPORTANT REMINDER) In January 2021, the Malaysian authorities informed the U.S. Embassy that foreign nationals currently in Malaysia with social visit passes that expired on or after January 1, 2020 will have a grace period of 14 working days after the end of the Movement Control Order (which, at the time, was scheduled to end on March 31, 2021) to leave Malaysia without having to apply for a special pass or obtain prior approval from Malaysian Immigration.
The Malaysian authorities have not indicated that the above-mentioned grace period has been extended. U.S. citizens in Malaysia holding expired social visit passes should prepare to depart Malaysia prior to April 21, 2021 (14 working days after March 31, 2021). Individuals holding expired social visit passes who stay in Malaysia or attempt to depart Malaysia after that time may be subject to strict penalties, including immigration detention and fines. Malaysia maintains exit controls and U.S. citizens holding expired social visit passes should not expect to be able to freely depart Malaysia after April 20, 2021 without applying for prior approval with Malaysian Immigration and satisfying any fines or penalties imposed by the authorities.
For questions about your specific visa or immigration situation, please contact your local Malaysian Immigration office directly or via the Malaysian Government call center (MyCGG) at 03-8000-8000.
Any further updates received from the Malaysian authorities will be shared with U.S. citizens in Malaysia via Health Alert and posted on our 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.
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.
Actions to Take:
- Have a travel plan that does not rely on the U.S. Government for assistance.
- Review and follow the CDC’s guidelines for the prevention of COVID-19.
- Check with your airline or travel operator regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit travel.state.gov to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security.
- Review what the State Department can and cannot do for you during an international crisis.
- Visit our Embassy webpages on COVID-19 for information on conditions in each country or jurisdiction.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States
- Visit keeping workplaces, homes, schools, or commercial establishments safe.