U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur
April 13, 2021
Movement Control Orders and Expired Social Visit Passes
(Update) Movement Control Orders
A Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) will continue to be in effect through April 28 in the following states and federal territories: Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Penang, and Kelantan. A CMCO will be in effect in Sarawak until April 26. A Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) will continue to be in effect through April 28 in the following states and federal territories: Melaka, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah, Putrajaya, Labuan, Perlis, Kedah, Perak, and Negri Sembilan. Kampung Meruntum, Sabah, is under an Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) from April 13 to 26.
Interdistrict travel is permitted except in Sabah and Sarawak. 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.
The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to review current CMCO, RMCO, and EMCO 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.
(Update) Malaysian Immigration Information for Holders of Expired Social Visit Passes
On April 12, 2021, the Malaysian Immigration Department announced that foreign nationals holding expired Social Visit Passes should depart Malaysia on or prior to April 21, 2021 and that failure to do so could result in enforcement action. The Malaysian Immigration Department further announced that foreign nationals holding expired Social Visit Passes may apply for a Special Pass to extend their stay in Malaysia, but should provide supporting documents including financial and residency information and a supporting letter from their respective embassy.
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. The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that permission to enter and remain in Malaysia is at the decision and discretion of the Malaysian Immigration Department.
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 or 03-8888 2010. Malaysian Immigration appointments may be requested through Malaysian Immigration’s website (https://www.imi.gov.my/).
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.
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.
American Citizen Services
We continue to allow the 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. 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.
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.