U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur
April 21, 2021
Malaysia Travel Advisory
(Update) Malaysia Travel Advisory – Level 4: Do Not Travel
On April 20, 2021, the U.S. Department of State issued a Level 4 “Do Not Travel” Advisory for Malaysia due to COVID-19. Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Malaysia due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. There are restrictions in place affecting U.S. citizen entry into Malaysia. Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Malaysia.
For more information on the State Department’s Travel Advisory system, and the recent updates that have been rolled out worldwide, please see our FAQ here.
(Update) Restrictions on Interstate Travel
Individuals who need to cross state borders must obtain a police authorization letter prior to traveling. The police authorization form to cross states is available here. According to an April 19th announcement by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, interstate travel for work, medical and educational purposes is permitted from Monday to Thursday. All interstate travel is prohibited from Friday to Sunday with the exception of emergency cases, travel related to the death of an immediate family member, and visits between long distance married couples. If you are considering traveling across state borders, please consult with local police directly for specific guidance and do not wait until the last minute to request your police authorization letter.
(Update) Immigration Policy for Expired Pass Holders in Malaysia
On April 12, 2021, the Malaysian Immigration Department announced that foreign nationals holding expired Short Term (90 day) 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 and must 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.
Immigration’s April 12 announcement also notes that holders of Long Term Passes (Resident, Employment, Dependent, Student, MM2H, etc.) that expired after February 1, 2020, must apply to renew their passes prior to June 30, 2021.
For more information, review the FAQs on Malaysian Immigration’s website (click on “FAQs Division of Visa, Pass & Permit”).
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
For more information on COVID-19 testing in Malaysia, please 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 4 – “Do Not Travel” due to COVID-19.
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. 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.