U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur
April 28, 2021
Entry Restrictions and Movement Control Orders
(Update) Entry Restrictions
On April 25, the Malaysian Ministry of Health announced a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for travelers arriving from countries reporting the spread of COVID-19 Variants of Concern (VOC). Under the SOP, travelers arriving to Malaysia from countries reporting the spread of a COVID-19 VOC must be tested for COVID-19 within three days of departure, quarantine at the assigned quarantine location for 14 days (rather than 10 days), and undergo a second COVID sample screening on the 10th day of quarantine. The Ministry of Health written SOP does not list the countries affected, but the Minister of Defense announced that this SOP will apply to travelers arriving from the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, and Japan.
Additional travel restrictions apply for travel to the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, which have local autonomy over immigration at domestic and international ports of entry. For additional information about traveling to Sabah or Sarawak, contact the local immigration authorities directly.
As of April 28, Malaysia will bar flights to and from India. Travelers who embark from India will be prohibited from entering Malaysia, including travelers who transit a third country prior to traveling to Malaysia. According to the Ministry of Health announcement, exceptions to this entry ban will be made for Malaysian citizens and spouses of Malaysian citizens, both of whom will be required to quarantine at the assigned quarantine location for 14 days.
Full information on Malaysia’s quarantine requirements can be found on our COVID-19 website. As a reminder, the full cost of COVID-19 testing and quarantine must be borne by the traveler.
(Update) Movement Control Orders
A Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) is in effect through May 17 in the following states and federal territories: Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Penang, and Sarawak. Sabah will be placed under a CMCO from April 29 through May 17. A Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) is in effect through May 17 in the following states and federal territories: Melaka, Pahang, Terengganu, Putrajaya, Labuan, Perlis, Kedah, Perak, and Negri Sembilan. Kelantan will be under a Movement Control Order (MCO) through May 17.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.