U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur – Health Alert (April 30, 2021)

U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur
Health Alert
April 30, 2021


Event: COVID-19

Location: Malaysia

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). As of April 29, 2021, the SOP applies to travelers arriving from 40 countries, including the United States. Under the SOP, travelers arriving to Malaysia from countries reporting the spread of a COVID-19 VOC must be tested for COVID-19 (RT-PCR test) 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.

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 barred 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.

Quarantine Information
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.

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, Sarawak, and Sabah. 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.

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.

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 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 4 – “Do Not 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