U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur
May 24, 2021
Movement Control Orders
(Update) Nationwide Movement Control Order
A nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO) is currently in effect in Malaysia through June 7, 2021. Beginning Tuesday, May 25, 2021, additional restrictions will be enforced under the MCO.
The MCO Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are available here on the National Security Council website. In addition to the restrictions already in place, the following SOPs will be enforced beginning May 25, 2021:
- Public transportation frequency and capacity will be reduced;
- Most businesses may operate no more than 12 hours per day, from 8 am to 8 pm;
- Customers may not spend more than two hours at a time in retail outlets or shopping malls; and
- 40% of the private sector workforce must work from home.
Areas under Enhanced Movement Control Orders (EMCOs) are subject to additional restrictions.
Inter-district and Interstate Travel
Individuals who need to cross district or state borders must obtain police or employer authorization prior to traveling. The police authorization form to cross states is available here. If you are considering traveling across district or 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. If your travel is related to your employment, consult with your employer on the necessary documentation and when in doubt, check with local police as well.
Review current MCO 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. All air passengers traveling to the U.S., regardless of vaccination or antibody status, are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. Some airlines may have additional requirements; check your airline’s COVID-19 requirements prior to traveling.
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
Existing consular appointments which fall during the MCO will NOT be canceled. We also 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 and inter-district travel is restricted. Please reach out directly to your local police for additional information on the requirements for interstate or inter-district travel. If you wish to cancel an existing consular appointment, please do so via our online appointment system or contact us at KLACS@state.gov.
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 MCO 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