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U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur – Health Alert (July 2, 2021)
July 2, 2021

U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur
Health Alert

Event: COVID-19
Location: Malaysia

(Updated) Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in parts of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur from July 3-16

On July 1, 2021, the Malaysian National Security Council announced that several districts in Selangor and several localities in Kuala Lumpur will be placed under an Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) July 3-16, 2021. A number of other locations throughout Malaysia are also under EMCOs of varying durations. The Ministry of Health maintains a full list of all locations under EMCOs on their website here, sorted by state. This website also includes SOPs for the EMCOs. Per the National Security Council’s July 1 press statement, the July 3-16 EMCO SOP includes, but is not limited to, the following restrictions:

  • EMCO district/locality borders will be closed and monitored by police
  • Only one person per household may leave their home to purchase basic necessities within 10km of their residence
  • Residents may not leave their homes after 8PM, with exceptions only permitted for emergencies or those with police permission
  • The Ministry of Health may conduct targeted COVID-19 screenings on residents
  • Taxis and e-hailing services may continue to operate with limits of two persons per vehicle, including the driver
  • Essential services (including grocery stores, restaurants, and pharmacies) may continue to operate from 8AM to 8PM
  • Hospitals and medical services may operate 24 hours a day
  • Airports (including KLIA), ports, and public transport (at reduced capacities) will continue to operate
  • Interstate and inter-distract travel for COVID-19 vaccine appointments is permitted but travelers must present proof of their vaccine appointments.

For the full SOPs, please review the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website and/or check with your local police.

The entire country remains under Phase One of the National Recovery Plan.


Inter-district and Interstate Travel

Individuals who need to cross district or state borders, including for travel to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, 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 MCO restrictions and SOPs frequently to ensure compliance. Restrictions may be changed with little notice and are strictly enforced. 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.


(Updated) U.S. Embassy Operations

We are awaiting further guidance from the Malaysian authorities on Embassy operations during the EMCO. At this time, no previously scheduled appointments have been canceled. If appointment cancellations become necessary, applicants will be notified by email. All applicants with scheduled appointments should monitor their email closely for any updates.

American Citizen Services: Please note that routine consular services at the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur are suspended. Although routine American Citizen Services are suspended, we are offering limited emergency 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 in detail any urgent circumstances. 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.

Visa Services: Visa services may be limited and/or delayed. Please see https://ustraveldocs.com/my/ for further information.

IMPORTANT: Depending on your location, Malaysian police authorization may be required to travel to the Embassy as interstate travel and inter-district travel is restricted. 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.

We will announce any further changes in our consular services via alerts to registered U.S. citizens in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) and on our Embassy’s website.


COVID-19 Test Requirement for Travel to the United States

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 or 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.

In addition to the CDC COVID-19 test requirement, 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.


COVID-19 Vaccine Information

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine in Malaysia, please visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 or Malaysia’s National Immunization Website.


General 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 3 Travel Health Notice for Malaysia. The Department of State Travel Advisory for Malaysia is Level 4 – “Do Not Travel” due to COVID-19.


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