U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur
August 11, 2021
(Update) Relaxation of Restrictions for Vaccinated Individuals
As of August 10, Malaysia relaxed some COVID-19 restrictions under the National Recovery Plan for individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Malaysia’s National Security Council will publish Standard Operating Procedures here.
The Malaysian authorities consider an individual “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19:
- 14 days after the second dose of Pfizer, Astrazeneca, or Sinovac; or
- 28 days after one dose of Johnson & Johnson or Cansino.
(Update) Home Quarantine for Vaccinated Travelers
Per the Malaysian Prime Minister’s August 8 speech, fully vaccinated Malaysians and foreigners who have a residence in Malaysia, including permanent residents, and MM2H visa holders returning from overseas may serve their quarantine at home, subject to strict requirements including mandatory electronic monitoring. The Malaysian government has not yet shared a formal written SOP specifying whether long term pass holders other than MM2H pass holders are eligible for home quarantine or clarifying the process for requesting home quarantine.
In the absence of a formal written SOP for requesting home quarantine, travelers may consider emailing the Ministry of Health Home Surveillance Order (HSO) team at firstname.lastname@example.org at least seven days prior to travel to request home quarantine, including the following documents:
- Travel itinerary/tickets
- U.S. passport
- Malaysian visa/pass
- Vaccine card
- Residential address in Malaysia (where the traveler will quarantine)
- PCR test results (send as a follow up email within three days of scheduled travel)
We note that being vaccinated does NOT guarantee home quarantine will be approved. The U.S. Embassy cannot assist with applications for home quarantine. Permission for home quarantine is at the decision and discretion of the Malaysian Ministry of Health.
(Update) Registering vaccines received abroad in MySejahtera
The Ministry of Heath informed the U.S. Embassy that U.S. citizens who received a COVID-19 vaccine outside of the Malaysian national vaccine program may contact the MySejahtera help desk at email@example.com to request assistance adding the digital vaccine certificate in MySejahtera. Processing may take up to seven business days. U.S. citizens should include the following information and scanned copies of their vaccine card and passport:
- Full name
- Passport number
- Vaccination date
- Vaccine dose (first, second, or both doses)
- Vaccine type
Please note that the U.S. Embassy cannot assist with the MySejahtera vaccine registration process. Please direct any questions to the MySejahtera helpdesk.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
The U.S. Department of State has no greater responsibility than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas. We continue to communicate travel advice to U.S. citizens during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While the Department of State does not provide direct medical care to private U.S. citizens abroad, we are:
- Working with other countries to ensure all residents, including U.S. citizens, can receive vaccines through their vaccination programs and in accordance with their national vaccination plans. For more information on the Malaysian national vaccine program, please visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 or Malaysia’s National Immunization Website.
- Ensuring that U.S. citizens overseas who travel back to the United States can be vaccinated easily and effectively (please visit Vaccines.gov utilizing a Virtual Private Network (VPN) or call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 888-720-7489) to find a location in the United States).
- Providing all appropriate consular assistance to U.S. citizens in need overseas. This includes providing U.S. citizens with clear information regarding eligibility to receive a vaccination in a foreign country or providing repatriation loans to assist destitute U.S. citizens with travel back to the United States.
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.
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.
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50400 Kuala Lumpur
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