U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur
October 18, 2021
(Updated) Quarantine Requirements For Travelers to Malaysia
Effective October 18, 2021, Malaysia has implemented reduced quarantine periods for travelers entering the country and for those required to quarantine due to close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual. The new quarantine requirements are as follows:
- Fully vaccinated travelers must quarantine for 7 days and undergo a second COVID-19 test on the 5th day of quarantine.
- Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers must quarantine for 10 days and undergo a second COVID-19 test on the 8th day of quarantine.
The Malaysian Ministry of Health has informed the U.S. Embassy that children who are too young to be vaccinated will be required to quarantine with their accompanying parent or guardian for the quarantine period determined by the parent or guardian’s vaccination status.
The Malaysian government’s definition of fully vaccinated is:
- 14 days after the second dose of Pfizer, Astrazeneca, or Sinovac; or
- 28 days after one dose of Johnson & Johnson or Cansino.
(Updated) COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Travel to the United States
As announced by the White House on October 15, the new travel policy requiring foreign nationals traveling to the United States to demonstrate proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will take effect November 8. The CDC’s website explains that, for purposes of entry into the United States, the accepted vaccines will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines. (Please see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html.)
The CDC and the interagency are working to develop the orders and guidance documents to implement this new travel policy, and those details — for the airlines, for airline passengers, and for people coming to the land border — will be available well in advance of November 8 to understand what is required to be in compliance. The Department of State will provide further information here as it becomes available.
General COVID-19 Information
For more information regarding COVID-19 in Malaysia, please review the following resources:
- Malaysian Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Portal for statistics and resources for COVID patients
- Malaysian National Recovery Plan (NRP) website for information on COVID-19 restrictions and SOPs for each state
- Malaysian National Vaccine Program website for information on COVID-19 vaccines in Malaysia
- U.S. Embassy webpage on COVID-19 in Malaysia for general information for U.S. citizens in Malaysia
Travelers should also routinely review the Department of State’s Travel Advisory for Malaysia and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Travel Health Notice for Malaysia.
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.