U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur – Health Alert (December 7, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur
Health Alert
December 7, 2020 


Event: COVID-19
Location: Malaysia

Recovery/Conditional/Enhanced Movement Control Orders 

On August 28, 2020, the Prime Minister announced an extension of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) through December 31, 2020.

The Malaysian Ministry of Defense instituted a mandatory mask requirement effective August 1, 2020.  Failure to comply with any of the RMCO restrictions, including the mask requirement, may result in a fine of RM 1,000 (USD $235) or more, and/or jail time.

The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to 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 MCO restrictions, please check with local police directly.

(Updated) The entire country remains under a “Recovery Movement Control Order” (RMCO) through December 31, 2020. Additionally, certain states and districts with higher prevalence of COVID-19 are subject to Conditional Movement Control Orders (CMCOs) or Enhanced Movement Control Orders (EMCOs).  On December 5, the Government of Malaysia announced an extension of the CMCO in effect in Kuala Lumpur and Sabah, most of Selangor, as well as some parts of Penang, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Kelantan and Perak.  The CMCO will remain in effect until December 20.

The following restrictions will continue to be enforced in areas subject to a CMCO:

  • Schools, higher education institutions, training institutes, kindergartens, public parks and recreational centers will be closed.  The only exception is for childcare centers for young children, which may apply for special permission to reopen;
  • Mosques and other non-Muslim places of worship may operate on a limited basis subject to numerical caps;
  • Sports, recreational, social and cultural activities may operate on a limited basis and may be subject to numerical caps;
  • Entertainment centers and nightclubs will not be allowed to operate.

As of December 7, police authorization is no longer required for travel in or out of CMCO districts.  Police authorization is still required for travel to or from EMCO districts.  Please refer to Malaysian government guidance on which districts are currently subject to an EMCO.

Sabah and Sarawak 

Additional entry requirements 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 detailed requirements on traveling to Sabah or Sarawak, please contact the local immigration authorities directly.

Sarawak state authorities announced on October 9 that beginning on October 10, all travelers to Sarawak will be required to undergo the mandatory COVID-19 testing and fourteen-day quarantine at a government facility.  Previously some travelers, including Sarawakians, were permitted to self-quarantine.

Consular Services 

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 are suspended due to the CMCO in effect in Kuala Lumpur.  Please complete this form  https://bit.ly/2SPVSFf to request an emergency appointment, making sure to note the nature of your emergency.  We are allowing collection of U.S. passports, passport cards, and Consular Reports of Births Abroad (CRBA) from 2-4 PM on Monday and Wednesday with no appointment required.

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.

Malaysian Entry Requirements, Quarantine Process, and Immigration Services 

For additional information, please visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19.

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 – Avoid Non-Essential Travel– Notice for Malaysia.  The State Department has moved away from its previous Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel and each country will return to issuing its own advisory based on local conditions once again.  As of  August 6, 2020, Malaysia is listed as Level 3 – “Reconsider Travel”.

Actions to Take:

U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
376 Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 60-3-2168-5000