COVID-19 Information

Last updated: May 5, 2022

On April 18, 2022, the State Department issued a Level 1 (Exercise Normal Precautions) Travel Advisory for most of Malaysia.  A Level 2 (Exercise Increased Precautions) Travel Advisory applies to Eastern Sabah due to the ongoing threat of kidnappings-for-ransom from both terrorist and criminal groups. For additional information, please see the full Travel Advisory.

If you are a U.S. citizen with a life-or-death emergency, please contact us at KLACS@state.gov. More information on COVID-19 in Malaysia can be found here.

***Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide 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.

Some airlines may have additional requirements; check your airline’s COVID-19 requirements prior to traveling.

  • As of April 1, 2022, Malaysia lifted most entry and movement restrictions on foreign nationals that were implemented in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. See the Entry and Exit Requirements section below.
  • COVID-19 restrictions vary throughout Malaysia under a four phase National Recovery Plan (NRP).  For additional information, please see the Movement Restrictions section below. Effective October 11, 2021, most inter-state and inter-district restrictions travel restrictions were lifted for fully vaccinated individuals.
  • The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to review current restrictions for your state 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.
  • Masks are mandatory in all indoor public areas.
  • Failure to comply with Standard Operating Procedures under the National Recovery Plan, including the mask requirement, may result in a fine of RM 1,000 (USD $235) or more, and/or jail time.

 

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Malaysia? Yes, both types of tests are available.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes
    • Many testing providers can provide results within one calendar day for antigen tests. PCR test results are typically available within 72 hours, though some labs may offer quicker results.  Prior to scheduling your appointment, confirm with the testing provider when the results will be available.
  • The Malaysian Ministry of Health, in collaboration with Doctor On Call, provides a platform to share information on COVID-19 in Malaysia, including options for purchasing self-test kits or booking a COVID-19 testing appointment online.
  • The Malaysian Ministry of Health maintains lists of private and public clinics able to offer COVID-19 testing on their website.
  • The MySejahtera mobile app also contains information about COVID-19 testing locations and will automatically show the testing sites closest to the user’s location.
  • U.S. Citizens must pay all COVID-19 testing fees.  There are a variety of public and private testing options and costs for foreigners can range from 240-700 RM.
  • The method of delivery of COVID-19 test results may vary by provider.  If you need the test results for international travel, including travel to the United States, inform your provider that you need an electronic or hard copy of the test results.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html#anchor_1635127084
    • Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity (COVID-19 testing is currently widely available throughout Malaysia).  To submit information in support of an exemption, email KLACS@state.gov.

 

  • Has the government of Malaysia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Malaysia for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
    • Foreign nationals residing in Malaysia are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination through Malaysia’s national vaccination program.
    • Parents or guardians can now register their children aged 5 to under 12 years old on MySejahtera. For detailed instructions and information, please review the Ministry of Health announcement here.
    • Walk-in booster vaccinations for adults 18 years and above opened nationwide on January 29, 2022. For more details, please review the Ministry of Health announcement and contact the Ministry of Health directly for further information.
  • Individuals in Malaysia can register for the COVID-19 vaccine in one of the following ways:
  • Which vaccines are available in Malaysia?
    • Malaysia’s National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) granted conditional registration to the Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinovac, AstraZeneca, CanSino Biologic, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  U.S. citizens who would like to be vaccinated but do not wish to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through Malaysia’s national vaccine program should consider returning to the United States to obtain the vaccine.  For additional information please see COVID-19 Vaccine Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad

 

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, with some restrictions.
    • Effective April 1, 2022, non-Malaysians, including U.S. citizens, may enter Malaysia without advance permission. The MyTravelPass requirement and previous “travel bubble” and other special entry programs are no longer in place.  Arriving travelers must fully comply with all Malaysian entry requirements, including downloading and updating the MySejahtera app.
    • Effective May 1, 2022, fully vaccinated travelers, and all travelers aged 12 or under, are not required to take a COVID-19 test, either before departure to Malaysia or upon arrival. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers must obtain a PCR test 2 days prior to departure and undergo a professionally administered COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival.  Also effective May 1, 2022, no traveler is required to obtain COVID-19 insurance before entering Malaysia.  There is no quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travelers or any traveler 17 or younger, unless they receive a positive test result on arrival.  Travelers 18 and over who are not fully vaccinated continue to be subject to a 5-day quarantine.  Travelers who test positive upon arrival will be subject to a 7-day quarantine, with an option for early release if they test negative on the fourth day.
    • Travelers who were vaccinated outside of Malaysia must submit their vaccine records in advance of travel through the MySafeTravel web portal. Please carefully review Malaysia’s definition of “fully vaccinated” below to determine if you qualify.
    • Entry restrictions may change with little advance notice. Travelers are encouraged to monitor the websites and social media of the Malaysian Ministry of Health and the Malaysian Immigration Department and contact the Malaysian authorities directly with any questions.  Please note that the social media pages for the above Malaysian entities are often the first to be updated with the latest information on entry restrictions and quarantine requirements.
    • Travelers arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport may pay for an on-arrival airport COVID-19 tests online at https://safetravel.myeg.com.my/ for testing at the airport upon arrival. However, effective May 1, 2022, fully-vaccinated travelers and travelers age 17 or younger are no longer required to obtain a COVID-19 test on arrival.  Adult travelers who are not fully vaccinated may obtain their on-arrival COVID-19 tests at the airport or may instead obtain a professional test at another location with 24 hours of arrival.
  • Sabah and Sarawak:  Additional travel restrictions 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 additional information, see “Movement Restrictions” below and contact local immigration authorities directly.
  • Transit:  Foreign nationals may spend up to 24 hours in transit through the international terminals of Malaysian airports as long as they are not required to pass through immigration while in transit.  Note that this could change with little notice, so please confirm before commencing travel.  KLIA and KLIA2 are different terminals, and as such, travelers cannot transfer between these terminals without passing through immigration. Transit passengers may be able to obtain COVID-19 testing while in transit via new a new Health Screening Centre with airside locations in both KLIA and KLIA2.  For more information on this option, please review https://airport.doctor2u.my/ and contact the Health Screening Centre directly with questions.
  • Departure:  There are no special health-related requirements for departure from Malaysia.  Dual nationals who entered Malaysia using their Malaysian passport are typically required by Malaysian Immigration to depart using their Malaysian passports and subject to any exit restrictions applicable to Malaysian citizens.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?
    • Individuals entering Malaysia who are 18 or older and not fully vaccinated are required to provide the results of a COVID-19 (RT-PCR) test taken within 2 days of departure. The full cost of testing must be borne by the traveler.  Most travelers are not required to quarantine upon entry. Please see the section on Quarantine Information below for details.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes
    • See above

 

  • U.S. citizens have reported conflicting guidance from various Immigration offices and officers.  The U.S. Embassy reminds citizens that all questions regarding immigration policy must be directed to Malaysian Immigration.  
  • U.S. citizens with specific questions or concerns may contact Malaysian Immigration through the Malaysian Government call center (MyCGG) at 03-8000-8000 or 03-8888-2010.  Malaysian Immigration appointments may be requested through Malaysian Immigration’s website (https://www.imi.gov.my/).  The U.S. Embassy cannot make immigration appointments on your behalf.  Immigration appointments may be made online here.
  • Permission to enter and remain in Malaysia is at the decision and discretion of the Malaysian Immigration Department.  Neither the U.S. Government nor the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur can intervene on your behalf when you apply for a Malaysian visa or apply for an extension.
  • Expired Ninety-day Social Visit Passes (Tourist Entry Stamps)
    • Foreign nationals holding expired Social Visit Passes should apply for a Special Pass to extend their stay in Malaysia through their planned date of departure.
    • Through June 30, 2022, Malaysian Immigration is operating Immigration Special Counters (open 24 hours) at KLIA to expedite the departure of foreign nationals holding expired Ninety-day Social Visit Passes issued on or after January 1, 2020.  Special Counters for KLIA are located on Level 2, Block B of the KLIA Short Term Car Park, and additional Special Counters are operating out of KLIA2.
      • Travelers must present themselves at a Special Counter at least six hours before their departure flight with the following documentation:
        • Return ticket to country of origin
        • Payment of RM500 (payable ONLY by debit/credit or Touch’nGo eWallet)
        • RT-PCR COVID-19 test results taken within 72 hours prior to the flight
      • The Malaysian Immigration Department has confirmed to the U.S. Embassy that U.S. citizens with a current, unexpired Malaysian pass in an expired U.S. passport who have obtained a new U.S. passport may utilize the Special Counters. These travelers must present both the old passport containing the valid Malaysian pass AND the new passport issued by the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
      • Likewise, we are informed that infants born in Malaysia who have been documented as U.S. citizens but have not yet received a Malaysian pass in their U.S. passport may utilize the Special Counters to obtain departure permissions.
      • We remind travelers that Malaysian Immigration maintains the authority to suspend or deny an application to exit Malaysia and recommend that all travelers book flight options that can be rescheduled if needed.

 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No, unless they are 18 or older AND not fully vaccinated.
  • Effective April 1, 2022, arriving non-Malaysians are not subject to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated as defined by the Malaysian Ministry of Health, or if they are under 18. Please review the linked document to determine if you qualify as fully vaccinated, and be sure that you have submitted your vaccine information for verification in advance of travel at the MySafeTravel web portalNote that in some cases, vaccination requirements are stricter for those 60 years old and above.
  • Travelers age 18 and above who are not fully vaccinated are subject to a 5-day quarantine upon arrival, with a negative test requirement prior to release. Travelers who test positive upon arrival are subject to a 7-day quarantine, with possibility for release after the fourth day if they test negative (note that only travelers who are not fully vaccinated will be required to test on arrival as of May 1, 2022).  Travelers may be permitted to serve their quarantine period at a residence, but this is not guaranteed, and travelers who expect to be quarantined due to vaccination status should confirm details with Malaysian authorities in advance.
  • Travelers must download the MySejahtera application, submit all required information through the app, and obey any instructions they receive through MySejahtera.

 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No, unless they are 18 or older AND not fully vaccinated, or test positive on arrival.
  • Effective April 1, 2022, arriving non-Malaysians are not subject to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated as defined by the Malaysian Ministry of Health, or if they are 17 years old and younger. Please review the linked document to determine if you qualify as fully vaccinated, and be sure that you have submitted your vaccine information for verification in advance of travel at the MySafeTravel web portal.  Note that in some cases, vaccination requirements are stricter for those 60 years old and above.
  • Travelers who are not fully vaccinated are subject to a 5-day quarantine upon arrival, with a negative test requirement prior to release. Travelers who test positive upon arrival are subject to a 7-day quarantine if they are fully vaccinated, or a 10-day quarantine if they are not fully vaccinated.  Travelers may be permitted to serve their quarantine period at a residence, but this is not guaranteed, and travelers who expect to be quarantined due to vaccination status should confirm details with Malaysian authorities in advance.
  • Travelers must download the MySejahtera application, submit all required information through the app, and obey any instructions they receive through MySejahtera.

 

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Masks must be worn on public transportation.

 

  • Failure to comply with any of the National Recovery Plan Standard Operating Procedures, including the mask requirement, may result in a fine of RM 1,000 (USD $235) or more, and/or jail time.
  • The Malaysian government may implement further changes with little or no advance notice.  Please contact the appropriate local authorities directly with any additional questions.  U.S. citizens should carry their passport and visa with them at all times.

 

  • American Citizen Services: Routine consular services at the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur are available, though appointments are limited in accordance with social distancing and other COVID-19 SOPs.  Please visit our website to make an appointment.
  • Returning to the United States on an Expired U.S. Passport
    • If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to enter the United States until June 30, 2022.  See this page for more information.
    • Please note that Malaysia maintains exit controls and U.S. citizens holding expired Malaysian visas should not expect to be able to freely depart Malaysia without applying for prior approval with Malaysian Immigration and satisfying any fines or penalties imposed by the Malaysian authorities. Malaysian Immigration generally does not recognize visas in expired passports, so U.S. citizens attempting to depart using expired U.S. passports will almost certainly encounter difficulties clearing Malaysian exit controls.
  • Visa Services: Visa services may be limited and/or delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please see https://ustraveldocs.com/my/ for further information.

 

Information regarding COVID-19 in Malaysia can be found at the websites of the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Health (MOH), as well as Ministry of Health social media accounts listed below.  Malaysian authorities frequently share policy updates first on official social media accounts prior to publishing on official websites.

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