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On April 20, 2021, the State Department issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for Malaysia, advising U.S. citizens not to travel to Malaysia due to COVID-19.  For additional information, please see the full Travel Advisory.

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.  Although routine consular services are suspended, we are scheduling limited 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 any urgent circumstances.

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.

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 04/21/21

***  Effective January 26, 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. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. 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.

Country-Specific Information

  • Malaysia has implemented entry and movement restrictions on all foreign nationals in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. For up-to-date numbers on COVID-19 cases in Malaysia, please consult the Ministry of Health’s website.
  • COVID-19 related restrictions throughout Malaysia vary significantly by state and district. The nationwide Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Order 2021, previously in effect through March 31, 2021, was extended through August 1, 2021. States and districts with higher prevalence of COVID-19 may be subject to Movement Control Orders (MCOs), Conditional Movement Control Orders (CMCOs), Recovery Movement Control Orders (RMCOs) or Enhanced Movement Control Orders (EMCOs).  For additional information on the MCOs, CMCOs, RMCOs and EMCOs currently in effect, please see the Movement Restrictions section below.
  • The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to review current 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 restrictions, please check with local police directly.
  • The Malaysian Ministry of Defense instituted a mandatory mask requirement effective August 1, 2020 in all public areas.
  • Failure to comply with any of the MCO, CMCO, RMCO or EMCO restrictions, including the mask requirement, may result in a fine of RM 1,000 (USD $235) or more, and/or jail time.

 

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Malaysia? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
    • Many testing providers can provide results within 72 hours. 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, set up a platform to disseminate information on COVID-19 in Malaysia, including a list of designated public hospitals in each state that are equipped to screen for COVID-19.
  • The Malaysian Ministry of Health has lists of private and public clinics able to offer COVID-19 testing on their website.
  • The MySejahtera 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://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.htm
    • 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.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

  • 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
    • Malaysia began its national vaccination program in February and foreign nationals residing in Malaysia are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination through this program. Malaysia’s vaccine program will have the following three phases:
      • Phase 1 (February – April 2021): Front line workers including those working in healthcare, defense, security, and essential services
      • Phase 2 (April – August 2021): Senior citizens over age 60, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with health conditions that place them at higher risk
      • Phase 3 (May 2021 – February 2022): Adults age 18 and above. Priority will be given to those in red zones, followed by yellow, then green zones.
    • Individuals in Malaysia can register for the COVID-19 vaccine in one of the following ways:
      • Through the MySejahtera app
      • Via Malaysia’s National Immunization Website
      • Via the National COVID-19 Vaccination Registration Line: 1800-888-828
    • Additional information can be found at Malaysia’s National Immunization Website.
  • Which vaccines are available in Malaysia?
    • Malaysia’s National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) granted conditional registration to the Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinovac, and AstraZeneca 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. Please follow Malaysian developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

 

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No, with very limited exceptions
    • Travelers must have formal written approval from the Malaysian Government before attempting to enter Malaysia. Malaysian Immigration operates a consolidated portal called My Travel Pass for most categories of pass holders to request permission to enter (or exit and re-enter) Malaysia.  Note that there is a different process for short term business travelers and student pass holders, please see below for more details.
    • On September 8, 2020, the Immigration Department of Malaysia announced that nationals of certain countries, including the United States, are banned from entry to Malaysia. On September 18, 2020, Immigration announced U.S. citizens with certain long-term passes may apply to enter Malaysia.   In addition, as of November 20, spouses of Malaysian citizens may apply for entry permission.  The Director General of Immigration may consider appeals from those in other visa categories to enter Malaysia on emergency and compassionate grounds – these requests should be submitted via My Travel Pass.
    • All travelers are required to undergo COVID testing and a mandatory quarantine at a facility designated by the Malaysian government. The full cost of testing and quarantine must be borne by the traveler. Please see the section on Quarantine Information below for further details.
    • International Students: International students are permitted to enter Malaysia beginning on January 1, 2021, subject to compliance with Malaysia’s Standard Operating Procedures. Additional details about this policy and SOPs for returning international students are available on the Education Malaysia website.
    • Short Term Business Travelers: On March 3, 2021, the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) announced a new process in which business travelers approved to enter Malaysia for a period of 14 days or less will not be required to quarantine upon arrival. Additional details on the application and approval process are available on MIDA’s website.
    • Expatriate Teachers: Per guidance received from Malaysian Immigration, expatriate teachers and their dependents may now be approved to depart Malaysia for the summer school holiday and return to Malaysia thereafter. Interested expatriate teachers should apply for advance Immigration authorization via My Entry.  If approved, the Malaysian Immigration approval letter will be valid for 90 days, and both exit and return to Malaysia must take place within this 90 day window of validity.  Those wishing to remain outside Malaysia longer than 90 days should initially apply only for exit approval, and then apply separately for entry approval once they are ready to return to Malaysia.  Please contact the Expatriate Services Division of the Immigration Department of Malaysia directly with further questions at +603 8880 1449 or esdhelpdesk@imi.gov.my.
    • Malaysia My Second Home Holders (MM2H): Effective October 5, the return approval process for MM2H visa holders is managed by Malaysian Immigration rather than the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture.  Return approval may be requested from Immigration via My Travel Pass.
    • Transit: Foreign nationals may 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.
    • Departure: Foreign nationals are permitted to depart the country; however, flight options are reduced, and re-entry may not be permitted (see entry requirements above). Malaysian citizens with a foreign residence permit, including U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents, are allowed to depart, but may not be able to return without prior approval.  All travelers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  Travelers should closely monitor the situation in Malaysia and other transit countries before travel.
    • 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 about traveling to Sabah or Sarawak, see the information in “Movement Restrictions” below and contact the local immigration authorities directly.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • All individuals entering Malaysia are required to undergo COVID testing and a mandatory quarantine at a facility designated by the Malaysian government. The full cost of testing and quarantine must be borne by the traveler. Please see the section on Quarantine Information below for full details.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • See above
  • Information regarding Malaysian Immigration for U.S. Citizens currently in Malaysia
    • 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/). Please also refer to the FAQs at the Immigration Department of Malaysia.
    • The U.S. Embassy cannot make appointments with the Malaysian Department of Immigration on your behalf. 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.
    • Ninety-day Social Visit Passes (Tourist Entry Stamps)
      • On April 12, 2021, the Malaysian Immigration Department announced that foreign nationals holding expired Social Visit Passes should depart Malaysia on or prior to April 21, 2021 and that failure to do so could result in enforcement action. The Malaysian Immigration Department further announced that foreign nationals holding expired Social Visit Passes may apply for a Special Pass to extend their stay in Malaysia, but should provide supporting documents including financial and residency information and a supporting letter from their respective embassy.
      • The U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur cannot intervene on your behalf when you apply for a Malaysian visa and we cannot certify or validate your specific or personal justification for remaining in Malaysia. However, U.S. citizens may request a letter from the U.S. Embassy through our online form, which may be provided to Malaysian Immigration in connection with an application for a Special Pass. The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that permission to enter and remain in Malaysia is at the decision and discretion of the Malaysian Immigration Department.
      • For more information, review the FAQs on Malaysian Immigration’s website (click on “FAQs Division of Visa, Pass & Permit”).
      • Malaysia maintains exit controls and U.S. citizens holding expired social visit passes should not expect to be able to freely depart Malaysia after April 21, 2021 without applying for prior approval with Malaysian Immigration and satisfying any fines or penalties imposed by the authorities.
    • Long-Term Pass Holders (e.g. dependent passes, employment passes, MM2H, etc.)
      • Malaysian Immigration’s April 12 announcement also notes that holders of Long Term Passes (Resident, Employment, Dependent, Student, MM2H, etc.) that expired after February 1, 2020, must apply to renew their passes prior to June 30, 2021.
      • For more information, review the FAQs on Malaysian Immigration’s website (click on “FAQs Division of Visa, Pass & Permit”).
      • If your renewal or extension request is denied, you may be subject to immigration fines, immediate deportation, or other enforcement action
    • Exit and Reentry Requirements for Pass Holders in Malaysia
      • Exit and return to Malaysia is currently granted on a case by case basis for emergency cases and medical reasons. For further information, please visit the Expatriate Services Division website.
    • Travel for Malaysian citizens
      • Guidance issued by the Malaysian Prime Minister’s office indicates that Malaysian citizens who are permanent residents of other countries or hold long-term visas from other countries may be permitted to depart Malaysia with the approval of Malaysian Immigration. Please refer to information published by the Malaysian authorities for further details about travel restrictions applicable to Malaysian citizens. The U.S. Embassy does not provide letters of support for Malaysian citizens who wish to depart Malaysia and travel to the United States.
    • Malaysia-Singapore Border Crossing Arrangement: For information on the Malaysia-Singapore Border Crossing Arrangement, please review Malaysian Immigration’s website here.

 

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes, in certain areas.
    • Zones under MCOs, CMCOs, RMCOs or EMCOs may have curfews in place.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
    • Individuals who need to cross state borders must obtain a police authorization letter prior to traveling. The police authorization form to cross states is available here. According to an April 19th announcement by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, interstate travel for work, medical and educational purposes is permitted from Monday to Thursday.  All interstate travel is prohibited from Friday to Sunday with the exception of emergency cases, travel related to the death of an immediate family member, and visits between long distance married couples. If you are considering traveling across 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.
    • Specific “red zones” with higher numbers of COVID-19 cases may be intermittently placed under a more restrictive Movement Control Order (MCO), Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) or an Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).
    • A Conditional Movement Control Order is in effect through April 28 in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Penang and Kelantan. A CMCO is in effect in Sarawak until April 26.
    • A Recovery Movement Control Order is in effect through April 28 in the following states and federal districts: Melaka, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah, Putrajaya, Labuan, Perlis, Kedah, Perak, and Negri Sembilan.
    • An Enhanced Movement Control Order is in effect through April 26 in Kampung Meruntum, Sabah.
    • 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.
      • Sabah: Sabah is subject to an RMCO through April 28, 2021. Inter-district travel within Sabah requires police authorization. For additional information on traveling to Sabah, please consult with state authorities.   
      • Sarawak: All districts in Sarawak are subject to a CMCO through April 26. For additional information on traveling to Sarawak, please consult with state authorities.

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • All travelers must undergo COVID-19 testing and a mandatory quarantine at a facility designated by the Malaysian government. The full cost of testing and quarantine must be borne by the traveler.
      • Travelers presenting the results of a negative RT-PCR test undertaken within 72 hours of their departure to Malaysia must quarantine for seven days upon arrival. The Malaysian authorities may require a COVID-19 test upon arrival and will require an additional COVID-19 test on the 5th day of quarantine.
      • Travelers not presenting the results of a negative RT-PCR test will be tested upon arrival and must quarantine for ten days with an additional COVID-19 test on the 8th day of quarantine.
    • Travelers must download the MySejahtera application and may be required to wear a wristband for identification and monitoring by the authorities. For additional information on quarantine requirements, please contact the Malaysian National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA).
    • Travelers who test positive should closely follow Ministry of Health guidance on quarantine and hospitalization requirements.

Transportation Options

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

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Failure to comply with any of the MCO, CMCO, RMCO, or EMCO restrictions, 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.

Consular Operations

  • American Citizen Services: 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. Although routine consular services are suspended, we are scheduling limited 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 any urgent circumstances.
    • We continue to allow collection of U.S. passports, passport cards, and Consular Reports of Births Abroad during the scheduled times indicated in our pick-up confirmation email. However, please note that depending on your location, Malaysian police authorization may be required to travel to the Embassy as interstate travel is restricted during the CMCO.  Please reach out to your local police directly for additional information on the requirements for interstate travel.
  • 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.

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