COVID-19 Information

Last updated: January 21, 2022

On December 13, 2021, the State Department issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Malaysia, advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Malaysia due to COVID-19. 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.

  • Malaysia implemented entry and movement restrictions on all foreign nationals 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.
  • The Malaysian Ministry of Defense instituted a mandatory mask requirement effective August 1, 2020 in all 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 publicclinics 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://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.

 

  • 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.
  • 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? No, with limited exceptions
  • 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.
  • Effective December 27, 2021, all travelers arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport must pay for their mandatory arrival COVID-19 test in advance through a website designated by the Malaysian government, https://safetravel.myeg.com.my/. Upon payment, you will receive a QR code that must be displayed on your mobile phone at arrival to be tested. The COVID-19 testing fee can no longer be paid in person at the airport via credit or debit card.
  • Foreign nationals must either have formal written approval from the Malaysian Government through the My Travel Pass program or possess specific categories of valid long-term travel passes before attempting to enter Malaysia (note that requirements may differ for preapproved Short Term Business Travelers and participants in the Langkawi Island International Tourism Pilot Project and Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lane – see below for details on these programs). My Travel Pass is a consolidated portal for categories of pass holders who require permission to enter (or exit and re-enter) Malaysia.  As of November 1, 2021, many categories of long-term pass holders, including students, Malaysia My Second Home passholders, some employment pass holders, and permanent residents, are no longer required to apply through My Travel Pass for permission to enter Malaysia (please see the Malaysian Immigration Department’s announcement for a full list of exempted categories).  Short-term passholders and holders of expired long-term passes continue to require My Travel Pass permission.
    • Short Term Business Travelers:  Fully vaccinated business travelers approved to enter Malaysia for a period of 14 days or less require My Entry permission to enter, but may not be required to quarantine upon arrival.  COVID-19 testing is required prior to departure, upon arrival, and at several additional points during the stay in Malaysia. Additional details on the application and approval process are available on the website of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority.
    • Malaysia-Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lanes:  A Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL-Air) between Changi Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport began operations on November 29, 2021. A VTL-Land was also launched on that date permitting Malaysian and Singaporean citizens, permanent residents, and long-term pass holders to cross the land border between the two countries.  Under the VTL, fully vaccinated travelers may travel between Malaysia and Singapore and undergo COVID-19 tests in lieu of serving quarantine.  According to the Frequently Asked Questions answered by the Malaysian government, the VTL-Air is open to those with valid Malaysian visas.  Short-term foreign visitors who comply with all other requirements may be issued visas on arrival at the discretion of Malaysian Immigration.  The Malaysian Ministry of Health announced on December 7, 2021 that travelers using VTLs must obtain COVID-19 tests two days prior to arrival, on arrival, and several additional times following arrival.  Monitor the guidance shared by the Malaysian Ministry of Health, Ministry of Transport, and the Malaysian Immigration Department for full details as testing and eligibility requirements may change with little advance notice.
    • Langkawi Island International Tourism Pilot Project: International tourists traveling to Langkawi Island may participate in the International Tourism Pilot Project, which exempts vaccinated, pre-approved travelers booking travel through licensed tour operators from quarantine restrictions.  Per a December 7, 2021 Ministry of Health update, travelers must obtain COVID-19 test results within two days of their departure and upon arrival and remain in their hotel while awaiting a negative result.  They are required to remain in Langkawi for a minimum of seven days and pass an additional series of tests before traveling elsewhere in Malaysia.  For full program details and requirements, please review the website of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture.  Travelers should also monitor the guidance shared by the Malaysian Ministry of Health and the Malaysian Immigration Department as testing and eligibility requirements may change with little advance notice.  Travelers  from countries, including the United States, where the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been identified are allowed to participate in the Langkawi travel bubble if all applicable requirements are observed.
  • 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:  Foreign nationals may depart the country; however, re-entry may not be permitted (see entry requirements above).  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? Yes
    • All individuals entering Malaysia from countries reporting spread of the Omicron variant, including the United States, are required to provide the results of a COVID-19 (RT-PCR) test taken within 2 days of departure and undergo mandatory quarantine at a facility designated by the Malaysian government (home quarantine may be approved in advance for specific categories of travelers).  The full cost of testing and quarantine must be borne by the traveler.  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.
  • 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.
    • Malaysian Immigration may request a letter from the U.S. Embassy to confirm the traveler’s individual circumstances or provide justification for the visa extension request. While we do not provide such documents, one alternative would be notarizing an affidavit at the U.S. Embassy.  An affidavit is a sworn statement of facts, made voluntarily, and confirmed by the oath or affirmation of the person making it.  We recommend confirming in advance if the end recipient will accept an affidavit, as notarial fees are nonrefundable.  More information on notarial services, fees, and appointments, including a blank affidavit template, are available on our website here: https://my.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/notaries-public/

 

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes, in certain areas.
    • Certain areas may have curfews in place under the National Recovery Plan.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? For the most part, no.
    • Beginning October 11, 2021, fully vaccinated individuals who wish to cross district or state borders no longer need police authorization.  Some restrictions may remain in areas falling under Enhanced Movement Control Orders (EMCO), so you should consult the National Recovery Plan website to review current EMCO areas prior to travel.  Travelers who are NOT fully vaccinated must obtain police authorization prior to interstate travel (see the Malaysian government’s definition of “fully vaccinated” below).  The police travel authorization form to is available here.  For further questions on domestic travel restrictions, please check with your local police.
  • National Recovery Plan (NRP)
    • Under the National Recovery Plan (NRP), each Malaysian state and territory moves through four “phases” of COVID-19 related restrictions based on daily COVID-19 numbers, hospital capacity, and vaccination rates, with Phase One being the most restrictive. The Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and “phase” levels for each state are available in English on the National Recovery Plan website hereThe U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to review current SOPs frequently to ensure compliance.  Restrictions may be changed with little notice and are strictly enforced.
  • Information for Fully Vaccinated Individuals
    • Fully vaccinated individuals who can demonstrate their vaccination status in the MySejahtera mobile app are subject to relaxed restrictions under the National Recovery Plan.
    • The NSC’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.
    • Registering vaccines received abroad in MySejahtera: The Malaysian Special Committee on Ensuring Access to COVID-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) announced on Twitter on October 4, 2021 that individuals who received a COVID-19 vaccine outside of Malaysia may now apply directly via the MySejahtera Helpdesk to have their digital vaccine certificate added.
      • To do this, open the MySejahtera app, select “Helpdesk,” then scroll down to select Option N “I have received my vaccination overseas and would like to obtain my digital certificate in MySejahtera” and enter the requested information.
      • Previously, JKJAV announced that individuals who were fully vaccinated abroad must appear at the nearest district health office (PKD) for verification and validation to obtain a digital vaccination certificate on the MySejahtera application following the instructions below. For those who wish to utilize this process rather than the new process described above, we recommend that you contact your district health office in advance to verify whether this process is still in effect.
        • Individuals must present COVID-19 vaccination records or certificates as proof that they obtained a COVID-19 vaccine abroad.
        • After receiving confirmation from PKD, the State Health Department will send the information to the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) in Putrajaya. CPRC Putrajaya will inform MySejahtera to update and issue a digital certificate in the application.
        • JKJAV advises that the processing time may take 7 – 30 days.
      • 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: For additional information on traveling to Sabah, please consult with state authorities.
        • Sarawak: For additional information on traveling to Sarawak, please consult with state authorities.

 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes, with limited exceptions
    • All travelers must undergo COVID-19 testing and most must quarantine at a facility designated by the Malaysian government.  The full cost of testing and quarantine must be borne by the traveler.
      • Travelers utilizing the programs for Short Term Business Travelers, the Langkawi Island International Tourism Pilot Project, or the Malaysia-Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lane are not required to quarantine but must still test prior to arrival. Preapproval is required for each of these programs.  Please see Entry Restrictions above for more details on each program.
      • Effective January 13, 2022, fully vaccinated travelers who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection in the last 11 to 60 days are not required to quarantine upon arrival in Malaysia. Such travelers remain subject to testing and documentation requirements.  You should carefully review the Malaysian Ministry of Health’s guidance if you are considering using this option to avoid quarantine.
    • All other travelers arriving to Malaysia must provide the results of a COVID-19 (RT-PCR) test taken within two days of departure, quarantine at the assigned quarantine location for 5 days (fully vaccinated travelers with booster), 7 days (fully vaccinated travelers without a booster), or 10 days (unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers), and undergo a second COVID sample screening on the 4th , 5th , or 8th day of quarantine, depending on their vaccination status.
    • Travelers must download the MySejahtera application and are required to wear a wristband or digital tracker for identification and monitoring by the authorities.
    • Home Quarantine Information – Preapproval Required
      • 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 with preapproval from the Ministry of Health (MOH), subject to strict requirements including mandatory electronic monitoring.
      • Other travelers who can demonstrate that they have a home residence in Malaysia that is suitable for quarantine may also be permitted to quarantine at home, subject to MOH preapproval.
      • Travelers must make a formal application for home quarantine through the Home Quarantine Portal at least 7-10 days prior to travel to request home quarantine. You should be prepared to submit the following documents or information:
        • Travel itinerary/tickets
        • U.S. passport
        • Malaysian visa/pass
        • Vaccine card
        • Residential address in Malaysia (where the traveler will quarantine)
      • If approved, you will be notified by email and given further instructions. Travelers must print the home quarantine preapproval notice and present it upon arrival to Malaysia.
      • 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.
    • Travelers who test positive should closely follow Ministry of Health guidance on quarantine and hospitalization requirements.

 

  • 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 return directly to the United States until March 31, 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 may 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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