COVID-19 Precautionary Measures in Malaysia (08 April Update)

Can a resident enter the country?

  • Yes

  • Citizens are allowed to enter.

*Can a foreigner enter the country? *

  • Yes with exceptions

  • Travellers are not permitted to enter unless they meet one of the following exceptions:

  • Travellers with a diplomatic passport;

  • Foreigners with Permanent Resident status;

  • Passengers with approval obtained from Malaysian immigration using this link;

  • Merchant seamen with an official letter from the government and certified by the Malaysian immigration and joining the ship within 24 hours from arrival;

  • Students with approval from authorities using this link.

  • Medical Tourism – Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC);

  • Other Long-Term Social Visit Pass (LTSVP) (Resident Pass/Temporary Employment Visit Pass (PLKS)/Professional Visit Pass (PVP/PLIK)/Dependant Pass to the LTVP Holders;

  • Oil and gas workers and seafarers.

  • Travellers/citizens of Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, German, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States are not allowed to enter Malaysia even if they meet the above exceptions.

*Is transit allowed through the country? *

  • Yes with exceptions

  • Transit is allowed through international airports as long as travellers do not pass through immigration.

  • Passengers from Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, German, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States are allowed to transit in KLIA within 24 hours.

  • Transit passengers bound to China are not allowed to transit via Malaysia.

  • Any travellers transiting Sabah through KLIA must have a PCR or RTK-Ag test certificate issued three days prior to departure or they will have to undergo testing at Kuala Lumpur International Airport's International Entrance before their connecting flight. International travellers without a negative PCR or RTK-Ag COVID-19 test certificate are required to quarantine at a designated quarantine centre.

*Is a test required on arrival? *

  • Yes

  • All Malaysians and foreigners travelling from overseas must undergo COVID-19 document check or testing at the airport's International Entrance before their connecting flight into Malaysia (within 24 hours).

  • Travellers will be required to undergo a COVID-19 screening test upon arrival (which may take up to 3 hours).

*Test certificate required? *

  • No with exceptions

  • Prior to entering Malaysia, travellers who have obtained the Entry Approval are encouraged to have a COVID-19 PCR test performed within three days (72 hours) prior to arrival in Malaysia. Having a negative PCR test result will reduce the quarantine period for travellers.

*Is quarantine required on arrival? *

  • Yes

  • All Malaysians and foreigners travelling from overseas must quarantine for 7 days at designated quarantine centres at their point of arrival in Malaysia even with a negative RT-PCR test performed three (3) days before departing to Malaysia. Those travelling into Malaysia without the RT-PCR certificate will undergo a 10-day mandatory quarantine.

  • The cost for quarantine that includes a COVID 19 screening test, transport, accommodation, meals, and handling costs as determined by the Malaysian Ministry of Health is at the traveller's expense. Payment of any applicable charges is to be made through the MySafeTravel System or the MyQR phone app prior to their arrival in Malaysia to avoid congestion at the airport.

  • Based on the above restrictions, all incoming travellers will be subjected to a minimum of 7 days of quarantine or a maximum of 10 days of quarantine based on the specific requirements above.

*Is vaccination required? *

  • No

  • A vaccination for COVID-19 is not required for entry into the country.

Insurance required?

  • No

  • Proof of insurance coverage for COVID-19 expenses is not required to enter the country.

*Entry form required? *

  • Yes

  • As an additional requirement for the entry and exit into/from Malaysia, passengers are required to present a signed Letter of Undertaking and Indemnity (LoU) available in English and Malay languages.

  • Passengers (except nationals of Malaysia and those travelling as students) must obtain approval from Malaysian immigration before travelling by completing an online form at this link.

  • Travellers arriving in Sarawak must complete a Sarawak entry form along with a health declaration e-form before departure here.

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Airline restrictions

  • Significant

  • Some international passenger flights are operating.

  • Domestic flight services are operating.

  • A face mask is mandatory in the airport.

  • Passengers are not allowed to transfer to any domestic flight from an international flight, with the exception of nationals of Malaysia travelling to Sarawak.

Border restrictions

  • Significant

  • Borders will remain closed until further notice.

  • Travellers intending to exit Malaysia must present the relevant supporting documents to the officers during the immigration clearance process. The categories include:

  • Diplomats, students; Long-Term Social Visit Pass holders of other countries, including permanent residents, employment pass and others; employees of oil and gas or shipping companies who are signed-on to the ship in other countries; those accompanying students abroad, limited to two persons; those starting new employment who recently received employment offers.

  • Any individual departing from Malaysia to attend meetings, seminars, exhibitions and travelling for business or emergency matters is required to obtain approval from the Department of Immigration Malaysia via MyTravelPass prior to travel.

Curfew restrictions

  • Moderate

  • A nationwide state of emergency has been declared by the government of Malaysia and may remain in effect until at least 1 August 2021.

  • The government has introduced restrictions with classifications as mentioned below:

  • Currently, the Movement Control Order (MCO) has been terminated by all the states except part of Sebah. The standard operating procedure for MCO can be seen at this link.

  • The Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in Sarawak will remain until 12 April 2021. The CMCO will remain until 14 April 2021 in Selangor, WP Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johar, Kelantan. The Standard Operating Procedures for the CMCO can be viewed here.

  • The Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) in Kedah (except Kuala Muda District, which is under CMCO), Nageri Sembilan (except Seremban, which is under CMCO), Sabah (except Keningau district, which is under MCO), Perak, Pahang, Terengganu, Perlis, WP Putrajaya, WP Labuan, Melaka will remain in effect until 14 April 2021. The SOP for Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), which is currently in effect in Sarawak, is available at this link

Social distancing and restrictions

  • Moderate

  • Social distancing of one meter must be maintained.

  • Use of MySejahtera, a contact tracing application, is mandatory for both visitors and vendors of commercial establishments.

  • Social gatherings of any kind, including meetings, seminars, conferences, and training are prohibited.

Internal travel restrictions

  • Moderate

  • Face masks are mandatory on public transport. Taxis, metro, and buses are operating at limited capacity.

  • Until 14 April 2021, anyone intending to enter Sabah from Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak and WP Labuan must follow the guidelines available at this link

  • The entry and exit requirement of Sarawak are mentioned below:

  • All passengers travelling into Sarawak during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) must apply for entry permission online or download the “Enter Sarawak App” and submit the health declaration form.

  • Any Sarawakians, Malaysians and non-Malaysian travellers, who wish to enter Sarawak from West Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan are required to undergo the RT-PCR COVID-19 test three days before entering Sarawak.

  • Movement between states under-recovery control order (RMCO) by tourists has been approved by the government. The movement will be under strict guidelines including only using registered vehicles.

  • During the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), anyone travelling from Kuala Lumpur to other domestic destinations is required to have a valid approval letter from Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM). This approval is not required for international passengers transiting in Kuala Lumpur for their onward connection to other domestic destinations.

*Non-essential businesses open? *

  • Yes

  • Public markets are open. Retail businesses such as clothing and accessories, as well as sports equipment, are allowed to open with safety measures.

*Accommodations open? *

  • Yes

  • Hotels are open. Temperatures will be checked on arrival.

*Restaurants open? *

  • Yes

  • Restaurants are open with strict protocols.

*Beaches and tourism sites open? *

  • Yes

  • Tourism sites are open.

*Museums and heritage sites open? *

  • Yes

  • Museums are open.

*Personal care services open? *

  • Yes

  • Hairdressers, beauticians, spas and wellness centres are allowed to open with social distancing measures including the mandatory mask requirement.

*Places of worship open? *

  • Yes with exceptions

  • Religious gatherings are allowed with limited capacity.

*Events allowed? *

  • Yes with exceptions

  • Social, cultural, sports activities are allowed; however, in areas under CMCO, events are allowed to operate on a limited basis and may be subject to limits on attendance.

*Masks required in public? *

  • Yes with exceptions

  • Face masks are mandatory in crowded areas and in public transports.

Other

  • Schools, educational institutions, kindergartens, recreational centres, public parks will remain closed in areas under CMCO.

  • In CMCO imposed areas, night clubs and entertainment centres remain closed.

Advice For Travellers

The COVID-19 epidemic is constantly changing worldwide. Travel and border restrictions may change with little or no notice. Airlines may have their own requirements for testing, masking, and distancing. It is recommended that travellers carry a supply of face masks since the requirement can vary by location. It is recommended that travellers practice social distancing and maintain a 6-foot distance other individuals and avoid crowded areas. Check with your airline, booking agent, or country's embassy for information on your specific travel plans.