Malaysia (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 16 December, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Fully vaccinated travellers entering Malaysia will begin serving a reduced quarantine period of seven days.

To track vaccines approved for use in Malaysia: https://covid19.trackvaccines.org/country/malaysia/

Vaccines approved for use in Malaysia:
Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, CanSino, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Oxford/AstraZeneca, Sinopharm (Beijing), and Sinovac.
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative COVID-19 test is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 7 and 10 days required for some travellers.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Banned
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Delivery/Takeout only
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 14.12.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Malaysia;
– permanent residents of Malaysia;
– passengers with a Long Term Visit Pass;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe in the past 14 days;
– passengers arriving from Singapore under the Vaccinated Travel Lanes scheme;
– passengers with MyTravelPass (MTP) obtained at https://mtp.imi.gov.my/myTravelPass/main . They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe in the past 14 days;
– students with a written approval from immigration applied at https://educationmalaysia.gov.my/ . They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe in the past 14 days;
– merchant seamen with an official letter from the company certified by Malaysian immigration and joining the ship no later than 24 hours from arrival. They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe in the past 14 days;
– passengers traveling to Langkawi (LGK) under the Langkawi Travel Bubble, if not arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe;
– passengers with an Entry Permission Approval obtained from https://myentry.myxpats.com.my/app/
2. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe are not allowed to transit.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Malaysia;
– permanent residents of Malaysia;
– passengers with a Long Term Visit Pass.
3. Passengers must install ’MySejahtera app’ in their phone and complete the health declaration at least one day before departure.
4. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers arriving from Singapore under the Vaccinated Travel Lanes scheme;
– passengers traveling to Langkawi (LGK) under the Langkawi Travel Bubble;
– passengers with an Entry Permission Approval obtained from https://myentry.myxpats.com.my/app/ ;
– passengers who in the past 14 days have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe.
5. Passengers arriving from Singapore under the Vaccinated Travel Lanes scheme must:
– have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 2 days before departure; and
– have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Covaxin, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac at least 14 days before arrival; and
– have stayed in Singapore or Malaysia in the past 14 days; and
– have a copy of travel insurance policy with a minimum coverage of MYR 100,000.
– The COVID-19 RT-PCR test does not apply to passengers younger than 2 years;
– The COVID-19 vaccination certificate does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.
6. Passengers traveling to Langkawi (LGK) under the Langkawi Travel Bubble must have:
– a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 2 days before departure; and
– a travel package from a travel agency licensed by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture Malaysia (MOTAC); and
– insurance to cover COVID-19 expenses with minimum coverage of USD 80,000; and
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with:
– CanSinoBIO (Convidecia) or Janssen at least 28 days before arrival; or
– AstraZeneca, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V at least 14 days before arrival.
7. Passengers with an Entry Permission Approval obtained from https://myentry.myxpats.com.my/app/ must have:
– a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 2 days before departure; and
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with:
– CanSinoBIO (Convidecia) or Janssen at least 28 days before arrival; or
– AstraZeneca, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V at least 14 days before arrival.
8. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 48 hours before departure.
9. Passengers are subject to a COVID-19 RT-PCR test upon arrival at their own expense.
10. Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 7, 10 or 14 days at the first point of entry at their own expense.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers with an approval letter for home quarantine applied at https://ecovid19.moh.gov.my/outbreak-portal-hqa/index . They must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated and are subject to home isolation for 7 days, if not arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe
– passengers traveling to Langkawi (LGK) with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with:
– CanSinoBIO (Convidecia) or Janssen at least 28 days before arrival; or
– AstraZeneca, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V at least 14 days before arrival, if not arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe
11. Airline crew must have their names listed on the General Declaration.
12. Airline crew are subject to quarantine until their next flight and must install ’MySejahtera app’ in their phone.
13. The maximum transit time through Kuala Lumpur (KUL) changed from 48 hours to 24 hours.
14. Transfer from an international flight to a domestic flight is not allowed.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Malaysia traveling to Sabah and Sarawak. They must have approval from the State Government;
– passengers traveling under the Langkawi Travel Bubble.
15. Passengers traveling to Sarawak must complete an “enterSarawak” form and an “eHealth Declaration Form” before departure at https://sarawakdisastermc.com/

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Category of Passengers Allowed to enter Malaysia:

– Malaysian
– Foreigners with permanent resident status
– Diplomat and dependents of foreign mission in Malaysia
– Expatriates and their dependents, including foreign maids to expatriates who are holding a valid long-term pass and/or has obtained pass approval application to enter Malaysia. The application made through MYEntry system in ESD: https://esd.imi.gov.my/portal/

The category of the pass are as follows:

a) Residence Pass-Talent (RP-T) and their dependent/s
b) Employment Pass (Category EP I, II and III)
c) Professional Visit Pass (PVP)
d) Dependent Pass to expatriate for all categories
e) Long Term Social Visit Pass (LT-SVP) to expatriate for all categories
f) Foreign Maid to expatriate for all categories
g) Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) Pass Holders
h) Student Pass Holders
i) Medical Tourism – Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC)
j) Other Long-Term Social Visit Pass (LTSVP) (Resident Pass / Temporary Employment Visit Pass (PLKS) / Professional Visit Pass (PVP/PLIK) / Dependent Pass to the LTVP Holders
k) Oil and Gas workers and Seafarers
l) Travelers will also need at least $80,000 of insurance coverage for COVID-19, and tourists must engage with a local tour guide.

Authorities have banned foreigners with travel history to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe in the previous 14 days from entering the country until further notice. Citizens and permanent residents can still enter but must serve a mandatory two-week quarantine at government-designated facilities.

Fully vaccinated travellers entering Malaysia will begin serving a reduced quarantine period of seven day and must show vaccination proof.

To track vaccines approved for use in Malaysia: https://covid19.trackvaccines.org/country/malaysia/

Travelers must seek advance approval from authorities.

All travelers must undergo COVID-19 tests three days before their flights to Malaysia.

Arrivals from most countries must quarantine at designated sites for 14 days; officials may extend the quarantine period for an additional seven days based on a medical screening on the 14th day.

Officials require a 21-day quarantine for permitted travelers from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Foreigners may transit at Malaysian airports as long as they do not pass through immigration points.

Sarawak requires all persons arriving in the state, including those from other parts of Malaysia, to present a negative result from an RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure and complete “enterSarawak” and eHealth Declaration forms before departure. Further details on Sarawak’s entry and requirements, as well as restrictions, can be found at the State Disaster Management Committee website by clicking here.

In Sabah, fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 tests upon arrival, but for others Sabah requires travelers entering the state to present a negative result from an RT-PCR or rapid antigen test taken within 72 hours before entry and complete an e-Health declaration form.

Labuan requires overseas travelers to present a negative result from an RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure and undergo a 14-day quarantine at dedicated quarantine facilities upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur. Alternatively, passengers may also apply for home quarantine and continue their journey to the destination airport.

Authorities will require travelers under the Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA), which allows travelers to make multiple-entry visits to and from Singapore through land border crossings at Woodlands or Tuas for 90-day stays, to undergo 14-day quarantine at designated facilities.

Download the MySejahtera contact tracing application.
 

Lockdown Details

Malaysia has become another Southeast Asian nation to reopen its borders to international travelers next month.

The nation closed its borders to all international visitors following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, a rapid vaccination rate and a determination to restart the economy are prompting a November 15 reopening.

The Malaysian government has approved protocols to allow tourists to enter the popular island destination of Langkawi from November 15th.

The government classifies states into four phases under the National Recovery Plan.

Phase 1: The locations include Kedah State. Interdistrict and interstate travel are suspended; authorities may provide exemptions for vaccination appointments and approved individuals, like long-distance spouses. Public transport may operate at 50-percent capacity. If not fully vaccinated, only two people from each household can leave their residence to purchase essential items; at most, three people from each household may leave home for medical reasons or emergencies. Taxis and ride-hailing services are limited to ferrying one unvaccinated passenger at a time. Food establishments may open from 6 AM to 10 PM and offer dine-in services for fully vaccinated individuals and accompanying children aged 17; asymptomatic people may also dine in. Shops selling essential items like supermarkets and pharmacies may open from 8 AM to 8 PM. Social activities like festive celebrations and weddings remain prohibited.

Phase 2: The locations include Johor, Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur, Melacca, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Putrajaya, Sabah, and Selangor. Most restrictions, such as movement controls for individuals that are not fully vaccinated, as well as interdistrict and interstate travel, remain the same as Phase 1 measures. Most retail stores may open from 6 AM to 10 PM; customers must be fully vaccinated to enter the premises. Shops selling essential items like supermarkets and pharmacies may open from 6 AM to 10 PM.

Phase 3: The locations include Pahang, Perlis, Sarawak, and Terengganu. Interdistrict travel within the same state is allowed. Up to three unvaccinated individuals from each household can leave their residence to purchase essential items or for medical reasons or emergencies. Taxis and ride-hailing services are limited to ferrying two unvaccinated passengers at a time. Public transport may operate at full capacity. Food establishments can open from 6 AM to midnight and offer dine-in services for fully vaccinated persons with health protocols in place.

Phase 4: The locations include Labuan and Negeri Sembilan. All economic sectors can operate at full capacity with health protocols in place. Social activities like festive celebrations and weddings may take place at 50 percent capacity. Seminars and meetings can also occur at 50 percent capacity.
 

Sources

https://my.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co