Malaysia (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 15 September, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

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 07.09.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
This does not apply to:
– nationals of Malaysia;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport;
– passengers with MyTravelPass (MTP) obtained at ;
– students with a written approval from immigration applied at ;
– merchant seamen with an official letter from the company certified by Malaysian immigration and joining the ship no later than 24 hours from arrival.
2. Passengers arriving from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka are not allowed to enter and transit.
This does not apply to:
– nationals of Malaysia;
– permanent residents of Malaysia with MyTravelPass (MTP) obtained at ;
– spouses of nationals of Malaysia with MyTravelPass (MTP) obtained at .
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.
5. Passengers are subject to a COVID-19 RT-PCR test upon arrival at their own expense.
6. Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 or 21 days at the first point of entry at their own expense.
– This does not apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated. They are subject to self-isolation at home for 14 days. They must send an email to [email protected] at least 14 days before departure to apply for the home isolation.
7. Airline crew must have their names listed on the General Declaration.
8. Airline crew are subject to quarantine until their next flight and must install ’MySejahtera app’ in their phone.
9. The maximum transit time through Kuala Lumpur (KUL) changed from 48 hours to 24 hours.
10. 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.
11. Passengers traveling to Sarawak must complete an “enterSarawak” form and an “eHealth Declaration Form” before departure at


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:

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

The following passengers are not allowed entry to Malaysia:

– Passengers/nationals 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, United States.
– Passengers from the aforementioned nations, however, can transit in KLIA within 24 hours.
– Transit passengers bound for China.

Effective May 08, 2021, foreign nationals from Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Nepal (including earlier advisory for India) travelling to or transiting in Malaysia are not allowed until further notice. This entry restriction applies to:

– All category of Long-Term Visit Pass holders (including student pass).

– Business travelers; and

– Social Visit Pass (the ban has been imposed earlier since 7 September 2020).

– The following categories of passengers with entry approval obtained through My travel Pass (MTP) may be allowed from to enter Malaysia but subject to a 14-day quarantine.
*Permanent Residents and Holders of Long Terms Social Visit Pass
*Holders of Diplomatic Passport and Officials including their family members.

– Entry and exit approval that have been obtained earlier (7 May and earlier), either through MyTravelPass, MyEntry or any other mechanism are VOID and no longer valid.
*Note: Following the above entry restriction, the Malaysian High Commission in Dhaka will temporarily suspend all Visa related services until further notice.

– For enquiries, please email: [email protected]

Lockdown Details

Malaysian authorities are easing restrictions in Klang Valley, including Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, and Putrajaya, from Phase 1 to 2 from Sept. 10. Officials will classify the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya under the same infection zone; residents may travel between the localities. Additionally, fully vaccinated residents in phase 1 localities may participate in indoor sports activities, except for gyms. More retail stores, like shops selling outdoor equipment, may also open in phase 1 areas.

Kedah and Johor will remain under phase 1 measures from Sept. 10. Inter-district and inter-state travel is suspended. Public transport may operate at 50-percent capacity. Taxis and ride-hailing services are limited to ferrying one passenger at a time. 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. Shops selling essential items like supermarkets and pharmacies may open from 8 AM to 8 PM. Food establishments may only offer takeaway or delivery services from 6 AM to 10 PM; fully vaccinated individuals and accompanying children aged 17 and below can dine in.

Localities under Phase 2 measures include Kelantan, Klang Valley, Kuala Lumpur, Melacca, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Putrajaya, Sabah, Selangor, and Terengganu from Sept. 10. Most restrictions remain the same as Phase 1 measures. Most retail stores and shops selling essential items may open from 6 AM to 10 PM; customers must be fully vaccinated to enter the premises.

Authorities will implement phase 3 measures in Negri Sembilan, Perlis, and Sarawak from Sept. 10. Up to three unvaccinated individuals from each household can leave their residence to purchase essential items or for medical reasons or emergencies. Public transport may operate at full capacity. Taxis and ride-hailing services are limited to ferrying two passengers at a time. Food establishments can open from 6 AM to midnight and offer dine-in services for fully vaccinated persons.

Restrictions nationwide are being eased for vaccinated individuals. Officials allow interdistrict and interstate travel for long-distance married couples and parents visiting children below 18 years old; individuals must present a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate to travel. Fully vaccinated Muslims may perform solat prayers in mosques and suraus with health protocols in place; the same applies to non-Muslim places of worship. Food establishments may offer dine-in services for vaccinated persons; children under the age of 17 may accompany their parents. Vaccinated individuals may travel between districts and also participate in outdoor and partially indoor non-contact sports and recreational activities from 6 AM to 10 PM daily. Domestic tourism is allowed within the state for vaccinated persons; homestays and hotels may reopen.

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