Malaysia (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 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: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 06.05.2021
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 India are not allowed to enter and transit.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Malaysia;
– spouses of nationals of Malaysia. They must have a MyTravelPass (MTP);
– permanent residents of Malaysia. They must have a MyTravelPass (MTP).
3. Passengers must install ’MySejahtera app’ in their phone and complete the health declaration at least one day before departure.
4. Passengers arriving from Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Colombia, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, France, Gambia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Rwanda, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom or Zambia must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 3 days before departure from the first embarkation point.
5. Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 7 or 14 days at their own expense.
6. Airline crew must have their names listed on the General Declaration.
7. Airline crew are subject to quarantine until their next flight and must install ’MySejahtera app’ in their phone.
8. Transfer from an international flight to a domestic flight is not allowed.
– This does not apply to nationals of Malaysia traveling to Sarawak.
9. Passengers traveling to Sarawak must complete an “enterSarawak” form and an “eHealth Declaration Form” before departure at .


Detailed Tourist Information

The Government of Malaysia is imposing entry restrictions into Malaysia on non-Malaysian nationals and travelers who are traveling from countries that have recorded over 150,000 COVID-19 cases:

– The United States of America, Brazil, India, Russia, Peru, Colombia, South Africa, Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Iran, The United Kingdom, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, France, Turkey, Italy, Germany, Iraq, Indonesia and the Philippines

The entry restrictions include travelers who are citizens of/holders of long-term passes of the countries listed above, who are residing in or traveling from those countries.
The entry restrictions do not apply to travelers who are transiting in Malaysia for departure to another country, provided the transit travelers do not leave the departure terminal and do not go through immigration inspection.

Exemptions to the entry restrictions may be considered for travelers under the following categories:

– Diplomats and their dependents who are eligible under the Exemption Order. However, for Diplomats or Embassy staff who do not have required passes such as first-time entry into Malaysia; residents in other countries who holds the United Nations (UN) / World Health Organization (WHO) / United Nations Development Program (UNDP) passport are required to obtain approval from the Director General of the Immigration Department of Malaysia through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia prior to traveling;

– Ship crew members who are involved in sign-on/joint-ship and sign-off activities. A Letter of Guarantee (LG) and Seaman Book must be provided as additional required documents during entry;

– Flight crew members for commercial or private flights. A General Declaration for the next flight operation must be provided as additional required documents during entry; and

– Professional crew/workers in the oil and gas industry with existing passes and prior entry approval from the Director General of the Immigration Department of Malaysia.

– Professional crew/workers in the oil and gas industry with existing passes and prior entry approval from the Director General of the Immigration Department of Malaysia.

– For reference, below are the categories of pass for the permitted foreign expatriates:

1. Residence Pass-Talent (RP-T) and their dependent/s

2. Employment Pass (Category EP I, II and III)

3. Professional Visit Pass (PVP)

4. Dependent Pass to expatriate for all categories

5. Long Term Social Visit Pass (LT-SVP) to expatriate for all categories

6. Foreign Maid to expatriate for all categories

Malaysian citizens are exempted from this entry restriction


Lockdown Details

Nonessential interstate travel remains suspended nationwide.

Strict protocols known as “conditional movement control orders” (CMCO) will remain in effect in Kuala Lumpur and the states of Johor, Kelantan, Penang, and Selangor through April 14. CMCOs will alco stay in force in Sarawak through at least April 12. Under CMCO, industries can operate with protocols in place, though some businesses like entertainment venues remain suspended. Markets, shopping centers, retail stores, and food establishments can open from 6 AM to midnight daily. Social gatherings, meetings, workshops, and seminars can occur with up to half the venue capacity. Most inter-state and inter-district travel remains banned.

Most locations in Malaysia are set to continue the less strict “recovery movement control orders” (RMCO) through April 14. Under RMCO, most businesses can operate, though public places where social distancing rules are hard to enforce remain closed. Public transport can operate with curbs, such as requiring passengers to undergo temperature checks and wear facemasks. Using facemasks remains compulsory in crowded public places, though residents are urged to wear facemasks in public to the extent possible. Mass gatherings can occur with protocols, such as wearing facemasks and a cap of 500 people. Most interstate travel remains suspended.

Authorities may impose “enforced movement control orders” (MCO) or “enhanced movement control orders” (EMCO), the two strictest sets of controls, in locations with high COVID-19 activity. Under MCO, officials urge residents to stay at home, with only two people per household authorized to leave their residences to buy essential goods. Residents must not travel more than 10 km (6 miles) from their homes. Most nonessential businesses are closed, and employees are required to work from home to the extent possible. EMCO rules typically include stay-home orders and a ban on entry and exit from the affected areas.

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