Malaysia (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 3 May 2022.

Is Malaysia open for visitors? 

Yes. From 1 April 2022 Malaysia has now fully opened for international visitors. Arrivals can now travel to Malaysia without applying for the ‘MyTravelPass’ (an entry or exit permit) which was previously required to enter Malaysia.

Is Malaysia open to international tourism?

Yes. From 1 April 2022 Malaysia has now fully opened for international visitors. 

Effective 1 May 2022, fully vaccinated travellers to Malaysia have NO pre-departure and on-arrival Covid testing requirements. The decision was mainly taken to ease the travelling experience of passengers entering Malaysia and contribute to the speedy recovery of Malaysia’s airports and airline industry.

Additionally, the move willalso incur less expenses as Covid-19 tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers, and insurance is also no longer necessary.

Please consult the Ministry of Tourism (MOTAC) for further information.

Is Malaysia open for business travellers?

Yes. From 1 April 2022 Malaysia has now fully opened its borders for international visitors, including business travellers.

Therefore, the One Stop Centre (OSC) which was established by the Malaysian Government on 2 October 2020, to facilitate the movement of business travellers following the gradual opening of the local economy post Movement Control Order (MCO) period, has now been phased out effective 1 April 2022.

What are Malaysia’s vaccine requirements?

All arrivals can now enter Malaysia, regardless of their vaccination status. However, non or partially vaccinated travellers must serve a 5-day quarantine upon arrival as opposed fully vaccinated arrivals who are NOT required to undergo quarantine.

Please note that the scanning of MySejahtera in public and private areas for check-in is NO longer mandatory, except for those who are positive and have ‘High Risk’ status or under HSO.. 

Malaysia-approved vaccines are as follows:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • CanSino
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • Covaxin
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

Source: Malaysia – COVID19 Vaccine Tracker (trackvaccines.org)

What are Malaysia’s testing and quarantine requirements?

Testing requirements

All travellers to Malaysia will have to go through the following testing procedures:

  • Fully vaccinated travellers and children below 12 are exempted from pre-departure and on-arrival testing requirements.
  • Partially or unvaccinated travellers must take an RT-PCR test two (2) days before departure and a supervised RTK-Antigen test within 24 hours of arrival. They will also have to quarantine for 5 days on arrival. Following categories are however exempted from these requirements:
    • Travellers who have recently recovered from COVID-19 within the past six (6) to 60 days
    • Travellers aged 12 years and below (based on year of birth), regardless of their vaccination status
  • Travellers who are symptomatic upon arrival will have to go through a supervised RTK-Antigen test, by a health practitioner at a health facility or virtually.

Please note that a Covid-19 insurance policy is NO longer required for entering Malaysia.

Quarantine requirements

Fully vaccinated arrivals and children aged 17 years and below are NO longer required to undergo on-arrival quarantine procedures in Malaysia.

Partially or unvaccinated travellers will have to undergo quarantine for five (5) days.

The Covid-19 positive cases are required to undergo a 7-day quarantine period. However, they will have an option of undergoing a supervised RTK-Antigen test on day 4. If they test negative, the arrivals will be released from quarantine.

The cost for quarantine that including COVID-19 screening test, transport, accommodation, meal, and handling cost as determined by the Malaysian Ministry of Health is to be borne by travellers. Payment of any applicable charges is to be made through the MySafeTravel System or the MyQR phone app prior to their arrival in Malaysia.

Additional entry requirements

Before departing, all travellers to Malaysia are required download, register and activate the MySejahtera contact tracing application, and complete a travel declaration including vaccination information that can be accessed via the “Traveller” icon in the MySejahtera application.

Upon completion, you will be issued a Traveller’s Card on MySejahtera. The Traveller’s Card will be required on arrival.

Please note that the scanning of MySejahtera in public and private areas for check-in is NO longer mandatory, except for those who are positive and have ‘High Risk’ status or under HSO.. 

Please visit mysejahtera.malaysia.gov.my for more information.

Transiting in Malaysia

Travellers may transit (up to 24 hours) via Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) as long as they remain airside.

Interstate Travel in Malaysia

All fully vaccinated individuals can travel within Malaysia without requiring any police permit. Travellers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by fully vaccinated parents or guardians. However, travels to Sabah and Sarawak are subject to the State Disaster Management Committee’s travelling requirement.

There are exceptions granted to unvaccinated travellers due to medical conditions and travelling for emergency visits. They must provide a valid police permit and a verified letter from a registered medical practitioner (passenger with medical conditions).

Some if the Covid-19 precautionary rules applicable within Malaysia are:

  • The scanning of MySejahtera in public and private areas for check-in is NO longer mandatory, except for those who are positive and have ‘High Risk’ status or under HSO.
  • Masks are still mandatory indoors including public transport and e-hailing rides. However, they are optional when outdoors. The authorities have encouraged people to wear a mask in crowded places and also people from the ‘High-risk’ categories have also been encouraged to wear a mask.
  • Physical distancing is no longer mandatory. However, it is encouraged in crowded places.
  • Passengers are highly encouraged to check in online via the airline’s mobile app or website at www.malaysiaairlines.com. For further queries, passengers may contact our Global Contact Centre at 1-300-88-3000 (within Malaysia) or 6-03-7843 3000 (outside Malaysia)

Exit requirements for Malaysians

All Malaysian travellers who have been fully vaccinated are allowed to travel abroad without presenting the MyTravelPass approval.

Travellers are required to refer to destination country travel rules to understand the specific requirements of the destination country.

Please refer to https://www.imi.gov.my/ for more information.