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Malaysia

Tourists are not allowed to enter Malaysia until 1 January 2021. This restriction may be subject to extension by the government.

Before arrival

  • All individuals entering Malaysia must complete an LOU, obtain a letter of approval (entry permit) from an accredited Malaysian Mission; and install, activate, and register on the MySejahtera app.
  • A COVID-19 test (rT-PCR / RTK-Ag) certificate is not mandatory before arrival in Malaysia.

Malaysian citizens can enter Malaysia with no prior approval from Malaysian immigration.

Expatriates* holding a Malaysian Permanent Resident (PR) card, expatriates holding a Long Term Pass along with their spouse and children, expatriates with Employment Pass Category One (1) along with their registered dependents and their registered foreign maids, expatriates holding a Talent Resident Pass (RP-T) along with their registered dependents and their registered foreign maids who have exited Malaysia before 11 July 2020 can now return to Malaysia with no prior approval from the Department of Immigration. For up-to-date information on the rules for expatriates entering Malaysia, please visit the Immigration Department of Malaysia Expatriate Service Division website.

Expatriates* holding Expatriate Pass Category Two (2), expatriates holding Expatriate Pass Category Three (3), Professional Visit Pass holders (Specialist Category), passengers travelling for medical visits (MHTC) shall require prior approval from Malaysian immigration to enter Malaysia. For up-to-date information on the rules for expatriates entering Malaysia, please visit the Immigration Department of Malaysia Expatriate Service Division website.

Expatriates* holding Malaysia My Second Home pass (MM2H) require prior approval from the Ministry of Tourism Arts & Culture of Malaysia (MOTAC) for entry. For up to date information on the rules for entry of Malaysia My second Home (MM2H) pass holders, please visit the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia website.

International Students* visa holders will have to obtain travel authorisation from the director general of the Malaysian Immigration Department (students must apply through EMGS). Upon receiving travel authorisation, students must download and complete a Letter of Undertaking (LOU) and Indemnity for Person Under Surveillance, as well as obtain a Letter of Approval (Entry Permit) from an accredited Malaysian Mission abroad. For up to date information on the rules for international students entering Malaysia, please visit the Education Malaysia website.

* Effective 00:01 local time on 7 September 2020, expatriates that are citizens or residents of the following listed countries will not be allowed entry to Malaysia:

  • United States
  • Brazil
  • India
  • Russia
  • Peru
  • Colombia
  • South Africa
  • Mexico
  • Spain
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Iran
  • United Kingdom
  • Bangladesh
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Pakistan
  • France
  • Turkey
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Iraq
  • Philippines
  • Indonesia

ALL citizens of listed countries will be restricted from entering Malaysia.

Other nationalities who hold a permanent resident pass, long-term visa and employment visa from listed countries will be restricted from entering Malaysia.


The restriction does not apply to:

  • Malaysian citizens
  • Passengers in transit to another flight departing from same terminal (KLIA)

Passengers who belong to the following categories are exempted from the restriction provided they meet the described conditions.

  • Diplomats who are appointed in Malaysia and their registered dependants must get approval from the director general of immigration before travelling to Malaysia.
  • United Nations (UN), World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Development Programs (UNDP) Passport holders must get approval from the director general of immigration before travelling to Malaysia.
  • Seamen travelling to join a ship must present a letter of guarantee (LG) and their seaman’s book at their point of entry.
  • Operating and positioning airline crew must travel on general declaration and submit a general declaration for next operations.
  • Petroleum industry (oil and gas) crew and professional workers must get approval from the director general of immigration before travelling to Malaysia.

On arrival

  • All passengers will undergo health screening and a swab test upon arrival at their own cost.
  • All passengers arriving in Malaysia who show no symptoms and test negative for COVID-19 will be quarantined for 14 days at a government provided quarantine facility at their own expense.
  • Passengers with a positive test result will be directly referred to a hospital and must undergo treatment and hospitalisation at their own cost.
  • For further information please refer to following guidelines for entry and quarantine processes.

Travel from Malaysia

  • All Malaysia passport holders must have prior approval issued by Malaysian immigration to travel out of Malaysia.
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate is accepted for travel on Emirates flights as long as the test is conducted at a government approved / accredited clinic, laboratory and/or hospital.
  • The test must be conducted at most 96 hours before time of travel or as mandated by the destination country (whichever is more restrictive).

Please check the list of private medical clinics who have received approval to provide health screening.

Please check the list of private medical clinics who have obtained approval to conduct screening and triaging for COVID-19.

Please check the list of private hospitals who have obtained approval to conduct screening and triaging for COVID-19.

Please check the list of private ambulatory care centers who have obtained approval to conduct screening and triaging for COVID-19.

For more information and updates regarding COVID-19 in Malaysia, please visit COVID-19 Malaysia Updates by MOH.


Seamen travelling to Malaysia:

  • Must carry a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued within 72 hours of departure
  • Must obtain approval from Malaysia immigration before travel
  • Must have a guarantee letter from the shipping company

Transit through Malaysia

  • There are no restrictions for passengers connecting to international flights.
  • Passengers connecting to domestic flights must complete the 14-day quarantine at government provided quarantine facilities at the point of international arrival and will be allowed to travel onward to their domestic destination after the quarantine period.
  • Domestic passengers connecting to international flights must report to the check-in counter or transfer desk no later than 60 minutes before their next departure.

Transit to China

  • All nationals and foreigners travelling from Malaysia to China require a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate for a test taken within 3 days of arrival.
  • Only Chinese nationals with a green “HS” code will be allowed to board.
  • Only foreigners holding health declaration forms from the Chinese embassy/consulate will be allowed to board. Please note that the health declaration form is different from a Chinese visa.

For more details, please refer to the following Malaysian government websites.