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Covid-19 Travel Restrictions in Malaysia

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Malaysia has restricted entry for Malaysian people, visitors, members of their families, teachers, and certain skilled workers groups.

With the exception of citizens, permanent residents with a MyPR passport, diplomats, embassy staff, and spouses or children of Malaysian nationals who must have a visa sticker explicitly indicating this status, Malaysia has a limited entry for all travelers until at least December 31. The country can also be entered by travelers with a Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) permit and a printed admission permit from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, and students with a student pass to a Malaysian institution.

Group of young people waiting for going inside a shop market while keeping social distance in line during coronavirus time

All foreign residents returning to the country will be expected to complete an application on the MYEntry online portal from 17 August onwards. On July 11, Malaysian Immigration released updated guidelines to seek permission to return to Malaysia for expatriate, eligible employees, and knowledge worker pass holders and their dependents. These guidelines also provide instructions for pass holders who plan to leave and then return to Malaysia presently in Malaysia. For more information, check out the Malaysian Immigration website. On arrival, all arriving travelers will be screened and are subject to a quarantine requirement of 14 days in a government facility. The traveler is responsible for all quarantine expenses. Travelers will be asked to download the MySejahtera application and will be given a wristband during their quarantine time for identification and monitoring by the authorities. Except for Malaysian nationals who are visiting Sabah or Sarawak, travelers cannot switch from international flights to domestic flights. Foreigners will not reach Sabah without prior permission, which must be obtained in advance at from the Sabah State Secretary (Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Sabah).

Visitors with valid visas or work permits who entered Malaysia BEFORE the MCO began on March 16 may enter Sarawak without quarantine, but the Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) must request advance permission. Visitors with valid visas or work permits who have entered Malaysia during the MCO will be subject, at their own cost, to a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a government facility and must first apply for SDMC advance permission. On the second and tenth days of July 28, all foreigners entering Sarawak from overseas will be required to undergo a COVID-19 examination. It would be their duty to cover the costs of their quarantine and testing. Upon arrival, airline crew must apply a “Health Declaration Form,” are subject to quarantine before their next trip, and must install the app “MySejahtera.”

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