Latest News: Additional restrictions will be enforced under the 'Movement Control Order' (OSAC, 24.05.2021). Authorities announce tighter COVID-19 restrictions (Xinhua, 22.05.2021). Nationwide movement control order will continue through 7 June (OSAC, 11.05.2021). Government will ban all inter-district and interstate travel from 10 May until 6 June because of COVID-19 (Straits Times, 09.05.2021). Malaysian government to temporarily ban flights to, from India (New Paper, 26.04.2021)
*Entry to Malaysia: Entry to Malaysia for foreign nationals is prohibited. Some exemptions may apply, the situation is changing regularly, and any foreign national who wishes to enter Malaysia will need to seek permission from the local Malaysian Embassy or the Immigration Directorate before travelling. If you normally reside in Malaysia and wish to seek further guidance, contact the Malaysian Embassy in the country you currently stay for further guidance and your airline and keep up to date with developments, including this travel advice. You may need to complete an application on the MYTravelPass online platform. You should speak to the local Malaysian authorities for further guidance.
*Transiting Malaysia: You can transit via Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) as long as you remain airside. Transit that requires passage through immigration (to collect bags, or to move between the two Kuala Lumpur terminals - KLIA and KLIA2) is not possible, unless you meet the general immigration requirements above.
*Testing/screen on arrival: You may need to take a COVID-19 test on arrival (even if you have a negative test from your country of origin) and on completion of your quarantine. If you have an onward domestic flight in peninsular Malaysia, you will undergo quarantine in Kuala Lumpur. Any onward flight to a regional airport will need to be booked at a later date.
*Quarantine requirements: From 29 April, anyone who gets permission to enter the country under the immigration rules mentioned above, from a list of countries will be obliged to enter quarantine for 14 days at a designated government facility. The list of countries may be found on theMinistry of Health website. Travellers from countries not on the list will have to quarantine for 10 days. You will need to meet all costs associated with your quarantine. You will need to download the MySejahtera app. If you’re travelling to East Malaysia (Sabah or Sarawak) please consult the Malaysian High Commission/Embassy and your airline as regards quarantine procedures and onward travel from Kuala Lumpur to these provinces. Sabah and Sarawak have additional immigration rules in place. You will only be permitted to enter if you have permanent residence or an employment pass in the relevant state.
*Data collection: You will need to download the MySejahtera app. Internal Restrictions:
*Travel in Malaysia: A Movement Control Order, imposing restrictions on movement, is in place across Malaysia. Check local government websites, social media channels, and media reporting for up to date information. Inter-state and inter-district travel is not permitted, with the exceptions of emergencies, work, and vaccination appointments. All social gatherings, sports, and recreational activities are prohibited, except individual activities such as jogging and cycling. Roadblocks are operating at state boundaries. For further clarification, you may refer to the Royal Malaysia Police directory and contact the police department near you.
Internal flights from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (also known as Subang Airport) are operating as usual, but services could be reduced without notice.
You can get to and from the airport by taxi, or using the KLIA express train to Sentral station. A bus service does operate from Sentral, but infrequently. You may need police permission to travel to the airport.
You must wear a face mask at airports, on public transport and in taxis.
*Accommodation: Hotels are open across Malaysia. Your temperature will be checked on arrival.
*Public spaces and services: A Recovery Movement Control Order is in place across Malaysia, with stricter controls in some areas. Kuala Lumpur and six districts of Selangor are under a full Movement Control Order. Other states have localised Enhanced Movement Control Orders in specific sites. For further clarification, you may refer to the Royal Malaysian Police directory and contact the police department near you. You should observe social distancing (1 metre). You must wear a face mask in crowded public spaces, including on public transport, in shops, markets, tourist destinations, and cinemas.
To enter many facilities, your temperature will be taken, and they will record your personal contact details.
A curfew is in place for all businesses, including shops and food outlets. You must carry your passport at all times. You should follow local news for updates. If you are found to be in breach of any of the operating procedures in place you may be detained and fined. On 12 January, HM Yang di-Pertuan Agong announced a State of Emergency in Malaysia in response to the COVID situation and temporary flooding. This is not expected to have any additional impact on British nationals in Malaysia, but the position might change at short notice.