Malaysia Travel Alert and Ban Cause of Coronavirus COVID-19

There’s currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus disease COVID-19.

Malaysia Movement Control Order (MCO) 18/March-9/June 2020

The Malaysian government has implemented a general prohibition of movement and mass assembly within Malaysia including religious, sports, social and cultural activities from 18/March to 9/June 2020. Interstate travel within Malaysia will be restricted and may require preapproval by the Royal Malaysian Police.

The Malaysia federal government’s Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) came into effect on 4/May 2020, relaxing some of the nationwide restrictions over commercial and social activities under the Movement Control Order (MCO). On 10/May 2020, the Malaysia Prime Minister announced that the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) has been extended until 9/June 2020.

The Malaysian government may implement further changes with little or no advance notice. Please contact the appropriate local authorities directly if you have any additional questions.

Under Malaysian Entry and Exit Requirements announced on March 16 and further extended, all foreign nationals, with very limited exceptions, are restricted from entry to Malaysia until June 9, though this end date may be further extended at the discretion of the Malaysian government. Any travelers permitted to enter Malaysia during the CMCO will be subject to COVID-19 testing and a mandatory fourteen-day quarantine at their own expense.

Foreign nationals may transit through the international terminals of Malaysian airports as long as they are not required to pass through immigration while in transit. Foreign nationals are permitted to depart the country; however flight options are limited.

Additional travel restrictions apply for travel to the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak which have local autonomy over immigration at domestic and international ports of entry, and these states are also observing the same general restrictions as the federal government through the end of the CMCO. All travelers from Peninsular Malaysia will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival within Sarawak and Sabah. Screening points are present at all international entry points, including air, land, and sea routes.

Sabah State and Sarawak State have imposed temporary restrictions on all foreign nationals and non residents from entering the states. Long term visa holders may be admitted but will be required to self-quarantine at home for 14 days.

Quarantine Information: Any travelers permitted to enter Malaysia during the CMCO will be subject to COVID-19 testing and a mandatory fourteen-day quarantine. Travelers will be transported directly from the airport to a quarantine facility by Malaysian authorities. Foreign nationals, including Malaysian permanent residents, will be required to cover the costs of this quarantine, which will be a minimum of RM150/day. For additional information on quarantine requirements and costs, please contact the Malaysian National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA). Malaysia government has designated specific hospitals in each state to process suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases.

On the 20/May 2020, the Malaysian government annouced that effective 1st June, everyone entering Malaysia must agree to pay for mandatory Covid-19 quanrantine before trip. All those entering Malaysia will have to bear the cost of mandatory quanrantine and are to sign a letter agreeing to pay before they can make their trip to the country. The signing of the letter of undertaking can be done at Malaysian embassies and high commissions. After the agreement is signed, the office will also issue a letter permitting them to return to Malaysia. Plese note that the Malaysian Immigration Department will be issuing a directive to all airline companies to make it a condition for passengers disembarking in Malaysia to have this letter of undertaking with them.

Malaysian citizens would have to pay half the cost of the quarantine services. Non-citizens, including spouses and family members of Malaysian citizens, have to bear the full cost. Full charges per day as according to Malaysian National Security Council is RM150.

How to Protect Yourself

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. As there is not vaccine to prevent so you can protect yourself and help prevent spreading the virus to others if you do as below instruction.

Take Steps To Protect Others

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with virus.

  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover your mouth & nose
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
  • Stay informed about the local COVID-19 situation

These are for informational purposes only. Consult your local medical authority for advice.

If you develop a fever, cough, and have difficulty breathing, promptly seek medical care. Call 999 and notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19.
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