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(UPDATED) Quarantine Order for Passengers Entering Malaysia


Effective 15 September 2020, Malaysians who have exited the country during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) are allowed to return to Malaysia without seeking prior approval from the Department of Immigration Malaysia. This includes Malaysians coming from countries that are subject to entry restrictions or Long-Term Pass Holders.


As of 7 September 2020, the Government of Malaysia has imposed an entry ban on citizens of countries with more than 150,000 COVID-19 cases. Currently, the countries affected are Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, German, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States. Passengers from aforementioned nations, however, are allowed to transit in KLIA within 24 hours.


Other requirements remain unchanged. The requirements include:

  1. All passengers travelling into Malaysia are required to undergo 14-day mandatory quarantine at dedicated quarantine centres upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and bear the cost for quarantine as determined by the Malaysian Ministry of Health. The 14-day quarantine requirement upon arrival at KLIA is also applicable for passengers with domestic connection to Peninsular Malaysia.

    All foreign nationals including Malaysian Permanent Residents are to bear the full cost of quarantine, amounting to RM4,700. Passengers are required to make payment to the officials from the Ministry of Health, Malaysia at the entry point. A payment Receipt is required for the check-in process at designated hotels.

    The details of the quarantine charges for foreign nationals are as follows:





Fixed charge (Quarantine Centre Operations)



Accommodation cost for the first individual

RM150/per night


Accommodation cost for the second and third individuals which are allowed to share a room with first individuals (e.g. Spouse, children below 12 and others)

RM50/per night


  1. They are also required to present a signed of Letter of Undertaking and Indemnity (LoU) which are available from the following websites:
    1. Foreign Ministry: www.kln.gov.my
    2. National Disaster Management Agency: www.nadma.gov.my
    3. Immigration Department of Malaysia: www.imi.gov.my
    4. Ministry of Health Malaysia: www.moh.gov.my
    5. Ministry of Transport Malaysia: www.mot.gov.my
    6. Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia: www.motac.gov.my


  1. Notwithstanding the above, Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) pass holders including diplomats who are allowed for home quarantine are exempted from the quarantine charges.


  1. Transit passengers to Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan must undergo a COVID-19 testing at the International Entrance prior departure.


  1. All passengers (including Malaysians) are no longer required to undergo COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight to Malaysia. However, they are subject to COVID-19 screening test upon arrival (which may take up to 3 hours).


  1. Malaysians and foreigners returning to Malaysia are also required to download the MySejahtera application on their phones. The app is developed by the Government of Malaysia especially for Malaysians and Non-Malaysians returning or visiting Malaysia starting from departure, upon arrival and during the 14-day quarantine. It is based on the standard operating procedures developed by the Malaysian government to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. Passengers may visit https://mysejahtera.malaysia.gov.my to download the apps.


Family members are advised by the government not to turn up at the airport as the passengers will be sent straight to the quarantine centres. Passengers may contact the National Disaster Management Agency at +603-8064 2400 or [email protected][email protected] for any enquiries.


Effective 21 September 2020, the Government of Malaysia has allowed expatriates and their dependents, including foreign maids to expatriates who are holding a valid long-term pass and/or has obtained pass approval application to enter Malaysia.


The category of the pass are as follows:

  1. Residence Pass-Talent (RP-T) and their dependent/s
  2. Employment Pass (Category EP I, II and III)
  3. Professional Visit Pass (PVP)
  4. Dependant Pass to expatriate for all categories
  5. Long Term Social Visit Pass (LT-SVP) to expatriate for all categories
  6. Foreign Maid to expatriate for all categories


The expatriates listed above are required to apply for the Entry Permission or Approval to Exit and Return to Malaysia via MYEntry system in ESD (esd.imi.gov.my). MYEntry is not applicable for expatriates who are exiting Malaysia and will not return during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).


Passengers are reminded to be aware of and check the travel rules and restrictions of their departure and arrival country with the respective embassies to avoid from being denied permission to proceed for their flight.


The following are additional information in the guideline for the Entry Permission or Approval to Exit and Return to Malaysia:

  1. Permitted Malaysia Entry Points:
    1. Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA 1 & 2)
    2. Sultan Ismail International Airport, Senai, Johor
    3. Bayan Lepas International Airport, Penang
    4. Langkawi International Airport, Kedah
    5. Kuching International Airport, Sarawak
    6. Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Sabah
    7. Sultan Abu Bakar Complex (2nd Link), Johor (Entry by automobile)
    8. Immigration Checkpoint, Sultan Iskandar Building (BSI), Johor (Entry by automobile)


  1. Charter approval by the Director General of Immigration Department Malaysia (DGIM) is THREE (3) to FIVE (5) working days from the date of the application submission.


For detailed information, kindly refer to https://esd.imi.gov.my/portal/ to view the full guidelines below:

  1. Entry Permission to Malaysia: https://esd.imi.gov.my/portal/pdf/n_entry_ann_1.pdf
  2. Permission to Exit and Return to Malaysia: https://esd.imi.gov.my/portal/pdf/n_entry_ann_2.pdf
  3. Infographic of Entry / Exit and Return to Malaysia: https://esd.imi.gov.my/portal/pdf/n_entry_ann_3.pdf
  4. List of Approving and Supporting Agencies: https://esd.imi.gov.my/portal/pdf/n_entry_ann_4.pdf



Last updated 14 October 2020, 1600hrs (GMT+8)



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