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Security Alert: Malaysia, Movement Control Order (MCO) May 12 - June 7

(Update) Nationwide Movement Control Order

 

Malaysia will be subject to a nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO) from May 12 through June 7. 

 

The National Security Council will announce full MCO Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which will be available here.  Initial reports indicate the following SOPs will be enforced: 

  • Inter-district and interstate travel will be prohibited with limited exceptions for emergencies, vaccination appointments, and work purposes;
  • All schools and educational institutions will be closed other than preschools and childcare centers following strict SOPs;
  • Only three people will be allowed to travel together in one private vehicle, taxi or e-hailing vehicle, including the driver;
  • Restaurants will be open for take-away and delivery only;
  • Most social gatherings will be prohibited; and
  • Religious gatherings will be subject to strict SOPs. 

(Update) Inter-district and Interstate Travel 

 

Individuals who need to cross district or state borders must obtain police or employer authorization prior to traveling.  The police authorization form to cross states is available here.  If you are considering traveling across district or state borders, please consult with local police directly for specific guidance and do not wait until the last minute to request your police authorization letter. If your travel is related to your employment, consult with your employer on the necessary documentation and when in doubt, check with local police as well.  

Review current MCO restrictions frequently to ensure compliance.  Restrictions may be changed with little notice and are strictly enforced.  Give yourself a healthy margin of time to return home prior to applicable curfews.  Carry your U.S. passport with you at all times.  If detained, request that local authorities notify the Embassy (+60-3-2168-5000), and review the ways in which we can provide assistance when a U.S. citizen is arrested abroad.  For additional questions on current restrictions, please check with local police directly. 

 

COVID-19 Test Requirement for Travel to the United States   

Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions

 

COVID-19 Testing in Malaysia 

For more information on COVID-19 testing in Malaysia, please visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19. 

 

American Citizen Services 

Existing consular appointments which fall during the MCO will NOT be canceled. We also continue to allow collection of U.S. passports, passport cards, and Consular Reports of Births Abroad during the scheduled times indicated in our pick-up confirmation email.  However, please note that depending on your location, Malaysian police authorization may be required to travel to the Embassy as interstate travel and inter-district travel is restricted.  Please reach out directly to your local police for additional information on the requirements for interstate or inter-district travel.  If you wish to cancel an existing consular appointment, please do so via our online appointment system or contact us at KLACS@state.gov.   

If you are a U.S. citizen with a life or death emergency (e.g. victim of a violent crime, arrest, reporting a death of a U.S. citizen) you may reach us at +60-3-2168-5000 or via email at: KLACS@state.gov

 

Please note that most routine Consular Services at the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur remain suspended due to the MCO in effect in Kuala Lumpur.  Although routine consular services are suspended, we are scheduling limited appointments for U.S. passports, CRBAs, and exceptional notarial services.  Please complete this form https://bit.ly/2SPVSFf to request an appointment, making sure to note any urgent circumstances. 

We will announce further resumption of services via alerts to registered U.S. citizens in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) and on our Embassy’s website

 

COVID-19 Information  

For more information regarding COVID-statistics in Malaysia, please review the Malaysian Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Portal and visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 – Avoid All Travel Travel Health Notice for Malaysia.  The Department of State Travel Advisory for Malaysia is Level 4 – “Do Not Travel” due to COVID-19. 

 

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