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Corona in Malaysia: All information about the situation on site. Is a vacation possible? What is the number of Covid19 cases? Information on entry, restrictions, curfews.

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Update: 05/10/2021

When the most beautiful destinations in Malaysia can be visited again by international tourists is still completely open.

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Coronavirus Malaysia: Cases & Infection Numbers

Status on May 10th, 2021:

  • 441,000 proven cases (+ 3,733 compared to the previous day)
  • 402,000 have recovered
  • 1,683 deaths

Source: CSIS South East Asia Covid19-Tracker

Vaccinations in Malaysia

Percentage of those vaccinated in relation to the total population (at least one vaccination):

Coronavirus: Visa and Entry to Malaysia (Changes and Restrictions)

With effect from March 18, 2020, the Malaysian government has imposed an entry ban on all foreigners until further notice.

This means that no Malaysia visa is currently available. For tourists, the regulation will probably apply until at least the end of the year.

In addition, there has been a general entry ban for German citizens in Malaysia since September 7, 2020. This regulation also includes German citizens with a long-term residence permit.

According to the Foreign Office, this does not apply to holders of the following residence permits:

  • Residence Pass Talent (PR-T) and their dependents
  • Employment Pass (Categories EP I, II and III)
  • Professional Visit Pass (PVP)
  • Dependent pass for members of “expatriates” of all categories
  • Long Term Social Visit Pass (LT-SVP) for “expatriates” of all categories
  • foreign domestic workers of “expatriates” of all categories.

The following also do not fall under the entry ban:

  • Crews of aircraft and ships (cruise ships are not allowed to enter Malaysia)
  • Employees of oil and gas companies
  • Diplomats

In emergencies or for humanitarian reasons, an exemption can be granted.

These groups of people must present a re-entry permit from the Malaysian immigration authorities and a travel permit from the Malaysian embassy in the country of departure.

After entering the 14-day quarantine, travelers must go to a quarantine facility designated by the Malaysian authorities.

The cost of accommodation and meals (approx. € 1,000) is borne by the traveler, who has to undertake to do so by means of a letter of undertaking (LoU). A COVID-19 test will be carried out upon entry; a COVID-19 test carried out before entry is not mandatory.

You are also required to download and activate the MySejahtera app and register using a QR code at least three days before you leave for Malaysia.

Air traffic to Malaysia

Malaysia is served by several airlines several times a week. Although the borders remain closed to foreigners, there are some flight connections that enable citizens who are stuck abroad to return home.

As part of the Green Lane agreement between the two countries, Air Asia resumed air traffic between Singapore and Malaysia on August 17th.

A test is not required when leaving Malaysia, but some airlines require a negative corona test.

National borders

Some border crossings between Malaysia and Thailand are open for goods traffic.

The border between Malaysia and Singapore opened for business and commuters on August 17, 2020. However, there is a limit of a good 2,000 people per day.

Corona in Malaysia: Information on the current situation in the country

Curfews

Depending on the occurrence of the infection, regional restrictions occur again and again - even at short notice. Among other things, these concern freedom of movement, so that, for example, only trips to work or to the supermarket are permitted.

Public life

As part of the Movement Control Ordinance (MCO), life in Malaysia was severely restricted on March 18, 2020.

Since May 4, 2020, for example, restaurants, shops, shopping centers and libraries have been able to reopen under strict conditions.

The "recovery phase" began in Malaysia on June 10, 2020 Recovery MCO (Movement Control Order). This should first apply until August 31, but was then extended until December 31, 2020. In addition to restrictions, the phase also includes numerous relaxations:

  • Schools are gradually being opened
  • Social and religious activities can take place under certain conditions
  • Museums open
  • Outdoor commercial activities are permitted.

Outdoor group sports and non-contact sports such as badminton are allowed, but competitive sports and games with spectators remain prohibited. The same applies to contact sports such as soccer.

Also remain closed:

  • Pubs
  • Night clubs
  • Entertainment and karaoke places
  • massage

Update: Due to the increasing number of infections, the country's largest cities had to go into lockdown again in mid-October. Schools and other public facilities may be closed, and recreational activities may be restricted, even at short notice.

Basically, the minimum distance and the common hygiene rules should still be observed.

Malaysia made the wearing of face masks compulsory for everyone in crowded public places and on public transport on August 1st.

Before entering any facility or public transport, you must register using the “MySejahtera” app.

Transport and traffic

Buses and trains are running again. Domestic flights take place. Everything, however, under strict hygiene regulations and with a reduced supply.

Travel within Malaysia is only possible to a limited extent, between individual states until (at least) December 6, 2020 only in exceptional cases.

Malaysia vacation despite Corona?

When can I go on vacation to Malaysia again?

Since March 18, no foreigners have been allowed to enter Malaysia. The regulation was originally limited in time, has been extended several times and is now valid until further notice.

Domestic tourism has been possible since June 10th and travel between the different states is allowed again. The “Clean & Safe Malaysia” safety label was developed for hotels. Hotels with this award are regularly checked for compliance with hygiene guidelines. (Update: In October 2020, travel between states was restricted again for the time being).

The Recovery MCO (Movement Control Order), which is associated with the withdrawal of many restrictions, applies until December 31, 2020. The development of the number of infections is closely monitored.

An opening for international tourism must be ruled out beforehand. It is currently being discussed whether the first holidaymakers from neighboring countries such as Singapore or Thailand will be allowed to enter the first quarter of 2021 as part of a travel bubble.

Popular destinations such as the Perhentians, Taman Negara National Park, Penang, Kuala Lumpur or Langkawi will probably have to do without visitors from Europe in winter 20/21.

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February 16, 2021: Malaysia: Vaccine is delivered

In Malaysia, the vaccination program will start next week. 80% of the population should be vaccinated within one year.

 

02/04/2021 Malaysia: Restrictions also for Cinese New Year

For the Chinese New Year celebrations in the coming week, home visits as well as dance and opera performances are prohibited due to the new COVID19 security measures. The new rules apply to all of Malaysia with the exception of Sarawak, where the number of infections is lower.

 

01/24/2021 Travel warning for Malaysia

As of today, a travel warning for Malaysia applies. The Federal Foreign Office has pronounced it due to the number of new infections, which has been increasing for weeks. The incidence nationwide is now more than 50 cases per 100,000 population over seven days.

Regardless of this, tourist entries from Malaysia are no longer permitted since March 2020.

 

01/12/2021 Malaysia: Travel ban and other restrictions

After a sharp increase in corona infections, Malaysia has banned domestic travel between the individual states from tomorrow. The ban applies for at least two weeks (until January 26, 2021).

Penang, Melaka, Selangor, Joho, Sabah, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya are also considered high-risk areas. People there must expect that travel between the districts will also be prohibited.

The Movement Control Order (MCO) that is now being imposed is similar to the strict regulations that were in place from March 18 to May 4, 2020. This means that there are also restrictions on social activities and gatherings.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a speech that the health system in Malaysia was at its limit. In some hospitals in Kuala Lumpur, 100% of the intensive care beds are already occupied. High occupancy rates are also reported from other parts of the country.

Meanwhile, Malaysia's king declared a nationwide state of emergency on Tuesday. This makes it possible to introduce laws without the consent of Parliament.

In addition, emergency powers may be granted to the military to assist in performing public health-related tasks.

 

10/27/2020 Malaysia: Restrictions remain

Defense Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has extended the second lockdown for Kuala Lumpur, the state of Selangor and the city of Putrajaya for another two weeks until November 9, as the COVID-19 infection numbers show no signs of a decline.

The renewed lockdown, which, among other things, prohibits travel between the districts, has been in effect since October 13th.

 

14.10.2020 Malaysia: Rising numbers of infections - freedom of movement restricted

The densely populated regions of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selangor and Sabah will be placed under conditional movement control (CMCO) again until October 27 due to the increasing number of corona infections.

Social activities and cross-district travel are prohibited, but economic activities are still allowed. In addition, only two people are allowed to leave a house at a time.

August 31, 2020 Restrictions extended until the end of the year. Borders remain closed.

The Malaysian government has announced that it will extend the Recovery Movement Control Order (MCO) until the end of the year. Originally, the phase, which included both easing and restrictions, was supposed to end on August 31st.

Most economic sectors have now been allowed to operate again, but facilities such as night clubs or entertainment centers remain closed.

"Our country still faces the challenge of containing the spread of Covid-19, which is still actively spreading around the world," said Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

Although there is now an agreement with neighboring Singapore that allows travel between the two countries for certain groups of people and in limited numbers, the borders for tourists remain closed.

"Opening our border to tourists from other countries is the last thing we will worry about," said Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Minister for National Security. Background to this statement: At the moment, not even all people who work in Malaysia are allowed to re-enter.

 

08/19/2020 Border between Malaysia and Singapore opened at the beginning of the week (for certain groups of people)

On Monday, August 17, 2020, the border between Singapore and Malaysia was opened for important business and official travel as well as for commuters.

Two new regulations have come into force: The mutual green lane (“reciprocal green lane” - RGL) facilitates short-term trips of up to 14 days for business or official purposes.

The periodic commuting arrangement (PCA) allows residents of Singapore and Malaysia who are in possession of a long-term immigration card for business and work purposes in the other country to enter the country for work purposes.

 

07/28/2020 The entry ban for all foreigners, which has been in force since mid-March 2020, has been partially relaxed

Entry into Malaysia should be possible for a limited group of people who already have a Malaysian residence status, including "Permanent Residents", holders of an Employment Pass (Category 1) & Dependant Pass, Resident Pass-Talent & Dependant Pass and Malaysia My 2nd Home ( MM2H) pass.

Holders of other categories of long-term residence permits (Employment Pass Category II & III or similar) need permission from the immigration authorities to enter the country before they start their journey. After entering the 14-day quarantine, travelers must go to a quarantine facility designated by the Malaysian authorities.

The cost of accommodation and meals is borne by the traveler, who must undertake to do so by means of a letter of undertaking (LoU). A COVID-19 test will be carried out upon entry; a COVID-19 test carried out before entry is not mandatory.

 

07/22/2020 Malaysia tightened entry regulations

Anyone entering Malaysia must go to a state quarantine facility for 14 days from Friday. Spending this time in a private household will no longer be possible. Previously, there had been violations of the requirements.

Regardless of this requirement, entry for foreign tourists is still not permitted.

 

07/20/2020 Entry requirement published

Malaysia has published instructions on what to consider when entering the country. It is also pointed out which documents are required (including corona test in English). But currently no tourists are allowed to enter.

 

July 10th, 2020 Tourists should feel safe in hotels

The “Clean & Safe Malaysia” safety label was developed for hotels. Hotels with this award are regularly checked for compliance with hygiene guidelines.

 

06/29/2020 Will the border be opened before September?

Malaysia is in the Recovery Movement Control Order (MCO) phase until August 31, 2020. During this time, more and more restrictions are to be relaxed.

The last discussion was whether the borders might be opened to visitors from six countries before this phase was over. We're talking about Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea.

All of them have been declared as “green zones” by Malaysia. These are countries with low levels of Covid-19 transmissions, declining trends and a common philosophy on how to control and combat the pandemic.

The General Director of Health, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, however, pointed out that Malaysia was in no hurry to reopen its borders to "green states".

Given the recent surge in the number of import cases, there is concern that the border restrictions will be lifted too early.

There is still no date when the borders will be reopened. It is more important to keep an eye on developments in other countries.

 

June 10th, 2020 Entry ban for Malaysia remains - easing in the country

Since the 18thMarch entry ban for Malaysia remains in place. It was last extended to June 9, 2020, now the regulation applies until further notice.

Since today, June 10, 2020, the lockdown has been gradually relaxed with the Recovery MCO (Movement Control Order). In the new phase, which is expected to last until August 31, 2020, travel within Malaysia ("interstate travel") is possible again.

In addition, many facilities such as schools and museums are gradually opening. Religious and social events are also possible again, as well as some sports.

 

05/11/2020 Malaysia: Entry ban extended by one month

The Malaysian government has imposed an entry ban on all foreigners since March 18, 2020. The regulation was originally valid until May 12, but has now been extended to at least June 9, 2020.

 

May 8th, 2020 Malaysia: First restrictions will be lifted gradually

Since May 4, 2020, restaurants, shops, malls and libraries have been able to reopen under strict conditions. In addition, individual sports and training for national and regional teams are possible again. Outdoor activities are permitted, in which fewer than 10 people participate and which can be carried out without physical contact.

National travel is still prohibited, as are sporting events. Theme parks, Ramadan bazaars, karaoke bars and entertainment centers also remain closed.

 

April 27, 2020 Malaysia extends entry ban

An entry ban has been in effect for all foreigners since March 18, 2020. This was extended today by the Malaysian government up to and including May 12, 2020. A renewed extension is not excluded.

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04/14/2020 Malaysia extends entry ban

An entry ban has been in effect for all foreigners since March 18, 2020. This has now been extended by the Malaysian government up to and including April 28, 2020.

 

04/02/2020 Malaysia extends entry freeze

Malaysia has extended the entry ban until April 14th, 2020.

 

03/27/2020 Special flight from Kuala Lumpur

On March 29, 2020, a special Austrian Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to Vienna will be used to bring back Austrian citizens. There are also some places for citizens of other EU countries. Here all information.

March 16, 2020 Massive restrictions and entry freeze

As several media reports unanimously, Prime Minister Muhyiddin announced far-reaching measures today.

Accordingly, all Malaysians are prohibited from leaving the country from March 18 to 31, 2020. Those returning from abroad would have to undergo a health check and complete a 14-day self-quarantine.

Foreign visitors, including tourists, will not be allowed to enter Malaysia during this time.

In addition, public life is restricted. Meetings and events are to be banned. Supermarkets stay open, but many other commercial establishments do not.

No corresponding text can yet be found on official pages. Here are two examples: Channel News Asia, The Straits Times

Update: Meanwhile also confirmed on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Photos:

Canceled flights due to Covid 19 and hygiene measures at the temple due to Corona by Kristin Greenwood / Shutterstock.com

China-Town in Kuala Lumpur during the Corona restrictions by Hafiz Johari / Shutterstock.com

Tourists with face masks in Penang from Shutterstock.com

Social distancing in front of a bank in Kuala Lumpur and social distancing on the bus in Kuala Lumpur by Abdul Razak Latif / Shutterstock.com

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