Malaysia – Covid-19 – Immigration update

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Update: May 12th, 2020

Malaysia’s movement control order (MCO) to be extended further until 9 June 2020

What is the change?

Malaysia’s MCO will be extended for a further month until 9 June 2020, the fourth extension since it was enforced on 18 March 2020. Under the partial lockdown, non-essential businesses and schools are shut, and both domestic and international travel are prohibited.

The Government has eased some COVID-19 curbs by allowing the majority of economic sectors to resume their operations beginning 4 May 2020 under a “conditional MCO”. All rules and standard operating procedures (SOPs) introduced during the conditional MCO will remain in place until 9 June 2020. Changes to the SOPs or list of sectors allowed to operate, if any, will be announced from time to time.

Update: May 6th, 2020

Updates to immigration services arising from implementation of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO)

What is the change?

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced on 1 May 2020 the implementation of the CMCO, which allows certain economic and social activities to resume from 4 May 2020 subject to a set of conditions and standard operating procedures.

In order to observe social distancing measures at the immigration offices and service centres (i.e., Malaysia Expatriate Talent Service [MYXpats] Centre & Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation [MDeC]), walk-ins are strictly not permissible and all submissions must be made on an appointment basis only. Please refer to the table below for the latest updates to immigration services.

In addition:

  • Foreigners who have overstayed from 1 January 2020 until 14 days after the end of the Movement Control Order (MCO) are allowed to leave Malaysia without being blacklisted.
  • Pass facilitation for foreigners whose pass has expired from 1 February 2020 can be done at any immigration office within 30 working days from the end of MCO.
  • No appointment will be needed for transactions at the Security and Passport Division (for Malaysians working/studying abroad). Manual queue numbers will be given.

Immigration office/service centre

Date of resumption

Appointment link

Immigration Headquarters (HQ), Putrajaya

6 May 2020

Accessible from Friday, 8 May 2020.

Expatriate Services Division (ESD) Department, Putrajaya

6 May 2020

Visa, Pass, and Permit Division, Immigration HQ Putrajaya

6 May 2020

For Professional Visit Pass (PVP), Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H), Special Pass Yaman, and applications for filming and performances by overseas artistes.

Enforcement Unit, Immigration HQ Putrajaya

13 May 2020

For overstayers, newborn foreigners in Malaysia, and loss of passport.

Foreigners with confirmed tickets (flight/ferry/bus) are allowed to walk in for submission.

MYXpats Centre, Surian Tower

13 May 2020

Accessible from Monday, 4 May 2020.

MDeC Service Centre, Cyberjaya

Closed until further notice.

To be announced.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)

Closed until further notice.

email or contact +603-8887 4311/4159/4100 to make an appointment.

To make a legalisation appointment, email Ms Julia Suhaili ( and Mr Mohd Tarmizi Mohd Taib (

Malaysia Institute Translation & Books

Closed until further notice.

Submit applications online at or email

Update: April 24th, 2020

Malaysia extends Movement Control Order (MCO) for the third time until 12 May 2020

What is the change?

Malaysia’s MCO has once again been extended by another 14 days, until 12 May 2020, as announced by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Thursday (23 April 2020).

The MCO, which began on 18 March 2020, has been extended twice. The prime minister added that he does not discount the possibility that the MCO would be extended further after this, but the Government might ease some restrictions should infections continue to slow.

Under the MCO, interstate and international travel are prohibited. Schools and non-essential businesses are ordered to shut, while people are urged to stay home to break the infection chain. Several locations with a large number of cases were also placed under an enhanced MCO, which further restricted the residents’ movement.

Update: April 14th, 2020

Extension of Movement Control Order (MCO) to 28 April

What is the change?

The Government of Malaysia has announced to extend the MCO until 28 April. With the latest update, Malaysia Expatriate Talent Service Centre (MYXpats Centre) and Immigration Department of Malaysia will be temporary closed until 28 April. MYXpats Centre and as well as all call services will also be temporary unavailable until further notice. All communications with MYXpats Centre will be limited to email only. More details can be found in the frequently asked questions (FAQs) in the link below.

The International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI) has identified several sectors can operate on the condition of strict adherence to health and safety guidelines during this period. These include but are not limited to the automotive industry; machinery and equipment industry; aerospace industry; construction projects and services related to construction work; science, professional and technical services, including Research and Development (R&D), and social health services. To view the full list of industries, please click here.

Update: March 26th, 2020

Prime Minister Muhyiddin extends movement control order in Malaysia until 14 April

What is the change?

Malaysia will extend the movement control order (MCO) by two weeks until 14 April to contain the further spread of COVID-19, said Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Wednesday. The Malaysian government had earlier imposed the MCO for two weeks from 18 March until 31 March to curb the spread of COVID-19.

As part of the order, Malaysians are barred from travelling overseas while visitors are not allowed to enter the country. It also involves the closure of all government and private premises except for those providing essential services. All houses of worship and business premises are also closed except for supermarkets, grocery shops and convenience stores selling daily necessities.

The government has announced that offenders could be fined up to RM1,000 or jailed up to six months, or both.

Update : March 17th, 2020

Malaysia to restrict movement, shut businesses

What is the change?

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced on Monday night, 16 March 2020 measures to restrict movement nationwide, starting from 18 March until 31 March, in a bid to stem the rising number of coronavirus cases.

All Malaysians will be barred from travelling abroad. For those who are returning from overseas, they must undergo a health inspection and undergo self-quarantine for 14 days.

There will also be a ban on all foreign tourists and visitors.

All government and private premises will be closed except those in essential services, including water, electricity, energy, telecommunications, postal services, transport, oil and gas, broadcasting, finance, banking, healthcare, pharmacies, fire department, prisons, ports, airports, security, defence, cleaning and food supplies.

Sarawak to impose 14-day stay-home notice on all inbound travelers

What is the change?

All foreign and domestic visitors coming into Sarawak will be issued a 14-day stay-home notice as the state embarks on its latest control measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

This measure, which takes effect on Wednesday, 18 March 2020, also applies to Sarawak residents returning to the state, as well as long-term and short-term pass holders.

Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said that the relevant agencies will monitor the stay-home notice holders through random visits, phone calls and other applications.

“Exemptions shall only be given by the State Health Department to those who are required to travel under special circumstances (official and business duties),” he said.

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