Travel restrictions

Malaysia tightens travel restrictions for VTLs, Langkawi International Travel Bubble and more from December 8


Malaysian Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said these travel restrictions will be reviewed from time to time.

From December 8, 2021 (Wednesday), travelers entering Malaysia via Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTLs-Air); VTL-Land; Langkawi International Travel Bubble (LITB) and One-Stop Center for Short-Term Business Travel will be subject to stricter travel restrictions.

It depends Malaysian Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin’s latest announcement on December 7, 2021 (Tuesday), what he noted is due to the growing number of countries that have confirmed cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

In addition, another set of travel restrictions will also apply to Malaysian citizens and long-term pass holders entering Malaysia from:

  • Countries subject to the country’s temporary travel restrictions (i.e. South Africa, Botswana, Eswathini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Malawi) and
  • Countries that have confirmed cases of Omicron (i.e. Australia, United States, Norway, France and United Kingdom).

Continue below to learn more about the following travel restrictions, effective December 8, 2021.

Restriction # 1 – VTL (Land & Air)

  • All VTL travelers entering Malaysia via VTLs-Land and VTLs-Air must be fully vaccinated.
  • Before the initial tests:
    • VTL-Air travelers: Undergo reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing two days prior to departure for Malaysia.
    • VTL-Land travelers: Undergo a professional RTK antigen test (RTK-Ag) or RT-PCR test two days before departure for Malaysia.
  • Test on arrival:
    • VTL-Air travelers: Undergo RT-PCR testing in KLIA and KLIA 2.
    • VTL-Land travelers: Undergo professional RTK antigen testing at Larkin Central Bus Station, Johor Bahru.
  • Additional tests required:
    • For all VTL travelers and VTL travelers returning to Malaysia from Singapore:
      • Undergo professional RTK-Ag testing on days three and five after arrival, and
      • Administer an auto-rapid antigen test (RT-Ag) on ​​days two, four and six after arrival.

All self-test results must be reported through Malaysia’s MySejahtera app. And not all travelers are subject to quarantines.

Restriction # 2 – Langkawi International Travel Bubble (LITB)

  • All travelers entering Malaysia through the Langkawi International Travel Bubble (LITB) must be fully immunized.
  • Travelers offered to enter Malaysia via LITB from eight African countries (i.e. South Africa, Botswana, Eswathini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Malawi ) are not authorized.
  • Before the initial tests:
    • Take reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing two days before departure for Langkawi, Malaysia.
  • Test on arrival:
  • Additional tests required:
    • Undergo professional RTK-Ag testing on the third and fifth day after arrival;
    • Administer an auto-rapid antigen test (RT-Ag) on ​​days two, four and six after arrival, and
    • Take RT-PCR tests two days before leaving Langkawi.

Likewise, all self-test results should be reported through Malaysia’s MySejahtera app. Travelers in this group will be issued a Home Watch Numerical Order (HSO) and will be cleared into the hotel while awaiting test results.

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Restriction # 3 – OSC Short-Term Business Travelers

  • All Short-Term Business Travelers (STBTs) entering Malaysia through a One-Stop-Shop (OSC) must be fully immunized.
  • Before the initial tests:
    • Take reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests two days before you leave for Malaysia.
  • Test on arrival:
    • Take RT-PCR testing in Malaysia.
  • Additional tests required:
    • Undergo professional RTK-Ag testing on days three and five after arrival, and
    • Administer an auto-rapid antigen test (RT-Ag) on ​​days two, four and six after arrival.

All self-test results must also be reported through Malaysia’s MySejahtera app. Although this group of travelers is not subject to quarantine, they must adhere to the length of stay approved by the One-Stop Center (OSC), practice a controlled itinerary and be accompanied by a liaison officer provided by Malaysian Investment . Development Authority (MIDA).

Restriction # 4 – Malaysian Citizens and Long-Term Pass Holders from Temporarily Restricted Countries

  • Undergo RT-PCR tests two days before departure for Malaysia;
  • Undergo RT-PCR tests on arrival;
  • Submit to a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated quarantine stations, and
  • Undergo RT-PCR testing on day 10 of quarantine.

In this case, Malaysians must wear a digital tracker during quarantine and undergo a final risk assessment on the 14th day of quarantine. In the event of symptomatic signs, the quarantine will be extended. That said, Malaysians will be released on day 15 provided the result is negative on day 10 of quarantine.

Restriction # 5 – Malaysian citizens and long-term pass holders from countries that have confirmed cases of Omicron

  • Undergo RT-PCR tests two days before departure for Malaysia;
  • Undergo RT-PCR tests on arrival;
  • Must undergo a seven-day quarantine (for fully vaccinated people) / 10-day quarantine (for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people) in designated quarantine stations or at home, and
  • Undergo RT-PCR testing on the fifth day of quarantine (for fully vaccinated) / eighth day (for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated).

For this group, Malaysians are required to wear a digital tracker upon arrival and undergo a final risk assessment on the last day (day seven or day 10) of quarantine. In the event of symptomatic signs, the quarantine will be extended. If, however, RT-PCR test results are negative on day five or day eight, Malaysians will be released from quarantine on day eight (for fully vaccinated) and day 10 (for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated) . .


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