COVID-19: Malaysia Travel Updates

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Updated 10th April 2022.


  • 1st April 2022 – Malaysia has reopened to fully vaccinated international tourists for the first time since the pandemic began. Source.
  • 25th March 2022 – Malaysia and Singapore land borders will open for fully vaccinated travellers on April 1st with no quarantine or testing. Source.
  • 20th March 2022 – Once the country has reopened to international travel, all travellers will recieve a ‘travel card’. This will be issued via the MySejahtera app and will be necessary to board a plane into the country. Source.

Disclaimer: COVID-19 travel restrictions are changing every day and the following information reflects South East Asia’s Backpacker’s understanding of the current rules for entry. While we update this article regularly to ensure the information is as current as it can be, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.

Malaysia Travel Restrictions

Can you travel to Malaysia right now?

Vaccinated Travellers:

From 1st April 2022, fully vaccinated travellers are allowed to enter Malaysia without quarantine. There are different rules in place depending on where you enter Malaysia. If you are entering East Malaysia (Sabah or Sarawak), you will need to contact the Malaysian High Commission and your airline, as there are different immigration rules in place.

Please note: If you are over 60 years of age, Malaysia requires a third (booster) dose of a recognised COVID-19 vaccine to be considered fully vaccinated.

Please see here for Malaysia’s list of recognised vaccines. 

Unvaccinated Travellers:

Unvaccinated travellers can enter Malaysia if they meet quarantine and testing requirements.

Langkawi International Travel Bubble

Fully vaccinated travellers can currently enter Malaysia via the Langkawi International Travel Bubble.

Entry Requirements

Before you enter Malaysia, you will need:

Required Entry Documents

  • Valid visa
  • Return flight ticket
  • Complete MySejahtera form (and download MySejahtera app)
  • Detailed itinerary
  • Reservations for accomodation and tours


  • Non-resident foriegners will need travel insurance that covers COVID-19 for up to $80,000 USD for their entire stay.
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COVID-19 Tests Required

  • You must take a COVID-19 test in your country of residence and have a negative test result within 2 days of getting on the plane to Malaysia.*
  • You must also take a Rapid Test PCR or Rapid Molecular Test within 24 hours of your arrival.*
  • Professional RTK Antigen tests compulsory on days 3 and 5 of Langkawi travel bubble and self administered tests complusory on days 2,4 and 6. The results of these tests must be recorded on the MySejahtera app.

*These tests apply regardless of vaccination status.

Upon Arrival

Quarantine Period

Fully vaccinated international arrivals are no longer required to quarantine. However, unvaccinated travellers will have to quarantine for 5 days at a designated government facility at their cost.* (List of countries and their varying quarantine periods can be found on the Ministry of Health website.)

*Since 8th August 2021 – All residents and non-residents of Malaysia are now allowed to complete their mandatory quarantine at home if they have been fully vaccinated. This includes those who have permanent residents in Malaysia and Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H). They will be given the digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO) to monitor their quarantine at home. Source.

If you are required to quarantine, you may have to wear a digital tracker for the duration of this period. Check with the Malaysian embassy before travelling to see whether this applies to you.

Local COVID-19 Rules and Regulations

The rules and regulations below are only meant to serve as a guide and the situation is prone to change rapidly without warning. For more information on local rules and restrictions visit MyGovernment – Malaysia Government Portal.

  • FACE COVERINGS – You must wear a face mask in all public places, including in airports and on public transport (taxis also). Also see: Best face masks for travel. 
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING – Social distancing are compulsory in all public spaces, indoors and outdoors.
  • CURFEWS – Once you are in Malaysia it is best to check government websites and newspapers for the latest information on restrictions and curfews as it is changing all the time. See the Royal Malaysian Police Department website for more information.
  • PUBLIC TRANSPORT – Public transport is running but masks are required. You are allowed to transit in Malaysia via KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport), but you must not pass through immigration checkpoints or leave the airport. You cannot move between terminals 1 and 2 of KLIA without specific permission.
  • VENUES AND GATHERINGS – Hotels and guesthouses are open across Malaysia, though operating with less staff. It is likely that you will have your temperature checked upon arrival at any accommodation.
  • MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE – You can continue onto other destinations after you’ve completed spent more than 7 days in Langkawi (if entering via International Travel Bubble scheme).

Land Borders

Land borders into Thailand and Indonesia (on the island of Borneo) are closed. The land border between Malaysia and Singapore reopened 1st April 2022, with no quarantine or testing requirements.


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3 thoughts on “COVID-19: Malaysia Travel Updates”

  1. Gwendoline Brooker

    What are the rules if you have family in Malaysia? Flying in from France vis Singapore.

    1. Hi Gwendoline,
      Exemptions apply if you have family in Malaysia but this depends on your own nationality and the specific family relation that you have in Malaysia (e.g. spouse visa). You would need to speak to a Malaysian Embassy to see whether you are able to travel depending on your unique circumstances. If not, the Langkawi International Travel Bubble would be your best option. All the best!

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