COVID-19: Immigration Update

Following the announcement made by the Government of Malaysia in relation to the entry permission for expatriates and permission to exit and return to Malaysia, the Immigration Department has issued guidelines for expatriates and its related passes on 24 June 2020 which was further updated on 11 July 2020 and 18 July 2020.

The full latest guidelines are as below:
  1. Guidelines for the Entry of Expatriate / Skilled Worker / Knowledge Worker / for Key Posts and Technical Posts, and for Dependants / Foreign Maids; and

  2. Guidelines for Permission to Exit Malaysia and Return for Expatriate / Skilled Worker / Knowledge Worker / Residence Pass – Talent (RP-T) / Professional Visit Pass (PVP) / Dependants / LT-SVP/ Foreign Maids.

The detailed information may be available here.  The above Guidelines will be effective from 18 July 2020.

Additionally, with effect from 24 July 2020, Malaysians and foreigners returning from abroad will be required to undergo 14 days of mandatory isolation in designated quarantine centres identified by the government instead of their homes.

The returnees will have to bear the full cost of the quarantine at the respective centres, either in public training institutions or in hotels that will be identified and gazetted by the National Disaster Management Agency together with the Health Ministry soon.

Following this new announcement, Malaysians travelling back home are no longer required to undergo COVID-19 screening in their respective countries three days before departure, as currently required, although this requirement is still applicable for foreigners.

If you have any queries, please contact:-

Selvamalar Alagaratnam

Foo Siew Li

Sara Lau Der Yin
Senior Associate

Sareeka Balakrishnan