U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur Health Alert : Quarantine Requirements For Travelers to Malaysia

Effective October 18, 2021,  Malaysia has implemented reduced quarantine periods for travelers entering the country and for those required to quarantine due to close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.  The new quarantine requirements are as follows:

  • Fully vaccinated travelers must quarantine for 7 days and undergo a second COVID-19 test on the 5th day of quarantine.
  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers must quarantine for 10 days and undergo a second COVID-19 test on the 8th day of quarantine.

The Malaysian Ministry of Health has informed the U.S. Embassy that children who are too young to be vaccinated will be required to quarantine with their accompanying parent or guardian for the quarantine period determined by the parent or guardian’s vaccination status.

The Malaysian government’s definition of fully vaccinated is:

  • 14 days after the second dose of Pfizer, Astrazeneca, or Sinovac; or
  • 28 days after one dose of Johnson & Johnson or Cansino.

(Updated) COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Travel to the United States 

As announced by the White House on October 15, the new travel policy requiring foreign nationals traveling to the United States to demonstrate proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will take effect November 8.  The CDC’s website explains that, for purposes of entry into the United States, the accepted vaccines will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines.  (Please see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html.)

The CDC and the interagency are working to develop the orders and guidance documents to implement this new travel policy, and those details — for the airlines, for airline passengers, and for people coming to the land border — will be available well in advance of November 8 to understand what is required to be in compliance.  The Department of State will provide further information here as it becomes available.

General COVID-19 Information  

For more information regarding COVID-19 in Malaysia, please review the following resources:

Travelers should also routinely review the Department of State’s Travel Advisory for Malaysia and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Travel Health Notice for Malaysia.

Actions to Take: