Malaysia Travel Requirements: What We Know So Far

Malaysia Travel Requirements: What We Know So Far

Who's ready for a trip to Malaysia?

Update as of 1 Aug 2022: Malasyia has removed all entry requirements related to COVID-19.

Malaysia reopened its borders in April 2022 and has since relaxed the conditions for travelling even more. Here’s all you need to know about Malaysia travel requirements in 2022. 

Also read: Singapore’s Vaccinated Travel Framework: All You Need to Know Before Travelling

Travel requirements for fully vaccinated travellers

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For fully vaccinated individuals, you can visit Malaysia without any quarantine measures or restrictions. Starting 1 May 2022, you will also be exempt from taking any pre-departure COVID tests and on-arrival test. This applies also to unvaccinated children below 12 years of age.

However, before travelling, you MUST download the MySejahtera app. You will need to fill out a Traveller Form on the app before arriving in Malaysia. The same applies to Malaysian citizens travelling home.

Regardless of vaccination status, those travelling to Malaysia will no longer be required to purchase COVID-19 travel insurance.

Travel requirements for unvaccinated travellers

Unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated travellers may enter Malaysia as well. That said, there are certain requirements they need to take note of.

For partially or unvaccinated travelers below the age of 17, they must take a pre-departure RT-PCR test 2 days before arriving in Malaysia (professional RTK Antigen test for travellers from Singapore) and an on-arrival RTK-Antigen test (supervised) within 24 hours after entering the country. However, there is no requirement for them to quarantine.

For partially or unvaccinated travelers aged 18 and above, they must also undergo pre-departure and on-arrival testing. Despite the result of both tests, they must still undergo quarantine in Malaysia for five days before being allowed to freely explore the country.

 Vaccine requirements in Malaysia

While Malaysia accepts most vaccines on the WHO-EUL list, take note that Malaysia’s definition of “fully vaccinated” differs according to vaccine brands. Starting 1 Apr 2022, this is what counts as fully vaccinated in Malaysia:

a) Individuals 18 years and above who have received three doses (including booster jab) of Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines.

b) Individuals aged between 18 and 59 years old who have received two doses of either Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Covaxin, Novavax, or Sputnik V; and individuals aged 60 and above who have received three doses (including booster jab) of the above vaccine brands.

c) Individuals aged between 18 and 59 years old who have received one dose of CanSino, Sputnik Light, and Janssen vaccines; and individuals who have received two doses (including booster jab) of the above vaccine brands.


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Starting 1 May 2022, most COVID-related measures will also be lifted or amended. Mask-wearing becomes optional in outdoor settings (but still encouraged in crowded spaces). You will also no longer need to check-in at every establishment using your MySejahtera app. However, if you’re travelling to Malaysia, you will STILL need to use it to download your Traveller Form.

Now that you’re more familiar with the Malaysia travel requirements, it’s time to book that long-awaited getaway!

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Darren Yeoh
Darren Yeoh

Darren enjoys the finer things in life and loves exploring unfamiliar places on foot, guided with nothing but instinct and a good-old fashioned map. He enjoys cultural experiences and exciting adventures and is not a stranger to travelling alone. When he's not putting his travel experiences into words, he's probably sitting behind his laptop, planning his upcoming adventure.