May 6, 2021

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Movement Control Orders Extended

Six districts in Selangor (Hulu Langat, Petaling, Gombak, Klang, Kuala Langat and Sepang) are subject to a Movement Control Order (MCO) through May 17.  The other districts in Selangor (Kuala Selangor, Sabak Bernam, and Hulu Selangor) remain under a Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) through May 17.

Certain districts in Johor, Perak, and Terengganu are also subject to an MCO through May 20.  Kelantan is subject to an MCO through May 17.

A CMCO continues to be in effect through May 17 in the following states and federal territories (with the exception of districts subject to an MCO): Johor, Penang, Sarawak, and Sabah.  A Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) continues to be in effect through May 17 in the following states and federal territories (with the exception of districts subject to an MCO): Melaka, Pahang, Terengganu, Putrajaya, Labuan, Perlis, Kedah, Perak, and Negri Sembilan.

SOPs and information on the MCO/CMCO/RMCO status of each state/district may be found on the Ministry of Health’s website.

(Update) Inter-district and Interstate Travel

Inter-district travel is prohibited in MCO districts with limited exceptions for emergency and work purposes.  Individuals who need to cross borders between MCO districts should confirm with local police whether any pre-approval is required before attempting to travel.

Individuals who need to cross state borders must obtain police or employer authorization prior to traveling. If you are considering traveling across state borders, please consult with local police directly for specific guidance and do not wait until the last minute to request your police authorization letter.  If your travel is related to your employment, consult with your employer on the necessary documentation and when in doubt, check with local police as well.

Review current RMCO, CMCO, MCO and EMCO restrictions frequently to ensure compliance.  Restrictions may be changed with little notice and are strictly enforced.  Give yourself a healthy margin of time to return home prior to applicable curfews.  Carry your U.S. passport with you at all times.  If detained, request that local authorities notify the Embassy (+60-3-2168-5000), and review the ways in which we can provide assistance when a U.S. citizen is arrested abroad.  For additional questions on current restrictions, please check with local police directly.

American Citizen Services 

Existing consular appointments which fall during the MCO will NOT be canceled. Consular Services will also continue to allow collection of U.S. passports, passport cards, and Consular Reports of Births Abroad during the scheduled times indicated in their pick-up confirmation email.  However, please note that depending on your location, Malaysian police authorization may be required to travel to the Embassy as all interstate travel and some inter-district travel is restricted.  Please reach out directly to your local police for additional information on the requirements for interstate or inter-district travel.  If you wish to cancel an existing consular appointment, please do so via their online appointment system or contact them at if you are unable to do so.

If you are a U.S. citizen with a life or death emergency (e.g. victim of a violent crime, arrest, reporting a death of a U.S. citizen) you may reach the Embassy at +60-3-2168-5000 or via email at:

Please note that most routine Consular Services at the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur remain suspended due to the MCO in effect in Kuala Lumpur.  Although routine consular services are suspended, they are scheduling limited appointments for U.S. passports, CRBAs, and exceptional notarial services.

Actions to Take: 

  • Have a travel plan that does not rely on the U.S. Government for assistance.
  • Review and follow the CDC’s guidelines for the prevention of COVID-19.
  • Check with your airline or travel operator regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Visit to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security.
  • Review what the State Department can and cannot do for you during an international crisis.
  • Visit the Embassy webpages on COVID-19 for information on conditions in each country or jurisdiction.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.



  • U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  376 Jalan Tun Razak   50400 Kuala Lumpur
  • Phone: 60-3-2168-5000


If you should have any questions or concerns or wish to request an update on a given situation in a foreign country do not hesitate to contact the following:

Rick Phillips                                                                         Cody Cobb                                                                                                                            (706) 886-9929 = direct                                               (706) 225-2526 = direct                                                                                           (706) 491-9888 = mobile                                              (706) 491-5138 = mobile