Since August 2021, Malaysia has relaxed COVID-19 restrictions under the National Recovery Plan for individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to the recent Ministry of Health’s (MOH) announcement, fully vaccinated Malaysians and travellers from overseas now have the option of home quarantine for a reduced period of seven days when they arrive in Malaysia. Meanwhile, those who are not vaccinated or have yet to complete their Covid-19 vaccine doses should undergo a quarantine period of 10 days. The new rules are applicable for arrivals from 18 October 2021 onwards and will require to apply at least 7 – 10 days prior to the date of entry into Malaysia.
Malaysia Home quarantine application is subject to the following qualifying criteria:
1. Home or residence
- Local or foreign traveller who has a home or residence in Malaysia (including PR, MM2H).
- Home or residence must be suitable based on risk evaluation that includes:
- Number of persons in said home or residence
- Number of elderly persons in said home or residence (above 60 years of age)
- Number of children in said home or residence (below 12 years of age)
- Number of persons with chronic illnesses in said home or residence
- Number of pregnant mothers in said home or residence
- Number of rooms in said home or residence
- Number of bathrooms in said home or residence
- Number of bedrooms with en suite bathrooms in said home or residence
2. PCR test result
- The COVID-19 test result has to be proven negative.
3. Fully completed COVID-10 vaccination
- For double-dose vaccines: recipients must have received two complete doses, of which more than 14 days have passed since the date of the second dose.
- For single-dose vaccines: recipients must have received one dose, of which more than 28 days have passed since the date of the vaccine dose.
How to apply for malaysia home quarantine
For travellers who do not meet Malaysia home quarantine requirements
Travellers who do not meet the requirements for Malaysia home quarantine would need to undergo mandatory quarantine at a standard or premium quarantine hotel of their choice. It is best to book your quarantine hotel at least two weeks before arrival due to room availability.
Frequently asked questions
1. What is considered a high-risk country?
MOH classifies high-risk countries as those with reported transmissions of SARS-CoV-2 type VOCs in the community involving four types of variants: Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta.
2. Do we need to attach negative PCR test results during the Malaysia home quarantine application?
Based on the information requested on the home quarantine application form, yes, you are required to attach a negative PCR test result.
3. May I know where I can find the official source for this piece of information?
The procedures are published at the official Home Quarantine Application page by the Ministry of Health here.
4. There are several terms and conditions available on the internet for travellers entering Malaysia. Did the Malaysian government issue an official poster?
Here is the official poster issued by the Ministry of Health.
5. Can families travelling with children below 18 years old who don’t have their vaccinations yet apply for Malaysia home quarantine?
At the time of writing, home quarantine is for fully vaccinated individuals only. Parents travelling with unvaccinated children would need to quarantine at a designated quarantine centre unless there is a change in the SOP.
6. Are there any costs that Malaysians and/or non-Malaysians have to pay?
Malaysians and non-Malaysians would need to pay for the COVID-19 test upon arrival at the airport and during quarantine.
7. A place of residence suitable for quarantine – can it be a vacant house that belongs to a friend or relative rented for the 14-day quarantine?
The home quarantine address must match the address registered in MySejahtera. Currently, there is no SOP stating if the house can belong to a friend or relative.
8. I have taken my 2 doses of vaccination overseas. How do I update the information to MySejahtera?
If you are vaccinated overseas, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information together with a copy of your vaccine card and passport or IC as supporting documents to add a digital vaccine certificate in MySejahtera. It may take up to 7 working days to process, so plan ahead!
- Full Name
- Passport Number (for non-Malaysian) or IC Number (for Malaysians)
- Vaccination Date
- Vaccine Status (first, second or both doses)
- Vaccine Type
10. Do I have to book the flight first before submitting the form or home quarantine?
Yes. You would need to provide your travel details as part of the supporting information for home quarantine application.
11. Do you happen to know the telephone number of MOH for me to contact them directly?
You can contact MOH here: 03-77239300 / 03-88810200, or WhatsApp 013-927 9454 / 010-969 9435 from 8am to 5pm.