COVID-19

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For consular related inquiries (e.g. issues regarding passports, visas, authentication of documents etc.), also in relation with Covid-19, please contact the Regional Consular Centre in Bangkok, Thailand at +66 2 674 6900.

Please note that the Malaysian authorities are constantly updating COVID requirements. It is essential to check the latest information. For this purpose, you should refer to official portals of the Malaysian authorities. Find out about the Standard Operating Procedures ("SOP") on the National Security Council website. Keep up to date with the latest developments, follow the guidelines of the national authorities as well as the rules of the individual states and follow their instructions.

A nationwide state of emergency in Malaysia has been proclaimed by the King from 12 January until 1 August 2021.

In response to the Covid-19 activity, the Malaysian authorities announced that the conditional movement control order (CMCO) will apply to Kedah, Penang, Perak, Kelantan, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Negri Sembilan, Johor and Sarawak until 18 March 2021.

Perlis, Terengganu, Pahang, Putrajaya, Melaka, Labuan and Sabah will be placed under the recovery movement control order (RMCO).

Nonessential inter-state travel is prohibited nationwide. Inter-district within a state will be allowed except Sabah. Movement between Selangor and Kuala Lumpur is permitted but a police permission required to travel for non-professional reasons to Putrajaya.

Most foreigners remain banned from entering Malaysia; exemptions are in place for resident diplomats, foreign spouses and dependents of Malaysian citizens, long-term pass holders, and expatriate employees working in essential industries and their dependents, among others. Please consult the competent Malaysian authorities. 

Regarding the Covid-19 public and health related issues, kindly consult the information and directives of the local authorities as well as the recommendation of the World Health Organisation WHO.

If you are Swiss and travelling abroad, register now on the "Travel Admin App". If you are already back in Switzerland or if your travel dates have changed, it would be very helpful to us if you could update them. App available with IOS and Android.

For information and updates of recommendations in regards to the Novel Coronavirus, please refer to the Federal Office of Public Health of Switzerland (FHPO).

For any other emergencies, please contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland EDA Helpline  at +41 800 247 365.

Updates from the Regional Consular Centre in Bangkok

Please find below information about recent new developments in Malaysia related to the COVID-19 situation.

1. Holders of "social visit pass" or "special pass"

According to the latest information available from the Malaysia Government, we understand that foreign nationals with expired social visit passes (90 day tourist stamps) may leave the country without having to obtain prior approval or any special extension pass, as well as without penalty up to 14 working days after the end of the RCMO (currently scheduled to end 31 March 2021). This means that until around 20 April 2021, one can leave the country without getting a “special pass” from the Immigration Department.

Once this period ends, normal immigration procedures will be enforced. Be aware that illegal stays can lead to penalties or even imprisonment. (This only applies to foreign nationals whose social visit passes expired after 1 January 2020).

2. Holders of other types of visas

We understand that the above mentioned grace period does not apply to other categories of expired visa, such as long-term pass holders (such as expatriate pass or spouse visa holders).

For those visa holders, if the visa is about to expire or has expired, we recommend that they contact immediately the Malaysian Immigration Department.

Useful links and contact information:

Online Inquiry System from the Malaysian Immigration Department

Malaysian Immigration Department's email

National Security Council website (only in Malay) 

Malaysian Government Call center (MyCGG): 03-8000-8000

 

The Regional Consular Centre in Bangkok, responsible for Swiss citizens in Malaysia, is in contact with Malaysian authorities to obtain further information on these news measures.