Australian High Commission
Malaysia

Covid-19

Information and FAQs related to COVID-19

For the latest news, updates and advice from the Australian Government on COVID-19, go to: https://www.australia.gov.au/.

There is also an Australian Government COVID-19 app you can download from the Apple App Store or Google Play, and a new WhatsApp channel. These all have regularly-updated information from Commonwealth, state and territory governments, on quarantine and travel restrictions.

As per the Smartraveller website, the Australian government’s current travel advice is do not travel overseas at this time. This is Australia’s highest advice level (level 4 of 4). See https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/news-and-updates/coronavirus-covid-19. Travel advice specific to Malaysia can be found at https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/asia/malaysia.

If you require consular assistance while in Malaysia, you can contact the Australian High Commission Consular Office in Kuala Lumpur between 8.30am - 4:30pm (weekdays) at +60 3 2146 5575. Alternatively, you can email us at: [email protected]

If you require consular assistance outside of business hours, or on a weekend, you can call the Consular Emergency Centre in Australia, which is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on +61 2 6261 3305, or via our High Commission switchboard, +60 3 2146 5555.

Please check this High Commission website, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for latest updates.

For local information, the Malaysian Ministry of Health publishes COVID-19 updates on its Twitter account, as does the Director-General of Health.  The Malaysian Government’s key webpage for updates on COVID-19 is found at http://covid-19.moh.gov.my

 

Frequently Asked COVID-19 Questions

Please note that the information contained in the FAQ responses below is intended only as general guidance for Australians in Malaysia, to assist you to locate and navigate publicly available information. It has no legal or official status and is not a substitute for official documents or advice from the Malaysian Government. While we seek to update as often as changes are made, given the rapidly-evolving nature of the COVID-19 situation and policy responses, there may be times when the information below is overtaken by events. You should always seek to confirm the information yourself through Malaysian Government channels.    

Regular changes in Malaysian Government policies may mean the information below can become out of date. We will do our best to reflect any further changes in policy, but please refer to Malaysian Government websites for the latest information. 

 

Australians in Malaysia

 

​Travelling to Australia

 

Travelling to Malaysia

 

COVID-19 Health in Malaysia

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Should I register with the Australian High Commission?

It is important that we accurately understand how many Australians remain in Malaysia and want to return home so we can provide that information to the airlines and to those agencies in Australia allocating places within the caps to airlines.

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident in Malaysia who wants to return to Australia, we strongly encourage you to register online with the Australian Government . Regular email updates on flights to Australia will also be sent to subscribers.

If you have already registered on the online DFAT registration portal, there is no need to register again.

Please let us know if you have already returned to Australia by sending an email to [email protected]. We will then take your details off of the register.

If you are planning to remain in Malaysia and do not intend to return to Australia at this time, we recommend you register for Smartraveller updates: https://subscription.smartraveller.gov.au/subscribe/. Please also let us know if we should remove you from the register of Australians seeking to return home by emailing [email protected]

If you registered before 1 September 2020, you do not need to complete an online registration, your details are already registered with us.

 

Do you want to receive updates on commercial flight options to return home to Australia?

The latest information we have on flight options is posted to our Facebook site when we obtain it. We will also email these updates to those registered with us to receive these details (see below). 

Consider following us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident travelling or living in Malaysia you may wish to register online with the Australian Government. Regular email updates are provided on flights to Australia.

If you registered before 1 September 2020, you do not need to complete an online registration, your details are already registered with us.

 

What’s the latest on upcoming commercial flight options to Australia?

Please be aware, the current Australian government arrangements require all passengers arriving to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at their port of arrival (note: not at their final destination in Australia). Passengers cannot transfer domestically on arrival.

 

Please note that masks are now mandatory on all international flights into and out of Australia and all domestic flights within Australia, including within airports.

Formal permission from the Royal Malaysia Police is required for all passengers crossing district/state lines during the MCO (13 January - 18 February), including passengers travelling to airports.

You must download and print two copies of the relevant form and have it approved at your local police station BEFORE you travel.

Official RMP forms are currently only available in Malay. The High Commission has prepared an unofficial translation to assist non-Malay speakers (link).

We understand that there will only be one flight per week to Melbourne (Friday) and Sydney (Saturday) until March. Irregular flights to Adelaide are also scheduled. We understand upcoming flights from KL to Melbourne and Sydney are fully booked, but we will continue to check if additional seats open up. We will post any new, confirmed information as soon as we receive it.

✈️ Update on transit options to Australia

  • Malaysia Airlines is the only airline flying directly to Australia.
  • Air Asia is not flying to Australia.
  • Cathay Pacific is flying between KL and Hong Kong, with connections onto Sydney.
  • Passengers can no longer transit from outside Malaysia via KL onto Singapore. If you are already in Malaysia, you can still transit through Singapore from KL, Penang, Ipoh and Kuching. To connect to Singapore Airlines flights to Australia, you must fly to Singapore from one of these four ports on Singapore Airlines, Scoot or Silk Air.
  • Emirates is flying five times per week via Dubai. Services to the east coast of Australia have resumed.
  • Qatar Airways is not taking new bookings until it has cleared existing voucher holders

 

What financial assistance is available to vulnerable Australians overseas?

If you've been unable to return to Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions and are experiencing financial distress, you may be eligible to access financial support from the Australian Government.

You may be eligible for a loan to help cover emergency living costs until a commercial flight becomes available. If you're an Australian pension holder, you may be eligible to receive a grant instead of a loan. This means you wouldn't have to pay it back.

You may be eligible for a loan to help cover part of the cost of a flight back to Australia. Pension holders and migrants may be eligible for grants instead of loans.

Only those in genuine need will be provided loans or grants. They are only available as a last-resort and you will have to meet strict eligibility criteria. All loans must be repaid.

For further details, including eligibility criteria and to apply, please visit: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/COVID-19/COVID-19-overseas-financial-assistance

 

Can I travel to Australia?

Try our handy travel tool to find out: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/covid-19-visa-travel-questions-answered.

Australia currently has strict border measures in place to protect the health of the Australian community. Very limited flights are available to and from Australia currently, and you may not be able to travel at this time.  

For Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents and their immediate family members:

Only Australian citizens, permanent residents and some immediate family visa holders (spouse, defacto partner, dependent child or legal guardian) can travel to Australia at this time.

Please note that immediate family members of Australian citizens or permanent residents identified above must provide proof of relationship before travel, even if previously granted a visa. Please see the Home Affairs website for information on how to provide proof of relationship to an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Permanent residents and holders of provisional visas (subclasses 309 and 820) do not need to apply for an exemption. For information please see https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/coming-australia.

For other travellers:

Other travellers will require an exemption from travel restrictions to enter Australia. Exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis, including for compelling and compassionate reasons for travel. For information about applying for an exemption, please see https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions.

To apply for an exemption, you must first hold a visa to travel to Australia. If you don’t have a visa, and you have an urgent reason for travel, you can lodge a visa application. For more information, see: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/i-want-apply-visa.

If the Department of Home Affairs grants you a visa, you must then also apply for an exemption to Australia’s travel restrictions. You must not travel until you have been advised that you are exempt from these restrictions.

If you do not have an urgent or compelling reason for travel, please reconsider your need to apply for a visa at this time.

 

Can I transit through Malaysia on the way to Australia (or elsewhere)?

Malaysia is currently permitting international transit to third-country destinations through Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The conditions that apply are:

  • You must not pass through immigration;
  • You need a valid onwards ticket to your next destination;
  • Your baggage needs to be checked all the way through to the final destination – you cannot pick it up in KLIA and check it in again. (You should confirm with your airline that it can do this for you.); and
  • You can only transit between flights that have you remaining in the same terminal between arrival and departure (i.e. you will not be permitted to transit if you land at KLIA2 terminal and then seek to depart from KLIA terminal, or vice versa).

Food and drink options are currently very limited at KLIA.

If you have a longer layover at KLIA between flights, the airside Sama-Sama Express Hotel https://samasamaexpress.com/klia/ (inside the terminal – not to be confused with a hotel of a similar name outside the airport) remains open for transiting passengers. We understand the Sama-Sama Express Hotel is regularly full, so you should book well in advance.

Please note that masks are now mandatory on all international flights into and out of Australia and all domestic flights within Australia, including within airports.

 

What paperwork do I require at the airport in Malaysia to depart?

All travellers should complete the Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before depature. The Australia Travel Declaration collects your contact details in Australia, flight details, quarantine requirements and your health status. This information helps the Australian Government determine your quaratine arrangements (if required) and also allows the relevant health departments to contact you if someone you travelled with tests positive for COVID-19.

If you are travelling to Australia, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding your flight at the departure point (see Do I need a COVID test to enter Australia below).

Otherwise, if you are an Australian Citizen, you simply need your Australian passport and a valid ticket to depart Malaysia.  If you do depart, however, you should be aware the Malaysian Government currently has strict border controls in place that may limit or prevent your ability to return to Malaysia in the near term.

If you are a Malaysian national and are exempt (or have been exempted) from Australia’s travel restrictions, please be aware the Malaysian Government may impose restrictions on some of its citizens departing Malaysia if not a permanent resident of another country. We recommend all such travellers carry a hardcopy of their Australian visa grant letter, to show to Malaysian airlines and authorities at your point of departure. 

If you don’t have a printed copy of your Australian visa grant letter, you may not be allowed to check in or board the plane. If you no longer have a copy of your visa grant letter, then you can use the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) tool to obtain details and print off a copy.

You should also carry hardcopy of your exemption email, if you have been exempted from Australia’s travel restrictions, to show on departure from Malaysia and on arrival in Australia.

For information about Malaysia’s exit requirements, contact Malaysia’s Immigration Department on the National Security Council hotline 03 8888 2010 and 03 8000 8000.

 

Do I need to do a COVID test to enter Australia?

Yes. All passengers aged 5 years and over travelling to Australia must be tested for COVID-19 72 hours or less prior to departure, and provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding their flight at the departure point. PCR testing is required.

Exemptions from this requirement may be available in extenuating circumstances including use of rapid antigen testing in rare cases. Members of a travelling party who have been close contacts (e.g. household contacts) of a traveller who has a positive test result will also not be allowed to travel to Australia until all members of the party are no longer infectious.

At this stage, there are not designated hospitals/clinics in Malaysia where the test must be completed. We will advise you if this changes in the future.

Anyone who has a negative test result and enters Australia must still complete mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities in their port of arrival.

Please visit Smartraveller for further information on these measures.

 

What are the COVID-19 Quarantine requirements upon arrival in Australia?

The current Australian government arrangements require all passengers arriving to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at their port of arrival (note: not at their final destination in Australia). This includes passengers who have received COVD-19 vaccinations. Passengers cannot transfer domestically on arrival.

States and territories are also implementing their own quarantine requirements, including strict caps or outright bans on arrival numbers and a requirement to self-fund quarantine.

If you are subsequently travelling via a domestic connection to another Australian city, you will also need to comply with the self-isolation requirements in that location, and in some cases border restrictions, imposed by that state or territory.

If you have specific questions on Australia’s quarantine requirements, please contact the relevant state or territory authority via the links below.

• Australian Capital Territory: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/community/travel 

• New South Wales: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/transport

• Northern Territory: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/quarantine

• Queensland: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/protect-yourself-others/quarantine

• South Australia: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/restrictions-and-responsibilities/travel-restrictions

• Tasmania: https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travellers-and-visitors

• Victoria: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/information-overseas-travellers-coronavirus-disease-covid-19

• Western Australia: https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-travel-wa

 

How will a vaccine impact international travel to Australia, including quarantine requirements and inbound and outbound travel restrictions?

At this time, vaccination against COVID-19 does not change mandatory 14-day quarantine for travellers to Australia at designated facilities in the first port of arrival.

 

Can I leave Australia?

If you are an Australian citizen or a permanent resident, you cannot leave Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions - unless you have applied for and been granted an exemption.

If you are not granted an exemption, you should not continue with your travel plans. If you are granted an exemption, you must take evidence of that exemption to the airport with you.

Some Australian citizens and permanent residents may be exempt from these travel restrictions if ordinarily resident in another country. For further information, including information about other exempt categories, please see: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/leaving-australia.

Temporary visa holders may depart Australia without an exemption, but should note return travel to Australia requires an exemption, or may not be permitted.

 

What are the procedures for entering Malaysia, including quarantine?

All applications to enter and exit Malaysia should be submitted online to the Department of Immigration via the MyTravelPass website.  

Short term social visit passes will only be granted on compassionate grounds and require permission from the Malaysian Department of Immigration. Applications are submitted via the MyTravelPass website. Remember to include any supporting documentation, such as a letter from a medical practitioner.

The Malaysian Government has announced that expatriates and their dependents who hold a valid long-term pass, or have an approved pass application, are permitted to enter Malaysia. The Malaysian Government has announced that expatriates and their dependents who hold a valid long-term pass, or have an approved pass application, are permitted to enter Malaysia.

Please see the Malaysian Department of Immigration website for further information on what long-term pass (visa) categories this applies to and the approval process to enter Malaysia.

The Malaysian Government also requires travellers to complete a “Letter of Undertaking and Indemnity”, which must be sent (with other relevant documents specified in the links below) at least three days in advance to the nearest Malaysian diplomatic mission in your country of residence/departure, for them to issue you with a letter of permission entitled a “Notice of Travel” before departure (you need this document to check in).The following links from the Malaysian Consulate-General in Melbourne provide further details and links to the relevant documents and procedures:

  • "Letter of Undertaking and Indemnity", testing and quarantine procedures:
    https://bit.ly/3fW9msh
  • Full details on the general procedures applying can be found at the following document issued by the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://bit.ly/32Ot4CE

If you have any further queries, please contact your nearest Malaysian diplomatic mission in Australia. https://www.kln.gov.my/web/guest/malaysian-mission

On entry into Malaysia, you will be required to complete mandatory quarantine at a designated facility at your own cost. The quarantine period has been reduced to seven days for travellers who provide a copy of their negative result from a RT-PCR COVID-19 test on entry to Malaysia. You will need to have the test three days before your arrival in Malaysia. Previously, the Malaysian Government has applied the three day requirement to mean you must have your overseas RT-PCR test within 72 hours of the time your flight arrives in Malaysia. We recommend you bring a hard copy of your negative results with you to provide on entry. Previously, the Malaysian Government has required a copy of the pathology report as proof of a negative test - a doctor's letter or other documentation has not been sufficient. If you are not able to provide proof of a negative test, you will need to complete the full 10-day quarantine period.

These restrictions may change at short notice. If you have any further queries, please contact your nearest Malaysian diplomatic mission in Australia: https://www.kln.gov.my/web/guest/malaysian-mission.

 

Do I need a COVID test to enter Malaysia?

According to the latest information from the Malaysian authorities, foreign travellers entering Malaysia do not need to have completed a COVID-19 test prior to entry into Malaysia.

However, the quarantine period has been reduced to seven days for travellers who provide a copy of their negative result from a RT-PCR COVID-19 test on entry to Malaysia. If you are not able to provide proof of a negative test result, you will need to complete the full 10 day quarantine period. See procedures for entering Malaysia above for more information.

The authorities have noted you should check if your airline is requiring a COVID-19 test before boarding.

  

What do I do if my Malaysian ‘social visit pass’ has expired?

The Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) has been extended until 31 March 2021. The Malaysian Government has advised that during this period foreign nationals in Malaysia whose social visit pass expired after 1 January 2020, can leave Malaysia during the RMCO without incurring any penalty or further enforcement action.  They stated that this only applies to foreign nationals whose social visit passes expired after 1 January 2020. We understand that, in keeping with the arrangement till now, during this time you will be able to go straight to the airport to return to Australia without having to regularise your status (i.e. no need to get a ‘special pass’ from the Immigration Department). We recommend you take this grace period as an opportunity to find your way home through any means possible, as there is no guarantee of any further extensions without penalty.

The Malaysian Government also told us that the visa expiry grace period does NOT apply to long-term pass holders (such as expatriate pass or spouse visa holders) – those people must apply to the Department of Immigration for an extension in the usual manner. The authorities have also reiterated that long-term pass holders are not automatically permitted to re-enter Malaysia, and must seek prior permission from the Malaysian Government to do so.  Please refer to relevant Malaysian Government websites for further details.  

Regular changes in Malaysian Government policies may mean this information becomes out of date. We will do our best to reflect any further changes in policy, but please refer to Malaysian Government websites for the latest information. For further questions on this process, please contact Malaysia’s Immigration Department on the National Security Council hotline +603 8888 2010 or +603 8000 8000.

Please be aware that there are currently limits on international passenger numbers into Australia, to help manage pressure on quarantine facilities. These will be maintained in place until further notice. We encourage you to investigate all available options to return to Australia, including direct flights on Malaysia Airlines from KL to Australian capital cities, and indirect flights with Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Emirates via their respective hubs.

If you have an urgent enquiry or require consular assistance, please contact us via [email protected].

Please make sure you continue to adhere to SOP restrictions, practice good hygiene, wear a mask when required, and refer to Malaysian Government websites for the latest information.

Updated advice

The Malaysian Government has advised that the exemption for holders of expired Social Visit Passes will cease from 21 April 2021, and normal immigration processes will then apply. A copy of the statement from Malaysian Immigration (in Malay only) is available at https://bit.ly/32gKJ4E

We strongly encourage you to make plans to depart Malaysia before 21 April 2021. Penalties may apply if you stay in Malaysia or plan to depart Malaysia after this date.

The Malaysian Government has advised that they will consider applications for extension (special pass), on a case-by-case basis. This includes applications from foreign nationals who cannot immediately return to their home country due to flight availability and COVID-19. Foreigners applying for a special pass extension to remain in Malaysia will require the support of their respective Embassies or High Commissions, and documentary evidence of their circumstances, such as proof of lodging and capacity to finance their remaining stay in Malaysia. If you require advice on the process for obtaining Australian High Commission support for your extension request due to your circumstances, please contact [email protected].

Appointments with Malaysian Immigration can be booked online at https://www.imi.gov.my/. There is no guarantee that your request for extension will be approved or that you will be able to get an appointment with the Malaysian Department of Immigration before these arrangements cease.

If you are adversely impacted by this decision, we recommend that you directly contact the Malaysian Immigration Department, explain your situation and ask for further advice. They can be contacted through their designated Online Inquiry System (SPO) http://eapp.imi.gov.my/tanya/create. Alternatively, you may wish to contact the Malaysia Government Call Centre with your enquiry on 03- 8000 8000.

Regular changes in Malaysian Government policies may mean this information becomes out of date. We will do our best to reflect any further changes in policy, but please refer to Malaysian Government websites for the latest information.

Please be aware that there are currently limits on international passenger numbers into Australia, to help manage pressure on quarantine facilities. These will be maintained in place until further notice. We encourage you to investigate all available options to return to Australia, including direct flights on Malaysia Airlines from KL to Australian capital cities, and indirect flights with Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Emirates via their respective hubs.

If you have an urgent enquiry or require consular assistance, please contact us via [email protected].

Please make sure you continue to adhere to SOP restrictions, practice good hygiene, wear a mask when required, and refer to Malaysian Government websites for the latest information.

 

Are you an Australian member of ‘Malaysia My Second Home’ (MM2H) seeking to re-enter Malaysia?

Regular changes in Malaysian Government policies may mean the information below can become out of date. We will do our best to reflect any further changes in policy, but please refer to Malaysian Government websites for the latest information.

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) has updated its guidelines on its website for MM2H members seeking to re-enter Malaysia Information for MM2H members on the process to re-enter Malaysia is available on the. For more information, please refer to the MM2H official portal

From 5 October 2020, the procedure to re-enter Malaysia will be managed by the Malaysian Department of Immigration (JIM). Approval is required from the Director General of the Department of Immigration

All applications to enter and exit Malaysia should be submitted online to the Department of Immigration via the MyTravelPass website.  

NOTE: Effective 24 July 2020, all travellers seeking to enter Malaysia are required to complete a Letter of Undertaking and Indemnity (LoU) which must be sent at least three days in advance to the nearest Malaysian diplomatic mission in your country of residence/departure, for them to issue you with a letter of permission entitled a “Notice of Travel” before departure. Refer to “What are the quarantine requirements on arrival in Malaysia?” above for information.

 

I am an expat in Malaysia and wish to leave. What process do I need to follow?

Regular changes in Malaysian Government policies may mean the information below becomes out of date. We will do our best to reflect any further changes in policy, but please refer to Malaysian Government websites for the latest information.

Detailed Guidelines for Exit and Return of Expatriates are available at: https://esd.imi.gov.my/portal/pdf/Guideline_expatriate_B_1.pdf

Questions on the guidelines can also be directed to the Department of Immigration at: [email protected]

Expatriates (including EP, RP-T and PVP holders), dependents, foreign maids and LT-SVP holders who wish to leave Malaysia for good do not require permission.

Under the guidelines, expatriates, dependents, foreign maids and LT-SVP holders seeking to depart Malaysia are subject to the following process:

·         All applications to enter and exit Malaysia should be submitted online to the Department of Immigration via the MyTravelPass website

·         Upon receiving the Permission to Exit and Return Letter from Expatriate Services Division (ESD), the applicant is to provide the Letter at the entry point upon departure and re-entering Malaysia

·         The applicant is allowed to exit Malaysia and MUST return within 60 days from the issuance date of the letter

·         Entry to Malaysia is subject to the ‘Conditions of entry’ under ‘Are you an Australian workers or family member seeking to return to Malaysia?’ above.

Notwithstanding the above process, according to media reports on 14 July, the Senior Minister (Security) said that the government had decided it would not to allow expatriates to leave on vacation and that expatriates who insist on leaving would not be allowed to re-enter Malaysia, until a future date.

The above process is on the Immigration Department of Malaysia website so we understand expatriates can apply for permission to exit and return. But, the announcement on 14 July, suggests that permission will be refused if the purpose of travel is a vacation. It is not clear under what circumstances permission to exit or return would be granted. We encourage expatriates or their dependents seeking to exit Malaysia and then return to clarify what travel is allowed, through their employer, with the Immigration Department of Malaysia.

 

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Malaysia, you will need to comply with all directions issued by the Ministry of Health (KKM). While all positive cases were previously either hospitalised or directed to quarantine centres, we understand it may now be possible to quarantine at home if Malaysian authorities consider you low risk. If hospitalisation is required, we recommend you pack enough clothing/essentials for up to two weeks and take entertainment, as the hospitals do not have televisions/wifi.

If you test positive prior to your flight back to Australia, you may be eligible for a loan to help cover emergency living costs until another commercial flight becomes available. If you’re an Australian pension holder, you may be eligible to receive a grant instead of a loan. This means you wouldn’t have to pay it back. For further details, visit: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/COVID-19/COVID-19-overseas-financial-assistance

For urgent consular assistance, please contact us on +603 2146 5575 (business hours), +603 2146 5555 (after hours) or call the 24-hour consular emergency helpline in Australia on +61 2 6261 3305.

 

What are my COVID-19 testing options? Where can I find local health information?

Please see the document at the following link for information on COVID-19 testing options in Malaysia:

COVID-19 Testing Options in Malaysia

Please note that this document is intended only as general guidance for Australians in Malaysia, to assist you to navigate publicly available information on COVID-19 testing options in Malaysia. It has no legal status and is not a substitute for medical advice. Please read it together with information on the Malaysian Ministry of Health website and Australian Department of Health website.

For local health information, the Malaysian Ministry of Health publishes COVID-19 updates on its Twitter account , as does the Director-General of Health.

 

Will Australians in Malaysia have access to COVID-19 vaccines?

Foreign citizens residing in Malaysia will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines free under the National Immunisation Programme. This will include expatriates, students, foreign spouses & children, foreign workers & UNHCR card holders. Based on Malaysia’s COVID-19 vaccine schedule, non-citizens will be eligible to receive vaccines in Phase 3 (May 2021 to February 2022). You can register to receive a vaccine through the MySejahtera app. Further information is available on the JKJAV Facebook page and the https://www.vaksincovid.gov.my/ website. We will continue to share information relevant to Australians in Malaysia via our Facebook page and this website.

 

Will Australians overseas be included in Australia’s domestic vaccine roll-out ?

Australia's COVID-19 vaccines will be available to people in Australia. The domestic roll-out does not extend to Australian citizens while overseas.

 

What is the Australian Government’s advice to Australians on seeking or receiving vaccine offshore?

You should consult your local health professional for advice on vaccine options that may be available locally. 

The Australian Government cannot provide advice on the safety, quality and efficacy of vaccines that have been approved for use outside of Australia's regulatory processes.