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The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic and impairment of public life.

From unnecessary, tourist trips to Malaysia willwarned.

Epidemiological situation

Malaysia is again harder hit by COVID-19. Most recently, the number of new infections exceeded 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants for seven days, which is why Malaysia was classified as a risk area.

The World Health Organization (WHO) provides current and detailed figures.


Due to the “Recovery Movement Control Order” (RMCO), there is a general entry ban for foreign travelers. This regulation also includes German nationals who hold a long-term residence permit for Malaysia. This does not apply to holders of the following residence permits: Residence Pass-Talent (PR-T) and their relatives, Employment Pass (categories EP I, II and III), Professional Visit Pass (PVP), Dependant Pass for relatives of "expatriates" of all categories, Long Term Social Visit Pass (LT-SVP) for “expatriates” of all categories, foreign domestic workers for “expatriates” of all categories. Crews of ships and aircraft, personnel from oil and gas companies and diplomats are not covered by the entry ban. The aforementioned groups of people must present a re-entry permit from the Malaysian immigration authorities and, depending on the country of departure, a travel permit from the local Malaysian embassy. Travelers should contact the relevant Malaysian diplomatic mission in good time.

For short-term as well as long-term business stays in Malaysia there is the possibility of entering Malaysia as part of a “One-Stop Center” (OSC). The respective requirements for the application process are based on, among other things. according to the planned length of stay and are compiled on the website of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA).

In emergencies and when entering the country for humanitarian reasons, the Director General of the Immigration Authority (Immigration Malaysia) reserves the right to make a decision on a case-by-case basis. The individual permit must be applied for online on the MYEntry platform of the Malaysian immigration authorities.

All travelers are obliged to download the “MySejathera” app, activate it and register at least three days before leaving for Malaysia using a QR code. Information on the procedure and the associated QR code can be found on the website of the national authority for civil protection (NADMA).

Travelers must present an RT-PCR test result on entry, which must not be older than three days. The test result should be in English or be accompanied by a translation into English. Some airlines flying to Malaysia also require a negative PCR test upon check-in.

Arriving travelers without symptoms and with a test result must go to a seven-day quarantine in a quarantine facility specified by the Malaysian authorities, travelers who cannot show the prescribed test result but are symptom-free in a ten-day quarantine. Travelers from so-called virus variant areas have to go into quarantine for 14 days. The list of countries that count as virus variant areas can be viewed on the website of the Malaysian Ministry of Health (MoH) and is continuously updated. Germany (“Jerman”) is currently listed there as a virus variant area.

A chargeable RT-PCR test is only carried out on arrival at the airport for travelers with symptoms. The traveler bears the costs, currently around 53 euros.

The travelers bear the costs for accommodation and meals during the quarantine. The costs of the quarantine depend on the booked category and duration. The daily rate for foreigners is currently RM 150 (approx. 30 euros) plus a processing fee of RM 2,600 (approx. 520 euros) and must be paid online in advance (via MySafeTravel or MyQr by MyEG). Proof of payment must be presented upon entry.

Cruise ships are not permitted to call at Malaysian ports.

Transit and onward travel

Travel between states and individual districts is currently prohibited. Border crossings at the land borders with neighboring countries Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia are heavily controlled and are partially closed. When traveling from abroad and staying in the transit area on the Malaysian peninsula for the subsequent flight to Borneo (states of Sarawak and Sabah), a PCR test is also carried out. The onward flight is only permitted if the result is negative; otherwise the direct admission to a state hospital takes place.

A test for the exit is not necessary from the Malaysian side. However, some airlines require a negative PCR test to be presented upon departure for boarding admission.

Travel connections

Malaysia is served by several airlines several times a week. Short-term changes to the flight plan are generally to be expected.
Travel within Malaysia (so-called "interstate travel") is only possible to a limited extent.

Restrictions in the country

Until June 7, 2021, restrictions on freedom of movement apply throughout the country, which vary in severity depending on the district or district. Currently, travel between states ("interstate travel") and individual districts ("inter district travel") is prohibited and is only permitted in exceptional cases (medical emergencies, business trips, trips to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination). Furthermore, numerous other measures are taken, such as: B. Restrictions on general freedom of movement (e.g. trips to work or to the supermarket), closure of schools and other public facilities or restrictions on leisure activities (curfew and person restrictions in restaurants, closure of sports facilities, etc.). Police controls and roadblocks are carried out to enforce the restrictions. Exceptions to the regulations in the above-mentioned exceptional cases require a police approval. Failure to comply with the restrictions may result in fines or imprisonment. The restrictions can be tightened or relaxed at any time, even at very short notice, possibly without prior notice with immediate effect.

The Ministry of Health makes the respective applicable regulations ("Standard Operating Procedure", SOP) available on its website in the Malaysian language. Information in English is available through the local media.

Hygiene rules

Before entering any facility or public transport, you must register using the “MySejahtera” app. In addition, body temperature is measured at all entrances to publicly accessible facilities. It is mandatory to wear a mask. Distance rules of at least one meter must be observed.

  • It is strongly recommended that you read the local media to find out about current restrictions and further developments.
  • If you have to travel urgently, please contact the Malaysian authorities or the Malaysian diplomatic mission responsible for you before you go to find out about the current entry requirements, and for business trips also go to the website of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA).
  • Stays in foreign countries can currently affect the possibility of entering other countries. Therefore, find out about the current regulations on entry, transit and quarantine in the respective travel countries via the travel and safety information before starting any trip.
  • When you return to Germany, note the valid entry restrictions such as registration, test and quarantine regulations, inquire about the current conditions of carriage at the responsible company or your tour operator, if necessary, and contact the health department at your place of residence or residence if you are entering from a risk area . Further information is available in our continuously updated info box on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.


A warning is issued against traveling to the sea area between the southern Philippines and Sabah, see Travel and Safety Instructions - Partial Travel Warning - Philippines.

We strongly advise against traveling to the east of Sabah state and the neighboring islands.


There is still a risk of terrorist attacks in Malaysia.

After the penetration of Philippine rebels into the eastern districts of the state of Sabah on Borneo and the kidnapping of tourists, among others. on Semporna, attacks on police forces, etc. On Mabul and the murder of a tourist on the island of Pom-Pom, a security zone ("Eastern Sabah Safety Zone - ESS ZONE-") was set up, in which an increased number of police and military is to be expected.
The zone includes the localities of Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Tawau, Kunak and Semporna as well as the islands off the coast including the island of Sipadan.

There were also kidnappings and kidnapping attempts in 2018. An acute endangerment of the local tourist destinations and thus the risk of assaults and kidnappings remains significant and also affects the area around the ESS ZONE, especially after dark near the coast and on the islands.

For watercraft of all kinds, there is a nocturnal driving ban from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. in the coastal waters bordering the ESS ZONE up to three nautical miles from the coast.

There have been cases of piracy in shipping in the waters around Malaysia, particularly the Straits of Malacca.

  • Follow the instructions of local security guards.
  • Be especially vigilant in busy locations and on special occasions.
  • Find out about safety and rescue facilities on board and the seaworthiness of the ship and do not go on individual excursions in the Strait of Malacca.
  • Please note the worldwide safety information.

Domestic situation

There may be isolated demonstrations in which violent conflicts cannot be ruled out. Malaysian law prohibits foreigners from participating in demonstrations.

  • Find out about the local media.
  • Avoid demonstrations and large gatherings of people in large areas.
  • Follow the instructions of local security guards.


Crime in the form of theft and assaults occur regularly on the street and in shopping malls. For example, handbags are snatched away by motorcyclists, sometimes with the use of force and with the consequence of serious injuries, especially if the bag has not been let go or has been carried diagonally over shoulder and arm and facing the road.

Valuables that are visible in cars encourage burglary.

When staying in hostels or low-budget hotels, especially in the heavily frequented districts of Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang and Chinatown, you should also be particularly careful. Tourists have repeatedly been victims of robbery and theft within and in the immediate vicinity of these. Otherwise violent crime against foreigners is not widespread.

Tricks, especially by suggesting games of chance, are the order of the day. Solo travelers are particularly affected; they are specifically addressed to tourist locations and lured into private apartments under a pretext.

In bars it can happen that tourists get drugs and so-called knockout drops mixed into the drinks.

Internet scams are common from Malaysia. It is not uncommon for people to first initiate pseudo personal relationships in order to borrow money that is never paid back.

  • Keep your money, ID, driver's license, air tickets and other important documents safe.
  • Prefer cashless payments and only take the cash you need for the day and no unnecessary valuables.
  • Be particularly vigilant in large crowds such as at airports, train stations and on public transport and watch out for your valuables.
  • Never leave drinks unattended and never leave your credit card out of your sight during the payment process.
  • Be skeptical of unfamiliar e-mails, profit notifications, offers and requests for help from alleged acquaintances. Do not disclose any data about yourself; if necessary, make sure yourself personally or contact the police.

Nature and climate

There is a hot, humid tropical climate with northeast and southwest monsoons.
Seasonal storms and heavy rainfalls occasionally occur, particularly in the period from November to February and especially in the northeastern states on the Malay Peninsula (Kelantan, Terengganu), which sometimes lead to flooding and restrictions in land and air traffic.

Violent tropical thunderstorms with lightning strikes occur all year round.

Malaysia is located in a seismically active zone in which earthquakes and seaquakes are to be expected.

Travel info

Infrastructure / traffic

Traffic routes may be impaired due to measures related to COVID-19 containment, see Current.

Due to the ongoing violence in three southern Thai provinces, it is strongly recommended that you follow the travel and safety information for Thailand when traveling from Malaysia to Thailand by land.

There is a well-structured and relatively inexpensive domestic flight network, train connections (north-south), intercity buses and ferry connections and excursion shipping.
Caution is advised when using ferry and excursion boats (also inland).

There is a bus and rapid transit system in Kuala Lumpur and the major cities. Taxis are inexpensive, but foreigners are often charged too high fares, and the use of a taximeter is also often refused. Private providers that can be ordered via apps are available and often more reliable.

When traveling overland by bus, pay particular attention to the luggage that is stowed in the overhead locker.

There is left-hand traffic. Most of the tolls are compulsory on the well-developed motorway network. Country roads are usually narrow, poorly lit and have potholes. Be particularly careful when using a bicycle, moped or motorcycle, especially if you are still inexperienced. Left-hand traffic and an unfamiliar driving style in Malaysia can lead to dangerous misjudgments and accidents.

When visiting nature parks, it is advisable to be accompanied by qualified guides who are familiar with the area, as the signs on jungle paths are often inadequate.

In the shallow coastal waters of Malaysia (most recently on Langkawi, an island in the north-west of the country) there can be occurrences of box jellyfish, one of the most dangerous species of jellyfish. So be especially careful when swimming in the sea.

Driver's license

The international driving license is required and only valid in conjunction with the national German driving license for short stays.

Special instructions on behavior

Malaysia is a country with many different ethnicities and religions and a strong Islamic character.

  • Be considerate and respect local customs, including in your choice of clothing and behavior.


Consensual homosexual acts between adults can be punished with up to 20 years in prison and can be beaten with a stick. In practice, however, these provisions are seldom applied.

Legal specifics

The importation and possession of drugs and intoxicants are strictly forbidden and punishable by long imprisonment. A mandatory death penalty applies to trafficking in narcotics, and possession of certain quantities of narcotics is already considered to be trafficking. The death penalty continues to be imposed for other serious crimes. Some crimes are punishable by flogging.

All penal provisions are applied in practice and in full to foreign visitors as well.

For Muslims, the Sharia applies in the area of ​​family law.

Money / credit cards

The local currency is the ringgit (MYR). Payment with credit cards is possible in many places, as well as withdrawing cash from appropriately marked ATMs with credit or debit cards. Euros can be changed without any problems.

Entry and customs

Entry and transit regulations may currently differ due to measures to contain COVID-19, see Current.

Entry and import regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without the Foreign Office being informed beforehand. You can only obtain legally binding information and / or information that goes beyond this information on the entry and customs regulations for importing goods directly from the representatives of your destination country.
You can find the customs regulations for Germany on the website of German customs and via the “Customs and Travel” app, or you can inquire about them by telephone.

Travel documents

Entry is possible for German citizens with the following documents:

  • Passport: Yes
  • Temporary passport: No
  • Identity card: No
  • Provisional identity card: No
  • Children's passport: Yes

Comments / minimum remaining validity:
Travel documents must be valid for six months after the trip, contain free pages and be undamaged. When presenting a damaged passport, there are always problems with border control, up to and including refusal of entry.


German citizens do not need a visa to enter the country and stay for up to three months without a job.
Upon entry, the Malaysian immigration authorities may be required to present the return or onward travel ticket and proof of the booked accommodation.

When entering the eastern Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak on Borneo, a separate visa is issued, which is usually valid for 90 days. It is essential to ensure that a corresponding stamp is actually affixed to the passport. The lack of this stamp can lead to problems during police checks.

Collection of biometric data

As part of the collection of data from foreigners, fingerprints are generally collected from foreigners. The prints of both index fingers are recorded. Exceptions apply to children under the age of 12, among others.

Residence permit when starting work

Germans who want to enter into an employment relationship have to submit to local regulations. The necessary work and residence permit is difficult to obtain and must be applied for at the Malaysian embassy in the country of residence before entering the country.

Since the end of the impunity period on February 28, 2005, the Malaysian immigration authorities have been taking vigorous action against people who work illegally in Malaysia or whose residence status has not been clarified. It is therefore important to pay particular attention to valid residence and working papers. If anything is unclear, the locally responsible “Immigration” should be contacted in advance.


There are no known special regulations for the entry of minors.

Import regulations

Travelers who want to import or export amounts in excess of US $ 10,000 must report this using a form provided for this purpose and available at the airport. Please contact the Royal Malaysian Customs Department for more information.

The transport of living or stuffed animal species, as well as shell shells or clothing and objects that are made from the skins of protected animal species and can be bought in Malaysia, fall under the Washington Convention on the Protection of Species. Both the export from Malaysia and the import to Germany are subject to high penalties.


For information on the importation of pets into Malaysia, please contact the relevant Malaysian authorities.



The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease COVID-19, which is triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic.


In January 2019, WHO declared delaying or skipping vaccinations as a threat to global health. In particular, the lack of vaccination against measles poses a high risk when the number of cases increases internationally.

  • As part of your travel preparations, check your and your children's vaccination protection against measles and have this supplemented if necessary.

Vaccination protection

No compulsory vaccinations are required for direct entry from Germany. Proof of a yellow fever vaccination must be provided for all persons who are older than one year and who are arriving from a yellow fever area or who are in transit there for more than 12 hours. No yellow fever vaccination is required for direct entry from Germany.

Travelers under 4 weeks of travel time should have complete vaccination against poliomyelitis (polio) with booster vaccinations every 10 years. For residents and long-term travelers over 4 weeks, a vaccination should be ensured 4 weeks to 12 months before departure, see information sheet on poliomyelitis. It is currently not known whether or not the vaccination status will be checked when leaving Malaysia.

  • Make sure that you and your children have the standard vaccinations according to the Robert Koch Institute's vaccination calendar up to date.
  • Vaccinations against hepatitis A and typhoid fever are recommended as travel vaccinations, and also against hepatitis B, rabies and Japanese encephalitis for long-term stays or special exposure.
  • Please note the instructions for use and help for the indication in the travel vaccination recommendations leaflet.
  • The DTG offers up-to-date, detailed travel vaccination recommendations for specialist groups.

Zika virus infection

The predominantly diurnal AedesMosquito-borne infection with Zika viruses can lead to malformations in children during pregnancy and neurological complications in adults.

Dengue fever

Dengue viruses are nationwide by diurnal Aedes- Mosquitoes transmitted. Since there are no scheduled rainy seasons in Malaysia, there is a constant risk of transmission that increases regionally after heavy rainy periods. The disease is usually accompanied by fever, skin rash and pronounced pain in the limbs. In rare cases, especially in children, serious complications, including possible death, occur. Overall, however, complications for travelers are rare. There is neither a vaccination nor chemoprophylaxis nor a specific therapy against dengue fever, see also information sheet on dengue fever.

  • To avoid dengue fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day.

Chikungunya fever

Chikungunya viruses are diurnal Aedes- Mosquitoes transmitted. The disease is characterized by a high fever and possibly prolonged joint and muscle pain. The symptoms can often not be clearly distinguished from other mosquito-borne diseases. Chikungunya fever does not always heal without consequences; long-term rheumatoid-like symptoms rarely occur. There is neither a vaccination nor chemoprophylaxis nor a specific therapy, see also the information sheet on Chikungunya fever.

  • To avoid chikungunya fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day.


Malaria is caused by crepuscular and nocturnal anopheles- Mosquitoes transmitted. If left untreated, the dangerous one is particularly dangerous Malaria tropica often fatal in non-immune Europeans. The disease can break out weeks to months after your stay in the risk area, see also the Malaria leaflet.

  • If you develop a fever during or even months after a corresponding trip, see your doctor as soon as possible and inform him about your stay in a malaria area.