The Prime Minister of Malaysia announced yesterday at 10:00pm Malaysia Time (GMT+0800) that a Restriction Movement Order (RMO) will take affect from 18 Mar 2020 – 31 March 2020.
Briefly, the RMO includes –
- Ban on mass gatherings, including sports, culture, religious and social activities.
- Ban on entry for all foreign visitors.
- Ban on Malaysians travelling overseas.
- Malaysians are allowed entry but must self-quarantine 14 days.
- Closure of all government and private education institutions.
- Closure of all government and private premises except those providing essential services like utilities, food supplies, pharmacies, telcos, post offices, transportation, fuel, broadcasting, healthcare, airports and security.
From an Immigration and Pass processing perspective, at the time of writing, there has been no official updates / clarification yet from the Immigration Department in Putrjaya (HQ) or any of the related immigration processing Authorities. We have done some checks with the Immigration HQ itself and also at the KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) this morning and appended below is the summary we know so far –
Processing of all Passes (Employment Pass, Dependent Pass, Long Term Pass, RP-T etc)
18 Mar 2020 – 31 Mar 2020
|Immigration Department Putrajaya (HQ)||Open half day (morning) with limited resources|
|MyXpats (processing of applications under ESD)||Closed|
|MDEC (processing of applications under eXpats)||Closed|
|MIDA (Malaysia Investment Development Authority)||Closed|
Please expect delays in processing of all existing applications that have already been submitted.
Summary of Travel Restrictions
Exiting Malaysia (18 Mar 2020 – 31 Mar 2020)
|For Foreigners, including all Pass holders and Diplomats||YES|
Entering Malaysia (18 Mar 2020 – 31 Mar 2020)
|For Malaysians||YES but must self-quarantine for 14 days|
|For Diplomats||YES but must self-quarantine for 14 days|
|For Foreigners, including all Pass holders like Employment Pass, Dependant Pass, Long-Term Pass, Student Pass, RP-T, PR etc)||NO|
|Malaysians daily commute to Singapore by land
(18 Mar 2020 – 31 Mar 2020)
Suggestions : Malaysians are advised to find accommodation in SG during these 2 weeks or arrange with their SG employers to work from Malaysia.
Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.