ESD Published Procedures to Enter Malaysia for Expatriates/ Skilled Worker/ Knowledge Worker

The Expatriate Services Division (ESD) announced that the Immigration Department of Malaysia has issued new guidelines for Expatriate/ Skilled Worker/ Knowledge Worker to enter Malaysia during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) period.

This is applicable for Pass holders of Key Posts and Technical Posts, as well as for their Dependents and Foreign Maids.

Make sure you meet the below requirements before applying:
  • You hold a valid pass (the pass has not expired) and is currently abroad.
  • You received approval for your new/renewed work permit and is currently abroad. (There is entry procedures at the overseas Malaysian embassy/ consulate. Please consult your adviser).
  • Your dependent, including foreign maid, holds a valid pass (pass has not expired) and is currently abroad. 

Here are guidelines on the procedures involved based on various scenarios. Click to the corresponding tabs for more info.

  • Firstly, ensure the existing Pass is still valid i.e. has not expired.
  • Application must be made by the sponsoring company.
  • It is made together with a Support Letter from the relevant Approving Agency or Regulatory Body according to sector.
  • Email application to the Director General of Immigration Department Malaysia (DGIM) for consideration.
  • Upon approval by the DGIM, the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) will issue an Entry Approval Letter to the sponsoring company.
  • The ESD is also responsible for sending copies of the Entry Approval to the Approving Agency or Regulatory Body, National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA), National Security Council (NSC), Malaysian Missions Abroad, Foreign Missions and related agencies.
  • It is the responsibility of the sponsoring company to email the Entry Approval Letter to the expatriate.
  • Expatriate MUST undergo PCR Covid-19 Test abroad, with a negative test result, within THREE (3) days before entering Malaysia.
  • On arrival, present the Entry Approval Letter and PCR Covid-19 negative result to the Immigration Officer at the entry point.
  • It is COMPULSORY to INSTALL and USE the “MySejahtera” mobile application. Make sure to have telco service.
  • The “MySejahtera” application enables the Ministry of Health (MOH) to monitor users’ health conditions, and take immediate medical recourse when necessary.
  • If required, the MOH may request to undergo another Covid-19/ Swab Test.
  • Upon clearance, the expatriate MUST undergo a FOURTEEN (14) day HOME QUARANTINE.
  • The permitted entry points into Malaysia are the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), the Immigration Checkpoint, Sultan Iskandar Building (BSI), Johor and the Sultan Abu Bakar Complex (2nd Link), Johor.
  • Firstly, ensure the sponsoring company have received an Approval Letter for the work permit of the expatriate concerned.
  • Application must be made by the sponsoring company.
  • It is made together with a Support Letter from the relevant Approving Agency or Regulatory Body according to sector.
  • Email application to the Director General of Immigration Department Malaysia (DGIM) for consideration.
  • Upon approval by the DGIM, the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) will issue an Entry Approval Letter to the sponsoring company.
  • The ESD is also responsible for sending copies of the Entry Approval to the Approving Agency or Regulatory Body, National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA), National Security Council (NSC), Malaysian Missions Abroad, Foreign Missions and related agencies.
  • It is the responsibility of the sponsoring company to email the Entry Approval Letter to the expatriate.
  • Expatriate MUST undergo PCR Covid-19 Test abroad, with a negative test result, within THREE (3) days before entering Malaysia.
  • Expatriate is required to obtain a visa from the respective Malaysian Embassy/ Consulate General/ High Commission prior to entering Malaysia. A visa application is only applicable for nationalities that require a visa to enter Malaysia.
  • On arrival, present the Entry Approval Letter and PCR Covid-19 negative result to the Immigration Officer at the entry point.
  • It is COMPULSORY to INSTALL and USE the “MySejahtera” mobile application. Make sure to have telco service. 
  • The “MySejahtera”  application enables the Ministry of Health (MOH) to monitor users’ health conditions, and take immediate medical recourse when necessary.
  • If required, the MOH may request to undergo another Covid-19/ Swab Test.
  • Upon clearance, the expatriate MUST undergo a FOURTEEN (14) day HOME QUARANTINE.
  • The permitted entry points into Malaysia are the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), the Immigration Checkpoint, Sultan Iskandar Building (BSI), Johor and the Sultan Abu Bakar Complex (2nd Link), Johor.
  • Firstly, ensure the existing Pass is still valid i.e. has not expired.
  • If expired, the sponsoring company/ principal must have received an Approval Letter for the Dependent Pass of the concerning relation, prior to application.
  • Application must be made by the sponsoring company/ principal.
  • Email the application to the Director General of Immigration Department Malaysia (DGIM).
  • Upon approval by the DGIM, the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) will issue an Entry Approval Letter to the sponsoring company/ principal.
  • The ESD is also responsible for sending copies of the Entry Approval to the Approving Agency or Regulatory Body, National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA), National Security Council (NSC), Malaysian Missions Abroad, Foreign Missions and related agencies.
  • It is the responsibility of the sponsoring company/ principal to email the Entry Approval Letter to the concerned dependent.
  • Dependent MUST undergo PCR Covid-19 Test abroad, with a negative test result within THREE (3) days before entering Malaysia.
  • Please check with your adviser if the dependent is required to obtain a visa from the respective Malaysian Embassy/ Consulate General/ High Commission prior to entering Malaysia. A visa application is only applicable for nationalities that require a visa to enter Malaysia.
  • On arrival, present the Entry Approval Letter and PCR Covid-19 negative result to the Immigration Officer at the entry point.
  • It is COMPULSORY to INSTALL and USE the “MySejahtera” mobile application. Make sure to have telco service.
  • The “MySejahtera” application enables the Ministry of Health (MOH) to monitor users’ health conditions, and take immediate medical recourse when necessary.
  • If required, the MOH may request to undergo another Covid-19/ Swab Test.
  • Upon clearance, the dependent MUST undergo a FOURTEEN (14) day HOME QUARANTINE.
  • The permitted entry points into Malaysia are the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), the Immigration Checkpoint, Sultan Iskandar Building (BSI), Johor and the Sultan Abu Bakar Complex (2nd Link), Joh

Some other pointers to take note are:

    1. The client charter for approval by the DGIM is seven (7) working days from the submission date of the application. If there is no response after seven (7) working days, the application is considered as rejected.
    2. The guideline did not mention who will bear the cost for the Covid-19/ Swab test, if it is requested by the MOH.
    3. The guideline did not mention who will bear the quarantine and its associated costs if the individual failed the Covid-19/ Swab test. We can only assume the quarantine procedures announced by Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob remain valid. The New Straits Times reported.
    4. Here’s a guideline on what to expect when you arrive at Malaysian airport published by the Malaysian Airlines (MAS).


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