The recovery movement control order (RMCO) in Malaysia has been extended to 31st March 2021.

The recovery MCO for Malaysia and the conditional MCO for all three states was initially scheduled to end on 31st December 2020. Owing to the upward trend in COVID-19 positive cases in the three states within Malaysia, the conditional MCO (CMCO) in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Sabah has been extended until 14th January 2021.

Who are affected?

The citizens of Malaysia and foreign nationals residing in Malaysia.


Malaysia had entered a recovery phase regarding the COVID19 pandemic. The order related to this is made under the Prevention Act and Infectious Disease Control 1988 and Police Act 1967. The RMCO was to end on the 31st August 2020, however it was extended to 31st December 2020.

The Government of Malaysia had announced to implement the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) for certain areas of Peninsular Malaysia and which was extended until 31st December 2020.

The Health Ministry conducted risk assessments and found that cases were still increasing significantly.

The government agreed to extend the recovery MCO nationwide to 31st March 2021.


As of now, the borders are still closed and non-essential international travel is restricted.


Effective from 1st January 2021 to 31st March 2021.

How Santa Fe can assist

We are closely monitoring the situation and will provide an update when possible.

Santa Fe can support your business with any immigration compliance and advisory issues concerning your expatriate population. We can review current employees’ visas and assist with necessary advice or solutions to ensure ongoing compliance with the Malaysian Immigration Act and Regulations.

We will also keep your business updated on ongoing developments on all Malaysian immigration matters and will advise on any changes requiring your attention.

Should you have any questions, please contact the following:

KS Balasingam
Immigration Team Lead

Santa Fe Relocation
D: +60 19 600 6900

Robert Day
Group Head of Immigration Operations
Santa Fe Relocation
London, UK
D: +44 7990 021125


To read more immigration updates, click here

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