Compliance to Movement Control Order Requirement

In addition to the announcement made by the Malaysian Prime Minister on 16th March 2020, the Government of Malaysia has implemented stricter measures during Phase 2 of the Movement Control Order (MCO) from 1st – 14th April 2020 in order to get full compliance throughout the country to curb the spread and minimise the risk of COVID-19 infection.

Who will be affected?

Foreign assignees who breach this restriction will be arrested and their passes will be cancelled.


The announcement was made by the MDEC Multimedia Digital Economy Corporation on the 6th April 2020.


From the 1st April through to the 14th April 2020.

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As such, we advise that all Foreign Knowledge Workers (FKW) in your organisation to adhere to the MCO rules and regulations as the authorities will be taking stern action for non-compliance. Please take note that failing to comply with the MCO, workers may be arrested and current pass can be cancelled.

In view of the evolving COVID-19 situation, kindly visit the following links for the latest information pertaining to any developments in advisory notices from the relevant government bodies:

The Prime Minister of Malaysia’s office:

The Immigration Department Of Malaysia:

The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC):

The Expatriate Services Division (ESD):


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.

We will also keep your business updated on ongoing developments during this time and will advise on any changes requiring your attention.

Clients may check with us if you have further questions and we will liaise with authorities or provide workaround for each unique case.

Should you have any questions, please contact the following:

KS Balasingam
Immigration Team Lead
Santa Fe Relocation

D: +60 19 601 6900

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

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