Extension of Movement Control Order (MCO)

We refer to the announcement by the Prime Minister of Malaysia regarding the reinstatement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in a few states and Federal Territories beginning 13th January 2021. Please refer to the announcement here.

Who are affected?

Expatriates on EP (All categories), their dependents and maids.


Malaysia has 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 Government of Malaysia had announced to reinstate the Movement Control Order (MCO) from 4th February 2021 until the 18th February 2021.

This has been further extended to the 4th March 2021 for the below states:

+ Kuala Lumpur
+ Selangor
+ Johor
+ Penang

The conditional MCO will be placed on the same duration for the below states:

+ Kedah
+ Perak
+ Negeri Sembilan
+ Melaka
+ Pahang
+ Terengganu
+ Kelantan
+ Putrajaya
+ Labuan
+ Sabah


Delays in processing applications can be anticipated as Immigration authorities are operating on limited resources currently given the movement control order.


Effective from 19th February 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
E: ks.balasingam@santaferelo.com

Robert Day
Group Head of Immigration Operations
Santa Fe Relocation
London, UK
D: +44 7990 021125
E: robert.day@santaferelo.com

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