Transition from MCO to CMCO / RMCO

Malaysia will transition from the Movement Control Order (MCO) to a Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) and Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) depending on region.

Who are affected

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


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 Government of Malaysia had announced to extend the Movement Control Order (MCO) to the 4th March 2021.
However, due to the reduction of the number of cases the MCO has been lifted and replaced with the following orders from the 5th March 2021 to the 18th March 2021.

CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order)


• Kuala Lumpur
• Selangor
• Johor
• Penang
• Kedah
• Perak
• Negeri Sembilan
• Kelantan
• Sarawak

RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order)


• Pahang
• Melaka
• Terengganu
• Sabah
• Putrajaya
• Labuan
• Perlis

Delays in processing applications to be anticipated due to the revised changes.


Effective from 5th 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

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