Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 Movement Control Order (MCO)

 

In an effort to keep everyone updated with the rules of the Movement Control Order, please find below FAQ on the updated rules of MCO applicable until 9 June 2020 or until there is any amendment to it (whichever comes first).

A. CONTROL OF MOVEMENT (ESSENTIAL TRAVELS)

 

11. My passport is currently with the University/School for visa stamping/renewal. Since all Immigration/EMGS offices have resumed operations, will my visa application/endorsement be processed should I need to retrieve my passport if there is a repatriation flight to travel back to home country?

12. Most of my Malaysian friends have returned to their hometowns. Will the University/College continue to support the management of the students who remained on campus?

 


C. TRANSITING/DEPARTING MALAYSIA UNDER MCO

13. Will international passengers be able to transit in KLIA?

14. Are foreign nationals, who have overstayed with Social Visit Pass (PLS) during the MCO period, allowed to return to home country?

15. Will those who have overstayed during the implementation of MCO/CMCO face any issues at Immigration clearance upon exit?

16. What if there are no available flights during the 14 days period after the Movement Control Order (MCO) has been lifted, will we face any enforcement action?

17. Who will be allowed to enter Malaysia while the Movement Control Order (MCO) in force?

18. May I know if interstate travel restriction has been lifted in the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period?

19. I will be travelling back to my home country. What are the documents needed to facilitate my travel to the airport?

20.I am residing out of Selangor/Kuala Lumpur. Do I need to get an endorsement letter for interstate travel from the nearest police station to travel to the airport (KLIA)?

21. What are the transportation methods available to travel to the airport?

22. Both my friend and I will be travelling to home country. Can we share the same transport (Grab/Taxi) to the AIRPORT?

23. Can a family member or a friend (driver) drop me to the airport?

24. I have read all the questions and answers in this FAQ. How do I contact the High Commission if I still have questions?

 

A. CONTROL OF MOVEMENT (ESSENTIAL TRAVELS)

 

1. Is there any change to the ‘travel within 10km radius’ rule since the implementation of Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in force?

The 10km radius limit no longer applies during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) and the public is now allowed to make inter-district travel. However, the standard operating procedure on interstate movement remains unchanged; NOT allowed.

 

2. May I know if the 10pm to 6am curfew is still in force during the CMCO period?

The government had announced that they will NOT be enforcing the 10pm to 6am curfew or inter-district travel restrictions. However, it is advisable to restrict your movements to only when necessary and abide by the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

 

3. How many people are allowed to go out during CMCO period?

The law during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) allows four people from the SAME family/household to travel in a private vehicle. However, only two passengers are allowed to share a Grab/Taxi for each journey.

 

4. Can I take my friend who lives in a different house in my car to go to purchase some groceries?

Please note that the law during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) allows four people from the SAME family/household to travel in a private vehicle. Although the authorities have reduced the number of roadblocks, the public must still abide by the SOP. The government has formed a special task force to monitor the compliance of SOPs.

 

5. Do I still need to bring along necessary documents such as water bill or medical appointment card when I go out since we are now allowed to move freely but strictly following the Ministry of Health’s Standard Operating Procedures?

It is advisable to carry along the necessary documents although the public can now more ‘freely’ during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO). However, it is advisable to restrict your movements to only when necessary and abide by the SOP.

 

6. Is it allowed to do some exercises outside such as jogging and cycling?

Yes. The government has allowed some flexibility since the introduction of Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) on May 4, 2020. The public can opt for non-contact sports and exercise activities such as running (in small group and to adhere to social distancing measures), badminton, cycling and golf.

 

7. What are the punishments imposed to MCO violators?

Beginning April 14, 2020 or the Third Phase of the MCO, there will be no more compound fines of RM1,000 on individuals caught violating the Movement Control Order (MCO), but they will be remanded and charged in court. Kindly note that foreigners with valid travel documents or permits would be subjected to the same punishments as Malaysians if they flout the MCO while those without documents will be arrested and sent to Immigration deports for further action.

 

8. What does it mean when my area is placed under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO)?

Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) will be implemented at specific areas or localities in red zones under the advice of the Ministry of Health when a sudden increase of infections takes place in those localities.

 

9. Are movements prohibited for areas placed under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO)?

Yes. EMCO means a total lockdown.

  • All exit and entry points will be closed off
  • All residents and people who are already in area are not allowed to leave while nobody is allowed to enter.
  • All businesses and factories are prohibited from operations
  • Medical base will be set up
  • Food will be supplied by the Social Welfare Department
  • Food deliveries will be allowed until lobby/designated area
  • Door-to-door tracing for Covid-19

 

10. Which areas are currently under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO)?

Below are the areas under EMCO:

Pasar Besar Jalan Othman (popularly known as ‘Old Town market’) and surrounding areas in Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Selayang Baru, Gombak, Kuala Lumpur

 

 

 

B. STUDENT-RELATED ISSUES

 

11. My passport is currently with the University/School for visa stamping/renewal. Since all Immigration/EMGS offices have resumed operations, will my visa application/endorsement be processed should I need to retrieve my passport if there is a repatriation flight to travel back to home country?

Students who have submitted their passports are advised to complete their visa process as the Immigration and EMGS has resumed operations. Kindly contact your university/college should there be a need to retrieve passport.

 

12. Most of my Malaysian friends have returned to their hometowns. Will the University/College continue to support the management of the students who remained on campus?

The University/College will still responsible for the basic needs, safety and welfare of the students throughout their stay on campus during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).


C. TRANSITING/DEPARTING MALAYSIA UNDER MCO


13. Will international passengers be able to transit in KLIA?

Transit and connecting flight passengers who do not require immigration clearance are allowed to board the connecting flights. Please note that your connecting flight should be within 24 hours.

 

 

14. Are foreign nationals, who have overstayed with Social Visit Pass (PLS) during the MCO period, allowed to return to home country?

Yes, allowed. Foreign citizens who have overstayed with social visit pass (PLS) between Jan 1, 2020 and up to 14 working days after the expiry of the Movement Control Order (MCO), is allowed to return to their home country without having to obtain a special pass (SP) at the Immigration office.

 

15. Will those who have overstayed during the implementation of MCO/CMCO face any issues at Immigration clearance upon exit?

No. Immigration will facilitate the exit of those who have overstayed after January 2020 without having to refer to the Immigration Headquarters or state immigration office given that all subjects are clear in terms of valid passport. They could leave the country via the point of entry by reporting to the Immigration counter with valid travel documents and their details will be recorded. Those who leave the country during this period will not be subject to enforcement action and will not be blacklisted.

 

16. What if there are no available flights during the 14 days period after the Movement Control Order (MCO) has been lifted, will we face any enforcement action?

Those who did not return to their country of origin within 14 working days after the expiry of MCO should consult and obtain proof from their respective embassies on their justification for not being able to leave the country, or they will face enforcement action and get blacklisted. Kindly consult with the High Commission to obtain the said letter.

 

17. Who will be allowed to enter Malaysia while the Movement Control Order (MCO) in force?

– Malaysians and PR holders

– Spouses and children of Malaysian citizens

– Foreign diplomats and expatriate pass holders who are working in the essential services sectors (need to get permission from the ministry and Immigration Department before coming to Malaysia)

The above individuals are subject to 14 days mandatory quarantine at the designated quarantine facility upon arrival.

 

18. May I know if interstate travel restriction has been lifted in the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period?

The rules for interstate travel are now relaxed slightly by allowing such travels for those needing to make trips to and from work, those in dire emergencies, for example, death of a family or attending to a sick relative. Also, the government has given flexibility to married couples who live in different states to meet their families once a week. In such cases, one should obtain movement permit from the nearest police station before their travel. Apart from these cases, the standard operating procedures on interstate movements remain unchanged; NOT allowed.

 

19. I will be travelling back to my home country. What are the documents needed to facilitate my travel to the airport?

– Passport

– Ticket

– High Commission’s letter of concurrence to travel

– Written movement permit from the nearest Police Station (appropriate supporting documents must be provided including documents to prove the total number of accompanying persons)

 

20. I am residing out of Selangor/Kuala Lumpur. Do I need to get an endorsement letter for interstate travel from the nearest police station to travel to the airport (KLIA)?

Maldivians residing out of Selangor/Kuala Lumpur will need to get endorsement letter from the nearest police station by showing High Commission letter, ticket and passport to travel to the airport (KLIA).

 

21. What are the transportation methods available to travel to the airport?

You may get to the airport by Grab/Taxi. The KLIA Express train from KL Sentral has resumed operation from May 4, 2020 but with limited train services. Please note that Grab/Taxi is permitted to operate from 5am to 12pm, but they are only allowed to have passengers from 6am to 11pm.

 

22. Both my friend and I will be travelling to home country. Can we share the same transport (Grab/Taxi) to the AIRPORT?

Yes, you may. Based on the latest gazette dated May 13, 2020, Grab/Taxi is allowed to carry NOT MORE than two passengers for each journey. Please ensure that you sufficient supporting documents (High Commission letter, passport and flight ticket) before you embark on your journey to the airport.

 

23. Can a family member or a friend (driver) drop me to the airport?

Yes, can. A family member or a friend may drop the passenger(s) to the airport even if the driver (the family or friend) is not travelling. Based on the latest gazette dated May 13, 2020, a driver can carry NOT MORE than three passengers in a private vehicle.

 

24. I have read all the questions and answers in this FAQ. How do I contact the High Commission if I still have questions?

Please contact the High Commission via our helplines:

Phone: +60126557895

Email: consular@maldives.org.my

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