Malaysia has extended a temporary movement control order a third time to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Key points:

  • The order, which was implemented in March and extended to April 14 and then again to April 28, has been extended a third time until May 12.

Background: The original MCO issued in March implemented a number of travel restrictions. It barred visitors from entering Malaysia and Malaysian nationals from traveling abroad. It also closed government offices and private businesses, except for those providing essential services. Additionally, a penalty of RM1,000 and/or six months in jail was established for violating the MCO.

The government has implemented an enhanced MCO that further restricts the movement of residents in locations within the country with large numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Analysis & Comments: The extension will continue to affect the movement of people into Malaysia, and it may be extended again. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop and Deloitte will provide updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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