Frequently asked questions (FAQs) on movement control order

1) Name of Order

Movement control order

2) Period

From March 18 – March 31,2020.

3) Area of coverage

Throughout Malaysia.

4) Legislation

This order is based on Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and the Police Act 1967.

5) Directives under the movement control order

- Complete ban on all movements and large gatherings including religious activities, sports, social and cultural events

- Complete restriction on all overseas travels by Malaysians

- Complete restriction on all tourists and foreigners entering into the country

- Closure of all kindergartens and nurseries, national and private schools and all other lower secondary and pre-university educational institutions

- Closure of all public and private higher education institutions as well as Skills Training Institutes

- Closure of all government and private premises except those involved in providing essential services.

6) Can celebrations, weddings and dinners be held?

Marriage solemnisation can be held provided that it does not involve a large gathering. For celebrations and receptions, it is advisable to postpone these events.

7) Does the movement control order applicable for certain hours throughout from March 18-31?

No, the order takes place throughout, at all hours during the period.

8) If my daily needs have finished, can I go out to purchase and return immediately?


9) I am a Malaysian and my husband is a Briton. Would we be allowed to return during the period of the movement control order?

You may, provided you can show proof of marriage which has been either registered with the Malaysian authorities or the original country. The couple would have to go through health screening and self-quarantine to lessen the possibility of being infected or infecting others.

10) My daughter is studying in a foreign country. Is she allowed to return?

Yes, she is allowed. Any Malaysian overseas can return during the period. However, the individual has to go through a health screening and self-quarantine.

11) I hold a long-term pass in Malaysia and was supposed to return to my original country before the movement control order was announced. Can I return to Malaysia during this period?

Only foreigners in essential services are allowed to enter Malaysia during this period. Foreign migrants must possess a letter from their employer and present it to the Immigration authorities upon entry.

12) I work in Singapore. Am I allowed to travel to and fro to my office in Singapore?

No. This order is for all individuals in the country. On the basis of the safety of the community, any individuals working in any neighbouring country, but stay in Malaysia, are not allowed to return to Malaysia and travel daily. It is requested that they inform their employers on this matter.

13) I have made plans to take a holiday in Malaysia and I have made all the payments. Can I continue my holidays?

Under the movement control order, the public is barred from going to all tourist areas for all social activities and if the visit does not involve essential services. You are advised not to continue your holidays.

14) Can I drive to the airport to pick up my friend who has returned and who is working in essential services?

Going to a place quickly and briefly is allowed under the movement control order.

15) Will schools have to replace the off days taken during the period?

There is no need to.

16) Are all activities and classes involving the higher educational and skill institutions also restricted under the movement control order?


17) What about students who are staying in higher educational institution facilities especially foreign students?

All higher education institutions have the choice of staying on campus during the period. Foreign students are advised to return to their countries. Those who return home are not allowed to re-enter during the period of Order. Foreign students who decide to stay put in Malaysia in the hostels will report to their institutes and have to abide by the Order.

18) Will food and beverage businesses such as fast food outlets, restaurants and food courts remain open?

Food outlets may remain open but only for takeaway and delivery through certain companies such as Grab Food and Food Panda.

19) Will public transport such as buses, LRT, MRT, KTM continue to operate?

All public transport will operate as usual during the period.

20) I have paid for the booking of the hotel before the Order was announced. Can I ask for a refund?

The public is advised to talk to the hotels on refunds for bookings made during this period.

21) If there is a death, (not by Covid-19), can I hold prayers and tahlil ?

You may hold prayers with close family members and the mosque khairiah (committee). But it's only prayers, without tahlil.


MARCH 17,2020

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