Do not travel to Malaysia due to COVID-19. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Malaysia due to COVID-19, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country. There are restrictions in place affecting U.S. citizen entry into Malaysia. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Malaysia.
Exercise Increased Caution in:
Read the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Malaysia:
Eastern Area of Sabah State
There is a threat of kidnappings-for-ransom from both terrorist and criminal groups. These groups may attack with little to no warning, targeting coastal resorts, island resorts, and boats ferrying tourists to resort islands.
The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in eastern Sabah as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to parts of eastern Sabah.
Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.