Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I have a sore throat / fever / cough. Should I get tested for Covid-19?

    Q. Had close contact with Covid-19 patient?

    Work, live, travel together, or you are a healthcare personnel who had contact with a Covid-19 patient without appropriate protection equipment.


    Q. Traveled abroad in the past 14 days?


    Get tested
    MOH is likely to have identified you as a close contact. Wait for MOH officials to contact you or call the hotlines below.

    Those returning from overseas will have to undergo home quarantine for 14 days starting June 10.

    It's probably not Covid-19. But contact MOH hotline if you have doubts.

  • What happens after I get tested for Covid-19?

    Q. While waiting for the test results, do you feel ill or are unsuited for home surveillance?


    You'll be warded for treatment and observation

    You'll be quarantined at home for 14 days. Monitor your condition. Health workers may visit you periodically.

    Q. You get your test results. Did you test positive?


    You'll be warded for treatment and will be tested regularly.

    You will be discharged once you recover and test negative, or if you show no symptoms 14 days after admitted.

    You'll be discharged after completing 14 days.

  • What is recovery movement control order (RMCO)?

    It is phase 6 of the movement control order, starting June 10. Under this order, most activities including interstate travel and most recreational activities are allowed. But international travel is still banned. Read here for more details.

  • Are the RMCO conditions applicable nationwide?

    Yes, but state governments may impose additional conditions. Please check with your local councils if in doubt.

  • Can I drive around in my own vehicle?

    Yes, previous restrictions under MCO regarding driving your own vehicle have been lifted.

  • Can I go anywhere in my state?

    Yes. Starting May 4, you are allowed to go beyond the 10km limit set in the previous phases of the MCO.

  • Should I stock up on food and other essentials?

    Please refrain from pack purchasing or panic buying. The government assures there are enough supplies and grocery and convenience stores will remain open.

    Crowding into supermarkets and shops will also raise the risk of infection between shoppers. Please avoid crowded areas.

  • Will restaurants be opened?

    Yes, with strict guidelines. Local councils may also impose additional conditions for restaurants in their jurisdictions.

  • Can I leave my home during the recovery movement control order period?

    Yes, but you are still encouraged to practice physical distancing, avoid crowded areas, wear a mask in public areas and wash your hands frequently. Masks are compulsory in crowded public areas, including on public transportation, starting Aug 1.

  • Can I exercise outdoors on my own?

    Yes, most sporting activities are allowed except those which require body contact or spectators. Pools are open starting July.

  • Are entertainment outlets allowed to operate?

    Cinemas can operate starting July 1. Other entertainment and recreational businesses like pubs, karaoke joints, theme parks or night clubs are not allowed.

  • Should I wear a mask at all times when in public places?

    It is compulsory in crowded public areas and on public transportation. Here is a list of 14 locations where masks are compulsory. For locations not listed, masks are still required if the location is crowded and physical distancing is not possible.

  • What happens if I breach the movement control order?

    This is a criminal offence. You will be immediately arrested and charged in court under Section 24 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988. You can be jailed up to six months, fined up to RM1,000, or both, if found guilty.

  • Should I cancel or postpone my event?

    Social events, including weddings, are allowed starting July, with a limit of 250 attendees.

    For Muslim funerals, which need to happen soon after the death, solat jenazah (special prayers for the deceased) must be conducted by close family members and mosque or surau congregation only.

  • Am I allowed to attend mass prayers?

    Friday prayers and other congregational prayers are allowed under the recovery movement control order (MCO), subjected to set guidelines and certain constraints. However, one must be able to produce a Malaysian identity card to pray at mosques. Authorities say this is to facilitate contact tracing in case of indection. On May 28, the government released a list of non-Muslim places of worship allowed to reopen.

  • Should I go for a holiday?

    Malaysians are not allowed to travel overseas but domestic holidays are allowed.

    Starting June 10, Malaysians and permanent residents who return from overseas will have to undergo 14 day self quarantine a home. Previously, they were isolated at quarantine centres.

    Foreigners are not allowed to enter, except for permanent residents.

  • I'm a Malaysian abroad. Can I return home?

    Starting June 10, Malaysians and permanent residents who return from overseas will have to undergo 14 day self quarantine a home. Previously, they were isolated at quarantine centres.

  • I am a college/university student. Can I stay in my dorm?

    Universities have arranged to send students back to their hometowns. Please check with your universiti if you can remain in your dormitory.

  • A personnel at my workplace tested positive for Covid-19. Should the management shut down operations? Should we work from home?

    The ministry will advise your management on what is the appropriate course of action. To date, affected premises have been sanitised and reopened for business.

    In previous cases, those with close contact with the patient were identified, tested and quarantined by the Health Ministry.

    If you have doubts, call the ministry hotlines below.

  • I know someone who had close contact with someone who tested positive. Should I self-quarantine?

    No. The public is only advised to practice self-quarantine if they have had direct contact with someone who tested positive or had traveled abroad in the past 14 days. Those who have had direct contact should also be tested.

    Contact the Health Ministry hotline if you have doubts.

  • Should I go to the hospital or clinic if I suspect I have been exposed to someone who tested positive for Covid-19?

    Don't rush to the clinic or hospital.

    The first thing you need to do is contact the ministry's hotline to determine if you should get tested. This initial screening can help reduce the strain on healthcare services.

  • Should I keep my children away from school?

    Schools are open for Form Five and Six students under the RMCO phase. Daycare centres and nurseries can also operate.

  • Is public transportation operational?

    Starting May 4, all public transportation resume normal services.

Ministry of Health (MOH)

Physical Distancing

Practice physical distancing by keeping a distance of at least one meter from other people, when possible.

If you are on public transport, turn your face away from others, especially if they are coughing or sneezing.

Physical Distancing
1 meter

How the Covid-19 virus spreads

How the Covid-19 virus spreads

Another person can get infected if they touch a surface where the droplets have landed, and then touch their face. The virus can live on surfaces for two hours or several days, depending on the type of surface and temperature.

How to avoid infection

How to avoid infection

Wear a mask if you have symptoms. Change the mask regularly and avoid touching the mask after putting it on. Wash your hand immediately if you do.

  • Wash your hands regularly with water and soap, or if this is not possible, use hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol.

  • Regularly wipe down frequently touched surfaces with disinfectant.