Back-to-Campus Movement for International Students

Dear Students,


The Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) has recently released updates on the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to be adhered by all international students entering Higher Education Institution (HEI) campuses. These updates will supersede the announcement made on 24 July 2020.


The categories of international students who are allowed entry into Malaysia:

  • Existing student with a valid student pass who are outside the country; and
  • Existing student with expired student pass from 1 February and the student is outside the country.

*Entry for all New International students is on hold until further notice.


Before you decide to travel, please ensure that:

  1. Your country does not have a travel ban for overseas travel. We have made allowances for international students who are unable to return to campus on time so that they continue to attend the classes online, concurrently with their local course mates who are on campus.

  2. For existing students whose student visa have expired, you must ensure that the Malaysian Mission (Embassy or Consulate) in your country (or the one nearest to you) is open for you to apply Single Entry Visa (SEV). Please check with the Malaysian Embassy in your country on how long the SEV application process will take in your country. Do note that this may be done via email.

  3. You are not required to undergo a Pre-Arrival Covid-19 Screening test before departure. However, it is strongly advised to check with respective Airlines on any requirements to take the Covid-19 screening tests before boarding the aircraft.

  4. Plan ahead and do inform your institution on your intention to travel. 

Prior to Departure:

  1. Submit an entry application through the Travel Authorisation form by creating an account on the Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) website at You must purchase a flight ticket before creating your application as you are required to update your flight details to Malaysia. Please ensure that there is ample time (minimum 30 working days excluding the application days needed for SEV - if applicable) to travel as there are multiple layers of processing involved to approve the travel request.

  2. All applications will be made available to respective institution for approval. EMGS will subsequently process your application to ensure that you have met all the requirements.

  3. Your application will subsequently be forwarded to the Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM) to obtain the approval of the Director General of the Malaysian Immigration Department. Once approved, you will be able to download an approval letter through the EMGS website (Track My Application)

  4. Upon receiving the Travel Authorisation, you must complete the Letter of Undertaking Indemnity (LoU) attached to this announcement. This letter must be submitted together with the Travel Authorisation obtained from EMGS via email to the Malaysian Mission (Embassy or Consulate) in your country (or the one nearest to you), at least three (3) days before the date of departure. The other documents required to be submitted to the Malaysian Mission are, travel document (flight ticket) and identity document (copy of Passport).

  5. The Malaysian Mission (Embassy or Consulate) will issue a Letter of Approval (Entry Permit) to Malaysia by email to international students who qualify to enter Malaysia.

  6. You must also ensure that you have downloaded the MySejahtera application on your smartphone and complete all the information in the application.

  7. Check with your respective Airlines if there are any specific requirements to undergo any Covid-19 screenings before you can board the aircraft.

Upon arrival in Malaysia

  1. You will only be allowed to enter Malaysia via KLIA and KLIA 2 entry points. Any attempt to enter Malaysia from other entry points will be denied and may risk being deported to your country of origin.

  2. Upon entering Malaysia, you will be required to undergo a mandatory Covid-19 screening (RT-PCR test) conducted by the Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH) upon arrival at the international gate. The test will cost RM 250 and you will have the option of paying for this test either via cash or credit card. A receipt will be issued by the officials of MOH once the payment is made.

  3. Students that display Covid-19 symptoms will be referred to the hospital immediately for further treatment as per the guidelines set by the MOH.

  4. Upon completing the Covid-19 screening, you will be registered at the International Entry Point and this process is co-ordinated by the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) and the Malaysian Civil-Defence (APM). You must present your Letter of Undertaking and Indemnity, along with your Travel Authorisation and Letter of Approval (Entry Permit) during this process. Please note that the Immigration Department of Malaysia will issue Not-to-Land (NTL) Order for International Students arriving without any of these documents; once you are issued the NTL Order, you will be denied entry into the country and will need to re-apply your entry pass after a 3 – 6 months cooling period.

  5. Upon completion of the registration, you will proceed for Immigration clearance. During this process, you must show the receipt issued by MOH for the Covid-19 (RT-PCR) screening test together with evidence of financial proof (cash or credit card) to pay for the 14-day quarantine period and the Antibody test (that will be conducted on the 13th day of the quarantine period). You might risk being deported to your home country if you are unable to provide the financial proof.

  6. Upon Immigration clearance, you will be transported to the designated quarantine station. All incoming International students are subject to the quarantine order and non-compliance to this instruction will result in legal action.

Quarantine Process

  1. You are subjected to a compulsory a 14-day quarantine period at a designated quarantine station.

  2. You must register and submit the LoU to the Quarantine Station management. You are also required to pay the deposit and/or full payment to the Quarantine Station management before you can check-in to your designated room.

  3. You are subjected to undergo an RTK Antibody test which would cost you RM 60, on the 13th day of quarantine period.

  4. Those with positive test results will be referred to the hospital for further treatment as per the guidelines set by the MOH.

  5. Those tested negative will be issued a Release Order upon completion of the quarantine period by the MOH.

  6. A Taylor’s representative will pick you up from the quarantine station at the end of your quarantine period.

Please note that all expenses for entry into Malaysia will be borne by students. This includes:

  • The cost of Covid-19 detection screening (RT-PCR) test at the arrival point;
  • Cost of quarantine for international students; and
  • Cost of Antibody test on the 13th day of the quarantine period.


We will communicate any further updates, as we receive them. In the meantime, please contact the Student Welfare and International Office department at if you should have any queries.


Yours sincerely,


Student Welfare and International Office
Taylor’s College and Taylor’s University 

1. The SOP stated are accurate as of 30 July 2020, in accordance to the guidelines of MOHE, MOH, NADMA and EMGS.
2. However, the SOP will be updated from time to time in accordance to changes in the policy by Malaysian Government.