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Foreigners With Expired Travel Documentation Won’t Be Arrested, Says Government

Foreigners With Expired Travel Documentation Won’t Be Arrested, Says Government

Akmal Hakim

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Authorities won’t take action against foreigners currently in Malaysia whose visas and travel documents had expired during the Movement Control Order (MCO) and Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period.

Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the exception was given as immigration offices and other agencies had been closed due to Covid-19 lockdowns.

This rule would also apply to holders of the short-term social pass, temporary employment pass, expatriate pass, student pass, dependent pass, and Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) pass.

The government now provides three optional guidelines for these “documented” migrants and tourists to arrange their current travel and living situations;

  • Foreigners with expired documentation can return to their home countries and make their own travel arrangements to depart from Malaysia.
  • Foreigners can renew their visas or social passes at immigration offices after making an appointment online.
  • Those who wish to remain in the country can do so despite having expired documentation.

Meanwhile, the government is set to deport all undocumented immigrants that have been arrested and detained at the nation’s immigration detention camps following recent clampdowns where local authorities conducted mass operations to round them up as part of efforts to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ismail Sabri explained that the government was not at all discriminating against these undocumented individuals and refugees as they had entered the country illegally and are breaking the law.


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