Due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, Malaysia will reimplement a nationwide travel ban as part of its Movement Control Order (MCO).
The travel ban and lockdown will take into effect between January 13 to 26, affecting the capital city of Kuala Lumpur along with several other states and federal territories. The states affected are Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor and Sabah while the federal territories included are Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan.
While travel will be restricted, those who will travel on an essential purpose will need to obtain an approval from the Royal Malaysia Police (Polis Diraja Malaysia -PDRM) before departure and comply with the entry requirements of the respective destination state.
In response to the reinforcement of the MCO, Malaysian flag carrier Malaysia Airlines announced travelers affected will be offered ticket change flexibility for travel through January 26.
The airline stated: “All rebooked/revised travel requests must be made on or before June 30, 2021 for travel to be completed by Dec 31, 2021. All subsequent changes for deferred/new travel dates will reflect the current available fare. The ticket change flexibility as above, however, does not apply to international tickets that include a domestic sector, for example London – Kuala Lumpur – Kuching routes.”
Travelers will be able to cancel the flight for a travel voucher or open ticket which can be used before/on December 31, 2021.
Separately, AirAsia Berhad announced that while domestic flights will remain operational, it will offer flexible rebooking options for those who do not intend to travel during the MCO period.
AirAsia said in a statement: "Change to any new travel date before March 31, 2021 on the same route for an unlimited number of times without any additional cost, subject to seat availability.”
To help facilitate the return of travelers to their home states, the airline released a list of domestic flights available for booking on its website or mobile app.