COVID-19: What you should bring for quarantine in Malaysia

Do note that information in the article is accurate at the time of publishing.

While Malaysians are pulling themselves through the pandemic, the daily COVID-19 cases are increasing as we know it. You might be safe at home and practising social distancing in public places, but your family members or friends might need to serve a mandatory quarantine in Malaysia. If someone you know is looking for a list of things to bring for quarantine in Malaysia, we hope this list will serve as a guide.


Quarantine regulations in Malaysia

Credit: Hospital Beaufort on Facebook


According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia, all Malaysians and non-Malaysians arriving in Malaysia are required to provide COVID-19 RT-PCR test results.

  • The test must be conducted 3 days before arrival to Malaysia and presented to health authority at the point of entry.
  • The negative test result must be in the form of a certified laboratory report or a report issued by a registered medical practitioner
  • The test result must be written in English or Bahasa Malaysia

Upon arrival, all travellers are also required to serve a mandatory quarantine. The quarantine centre will be selected by government authority – either a hotel or quarantine centre

  • 7-day quarantine if the RT-PCR is shown at the point of entry or
  • 10-day quarantine if the RT-PCR was unable to be provided at the point of entry

What is it like staying in quarantine centre in Malaysia?

If you’re arriving from abroad or identified as a COVID-19 patient, you’ll be sent to a quarantine centre at a hotel or government-designated facility. In an exclusive interview with The Star, Muhamad Afifie Chan bin Mahadie Chan shared his experience at Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) quarantine centre in Selangor, including the daily meals he received and the reality of the quarantine situation in the centre.

Things that are provided during quarantine in Malaysia

  • 3 meals daily and fruits
  • Mineral water
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Kettle
  • Instant coffee and tea
  • Sugar sachets
  • Towel
  • Trash bag
  • Shampoo and soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Bedsheet and blanket
  • Charging ports
  • WiFi


Things to bring for quarantine in Malaysia



  • Two weeks’ worth of clothes
  • Sweater and socks (in case your hotel room or quarantine centre gets too cold)
  • Bedroom slippers
  • Towel (if you prefer to use your own)


  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Panadol (for headaches)
  • Charcoal pills (for stomach aches)
  • Strepsils (for sore throat)
  • Plasters (for cuts)

Food essentials

  • Cereal bar
  • Instant coffee or tea sachets
  • Noodle cups
  • Biscuits or any dry snacks
  • Condiment packets (e.g. tomato sauce, chilli sauce, and soy sauce)
  • Baby food or milk
  • A large mug
  • Ziplock bag
  • Water tumbler
  • A large food container (to double as plate and food storage)

Tech essentials

  • Travel adapter
  • Phone charger
  • Phone cables
  • Laptop charger
  • HDMI cable (for hotel quarantine)
  • Powerbank
  • SIM card (if you arrive from overseas)


  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo (if you prefer to use your own)
  • Shower gel (if you prefer to use your own)
  • Shaver and shaving cream (for men)
  • Sanitary pads (for women)
  • Skincare products
  • Body moisturiser
  • Face masks
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Wet wipes and tissue
  • Dettol or any anti-bacterial spray
  • Small scissors and nail clippers


  • Books and magazines
  • Board games or card games
  • Netflix and Kindle subscription
  • Laundry detergent and laundry bag
  • Dishwashing liquid and sponge (if you’re staying in a hotel)

We hope this checklist will be useful for anyone who is staying in a quarantine centre in Malaysia. As we persevere through the pandemic, we also hope that you’ll stay safe, wear a mask at all times and practice social distancing when you’re out and about.


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