The entirety of Malaysia has been placed under various stages of the Movement Control Order (MCO) since March 2020. As of the 15th of June 15, 2021, a four-phase National Recovery Plan (PPN) kicked in, to gradually relax restrictions depending on each state’s progress in managing the Covid-19 pandemic.

Starting August 4, 2021, Perlis, Sarawak, and Labuan has entered phase 3 of the PPN, while the rest are still placed in phase 1 and 2.

With so many different variations and versions of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in each stage of the MCO, it’s bound to cause confusion. For clarity, we’ve rounded up all the do’s and don’ts for the PPN period, so here’s everything you need to know in case you need to move around!

Inter-state and inter-district travels

  • Phase 1 and 2: Inter-state and inter-district travel is not allowed, unless with express permission from the police.
  • Phase 2 and 3: Long distance couples may now travel across state and district lines between Phase 2 and 3 areas, with police permission
  • Phase 3: Inter-district travel is now allowed, although inter-state travel is still forbidden.

*Travel for funerals and natural disasters are allowed, with police permission.

Vaccination and medical care

  • Up to three passengers, including the patient, can travel to seek healthcare, medical care, screening test, vaccination, or attend to any medical emergencies, within a radius of 10 km or to the nearest provider.
  • Inter-state and inter-district travel for vaccination at Vaccines Administration Centres (PPV) is allowed, with proof of appointment via the MySejahtera mobile application, website, or SMS notifications.

Grab is offering discounted rides to seniors heading for vaccination. Find out more here!

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Essentials and daily needs

  • Phase 1 and 2: Only two per household are allowed in one vehicle to purchase food, medicine, dietary supplement, and other necessities, within a radius of 10 kilometres.
  • Phase 3: Up to three per household may now travel in one vehicle to purchase food, medicine, dietary supplement, and other necessities. No distance limit, although inter-state travels are still not allowed.

Taxis, e-hailing and public transport

  • Phase 1 and 2: All public transportation to operate at 50% capacity, schedules and frequency reduced.
  • Phase 1 and 2: Taxi and e-hailing rides restricted to two passengers, inclusive of driver. Passenger must be seated at the back.
  • Phase 3: All public transportation can now operate at 100% capacity.
  • Phase 3: Taxi and e-hailing rides are now restricted to three passengers, inclusive of driver. Passengers must be seated at the back.

The government is mulling the easing restrictions for individuals with two complete vaccine doses. More info here!


  • Only businesses included in the various phases’ approved list can operate during the PPN period.
    • Phase 1: Critical essential services only
    • Phase 2: Essential industries only
    • Phase 3: Most economic sectors reopened
  • Employer’s letter of authority, alongside the letter of approval from the Ministry of International Trade of Industry (MITI), are required for all employees’ travel to work.


  • Phase 1: Petrol stations can operate from 6 am until 8 pm, except for those on tolled highways, which can operate 24 hours.
  • Phase 1: Vehicle workshops allowed to operate from 8 am to 8 pm.
  • Phase 2: Petrol stations can operate from 6 am until 10 pm, or 24 hours for those alongside highways.
  • Phase 2: Car wash centres can operate from 8 am to 8 pm.
  • Phase 2: Vehicle workshops allowed to operate from 6 am until 10 pm.
  • Phase 3: Petrol stations can operate from 6 am until 12 am, or 24 hours for those alongside highways.
  • Phase 3: Dine-in at restaurants are now permitted from 6 am to 12 am, with physical distancing of at least 1 metre.

Although travelling is permitted during this PPN period, we at would like to implore everyone to please try – as much as possible – to stay home, and stay safe.

Keep travelling to a minimum, and for essential purposes only.

The more we do our part, the sooner we can defeat the pandemic and return to normalcy. Also, please get vaccinated!

[source: National Security Council]