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Latest SOP For Close Contact / COVID-19 Positive!

Here is the latest testing and isolation SOP for people who test positive for COVID-19, or identified as close contacts in Malaysia!


Current SOP For COVID-19 Positive Cases!

The current quarantine rules only considers your vaccination status, irrespective of whether you are symptomatic or not.

People who tested positive for COVID-19, with / without symptoms, will now undergo a 7 day quarantine from the day they receive the positive result, regardless of vaccination status.

The quarantine period is the same for both symptomatic and asymptomatic people.

There is no need for testing. After 7 days, you will be automatically discharged from the home quarantine.

Those who wish to end you home quarantine earlier may opt for supervised RTK-Ag testing:

Read more : Day 4 Test + Release For COVID-19 Positive In Malaysia!

Those who are not symptomatic (Category 1) or mildly symptomatic (Category 2A) do NOT need to go to the CAC, and only need to isolate at home.

Only Category 2B and above (moderate to severe symptoms), and people who are considered high-risk (even if they are Category 1 or Category 2) must report to the CAC for evaluation and if required, hospitalisation.

Read more : Malaysia: Face Mask No Longer Mandatory On Planes!


Current SOP For COVID-19 Close Contacts!

From 22 April 2022 onwards, the quarantine requirement for close contacts is no longer based on vaccination status (vaccinated or unvaccinated) or age. It will be based entirely on whether you are symptomatic, or not.

Asymptomatic (No Symptoms)

You will NO LONGER be subject to a Home Surveillance Order (HSO) quarantine.

However, for five (5) days from the last day of exposure to the COVID-19 positive individual, you must :

There is NO LONGER a need to conduct RTK self-test, unless you are symptomatic. See the next section.


You will NO LONGER be subject to a Home Surveillance Order (HSO) quarantine. However, you are advised to undergo a self-quarantine.

You are also encouraged to conduct a RTK-Ag self-test on the day you become symptomatic (Day 1), and on the third day (Day 3).

Once you obtain a negative test result and have improving symptoms, you can conduct outdoor activities. However, you must :

However, if your symptoms worsen, you should seek treatment at the nearest healthcare facility.

If you test positive for COVID-19, please follow the guidelines above for COVID-19 positive individuals.

22 April 2022
Quarantine Testing
Asymptomatic No HSO Quarantine
5 days of precautions
No Testing Required
Symptomatic No HSO Quarantine
Advised to self-quarantine
Encouraged to test on
– Day 1 (symptom onset)
– Day 3


Previous SOP For COVID-19 Close Contacts!

Until the new close contact rules kick in, these existing close contact rules will still be enforced until 21 April 2022 :

Adults 18 Years & Above

* Must conduct RTK self-test on Day 1 and Day 3, and if positive – report results in MySejahtera, and follow COVID-19 positive protocol. See above.

Children Below 18 Years Old

There is no longer a need to test for COVID-19, if you have no symptoms. However, you must finish the full quarantine period.

Those who become symptomatic during the quarantine, must either perform a RTK-Ag self-test, or go directly to a health facility if the symptoms worsen.

Read more : New Test + Isolation Rules To Fight Malaysia’s Omicron Surge!

1 March 2022
On Day 1 Quarantine
+ Booster Dose
No symptoms None RTK-Ag self-test
on Day 1 + 3
Symptomatic 5 Days RTK-Ag self-test
if symptomatic
Recovered in last 60 days None
Fully Vaccinated Asymptomatic / Symptomatic 5 Days *
Recovered in last 60 days None
Incomplete or
Asymptomatic / Symptomatic 7 Days *

* No test is required to be released from quarantine, if not symptomatic. However, you must complete the full quarantine period.


SOP For Close Contact / COVID-19 Positive : Change History

On 8 February 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced new quarantine rules for people identified as close contacts, or positive for COVID-19 in Malaysia.

On 17 February 2022, KKM changed those new COVID-19 quarantine rules, which came into effect on Thursday, 17 February 2022.

On 24 February 2022, KKM changed the COVID-19 quarantine rules again for close contacts. which will come into effect on Tuesday, 1 March 2022.

On 14 April 2022, KKM changed the COVID-19 quarantine rules again for close contacts. which will come into effect on Friday, 22 April 2022.

On 1 May 2022, KKM changed the COVID-19 quarantine rules, to streamline them.


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