In response to travel policy changes and updates by the Malaysian and UK governments, the Study UK Malaysia team has prepared the following information which will be updated in accordance with Malaysian and UK travel policies.
Travel advisory for Malaysian students travelling to the UK
If you are 16 or over and want to study at a higher education level, you’ll need to apply for a student visa through the Student Route. From 5 October 2020, the Student Route has replaced the Tier 4 Route. The Student Route falls under the UK's new points-based immigration system. Visas that have been issued through the Tier 4 Route are still valid, and those eligible will be able to apply for the Graduate Route when it opens in summer 2021. You will need to wait until you have an offer from a university or college before applying for a visa. Your university or college will then be able to give you a document called a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). To do this, your chosen institution needs to be approved by the UK government as a licenced sponsor. More information about the visa process.
Students can now plan their visa applications and visa processing at the VFS office in Kuala Lumpur. The VFS offices had earlier made arrangements for processing of emergency visa applications during the MCO, but this announcement that they will re-open their KL offices 12 July onwards was keenly awaited and will help to reduce the stress that students and parents were facing as they prepare to join campuses in UK.
It is recommended that students be advised to plan for their visa processing ahead of time keeping in mind that given reduced capacity at VFS offices, there will be a rush of applications as we head into peak visa application time. We also recommend and request UK institutions to allow for flexibility in dates of travel and joining, as there may be delays in visa processing/issuance time. It will help offer holders to receive all their supporting documents from the universities earlier to be able to apply for visas effectively.The current lockdown (MCO) in Malaysia has been extended to an indefinite date as the daily cases of Covid-19 cases continues to increase. Most organisations remain closed under the current situation till further notice.
Travel (Entering the UK)
Please see the full information on entering the UK here and the Study UK Visa page. Malaysia is on the Amber list, hence you must quarantine in the place you are staying and take a Covid-19 test. You cannot currently enter the UK if you’ve been in or through a country on the red list unless you’re British, Irish or you have the right to live in the UK. You may be able to end the quarantine early if you opt for the Test to Release scheme.
Study UK Covid-19 FAQs
Find out more about the impact of Covid-19 on international students. The FAQs provide information about teaching and learning in the 2021-22 academic year, the available support for international students, basic information about travelling to the UK and the Graduate Route visa. Click here for more information about the Study UK Covid-19 FAQs.
Vaccination for Malaysian students
The Covid-19 vaccine is available to international students in the UK. Anybody aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status. Find out more information about and full guidance about the procedure to get vaccine as international students here and on the NHS website.
The Malaysian government has rolled out the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK). If you have received the first dose or have not received the vaccine in Malaysia, please apply for an early vaccination via the MySejahtera app. You need to go to 'Helpdesk', choose 'Vaccination Appointment' and select 'I am a student and need to travel to study abroad'.
My Travel Pass
The Immigration Department of Malaysia requires Malaysian students who receive an offer to study abroad to apply for a travel pass via My Travel Pass. You will need to fill up the online form with a basic information about your travel and upload the unconditional offer letter by the university in the UK. It is optional to upload flight ticket or accommodation information. The processing time will take around seven to 14 working days. Therefore, it is adviseable for you to complete this process at the soonest once your receive an offer.