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Entry Requirements

All Visitors Must Enter Malaysia through Airports only.

Visitors must obtain a Visa Without Reference (visa is issued by Malaysian mission in the respective country) or Visa With Reference (The Immigration Department approves visa) at the nearest Malaysian embassies/consulates before entering Malaysia.

Exemption of visa is given to nationals of African countries (Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Colombia, Congo Democratic Republic, Congo Republic, Cote D' Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda) who wish to visit Malaysia under the government's sponsorship program or as a government's guest. The period of stay is based on the period required to achieve the purpose of the visit.

Conditions for Visa Without Reference (VWTR):

Posses confirm air ticket back to the country of origin or current residing country or possess a visa and confirm air ticket to country of onward destination.

Visitors will be given a maximum of 14 days to stay with no extension or a shorter period of stay for those on transit journeys.

Conditions for Visa With Reference (VWR):

This visa is issued for those travelling for business or investment purposes only.

Trip must be sponsored by a local high-level individual or a local business company that invites them to Malaysia (the sponsoring company needs to be well established and must submit copies of Form 9, 24 and 49 to the Immigration Department of Malaysia).

The sponsor must deposit RM 2000.00 per person to the Immigration Department of Malaysia as a security deposit. Visitors can stay a maximum of 30 days of stay with no extension allowed.

Extension of Social/Business pass is not allowed unless approved by the Director-General or Deputy Director-General of the Immigration Department of Malaysia.

Documents Needed: Passport, Travel Document

Every person entering Malaysia must possess a valid national passport or internationally recognised travel document valid for travel to Malaysia. Any person not in possession of a passport or travel document recognised by the Malaysian government must obtain a document instead of a passport. Application for the document instead of a passport can be made at any Malaysian Representative Office abroad. Holders of travel documents like a Certificate of Identity, Laisser Passer, Titre de Voyage or a Country's Certificate of Permanent Residence must ensure that their return to the country which issued the document or the country of residence is guaranteed. The documents shall be valid for more than six months from the date of entry into Malaysia.

Fulfil visa requirement
Foreign nationals who require a visa to enter Malaysia must apply and obtain a visa in advance at Malaysian Representative Office before entering the country.

Valid return travel ticket and sufficient funds
A visitor needs to show proof of his financial ability to finance his/her stay in Malaysia together with a confirmed return ticket.

Not a prohibited person
Any person classified under Section 8 of Immigration Act 1959/63 will not be allowed to enter Malaysia even though he/she has a valid passport or travel document, visa, travel ticket and sufficient funds.

Complete in the arrival/departure card
A visitor is required to complete the Arrival/Departure Card upon arrival at the gazette entry points. This card is obtainable at any entry point, Malaysian Representative Office abroad or travel agency.

A visitor must present his/her passport together with the duly completed arrival/departure card to the immigration officer on duty. He/she must ensure that the passport or travel document is endorsed with the appropriate pass before leaving the immigration counter.

Other than an application for entry for tourism, social or business visits, all applications for other types of passes mentioned must be made before arrival in the country. All applications must have sponsors in Malaysia. The sponsors must agree to be responsible for the maintenance and repatriation of the visitors from Malaysia if it should become necessary.

Foreign nationals who wish to visit Malaysia have to obtain a pass at the point of entry besides a visa (where required) which allows them to stay temporarily. A pass is an endorsement in the passport constituting permission to stay for the approved duration.

Please note:The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. Please contact your nearest embassy for accurate, up-to-date information.