Malaysia is one of the most vibrant and interesting countries in Asia. With a lively mix of cultures, fantastic scenery and great adventure sports opportunities it has something for everyone.
– if you need one (see below) and visit Malaysia, here’s one suggestion!
No visa required for
Most (but not all) Commonwealth and European countries, Algeria, Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Cuba, Egypt, Iceland, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Peru, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Republic of Korea, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, UAE, Uruguay and Yemen.
For citizens of other countries you may need a visa for stays longer than one month, longer than 14 days or for any visit. Details are available online. If you are an Israeli citizen you will need a visa and permission from the Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs.
Visa on arrival
Where to get the visa
You can apply for a visa at any Malaysian embassy or consulate. If your country does not have a Malaysian representative office you can apply at the British Embassy or British High Commissioner’s Office.
Penang’s skyline is a mix of old and new. The rich Malaysian culture is just as fascinating.
Picture copyright by Mohammed Alnaser.
Which documents have to be provided?
To apply for a Malaysian tourist visa you must send the following documents:
- Passport valid for at least six months after the end of the planned stay, plus a photocopy of the passport’s photo page.
- One coloured 45×35mm passport photo, showing head and shoulders only.
- Flight itinerary with arrival and departure dates.
- Hotel reservation or proof of onward travel.
- (If employed) Letter from employer granting leave for the period of the visit.
- Proof of financial status. This can be bank statements going back three months, with a balance of at least 1,000 USD on the most recent one, or travellers’ cheques with a value of at least 1,000 USD. Cash is not acceptable.
A Malaysian tourist visa can be either single entry or multiple entry. A single entry visa is valid for up to three months after issue and lets you make a single visit to Malaysia; it expires when you leave the country. A multiple entry visa is usually valid for one year and allows as many visits as you like, but each visit has a maximum length of 30 days and it is not possible to apply to extend them for longer.
A single entry visa costs around 16 USD. A multiple entry visa costs about 32 USD for most people who require one. There are different charges for Indian citizens (30 USD) and citizens of the People’s Republic of China (10 USD).
Process at the immigration desk of airport or land border
You will need to fill in an IMM 26 arrival card before the immigration desk and hand it to the officer. Getting through immigration is usually easy as long as you have a valid visa, but be prepared to show that you have enough money for your stay.
- Be careful with your luggage when travelling to Malaysia and don’t transport or carry any item for anyone else. If you are found with illegal drugs you face a death sentence.
- Make some copies of your passport to carry with you. It’s safest to leave your travel documents in your hotel safe, but the police carry out frequent immigration sweeps and proof of identity can save you a lot of trouble.
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