The compulsory entry requirement to Malaysia tourists should know.
A great way to start your holiday in Malaysia is by finding the documents you need. The most important one, and hardest for some countries’ citizens, are visa requirements followed by customs requirements, so make sure before going that this will be fine! Tourists can check with the Malaysia Embassy website or call their consular department in their respective country to get the latest update.
Entry Requirement to Malaysia
Entry requirement to Malaysia is relatively simple, but there are a few entry requirements that all visitors need to be aware of
- Vaccination Policy
- Immigration Requirement
- Custom Requirement
Malaysia has two vaccination policies that apply to tourists coming from certain countries.
Covid-19 Vaccination Policy
- Effective August 1, 2022, all tourists can enter Malaysia regardless of their Covid-19 vaccination status.
- Tourists are not required to do a pre-departure or on-arrival COVID-19 test.
- Tourists are also not required to undergo any quarantine process upon arrival.
- Travelers are not compulsory to download My Sejahtera apps.
- If tourists are found positive for Covid-19 upon arrival in Malaysia, they will have to undergo a 7-day home quarantine. Conversely, tourists will release early from isolation if RTK test results are negative for Covid-19 conducted by professional medical practice
- The face mask is optional in Malaysia but is still mandatory in healthcare facilities and public transportation such as buses, trains, taxis, and E-hailing cars.
Yellow Fever Vaccination Policy
If the traveler comes from a list of the country listed below, you must get a yellow fever vaccine as a part of the requirements to enter Malaysia.
There are 38 countries in the world, mainly from Africa and South America, where the traveler must produce a yellow fever vaccination certificate upon arrival in Malaysia.
- Burkina Faso
- Sao Tome & Principe
- South Africa
- St Kitts & Nevis
- Central African Republic
- Sierra Leone
- Sri Lanka
Visa Requirements to Enter Malaysia
Malaysia considers a very friendly country, we welcome most tourists regardless of where they come from. Out of 195 countries in the world, only 34 countries in the world need to apply for a visa before they can visit Malaysia.
List of Countries Requiring a Visa Requirement
- Hong Kong
- Serbia Montenegro
- Sri Lanka
- Laissez Passer
- Burkina Faso*
- Central African Republic*
- Ivory Coast (Cote d’ivoire)*
- Western Sahara*
- Congo Democratic Republic*
- The countries marked as ( * ) are only allowed to enter Malaysia by air. They only can enter Malaysia thru one of the seven international Airports available in Malaysia.
- ASEAN countries, except for Myanmar, do not require any Visa to enter Malaysia for a social visit (tourist). But they require to have a Visa if staying more than 1 month except for Brunai and Singapore.
- For tourists from the countries not listed above, you do not require a Visa to visit Malaysia for business or social visits. However, the immigration officer will stamp your passport as a social visit visa valid for less than 90 days.
- The fees for an entry Visa depend on your origin country. Please refer to this link https://www.imi.gov.my/index.php/en/main-services/visa/visa-fees/
Others Immigration Requirement
The following is an excerpt of the entry requirements to Malaysia taken from the Malaysian Immigration Department.
Passport or Travel Document
- Everyone needs to have a recognized and valid international passport or travel document to enter Malaysia.
- Any passport or travel document that is not recognized by the Government of Malaysia must have a Document In lieu of a Passport.
- Passports can be applied at any Malaysian Representative Office abroad.
- Holders of travel documents such as Declaration of Identification, Laiiser Passer, Titre de Voyage or Permanent Resident Certificate of a country must ensure that their return to the country or country that issued the document is guaranteed.
- The documents must be valid six months or more from the date of entry into Malaysia.
Visa Requirement to Visit Malaysia
- A visa is a type of endorsement in a passport or any recognized foreign travel document that indicates that the holder has been granted permission to enter Malaysia.
- Foreign nationals who need a visa must first apply at any Malaysian Representative Office abroad.
- The visa issued is not an absolute guarantee that the individual will be allowed to enter the country.
- The final decision is at the discretion of the Immigration Officer on duty at the gate
Have a valid return ticket and sufficient expenses
- Each visitor must also prove his or her financial ability to support himself in Malaysia along with a pre-determined return ticket to return to his/her home country or another country.
Not a banned immigrant
- Any person recognized under Section 8 of the Immigration Act 1959/1963 will not be allowed to enter Malaysia despite having a valid Passport or travel document, visa, travel ticket and sufficient expenses.
Fill in the entry and exit card
- Visitors are required to complete the Arrival / Exit Card (Im.26) upon arrival at any gazetted entry point. This card can be obtained at gazetted entry points, Malaysian Representative Offices abroad or travel agencies.
- A visitor must present a passport together with a completed arrival/departure card to the Immigration Officer on duty and the visitor must also ensure that the passport or travel document is validated with the appropriate pass before leaving the immigration counter.
Custom Requirements To Enter Malaysia
- Malaysia has some of the strictest drug laws in all of Asia. death by hanging is what you’ll face if caught with drugs like heroin, marijuana, ecstasy, methamphetamine and morphine, which are against regulations for both importation and exportation
- A resident or non-resident are permitted to carry into and out of Malaysia ringgit notes not exceeding USD 10,000 equivalent per person
- There are no limits for a resident or non-resident to carry foreign currency notes and traveler’s cheques into and out of Malaysia. However, if the total amount exceeds USD 10,000 equivalent, it has to be declared