Visa policy of Malaysia

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A Malaysian visa obtained from the High Commission in Dhaka

Visitors to Malaysia must obtain a visa from one of the Malaysian diplomatic missions unless they are a citizen of one of the visa-exempt countries. All visitors must hold a passport valid for at least 6 months.[1]

Visa policy map[edit]

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Visa free[edit]

According to Timatic, holders of passports issued by the following jurisdictions can enter Malaysia without a visa for up to the duration listed below.[1]

90 days[edit]

Holders of passports issued by the following 63 jurisdictions are granted visa-free entry to Malaysia for 90 days:

1- Suitable for most of the UK passports but except British Nationals (Overseas). BN(O) holders have 30 days visa-entry permit instead

30 days[edit]

Holders of passports issued by the following 98 jurisdictions are granted visa-free entry to Malaysia for 30 days:

14 days[edit]

Holders of passports issued by the following 2 jurisdictions are granted visa-free entry to Malaysia for 14 days:

In addition, holders of Macau Macao Special Administrative Region Travel Permits are granted visa-free entry for 14 days.

Non-ordinary passports[edit]

Holders of diplomatic or official/service passports of Bangladesh, China and India do not require a visa for up to 30 days and 3 months respectively; however they must first request for entry permission at any port of entry in order to enter Malaysia.

A visa waiver agreement for diplomatic and official passport holders was signed with Pakistan in November 2018 and is yet to enter into force.[2]

APEC Business Travel Card[edit]

Holders of passports issued by the following countries who possess an APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) containing the "MYS" code on the reverse, which indicates that it is valid for travel to Malaysia, can enter Malaysia visa-free for business trips for up to 60 days.[1]

ABTCs are issued to nationals of:[3]

Online Applications[edit]

Sample of ENTRI

On 1 March 2017, Malaysian government set up a new online application system to accept applications for Electronic Visa (eVisa) and Electronic Travel Registration and Information (eNTRI) to facilitate tourism. eVisa applications are available to citizens of Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Serbia and Sri Lanka, while eNTRI applications are available only to holders of Indian and Chinese passports.[4][5]

eVisa application also applies to those seeking student or expatriate visas for entering Malaysia, although they must report to immigration authorities upon arrival in Malaysia in order to obtain their immigration passes.[6]

The application website contains IP address detection, applicants have to apply from outside Malaysia and Singapore or they will be blocked from the application.[citation needed]


  • Applicant's nationality:[7]
  • Place of application: All countries and territories in the world except Malaysia, Singapore, and Israel
  • Fee: varies by nationality and applicant's location
  • Place of departure: No restrictions
  • Port of entry and exit: Any port of entry
  • Valid for: 3 months (multiple entries for Indian nationals, single entry for others)[6]
  • Duration of stay: 30 days for single-entry eVisa holders, 15 or 30 days for multiple-entry eVISA holders
  • Visa review: Required (1 business day after application submitted, visa interview or extra proof materials may be requested)

Electronic Travel Registration & Information (eNTRI)[edit]

Unlike eVisa, a three-month "cooling period" applies to those who has used eNTRI for entering Malaysia, and they will be barred from applying for eNTRI until at least forty-five days have passed since their last visit with eNTRI. This program lasts until 31 December 2020.[8]

  • Applicant's nationality and country of residence (physical address required for application):[9][10]
Nationality Residence Enter from and exit to Fee
 China# China (Mainland, Hong Kong and Macao) China (Mainland, Hong Kong and Macao), or transit via Singapore, Thailand or Brunei CN¥ 160
 India All countries and territories except Singapore India, or transit via Singapore, Thailand or Brunei US$20

# - For Chinese passport holder only, not available for Hong Kong SAR passport and Macao SAR passport holder

Visa on arrival[edit]

Nationals of  China and  India who are arriving directly from Indonesia, Singapore or Thailand and who hold a valid visa from those countries can obtain a visa on arrival to Malaysia for a maximum stay of 14 days (which cannot be extended) at Kuala Lumpur–International (KUL), Johor Bahru (JHB), Kota Kinabalu (BKI), Kuching (KCH) or Penang (PEN), provided they hold return flight tickets and at least USD 1000 per person.[1] The visa fee is 200 Malaysian ringgit; other currencies are not accepted. Boarding passes or tickets must be presented to prove that the national seeking a visa on arrival originated from one of the three aforementioned countries.


Transit pass[edit]

Nationals of certain countries that do not enjoy visa-free entry can instead be granted a free transit pass for stays of up to 120 hours when transiting through Kuala Lumpur International Airport.[1] They must hold an onward ticket departing Malaysia from Kuala Lumpur in 120 hours, and the flight departing Malaysia must be operated by either Air Asia or Malaysia Airlines.[11]

Nationals of the following countries are eligible:

Nationals of the following countries are only eligible for the free transit pass if they hold a visa or a residence permit issued by Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan or the United States, and are departing to or arriving from these countries. They may only arrive and depart from either the main terminal or the low-cost carrier terminal (KLIA2), unless they hold a residence permit.

Other nationals[edit]

Nationals of other non visa-exempt countries can transit through Kuala Lumpur International Airport for a maximum of 24 hours; however, they are not permitted to switch between the main terminal and KLIA2 unless they hold a valid visa.[1]

Mandatory yellow fever vaccination[edit]

Nationals of the following countries require an International Certificate of Vaccination in order to enter Malaysia:[12] The vaccination requirement is imposed by this country for protection against Yellow Fever since the principal mosquito vector Aedes aegypti is present in its territory.[13]


  • Citizens of Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, DR Congo, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda and Western Sahara may enter by air only.[14]
  • Citizens of Israel are banned from participating in Malaysia My Second Home programme.[15]
  • Before May 2011, citizens of Israel were not allowed entry to Malaysia. They now require a visa and an approval from the Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs to be allowed into Malaysia.[16]
  • Previously citizens of Serbia and Montenegro were not allowed to enter Malaysia and then a special permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs was required.[1][16][17]
  • Previously citizens of Colombia were only permitted to arrive at or transit through the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.[18]
  • Following the diplomatic tensions resulting from the death of Kim Jong-nam, visa free access for citizens of North Korea ended on 6 March 2017.[19][20]


Tourist arrivals[edit]

In 2016, Malaysia recorded 26,757,392 tourist arrivals, a growth of 4.0% compared to 25,721,251 in 2015.

Foreign tourist arrivals in Malaysia
Rank Country Visitors (2019)[21] Visitors (2018)[22] Visitors (2017)[23] Visitors (2016)[24] Visitors (2015)[25] Visitors (2014)[26] Visitors (2013)[27]
1  Singapore 10,163,882 10,615,986 12,441,713 13,272,961 12,930,754 13,932,967 13,178,774
2  Indonesia 3,623,277 3,277,689 2,796,570 3,049,964 2,788,033 2,827,533 2,548,021
3  China 3,114,257 2,944,133 2,281,666 2,124,942 1,677,163 1,613,355 1,791,423
4  Thailand 1,884,306 1,914,692 1,836,522 1,780,800 1,343,569 1,299,298 1,156,452
5  Brunei 1,216,123 1,382,031 1,660,506 1,391,016 1,133,555 1,213,110 1,238,471
6  India 735,309 600,311 552,739 638,578 722,141 770,108 650,989
7  South Korea 673,065 616,783 484,528 444,439 421,161 385,769 274,622
8  Japan 424,694 394,540 392,777 413,768 483,569 553,106 513,076
9  Philippines 421,908 396,062 370,559 417,446 554,917 618,538 557,147
10  Vietnam 400,346 375,578 248,927 216,877 229,626 285,716 235,700
11  Taiwan 382,916 383,922 332,927 300,861 283,224 274,665 286,266
12  Australia 368,271 351,500 351,232 377,727 486,948 571,328 526,342
13  United Kingdom 346,485 361,335 358,818 400,269 401,019 445,789 413,472
14  United States 269,928 253,384 198,203 217,075 237,768 262,106 246,936
15  Bangladesh 179,000 150,054 111,836 114,607 147,152 204,418 134,663
Grand total 26,100,784 25,832,354 25,948,459 26,757,392 25,721,251 27,437,315 25,715,460

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Gulf Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Pakistan, Malaysia ink deal to partially end visa requirement for travel". 21 November 2018.
  3. ^ "ABTC Summary". Travel@APEC. Archived from the original on 19 October 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Malaysia Electronic Visa Facilitation & Services (Announcement)". Window Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  5. ^ "FAQ". Window Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  6. ^ a b "TERMS & CONDITIONS" (PDF).
  7. ^ "eVISA fact sheet" (PDF). WindowMalaysia. IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT OF MALAYSIA.
  8. ^ "eNTRI Chinese Nationals" (PDF).
  9. ^ "eNTRI India Terms And Conditions" (PDF).
  10. ^ "eNTRI China Terms And Conditions" (PDF).
  11. ^ "Malaysia entry requirement". AirAsia. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Visa Requirement by Country". Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Vaccination For Yellow Fever". iamat. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ "About MM2H Programme". Malaysia My Second Home. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  16. ^ a b "Visa Requirement by Country". Immigration Department of Malaysia. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Malaysia has simplified its immigration procedures on the issuance of visa for citizens of Serbia". Embassy of Malaysia, Belgrade. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 3 September 2007.
  18. ^ "Visa Information – Destination (Colombia)". Timatic. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  19. ^ "North Koreans Need Visa To Enter Malaysia From Monday". Bernama. 2 March 2017. Archived from the original on 2 March 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  20. ^ "Kim Jong-nam death: Malaysia scraps visa-free entry for North Koreans". The Guardian. Associated Press. 2 March 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  21. ^ "Top 45 Tourist Arrivals (2019)" (PDF). Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  22. ^ "Top 45 Tourist Arrivals (2018)" (PDF). Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  23. ^ "Top 45 Tourist Arrivals (2017)" (PDF). Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  24. ^ "Top 45 Tourist Arrivals (2016)" (PDF). Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  25. ^ "Top 45 Tourist Arrivals (2015)" (PDF). Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  26. ^ "Top 45 Tourist Arrivals (2014)" (PDF). Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  27. ^ "Top 45 Tourist Arrivals (2013)" (PDF). Retrieved 4 March 2018.

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