A Visa is an endorsement in a passport or other recognized travel document of foreigner indicating that the holder has applied for permission to enter Malaysia and that permission has been granted. Foreign nationals who require a visa to enter Malaysia must apply and obtain a visa in advanced at any Malaysian Representative Office abroad before entering the country. Holding a valid visa is no guarantee that the holder will be allowed to enter Malaysia. The final decision rests with the Immigration officer at the entry point.
Applying for a Visa
Visa applicants should arrive at the Malaysian Representative Office between 9.15am and 12.15pm. Usually applicants have to pick up a number and wait for their number to be called.
Normally, visas are processed on the same day you send in your application and will be ready for collection between 3.30pm – 4.30pm. If you wish to collect your visa on the next day, please inform the duty officer of your intention.
Applying by post is acceptable. However, please bear in mind that the Immigration Department shall not be responsible for any delay or loss of travel documents, money or any other documents sent with it. Applications by post will take about 2-3 weeks and all applications must be accompanied by a pre-paid envelope for the return of their passport and travel documents. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
Any person classified under Section 8 of Immigration Act 1959/63 will not be allowed to enter Malaysia, even though he/she is in possession of a valid Passport or Travel Document, Visa, travel ticket and sufficient funds.
Immigration Guidelines for Visa Application
Commonwealth citizens (except for those from INDIA, PAKISTAN, BANGLADESH, and SRI LANKA), British protected persons or citizens from the REPUBLIC OF IRELAND, SWITZERLAND, THE NETHERLANDS, SAN MARINO and LIECHTENSTEIN do not require a visa to enter Malaysia.
Citizens of ALGERIA, AUSTRIA, BAHRAIN, BELGIUM, THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND SLOVAKIA, DENMARK, EGYPT, FINLAND, GERMANY, HUNGARY, ICELAND, JAPAN, JORDAN, KUWAIT, LEBANON, MOROCCO, SOUTH KOREA, LUXEMBOURG, NORWAY, NORTH YEMEN, OMAN, SWEDEN, SAUDI ARABIA, TUNISIA, ITALY, TURKEY, QATAR, THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES and the USA do not require Visa for a visit not exceeding three months.
Citizens of ASEAN countries, AGENTINA and POLAND are not required to apply for Visas for a visit not exceeding one month. Citizens of AFGHANISTAN, IRAN, IRAQ, LIBYA, SYRIA, SOUTH AFRICA and the Commonwealth of Independent States do not require Visa for a visit not exceeding two weeks. Citizens of ALBANIA, BULGARIA, ROMANIA, and RUSSIA do not require Visa for a visit not exceeding one week.
Nationals of the following countries REQUIRE a Visa to enter Malaysia for any purpose of visit. The countries are:
Sub Continent Nationals: BANGLADESH, INDIA, PAKISTAN, SRI LANKA.
African Countries: ANGOLA, BURKINAFASO, BURUNDI, CAMEROON, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, CONGO REPUBLIC, CONGO DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC, COTE D’IVOIRE, DJIBOUTI, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, ERITREA, ETHIOPIA, GUINEA-BISSAU, GHANA, LIBERIA, MALI, MOZAMBIQUE, NIGER, NIGERIA, RWANDA, WESTERN SAHARA
Other Countries: TAIWAN, MYANMAR, NEPAL, BHUTAN, PR CHINA.
Drug Laws in Malaysia
The laws relating to illicit or entertainment drugs are strict and the penalty for breaking them is severe. Malaysia strictly enforces its drug laws. Malaysian legislation (sale of Drugs Act 1952 revised – 1989) provides for a mandatory death penalty for convicted drug traffickers. Under Malaysia’s anti-drug laws any person found in possession of at least 15 grams of heroin, 200 grams of cannabis is presumed, unless the contrary is proven by the accused, to be trafficking in the drug.