By Mary Charie / 15/06/2017

Malaysia Visa Guide

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Petronas Tower, beach, diverse culture, this basically sums up Malaysia in my head. I was originally planning to go to Cambodia when a friend of mine told me Malaysia and how he liked it. The flights from Manila to Malaysia was also cheaper compared to flights to Cambodia. So, after two weeks since that friend convinced me to go to Malaysia, I've got my flight booking sorted out.

Malaysia is one of the countries in Southeast Asia who favours the Western and European passport holders, but since Malaysia is also part of ASEAN, they let ASEAN members travel in Malaysia hassle-free. The country is known as business centred country, however, the tourism industry plays a big part in its economy too.

Therefore, Malaysia makes sure that their border control and immigration policies are well sorted out for the traveller wishing to explore Malaysia. 



90 days

AlegriaJapanPeruUnited Arab Emirates
ArgentinaJordanQatarUnited Kingdom
AustraliaKuwaitSan MarinoUnited States of America
BahrainKyrgyzstanSaudi ArabiaUruguay
Bosnia and HerzegovinaLebanonSouth AfricaYemen
BrazilLiechtensteinSouth Korea All EU citizens
CubaNew ZealandTunisia 

30 days

There are many countries who doesn't need a visa for 30 days, check here for the list of countries with free 30 days visa.

14 days

  • Iran
  • Libya
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia


Starting on the 1st of March 2017, the following countries can apply for an electronic visa (eVISA) and Electronic Travel Registration and Information (eNTRI).


BhutanIndiaMyanmar**PakistanSri Lanka**

*- All countries and territories in Asia, Oceania, Europe, North America and South America as a residence place

** - In their respective countries

Note that the website application contains IP detection, all applicants must apply from one of the permitted countries.


  • a physical address
  • fee varies on nationality and applicant's location
  • place of departure: no restrictions
  • port of entry and exit: any port of entry
  • valid for 3 months (single entry)
  • duration of stay is 30 days
  • visa review: required (1 business day after application submitted, visa interview or extra proof materials may be requested)

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NationalityResidence PlaceDeparting FromFee
ChinaMainland ChinaMainland China or transit via Singapore, Thailand or BruneiCNY 120
IndiaAll countries except SingaporeIndia or transit via Singapore, Thailand or BruneiUS$20


  • a physical address
  • valid for 3 months (single entry)
  • duration of stay is 15 days
  • visa review: not required (eNTRI is in effect upon submission)
  • ports of entry and exit:
By AirBy Land (for entry only)
Kuala Lumpur International Airport Bangunan Sultan Iskandar
Penang International Airport Sultan Abu Bakar Complex
Kota Kinabalu International Airport Padang Besar Checkpoint
Langkawi International Airport Bukit Kayu Hitam Checkpoint
Kuching International Airport Sungai Tujuh Immigration Checkpoint
Senai International Airport Tedungan Immigration Checkpoint
Malacca International Airport 
Labuan Airport 
 Miri Airport 


Chinese and Indian passport holder arriving directly from Indonesia, Singapore or Thailand who are holding a valid visa for those countries are allowed to obtain a visa on arrival (VOA) with a maximum stay of 7 day, which is not extendable.

Travellers in this situation should arrive at Kuala Lumpur Internation Airport, Johor Bahur, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, and Penang. They should also be able to show a return flight ticket and has at least US$1000 per person. They can pay the visa fee of 430 Malaysian Ringgit in the local currency.


  • Before May 2011, the citizens of Israel were not permitted to enter Malaysia, Israeli passport holders can now acquire a visa and approval from the Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs prior to arrival.
  • Israeli passport holders are not allowed to participating in Malaysia My Second Home programme.
  • Colombian passport holders must arrive only at or transit through Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
  • The visa-free access for the citizens of North Korea has been scrapped on March 6, 2017.
  • Citizens of Serbia and Montenegro are now allowed to get a special permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

BONUS: Where to stay in Malacca

I spent three nights and four days in Malacca and really loved that sweet little town. I stayed at Nomaps, which is a flashpacker hostel. There is a handful of things I loved about Nomaps, the interior design is absolutely brilliant and unique, keeping a 100-year-old wall and floor tiles is a total stunner!

Nomaps delivers such a comfortable atmosphere from my room to the communal shower, kitchen and common area. I also managed to meet cool people who I spent time wandering around the city. The staffs are also such gems, Farhanny took us, the guests, to a local food market during Ramadan month. You can also check the hostels I've stayed all over Malaysia.

If you're looking for a place to stay in the beautiful town of Malacca, I definitely suggest  Nomaps. Book through or Agoda.

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I hope this Malaysia visa guide article helps you get more information about your visa rules for your passport. If you have any questions, let me know in the comment section below or drop me a line on my Facebook page and other social media channels.


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About the author

Mary Charie

She's the person behind this blog, she has been travelling since 2013. Torn between her itchy feet and writing, Mary found herself soaking up in the world of travel blogging. She travels on her own terms and tries to build her own world whilst pushing herself into every corner of life, breaking limit beyond her capabilities.

Mary Charie - 29/10/2017

Hi Sol! Entering Malaysia or Thailand, make sure to prepare you exit fly tickets and if possible hotel and tour bookings just to be ready!

Sol Cynthia - 29/10/2017

Hi po!
Planning Sana ako to go to Malaysia or Thailand straight from Europe. Ask ko Lang po Kung possible po kaya for example I arrived on Dec. 21 then pagka following day fly na to Thailand or Malaysia? Ano po kaylangan ko dalhin for immigration if ever possible po na ganun? Salamat po!

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