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Malaysian Visa
by: Sophia

It is amazing how many channels one has to go through before being able to enter a country. Some people would have to jump through hoops and back just to have a relaxing holiday experience. Here are some guidelines for entry and visa requirements for Malaysia to make your preparation a little easier and hopefully, prevent any unwanted dramas at the airport.

 

As for Visa requirements, Malaysia is pretty straight forward. U.S citizens entering Malaysia for business, pleasure or academic purpose need not have a visa (unless for employment purposes). All nationals of ASEAN countries, with the exception of Myanmar, are also given this privilege. Most foreign nationals from Commonwealth countries are also allowed to enter and exit Malaysia with ease. For a detailed list of visa requirements based on countries and duration of stay as well as instructions on applying for a visa, visit the website of the Immigration Department of Malaysia.

 

As with every other country, entry into Malaysia requires a valid national passport or an internationally recognized travel document which is valid for travel to Malaysia. Your passport should be valid for more than 6 months from the date of entry into Malaysia. But even with a visa and a valid passport, there are some cases in which travellers are prohibited from entering the country. Previously convicted felons and people who are suffering from a contagious disease are just some of these examples. For a detailed list, visit the Immigration Department’s website and search for “prohibited persons”.

 

As for customs, it is pretty clear cut. No drugs, no illegal substances and no weapons are allowed into the country. The restrictions for food items are pretty wide open though. Upon arrival at the airport, travellers are allowed to bring in 1 carton of cigarettes as well as 1 bottle of alcohol. Anything that exceeds will be confiscated.

 

Now that you are armed with the proper information for entry requirements, we move on to the exit. With so much to see and do in Malaysia, it might come to a point where you have no time. You might just decide to extend your stay but do bear in mind that there is a limit to your stay. Please check your travel documents for the permitted duration of stay or ask the immigrations officer for more information about overstaying. You wouldn’t want to be slapped with a hefty penalty for overstaying your welcome.

 

Be sure to check with the Immigrations Department if you have any questions pertaining to entry and visa requirements as well as duration of stay. Do not attempt to save time and effort by engaging the services of a middleman to handle all your documents. A slip by them might cause u to lose RM10 000 in fines or even 5 years in jail. For more information, please call the Immigrations Department of Malaysia at +603 8880 1000.



 
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About The Author

Sophia, Writer for Malaysia
Sophia writes for Streetdirectory Malaysia. Robert J. Steiner manages Streetdirectory.net.my & FlowerAdvisor.com.my. FlowerAdvisor.com.my is an online gifts and flower site in Malaysia. Sophia is a music graduate from Trinity College London. In between classes, she still finds time to write movie and music reviews for various online and print publications. Now venturing into travel writing, she is able to blend both her passion for wordplay with her passion for travel. 

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