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Kuala Lumpur Passport and Visa

To enter Malaysia, visitors must have a national passport or other internationally recognized travel documents with a validity period of at least six months beyond the length of stay in Malaysia. All passports and travel documents must be endorsed for travelling in Malaysia.

Most visitors, either on business or pleasure trips, do not require visas to enter Malaysia but this really depends on how long you will be in the country. Please refer to the following information on visa requirements to see if you will really need a visa.

Note: All transit visitors who fly into Malaysia are eligible for a visa free visit, as long as the period does not exceed 72 hours. Regulations may change from time to time; please check with the nearest Malaysian Embassy before you start on your trip.

Restricted entry: Nationals of Israel and Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), citizens of the British Dependent Territories, foreign women who are at least 6 months pregnant (unless in transit) and those of scruffy appearance will be denied entry. Passports issued by Taiwan are not recognised unless accompanied by a document in lieu of a passport and an entry visa.


A valid passport or other travel documents recognised by the Malaysian government required by all. The former must be valid for at least 6 months at date of entry and the latter should be endorsed with a valid re-entry permit.

Note: All visitors must also have proof of adequate funds and an onward or return sea or air ticket.


Most visitors (including all nationals of countries listed in the chart) do not require a visa to enter Malaysia if the period is less than 1 month and the purpose of the visit is business or social (see below for more detailed requirements).

However, visas are required at all times by nationals of the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China (PR), India, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Vietnam (Nationals of these countries, except Nigeria, may be granted visa relaxation on transiting Malaysia for under 72 hours if in possession of confirmed onward airline tickets to a third country before arriving).

Visas are not required by the following for social or business visits:
(a) 1. nationals of EU countries for stays of up to 3 months (except nationals of Ireland for stays of up to 2 months and nationals of Greece and Portugal for stays of up to 1 month);

(b) 2. nationals of Commonwealth countries (except nationals of those countries mentioned above who do require a visa) for stays of up to 1 month; nationals of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa for up to 3 months

(c) 3. nationals of Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, Iceland, Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep. of), Kuwait, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Morocco, Norway, Oman, Peru, Poland, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovak Republic, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, USA and Yemen for stays of up to 3 mont