To travel to Malaysia, you may be required to apply for a visa beforehand.
Malaysian visas allow visitors to travel to Malaysia and prepare for entry, but it is the Immigration Officer at the port of entry who decides whether or not a visa holder will be allowed to enter the country.
However, you may be able to travel to Malaysia without a visa at all. If you’re planning a trip to Kuala Lumpur or one of Malaysia’s many tourist attractions, but are unsure about whether or not you need a visa for Malaysia because of your visit, this article should clear your doubts.
The following countries have to be in possession of a visa when traveling to Malaysia for any length of time:
|Burkina Faso||Burundi||Cameroon||Central African Republic|
|China||Colombia||Comoros||Congo Democratic Republic|
|Congo Republic||Côte D’Ivoire||Djibouti||Equatorial Guinea|
|Montenegro||Sri Lanka||United Nations (Laissez Passer)||Western Sahara|
There are countries whose citizens are exempt from holding Malaysian visa if they are only travelling for short stays.
If you are from one of the following countries/territories, you can travel to Malaysia visa-free if your stay is shorter than 90 days:
|Bhutan||Equatorial Guinea||New Zealand|
|Central African Republic||Hong Kong||Sri Lanka|
|China||India||United Nations (Laissez Passer)|
|Congo Democratic Republic||Montenegro|
If you are from one of the following countries/territories, you can travel to Malaysia visa-free if you are staying for up to 30 days:
|Chile||Costa Rica||Ecuador||El Salvador||Estonia|
|Haiti||Honduras||Hong Kong SAR||Iraq||Kazakhstan|
|Nicaragua||North Korea||North Yemen||Palestine||Panama|
|Paraguay||Portugal||Russia||Sao Tome & Principe||Senegal|
|Togo||Ukraine||Upper Volta||Uzbekistan||Vatican City|
If you are from the following countries/territories, you can travel to Malaysia without a visa if your stay is up to 14 days:
Certain countries are eligible to get an APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC), which allows the holder to travel to other countries included on the agreement visa-free.
If you have an ABTC, and it has a “MYS” code on the back, you can travel to Malaysia for a business trip of up to 60 days. The countries included on the agreement are:
If your country is not included on any of the lists above, kindly contact the nearest Malaysian Embassy or Consulate to inquire whether you need a visa.
Visa-required nationals must be in possession of a valid visa if they are switching between terminals at Kuala Lumpur International Airport to board another plane for onward travel.
If you will transit in Malaysia, you do not need a visa if you do not need to switch between terminals and your wait is shorter than 24 hours.
However, citizens of the following visa-required countries can get a Malaysia Transit Pass of up to 120 hours:
They must meet the following conditions:
Additionally, citizens of the following countries are also eligible for a Malaysian Transit Pass if they meet certain conditions:
In addition to the conditions set above, the following conditions also apply:
They must arrive and depart from the main terminal or KLIA2, unless they have a residence permit from one of those countries.
Citizens of India and China can apply for a Malaysia Visa on Arrival (valid for up to 7 days), provided they meet the following conditions: