Every one incoming Malaysia has to have a valid National Passport or internationally accepted Travel Document valid for a trip to Malaysia. Any person not in custody of a Passport or Travel Document which is accepted by Malaysian Government, have to get a Document in lieu of Passport. Application for the Document in lieu of Passport could be prepared at any Malaysian Representative Office abroad. Must make sure that their going back to the country which issued the document or the country of residence is assured. The documents will be suitable, for more than six (6) months from the date of entry into Malaysia.
Foreign nationals who need a Visa to go into Malaysia have to apply and get a Visa in advance at Malaysian Representative Office before going into the country. A visa is an endorsement in a passport or other accepted travel document of foreigner representative that the holder has applied for permission to go into Malaysia and that permission has been settled. Foreign nationals who need a Visa to enter Malaysia have to apply and get a Visa in advance at any Malaysian Representative Office abroad before going into the country. Visa, which has been settled, is not completely guarantee that the holder will be permitted to go into Malaysia. The final decision lies with the Immigration Officer at the entry point.
Types of Visa
Three (3) types of visa are given by the Malaysian Government to foreign national:
* Single Entry Visa1
Issued to foreign nationals who need a visa to enter Malaysia primarily for a social or business visit. Normally valid for a single entry and for a period of three (3) months from the date of issue.
* Multiple Entry Visa
Issued to foreign nationals who need a visa to go into Malaysia mainly for business or government to government matters. Normally valid for a period within three (3) to twelve (12) months from the date of issue.
* Transit Visa
Issued to foreign nationals who need a visa to go into Malaysia on transit to other countries. Foreign Nationals on transit without going out the airport precincts and who carry on their journey to the next phrase with the same flight does not need a transit visa.
How To Apply for a Visa
Application for visas ought to be made at the nearest Malaysian Missions abroad. In countries where Malaysian Missions have not been recognized, application ought to be made to the British High Commission or Embassy. The applicant ought to their himself together with the following documents:
(a) Passport or Travel Document
(b) Form IM.47 (3 copies)
(c) Three (3) passport sized photographs
(d) Return or onward – journey travelling ticket
(e) Proof of sufficient funds