Entry & Exit Formalities
Most visitors will receive a 30- or 60-day visa on arrival. It's possible to get an extension at Malaysian immigration offices, but often simpler to exit the country and re-enter, ie hopping back and forth across the borders with Thailand or Singapore. Tourists must also go through passport control and have their passports stamped whenever they arrive in Sabah or Sarawak from Peninsular Malaysia or the federal district of Pulau Labuan.
The following can be brought into Malaysia duty free:
- 1L of alcohol
- 225g of tobacco (200 cigarettes or 50 cigars)
- souvenirs and gifts not exceeding RM200 (RM500 when coming from Labuan or Langkawi)
Cameras, portable radios, perfume, cosmetics and watches do not incur duty. Prohibited items include weapons (including imitations), fireworks and ‘obscene and prejudicial articles’ (pornography, for example, and items that may be considered inflammatory or religiously offensive) and drugs. Drug smuggling carries the death penalty in Malaysia.
Visitors can carry no more than the equivalent of US$10,000 in ringgit or any other currency in and out of Malaysia.
Nationals of most countries are given a 30- or 60-day visa on arrival.
Visitors must have a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry into Malaysia. The following gives a brief overview of other requirements – full details of visa regulations are available at www.kln.gov.my.
Depending on the expected length of their stay, most visitors are given a 30- or 60-day visa on arrival. As a general rule, if you arrive by air you will be given 60 days automatically, though coming overland you may be given 30 days unless you specifically ask for a 60-day permit. It’s possible to get an extension at an immigration office in Malaysia for a total stay of up to three months. This is a straightforward procedure that is easily done in major Malaysian cities.
Only under special circumstances can Israeli citizens enter Malaysia.
Both Sabah and Sarawak retain a certain degree of state-level control of their borders. Tourists must go through passport control and have their passports stamped on the following occasions:
- arriving in Sabah or Sarawak from Peninsular Malaysia or the federal district of Pulau Labuan;
- exiting Sabah or Sarawak on the way to Peninsular Malaysia or Pulau Labuan;
- travelling between Sabah and Sarawak.
When entering Sabah or Sarawak from another part of Malaysia, your new visa stamp will be valid only for the remainder of the period left on your original Malaysian visa. In Sarawak, an easy way to extend your visa is to make a ‘visa run’ to Brunei or Indonesia (through the Tebedu–Entikong land crossing).