The Malaysia Tourist VISA is a Single-Entry VISA, as you can only use it once to enter the Country.
Multiple-entry VISAs, which have a longer validity are not usually issued for Tourism purposes. It is also a VISA Without Reference, which means you don’t need to receive permission from the Immigration Department of Malaysia to receive it.
It is the Malaysian Representative Office Abroad (Embassy/Consulate) in which you apply who issues it.
However, The Malaysia Tourist VISA is a pre-entry requirement into the Country, which means it only allows you to travel to Malaysia. It does not guarantee that you will actually enter Malaysia.
Note: The Malaysia Tourist VISA is not all the permission you need to actually enter the Country. You will also need a Short-Term Social Visit Pass, which an Immigration Officer will grant you at the Malaysian point of entry.
Malaysia Tourist VISA
Countries That Need a VISA To Enter Malaysia for Tourism
Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burkina Faso , Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo Democratic Republic, Congo Republic, Côte D’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Hong Kong, India, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria Pakistan, Rwanda, Serbia, Montenegro, Sri Lanka, United Nations (Laissez Passer, Western Sahara.
Note: Citizens of other Countries do not have to apply for a VISA, if they are only entering Malaysia for a short period of time and for tourism purposes.
Depending on your Nationality, there are two ways through which you can apply for a Malaysian Tourist VISA;
- In person, at a Malasyian Representative Office Abroad (Embassy/Consulate)
- or an authorized VISA Application Center, Or Online, for nationals of specific countries only.
To Apply in person, you can follow the steps below;
- Find out where to apply: find the nearest Malaysian Embassy or Consulate to you, or a VISA Application Center which can submit the application on your behalf.
- Download the Malaysian Tourist VISA application form: Download the Malaysian VISA application form from the website of the Immigration Department of Malaysia. You must complete it electronically (you need access to a computer and an Adobe Reader or equivalent) and print two copies, which you must sign.
- Compile the required documents for a Tourist VISA to Malaysia: The required documents are;
- Two copies of the completed Malaysia VISA Application Form.
- Your passport, which is valid for at least another six months from the date of your intent to enter Malaysia.
- Two passport-size pictures of yourself which are in line with Malaysia photo requirements. Make sure to follow the picture guidelines as per their requirements because even an incorrect picture format could cost you your VISA.
- A complete flight itinerary, which includes a return flight ticket.
- Proof of accommodation in Malaysia, such as a Hotel booking.
- Letter of invitation from your host/sponsor in Malaysia (if you have one). If you’ll be staying with them, they must confirm this in the letter and it will count as proof of accommodation.
- No Objection Letter from your employer or Educational Institution.
- Proof of sufficient funds to cover the duration of your stay.
- Proof of paid Malaysian VISA fee. Some Embassies/Consulates require the fee to be paid in cash, while others will only accept payments made through a bank transaction.
- Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate if you are from a country who is in the risk of Yellow Fever transmission or recently traveled/transited there for longer than 12 hours.
- Submit the application to the embassy/consulate: submit the required documents, with the application form, to the Malaysian Embassy/Consulate. You will also have to leave your passport, since if your application is approved, the VISA officers will affix your VISA to it.
- Wait for processing: The Processing time varies depending on the Embassy/Consulate, but it usually takes about a week, on average.
Note: If your application is approved, you must collect your passport with the VISA on it, which allows you to travel to Malaysia.
Countries That Can Apply Online and How to Apply for the Malaysia Tourist VISA;
- Sri Lanka
Malaysia has two online VISA application facilities, which allow Nationals from the Countries above to receive their Malaysia VISA faster:
- Malaysia e-VISA (Electronic VISA), which is valid for three months and allows the holder to stay in Malaysia for a maximum of 30 days.
- Malaysia e-NTRI (Electronic Travel Registration and Information), which is only available for Chinese and Indian nationals. An e-NRTI allows the holder to stay in Malaysia for up to 15 days.
Note: If you are eligible to apply for a Malaysia tourist VISA online, you will receive a printable VISA, which you must show to the Immigration Officers upon arrival to the Malaysian point of entry.
Collect Your Short-Term Social Visit Pass
On arriving Malaysia, you have to collect your Short-Term Social Visit pass at the Port of entry. The Immigration Officers there will decide whether to grant you the pass or not.
You are to show them the following documents;
- Your passport and VISA.
- Your return flight ticket.
- Proof you have sufficient funds.
- Your completed Arrival/Departure Card, which you can get after arriving at the point of entry.
- Proof of accommodation.
- Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate (if applicable)
- Letter of invitation from host (if applicable).
Note: The Pass indicates the number of days you are allowed to stay. You must not overstay your Pass under any circumstances.
Other Important Things To Note
- The Malaysian Tourist VISA including the e-VISA, is valid for a maximum of 3 months and for a single entry. You can only stay in Malaysia for a maximum of 30 days. It is the Immigration Officer at the Malaysian point of entry who decides how long you can stay.
- An e-NTRI VISA is only valid for 15 days, and you cannot apply for another e-NTRI unless three months have passed since your current one.
- The Malaysian Tourist VISA cannot be extended. If you need to stay in Malaysia longer, you can apply for a multiple entry VISA, which is issued for Business and Governmental purposes.
- You can get a Malaysian VISA on Arrival at the point of entry if you are an Indian or Chinese national, provided that you meet the following conditions:
- You’re coming directly from Indonesia, Singapore or Thailand and
- You hold a valid VISA for one of those countries, and
- You have a return/onward flight ticket dated within the next 7 days, and
- You have at least USD 1000 per person.