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Visas and work permits

All persons entering Malaysia must possess valid national passports or other internationally recognized travel documents valid for travel to Malaysia. These documents must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry into Malaysia.

Citizens of the following countries:

  • do not require a visa to enter into Malaysia: Commonwealth countries (except Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), and the United States (except for employment purposes)
  • do not require a visa for visits not exceeding two weeks: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Macao SAR (Travel Permit/Portugal CI), Palestine, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Yemen and Syria
  • do not require a visa for visits not exceeding one month: All ASEAN countries (except Myanmar), Armenia, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Gabon, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong SAR, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macao SAR, Macedonia, Madagascar, Moldova, Mauritania, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Nicaragua, North Korea, North Yemen, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Russia, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Slovenia, Sudan, Surinam, Tajikistan, Togo, Ukraine, Upper Volta, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Venezuela, Zaire and Zimbabwe
  • do not require a visa for visits not exceeding three months: Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria (Vienna), Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Peru, Poland, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Yemen
  • require a visa to enter into Malaysia: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo Democratic Republic, Congo Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Hong Kong (Certificate of Identity or Document of Identity), India, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar (normal passport), Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Serbia & Montenegro, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, United Nations (Laissez Passer) and Western Sahara
  • require a visa, and permission must be granted by the Ministry of Home Affairs: Israel.

For countries other than those stated above, no visa is required for visits not exceeding one month. For ASEAN countries, a visa will be required for a stay exceeding one month (except for nationals of Brunei and Singapore).

Foreign nationals who wish to visit Malaysia have to obtain a pass at the point of entry in addition to a visa (where required), which allows them to stay temporarily. A pass is an endorsement in the passport constituting permission to stay for the approved duration. Applications for passes, other than applications for tourist, social or business visits, must be made before arrival in the country. All applications must have sponsorship in Malaysia. The sponsors must agree to be responsible for the maintenance and repatriation of the visitors from Malaysia if it should become necessary.