Overview of Malaysia
To know Malaysia is to love Malaysia – a bubbling, bustling melting-pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony. Our multiculturalism has made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise and home to hundreds of colourful festivals. It’s no wonder that we love celebrating and socialising. As a people, Malaysians are very relaxed, warm and friendly.
Geographically, Malaysia is almost as diverse as its culture. 11 states and 2 federal territories (Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya) form Peninsular Malaysia which is separated by the South China Sea from East Malaysia which includes the 2 states (Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo) and a third federal territory, the island of Labuan.
One of Malaysia’s key attractions is its extreme contrasts which further add to this theme of ‘diversity’. Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts while five-star hotels sit just metres away from ancient reefs.
Rugged mountains reach dramatically for the sky while their rainforest-clad slopes sweep down to floodplains teeming with forest life. Cool highland hideaways roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves.
1.To enter Malaysia, a visitor should fulfil the following conditions:
|i.||Possess a Passport or Travel Document|
|a. Every person entering Malaysia must possess a valid national Passport or internationally recognised Travel Document valid for travelling to Malaysia.
b. Any person not in possession of a Passport or Travel Document which is recognised by the Malaysian Government must obtain a Document in lieu of Passport.
c. An application for the Document in lieu of Passport can be made at any Malaysian Representative Office abroad.
d. Holders of Travel Documents such as Certificate of Identity, Laisser Passer, Titre de Voyage, Permanent Residence Certificate must ensure that their passage to the country of origin is assured.
e. The documents must be valid, for more than six (6) months from the date of entry.
|ii.||Meet Visa requirements|
|a. A visa is an endorsement in a passport or other recognised travel document of a foreigner indicating that the holder has applied for permission to enter Malaysia and that permission has been granted.
b. Foreign nationals who require a Visa to enter Malaysia must apply and obtain a Visa in advance at any Malaysian Representative Office abroad before entering the country.
c. A Visa which has been granted is not an absolute guarantee that the holder will be allowed to enter Malaysia.
d. The final decision lies with the Immigration Officer at the entry point.
|iii.||Possess a Valid return travel ticket and sufficient funds|
|A visitor is also required to prove his financial ability to stay in Malaysia and possess a confirmed return travel ticket or a travel ticket to a third country.|
|iv.||Is Not a prohibited person|
|Any person classified under Section 8 of Immigration Act 1959/63 will not be allowed to enter Malaysia even though he/she is in possession of a valid Passport or Travel Document, Visa, travel ticket and sufficient funds.|
|v.||Completes the arrival/departure card|
|a. A visitor is required to complete the Arrival/Departure Card (Imm.26) upon arrival at any gazetted entry points. This card is obtainable at gazetted entry points, Malaysian Representative offices abroad or travel agencies.
b. A visitor must present his/her passport together with the duly completed arrival / departure card to the Immigration officer on duty and he/she must ensure that the passport or travel document is endorsed with the appropriate pass before leaving the immigration counter.
2. Information about the Pass
Other than applications to enter the country for social or business purposes, all applications for other types of passes must be made before arrival in the country. Each application must have a sponsor who will be responsible for the foreign national’s presence in the country or repatriation from Malaysia if necessary.
3. The necessity of a Pass
Foreign nationals who wish to visit Malaysia have to obtain a pass at the point of entry besides a visa (where required). This allows them to stay temporarily.
A pass is an endorsement in the passport constituting permission to stay for the approved duration