Do you need a visa for Malaysia?

Most travellers won't need a visa to travel to Malaysia for stays less than three months if the trip is for tourism or business purposes. This includes citizens from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and South Africa.

If you're visiting the island of Borneo, it's important to know that the eastern states of Sabah and Sarawak may have additional entry requirements as they maintain semi-autonomous immigration controls.

We recommend you check your government's advice for their latest information before your departure.

You must have your passport to enter or exit Sabah or Sarawak, even when arriving from mainland Malaysia on domestic flights.

To see the complete list of countries that do and do not require a visa to travel to Malaysia, please visit the official Malaysian government website.

E-visa eligibility and entry requirements

To enter Malaysia (and apply for an e-visa if needed), you must:

  • have a passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival

  • have at least one blank passport page for entry and exit stamps

  • have a travel ticket to your home country, country of residence or third country

Immigration officials will place an entry stamp in your passport authorising a stay of up to 90 days. Travellers may apply to the Malaysian Immigration Department for extensions. You must exit Malaysia using the same passport that you used to enter.

If your country of residence requires a visa to enter Malaysia, you can go about this one of two ways:

Malaysia visa fees

For nationalities that do need a visa to enter Malaysia, the cost can vary depending on the visa type and your nationality. You can expect to pay between USD $5-7. If you're applying for an e-visa, you'll have to pay this fee during the online application process, and if you're applying for your visa on arrival, you can pay in person with immigration officials.

This page is for general information only and may be subject to change. It is your responsibility to obtain relevant visa and travel information required for entry, departure and travel to each country or region you visit on your trip. You should confirm these with the relevant embassies and/or consulates. 

Last updated: 6 June 2023

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