Arriving in Malaysia




          
Malaysia is a wonderful country to visit. In this article, I provide you details for arriving in the country. The majority of visitors arrive in Malaysia by flight or by road, and a smaller number arrive by ship.

Arriving in Malaysia by Flight

There are five international airport in Malaysia namely the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Penang International Airport, Kuching International Airport, Senai International Airport and Langkawi International Airport. Find out where you will be arriving, and select the information accordingly.

Arriving in Malaysia by flight


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Arriving in Malaysia by Road

From Singapore:
You can reach Malaysia via the Causeway from Woodlands to Johor Bahru, or via the Second Link, from Tuas to Tanjung Kupang. Buses from Singapore leave Beach Road (outside Golden Mile Centre), Lavender Street and Queen Street. SBS Bus 170 goes to Johor Bahru.

From Thailand
From Hat Yai (@ Haadyai), you cross the Thai-Malaysian border at Padang Besar in Perlis or Bukit Kayu Hitam in Kedah or Rantau Panjang in Kelantan.

From Indonesia
Regular buses ply between the town of Pontianak in Kalimantan, in Indonesian Borneo, and Kuching, in Sarawak.

Arriving in Malaysia by Sea

From Indonesia
Ferry services available between Medan, Sumatra and Penang; Dumai, Sumatra and Malacca; Tanjung Balai, Sumatra and Port Klang; and Tarakan, Kalimantan and Tawau, Sabah.

From Thailand
Ferry and longboat services available between Satun and Langkawi.

From Brunei Ferry services available between Brunei and Labuan, Limbang and Lawas in Sarawak.

Entry Requirements

Malaysia welcomes visitors from all over the world, but before you arrive, please take a moment to get to know the entry requirements, so that your trip to Malaysia will be a smooth and pleasant one.

Visa

Nationals of Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, China (PR), Congo (Rep), Congo (Dem Rep), Côte D’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, India, Liberia, Mali, Myanmar, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Western Sahara require a visa. Nationals of these countries may be granted visa relaxation for transit through Malaysia, for less than 5 days, via a Malaysian international airport, if in possession of confirmed onward airline tickets to a third country before arriving. British Overseas Citizens also require a visa.

Nationals of EU countries do not require a visa for stays of up to 3 months (except nationals of Ireland for stays of up to 2 months and Greece and Portugal for stays of up to 1 month)

Nationals of Commonwealth countries do not require a visa (except nationals of those countries mentioned above who do require a visa) for stays of up to 1 month; nationals of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa for up to 3 months.

Nationals of Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, Iceland, Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Morocco, Norway, Oman, Peru, Poland, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, USA and Yemen do not require a visa for stays of up to 3 months.

Nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Palestine, Syria and holders of a Portuguese Certificate of Identity or a Macao Travel Permit do not require a visa for stays of up to 14 days.

Nationals of all countries other than those mentioned above do not require a visa for stays of up to 1 month.

Travellers on transit to another country, for less than 5 days, with a confirmed ticket via a Malaysian airport, do not require a visa.

Customs Allowances

Duty-free allowance (not applicable for domestic flights or those from Singapore) is 250g (1/2 lb) of tobacco, 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes, 1-litre bottle of liquor as well as personal cameras, watches, cosmetics, etc. Strictly prohibited are pornography and weapons. Exporting antiques require licence from the museum department.

Mandatory Death Penalty for Drug Trafficking

Malaysia and Singapore are two countries where the death penalty is regularly handed out to anyone convicted of drug trafficking. Anybody caught in possession of narcotics above 15 grams is considered a drug trafficker. Do not carry anybody's luggage on their behalf.

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