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Malaysia Visa Types

Most foreign tourists who want to enter Malaysia need a visa to stay legally. Visa requirements vary for citizens of different countries. The Malaysian government has introduced several types of visas and permits depending on the purpose of travel and nationality of the traveler. That is:

  • A Single Entry Visa
  • A multiple Entry Visa (eVisa)
  • A Malaysia Medical eVisa
  • A Transit Visa
  • Malaysia eNTRI visa
  • Malaysia Visa upon Arrival

Check out the features of the main Malaysia visa types below and decide which one best suits your circumstances and travel plans.

Single Entry Visa

Travelers from eligible countries can enter Malaysia on a single-entry visa, which allows only one entry into the country and a maximum stay of 30 days. Visa is valid for 3 months from date of issue.

The Malaysian government has introduced this type of visa for all travel-related purposes such as vacation, visiting friends, relatives or exploring historical and majestic places.

Visa applications can be completed entirely online, saving time and money. If you are planning a short stay in Malaysia, use any electronic devices and complete the visa process as quickly as possible.

Multiple Entry Visa (eVisa)

Multiple entry visas are for foreigners coming to Malaysia for business or government-related reasons. The permit is valid for up to 12 months and allows a stay of up to 30 days at a time.

When applying for a visa, visitors must provide proof of financial resources for their stay in Malaysia and a copy of their return flight.

This document is also available as a tourist visa for citizens of China and India. Online visa application is available.

Malaysia Medical eVisa

Malaysia Medical Visa is issued to travelers coming to Malaysia for medical reasons. The license can be obtained online if the applicant meets all requirements, including a medical appointment with the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Board.

With a medical visa, you can enter Malaysia once and stay for up to 30 days. The Malaysian government only allows these visa holders to use private healthcare services. Public hospitals are inaccessible to foreign visitors. Medical visa is valid for 3 months. Processing time can be up to 14 days, so applicants must apply online taking this into account.

Transit Visa

In the case of a transit trip through Malaysia, you may be required to apply for a transit visa. It must be issued to travelers who:

  • being from a Malaysian country requires a visa
  • will transit the country for more than 24 hours
  • must pass immigration controls
  • transit through an airport other than Kuala Lumpur International Airport


Please note that some nationals who require a visa may apply for a Transit Pass instead of a transit visa if their stay does not exceed 120 hours and they transit through Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The decision to issue a Transit Pass depends on airport officials. They can refuse to issue a license even if all conditions are met.

Malaysia eNTRI visa (Electronic Travel Registration and Information)

Malaysia eNTRI is an electronic travel registration and information system for travelers from India and China. They will enter Malaysia once and will not stay there for more than 15 days.

The visa application process is quick and easy. Applicants must provide basic personal and passport information, pay a fee, and they will receive the documents via email. All procedures can be performed at home. The eNTRI visa exemption is valid for 3 months. Upon expiration, a new one can be issued after a period of 3 months.

Malaysia Visa upon Arrival

Malaysian visa on arrival can be issued to Chinese and Indian citizens entering Malaysia from Singapore, Thailand or Indonesia and holding visas from these countries. In this case, visa on arrival allows you to stay in Malaysia for up to 7 days. This type of visa cannot be issued if Chinese or Indian citizens are traveling directly from their home country.

This document is only available at the following airports:

  1. Kuala Lumpur-International
  2. Johor Bahru
  3. Kota Kinabaly
  4. Penang

The eligible traveler needs a return flight ticket and a capital of at least 1000 USD to obtain the visa. He must also cover a visa fee.

Different Permit Types to Enter Malaysia

In addition to applying for a visa at a Malaysian embassy or through an online e-visa application, foreign visitors can also apply for an entry permit to Malaysia. There are different types of entry permits issued for:

  • Investors and Experts
  • Professionals
  • Spouse of Malaysian citizen and child or children of Malaysian citizen below age 6
  • People using the Point System
  • Investors and Experts

Investors and Experts

This type of entry permit can be issued to investors and individuals who are qualified, talented, have a certain amount of capital and have sponsors in Malaysia. A certificate of good conduct from the country of origin is also required.


A permit is given to a professional with skills and experience confirmed by a Malaysian agency. Three years of work in a Malaysian company and a certificate of good behavior in the country of origin are the main requirements for this permit category.

Spouse of Malaysian citizen and child or children of Malaysian citizen below age 6

The permit is given to persons married to citizens of Malaysia, provided that their spouses are sponsors of the visitor.

In the case of children below 6 years old, their Malaysian parents also become sponsors of their children

Point System

During the entry permit application process, a points system will be used. Applications are evaluated and approved according to the criteria. A minimum of 65 points is required to apply. The main criteria are:

  • age
  • stay length
  • work experience
  • language skills, etc.

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