Malaysia Tourist e-Visa help & FAQ

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What is the Malaysia Tourist e-VISA?

The Malaysia Tourist e-Visa is an official document permitting entry into and travel within Malaysia, and is electronically linked to your passport.

What do I need to apply for a Malaysian Tourist e-Visa?

We require the following to submit your application:

  • Scan of your passport (Valid for at least 6 months after entry into Malaysia)
  • Passport photograph of the applicant (Taken within the last 6 months)
  • Travel Itinerary showing flight details (confirmed and returned flight ticket)
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Birth certificate (for underage children)
    If staying with a friend/relative, you must provide a cover letter which includes the following information: Addressed to the Immigration Officer, Name and passport number, Name and address of friend/relative, a Scanned ID of the friend/relative, and Dates of travel.

Note: The government may require additional documentation after submission, which we will inform you of if this is the case.

What is the cost to obtain a Malaysia Tourist e-Visa?

The cost is USD 45.00 for single or multiple entries.

Additionally, there is a service fee of USD 35.00 for standard processing. For Rush and Super Rush processing, the service fee is USD 65.00 and USD 85.00 respectively.

* The price can change, the correct fee present at applying

How long does it take to process a Malaysia Tourist e-VISA?

It depends on the method processing time you chose. We offer three options:

  • Standard Processing Time: 6 Business Days
  • Rush Processing: 4 Business Days
  • Super Rush Processing: 2 Business Days

* The processing time can change, the correct time at applying

How long is a Malaysia Tourist e-Visa valid for?

The Malaysia Tourist e-Visa is valid for 90 days after issued. This means you must enter Malaysia within this period.

How long is a Malaysia Tourist e-Visa valid for?

The Malaysia Tourist e-Visa is valid for 90 days after issued. This means you must enter Malaysia within this period.

How long should be the validity of my passport before applying for the e-Visa?

Applicants must have their passport be valid for at least six months from the planned date of entry.

How many entries does the Malaysia e-Visa allow?

The Malaysia e-Visa allows for Multiple Entry for Indian Citizens and Single Entry for all other eligible citizens, with a max stay allowed of 30 days Per Entry

Do I need to apply for a Tourist e-Visa to Malaysia before arriving?

Yes, all international travelers should ensure that they hold a valid Malaysia visa before they travel to Malaysia.

Does having an e-Visa to Malaysia guarantee entry into the country?

No. The approval of the Malaysian e-Visa does NOT guarantee the applicant the right to enter Malaysia. It will be at the discretion of a Malaysia Immigration Officer at the point of entry into Malaysia.

Are there any restrictions or special requirements for minor children applying for the Tourist e-Visa?

Yes. If the applicant is a minor (a child under 18) then they must apply for the tourist visa together with at least one parent. You will also need to provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate to show proof of the relationship between parent and child.

What are the advantages of the Malaysia Tourist e-VISA?

The Malaysia e-Visa can be applied for and issued completely online, eliminating the need to visit an embassy.

Which entry and exit checkpoints am I allowed to use with a Malaysia e-Visa?

You are allowed to use any entry/exit checkpoint with an e-Visa.

Can I arrive in Malaysia by ferry with the e-Visa?

Yes, as e-Visa allows entry into Malaysia by air, land, or sea.

What documents do I need to present upon entry into Malaysia?

The following documents are required when you arrive in Malaysia:

  • Your e-VISA printout
  • Sufficient funds (Cash/ Travellers Cheque/Debit or Credit Cards) to cover expenses during your stay at Malaysia
  • Return flight ticket
  • Proof of accommodation (Host invitation letter/Hotel Booking/Airbnb booking, Confirmation, etc)

How soon can I apply for the Tourist e-Visa if I have already received one this year?

You are allowed to receive an e-Visa once every 3 months. If you need to travel more regularly, then you need to apply for a regular visa at the nearest Malaysian embassy.

What nationalities are eligible for a Malaysia Tourist e-Visa?

The following nationalities are eligible:

  • China
  • India
  • Sri Lanka
  • Nepal
  • Myanmar
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Pakistan
  • Serbia
  • Montenegro

How long can I stay in Malaysia with the Tourist e-Visa?

It allows a maximum stay of 30 days Per Entry. Note that an extension of stay is NOT allowed.

Are there special requirements when printing the e-Visa?

Your e-Visa should be printed in letter-sized format, in either color or black and white.

If I am staying with a friend/relative, what accommodation documents do I need to provide?

A simple cover letter addressed to the Immigration Officer will suffice. The letter should include your name, passport number, and the address you are going to stay while in Malaysia. You will also need to provide a copy of their identification card.

How long before my travel date should I apply for an e-VISA?

We advise you to apply for your e-Visa at least 2 weeks before your departure to Malaysia.

Can I apply for the e-VISA in Malaysia?

No. The e-VISA does not allow applicants to apply within Malaysia. It must be obtained before you enter into Malaysia.

What should the invitation letter include?

You can use the following as the example:

Dear Immigration Officer,
My name is [Your Name] and my passport number is [Passport #].
I will be visiting Malaysia between the dates of [Start date] and [End date].
I will be staying with [name of host], who is my [relation of host], and currently resides in [host address].
Thank you.

I heard you sometimes have to go for an interview at the Malaysian Embassy even though the e-Visa process is completely online, is that true? How will I be notified?

On a case-by-case basis, the Malaysian Government may request a traveler to have a personal interview at the nearest Malaysian Embassy.

This does not happen very often, but we will notify you of all the details regarding the interview should it be required.

Details that we will send you by email regarding your interview will include:

  • VENUE: Malaysia Embassy XXXX
  • Phone Number: XXX
  • Email:
  • Interview Session: DATE & TIME

Vaccination requirements to travel to Malaysia

Yellow Fever vaccine is required if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Check WHO – Countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and countries requiring yellow fever vaccination.

Learn more about Malaysia Tourism

If you have not been to Malaysia and you are looking for a vacation destination, then you should probably try it. Malaysia’s tourism has always been okay, but it has boomed in the last recent years. That is because the country evolved incredibly well. Plus, there are a lot of things you can experience there.

For one thing, in Malaysia, it is all about nature, and the scenery is beautiful. The cities are very entertaining as well. Even so, before you go to Malaysia, there are a few things you need to know.

The tips below will help you explore Malaysia and turn your trip into an unforgettable one. For starters, when you arrive in Malaysia, do not take a cab. Taxis are very unreliable in Malaysia, and most drivers will try to scam you. They will either not turn on the meter or give you a fixed fee for your ride. The fees are usually higher than they should be. Plus, taxi drivers are not very good.

They are reckless and their cars are close to broken. Lucky for you, in Kuala Lumpur, for example, you can use Uber. Uber has saved a lot of people a lot of cash, and it can do the same for you. Plus, your ride will be much more comfortable. At least you will have AC, which is not always the case with taxis.

Apart from Uber, a metro system is available in Kuala Lumpur. The weather in Malaysia is incredibly changeable. One minute it is sunny and very hot, and the next it is pouring. You should pack multiple kinds of clothes when you leave. Dry clothes are very important, and if you could pack an umbrella, that would be to your advantage. Even so, the weather is mostly nice, and cold is not something you will be suffering from.

When you get to Kuala Lumpur, and if you can afford it, you should stay at least one night in one of the Petronas Towers. It is not the high towers that will charm you, but the view. Plus, if you get a room with an infinity room, sitting in the water at that height and with that view will make one pleasant evening. Take it from someone who experienced that. It is a part of the Malaysian experience. After you are done with the room, you can go on and explore nature. The country is full of it.

One of the best things about Malaysia is that everyone loves food. Every person that walks by you on the street is a foodie. As a result, food is a significant conversation topic. You will constantly be asked if you have eaten. Even some greetings contain that question. That works to your advantage because you will have a lovely culinary experience in Malaysia. You will try various foods that will make your taste buds feel like in heaven.

You can ask the locals where they eat because they know the best places. You will probably eat some food that is found in your home country as well, but it will not taste the same. Even fruit tastes different because of the climate, so you should give a couple of them a try when you have the chance. Exploring Malaysia is not as expensive as you may think. The country has its low-cost airline, and that will allow you to move from one side of the country to the other without spending too much money. Traveling by train is also an option because it gives you the opportunity of seeing some amazing sights.

Accommodation may be a bit pricey in large cities, but everywhere else it is quite affordable. You do not have to give an arm and a leg to see the country in style. That is one of the reasons why people choose Malaysia as their destination. If you are a woman or a guy who loves shopping, you will love Malaysia. There are a ton of malls in Malaysia, and the prices are to die for.

Anything from shoes to hats is most likely cheaper than in your country of origin, so if you want an extensive shopping session, Malaysia’s malls are the places to do it. Plus, the people there are pretty stylish, and you will see that just walking down the street. When it comes to communication, you should have no issues. Malaysia has a pretty good education system, and the country is diverse, which is why almost everyone is fluent in English.

You can understand almost everyone, and communication errors will practically never happen. However, if you memorize some Malay just to impress, you will probably be a little bit disappointed. As previously mentioned, Malaysia is a diverse country, and people talk about multiple languages. Sometimes, the people there will use 4 languages in the same sentence. That will throw you off. My advice is to stick to English.

Nobody cares if you speak Malay or not. In a not so positive note, you should be very careful about petty thieves on motorcycles. Malaysia is a pretty civilized country, and the people are generally friendly, but there is no forest without dead trees.

Almost every petty theft is done by someone on a motorcycle. Such people will just snatch whatever you have in your hand. To prevent that from happening, keep your bags close to your body when you walk down the street. If you have a camera, do not let it hang around your neck. Plus, it would be best if you left all your jewelry at home.

Moreover, you should walk against the traffic because snatchers usually come from behind. For that to happen when you walk against the traffic implies the thief riding against the traffic, and that is more difficult to do. Overall, Malaysia is a beautiful country with a lot of nature to explore. The cities are filled with people, and the food is great. It would be a pity not to visit it at least once in your life. Tourists are very well received, and surely you will have a wonderful time there.