All travelers to Malaysia must hold a visa to travel to the country unless they come from one of the Malaysia visa-exempt countries. There are currently 63 nationalities, including all European Union nations and citizens of the United Staes, who able to enter Malaysia visa-free for up to 90 days, and citizens of an additional 97 nations, including many South American and African countries, are granted visa-free entry to Malaysia for 30 days.
Those who need a visa to visit the country are required to either apply in person at a Malaysian embassy or consulate or obtain an eVisa for Malaysia online. The Malaysian eVisa was implemented in 2017 and is available for citizens of Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Serbia, and Sri Lanka through a simple online application. It allows a stay of 30 days for single-entry eVisa holders, or 15 or 30 days for multiple-entry eVisa holders.
Those eligible for the Malaysia eVisa will soon be able to apply for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations eVisa, which will allow travelers to visit Malaysia and 9 other Asian nations with the same online visa.
ASEAN Visa for Malaysia
The ASEAN visa for Malaysia is being implemented in order to facilitate travel between the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The aim of this intergovernmental organization is to promote economic growth in the region, and the introduction of the ASEAN visa is widely expected to boost tourist arrivals in the countries.
Currently, it is necessary to obtain an individual visa to travel to each ASEAN country for tourism. However, once the ASEAN visa waiver has been implemented, the need to apply for multiple tourist visas for Southeast Asia countries will be eliminated.
The list of eligible countries for the ASEAN visa for Malaysia has not yet been finalized and will be published on this site when available.
Visit Malaysia with an ASEAN Visa
The ASEAN eVisa to Malaysia will allow travelers to enter Malaysia and discover its huge range of enticing attractions, such as the stunning golden coastlines, the modern architecture of Kuala Lumpur, and a variety of breathtaking nature preserves. However, it will also allow its holders to enter all of the 10 ASEAN countries and discover all of the top tourist attractions in Southeast Asia.
In addition to the 10 countries already announced to be part of the visa waiver program, there is also a possibility that more may be announced. Those who are traveling to Malaysia and other ASEAN countries for purposes other than tourism, or those planning to stay for a longer period of time, may be required to apply for another type of visa.
ASEAN eVisa Requirements for Malaysia
At the moment the ASEAN countries each have their own visa policies and requirements, but the ASEAN eVisa will allow travelers to enter all ten nations using a single visa. In order to apply, it will be necessary for travelers to first meet the ASEAN eVisa requirements for Malaysia.
In order to submit an ASEAN eVisa application for Malaysia, travelers will be required to have:
- A valid passport from an eligible country
- A valid credit or debit card to pay the ASEAN visa fee
- A current email address to which the eVisa will be sent
As the eVisa has not yet been introduced, it is not currently known if there will be any further requirements for the ASEAN visa. Up-to-date information about the Asia tourist visa requirements for Malaysia will be published on this website the moment it becomes available.
ASEAN eVisa Application for Malaysia
Once implemented, eligible citizens will be able to apply for a visa to Asia through the simple ASEAN eVisa application for Malaysia online, which will only take a few minutes to complete. The approved ASEAN visa will not only allow travelers to visit Malaysia but all of the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries.
It will be necessary for travelers to complete the Malaysian ASEAN form with a range of personal and passport information, including:
- Date of birth
- Passport number
- Travel plans for Malaysia and the other ASEAN countries.
When filling in the information, applicants will need to carefully ensure that the data matches the details of their passport, in order to avoid any delays in receiving or rejection of the visa. Applicants will also need to answer a few security-related questions, and pay the eVisa fee, in order to submit the ASEAN eVisa for Malaysia form.
Once granted, the approved ASEAN eVisa for Malaysia will be sent to the email address provided by the applicant on the form. The traveler will then be able to present a copy of the ASEAN visa at border control in any of the participating Southeast Asian Nations in order to gain access to the region.