Malaysia visa documents

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  • 10/04/2024

If you are looking for a budget-friendly or splurging vacation, Malaysia is certainly a welcoming choice! The stunning beach getaways, UNESCO heritage sites, buzzing shopping streets, and continental cuisine call for Malaysia's allure, enticing all types of travellers.

Obtaining a visa is a primary obligation when planning your travel to Malaysia as a tourist or for any other purpose. Depending on the purpose, you can apply for and receive the visa prior to travel or obtain a Visa-On-Arrival.

A recent development to this mandate is a visa exemption only for tourist visas applicable from 1 December 2023 until 31 December 2023 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations. So, you can travel visa-free to Malaysia in 2024!

As you plan your travel, preparing the necessary documents with meticulous attention to detail ensures a smooth and hassle-free visa application process. So, here is everything you need to know about the Malaysia visa documents required.

Malaysia Visa from India – Is it Necessary?

Embassy and Consulates in India Address and Details
Malaysia High Commission in New Delhi, India 50-M, Satya Marg, Chanakyapuri 110021 New Delhi Phone: +91-11-2611 1291, +91-11-2611 1292, +91-11-2611 1293 and +91-11-2611 1297
Malaysia Honorary Consulate in Kolkata, India 3C, Camac Street Kolkata - 700016 Phone: +91 33-2229 9183 and +91 33-2229 5514
Malaysia Consulate General in Chennai, India 44, Tank Bund Road, Nungambakkam Chennai 600034 Phone: +91 44 2433 4434
Malaysia Consulate General in Mumbai, India No.4-B, 4Th Floor, Notan Plaza Turner Road Bandra (West) Mumbai-400050 Phone: +91 22 2645 5751

Malaysia Visa Requirements – The Different Visa Types

Three types of visas are issued by the Malaysian Government for the Indians visiting Malaysia.

Type Of Visa Meaning Validity
Single Entry Visa Issued to Indians to enter Malaysia mainly for a social visit.  Generally valid for one single entry and for a period of three months from the date of issue.
Multiple Entry Visa (MEV) Issued to Indians travelling for business purposes or government initiatives. It is applicable for social visits also. Valid for three to twelve months from the date of issue. Each entry is applicable for 30 days only, and an extension is not allowed. 
Transit Visa Issued to Indians to enter Malaysia in transit to other countries. (Not required if you are within the airport premises and taking the same flight to the next destination.) Depends on the duration of transit. 

Malaysia Visa Documents Checklist For Visa-Free Tourist Entry

Although there is a waiver for Indian nationals travelling to Malaysia as tourists from 1st Dec 2023 until 31st Dec 2024, you have to ensure the fulfilment of the eligibility criteria and have the supporting documents produced at the security and immigration screenings at the port of entry.

The documents required are as follows:

  • Passport - Validity must be at least six months

  • Birth Certificate for minors

  • Proof of accommodation - Confirmed hotel booking

  • Confirmed return air tickets

  • Proof of financial stability

Malaysia Digital Arrival Card (MDAC): It must be submitted 3 days before the date of arrival. Click here for the online MDAC forms.

Malaysia Visa Documents Checklist - Application for a Malaysia Visa Without Reference

A visa without reference is mandated for purposes such as social visits. The Malaysian Embassies or the High Commission Office will approve the applications. The Malaysia tourist visa documents for Indians or for any other type of social visit are listed as follows:

  • Passport (Original)

  • Photocopies of the passport - 2

  • Birth Certificate for minors

  • Passport size photographs - 2

  • Photocopies of the Form IMM.47 visa application form - 2

  • Confirmed return ticket (Original)

  • Photocopies of the ticket (Confirmed return ticket) - 2

  • Bank statement/traveller’s cheque

  • Invitation letter, if applicable

  • Malaysia Digital Arrival Card (MDAC): It must be submitted 3 days before the date of arrival. Click here for the online MDAC forms.

Malaysia Visa Documents Checklist - Application for a Malaysia Visa With Reference

A visa with reference is mandated for students, individuals seeking employment, family dependents, and business professionals travelling on a visit pass. The visa for such purposes will be issued after it is referred and approved by the Immigration Department of Malaysia or Other Authorised Agencies). The documents required for these types of visas are as follows:

Approval letter, original, issued by the Immigration Department of Malaysia or other authority agencies

  • Passport (Original)

  • Photocopies of the passport - 2

  • Birth Certificate for minors

  • Photocopies of the Form IMM.47 visa application form - 2

  • Air ticket (Original)

  • Photocopies of the air ticket - 2

  • Malaysia Digital Arrival Card (MDAC): It must be submitted 3 days before the date of arrival. Click here for the online MDAC forms.

Malaysia Visa-On-Arrival - Conditions and Requirements

Visa-on-arrival is available for Indian citizens, subject to the following conditions.

  • Visitors should enter Malaysia via Thailand, Singapore, or Brunei with a valid visa.

  • Visitors from these countries should enter through specific air, land, or sea routes as detailed here.

  • Stay allowed only for 15 days.

  • Should have at least USD500 cash or equivalent in Ringgit Malaysia.

  • Confirmed return ticket.

Malaysia Visa: Documents Required for Minors

If you are travelling to Malaysia with a minor (less than 18 years of age), then you may have to provide additional documents, such as:

  • Birth certificate

  • Proof of identification

  • Photocopies of valid passports of parents/guardians

Documents Required To Complete The Online Application

The eVISA online application platform enables you to apply for an electronic visa to enter Malaysia from the comfort of your home or workplace.

Documents That Need To Be Scanned And Uploaded

  • Passport - Validity of more than six months from travel date to Malaysia

  • Birth certificate for minor applicants.

  • Passport biodata page

  • Passport-sized studio photo

  • Confirmed return air ticket booking

  • Proof of accommodation.

  • Other supporting documents.

Visa Process For Malaysia

  • Visit the eVISA portal.

  • If you are a first-time user, click on “I’m New”, and if you are an existing applicant, click on “Returning User” to access your account.

  • Provide the required information about yourself, the purpose and duration of your visit to Malaysia.

  • Scan and upload the necessary and supporting documents.

  • Make the applicable payments online.

  • Please take a copy of the approved eVISA printed on A4-size paper to be produced at the Malaysian entry checkpoints upon arrival.

Documents Needed On Arrival At Malaysia Entry Checkpoints

  • Valid passport

  • Printout of eVISA (eVISA Note)

  • Boarding pass.

  • Adequate funds to manage your expenses during your stay in Malaysia (Cash / Bank Statements/ Traveler’s Cheque / Debit or Credit Cards / e-Wallets recognised by the Malaysian Government)

  • Confirmed return flight ticket

  • Proof of accommodation

Other supporting documents

Malaysia Visa: Photo Requirements

The passport-size photo requirements for the application for a Malaysia visa are as follows:

  • The dimension is 35 mm x 50 mm.

  • The photo must be in colour.

  • The background has to be white.

  • The photo must have been taken recently and not older than 3 months.

  • It has to be taken in a studio for sharp focus.

  • It should have appropriate contrast and brightness.

  • Your face must be centred, and take 60% - 70% of the photograph (5mm distance from the top of your head to the top of the picture and 5 - 10mm distance from your chin to the bottom of the picture)

  • The photo should not have any borders.

  • The picture should not be edited to remove any features, birthmarks, or scars.

  • Ensure to have a neutral facial expression with your mouth closed.

  • Do not wear a cap or hat.

  • The photo has to be clean without any creases or staple marks.

  • It should be printed on good-quality paper. Scanned or coloured photocopies are not accepted.

Proof of Purpose for Your Trip to Malaysia

When you apply for a visa to enter Malaysia, the purpose and duration of your stay are two important aspects that need to be proved for approval. Here are a few documents that can serve as proof of evidence for the different types of visas.

Tourist visa - If you are travelling to Malaysia as a tourist, you can provide your round-trip flight booking tickets, accommodation booking details, and travel itinerary for the Malaysia tourist visa requirements.

Student visa - If you are travelling as a student, you can provide details of your admission to the college or university in Malaysia.

Business or work visa—To prove your work engagements, you can provide details of your offer letter or invitation letter, as applicable, from the organisation.

Medical visa - If you are travelling to Malaysia for medical treatment, you can provide details of your admission to an authorised hospital or the Malaysia Healthcare Traveller's Programme.

Malaysia Visa Fees

Type Of Visa Visa Fee (RM)
Single/ Multiple Entry Visa 50
Transit 50
Visa-On-Arrival 200

For eVISA

Type Of Payment Visa Fee (RM)
Processing Charge 105
Service Charge
e-Commerce/ Mastercard payment 0.8% (Calculated based on the total transaction value)
eWallet: Alipay, WeChat Pay and Union Pay 1.7% (Calculated based on the total transaction value)

[Note—The visa fee details are based on the information provided on the official website of the High Commission Of Malaysia, New Delhi and Immigration Department Of Malaysia, Ministry of Home Affairs, on 2nd April 2024 at 4:00 p.m. However, visa fees are subject to change as per policies and current currency exchange rates. Thus, it is highly recommended to verify the latest visa fees from official sources before applying for a visa.]

Importance Of Travel Insurance Plan

Although a travel insurance policy is not a mandatory requirement to enter Malaysia, it is highly recommended for its valuable benefits of financial security. With an international travel insurance plan, you and your family can ensure financial protection in case of unprecedented events that can affect your travel plans, such as a medical emergency, loss of baggage or passport, flight cancellation, etc.

It will help you cover the expenses incurred due to such insured events and ensure you continue or make a different plan for your trip to Malaysia. For example, flight ticket insurance will compensate for the cost associated with the flight bookings if your trip is cancelled due to specific reasons such as a medical emergency or your airline cancels the flight due to reasons such as adverse weather conditions.

At Tata AIG, we offer travel insurance online, where you can find different policy solutions with customisable options to provide the necessary financial protection for the respective country. You can compare the product solutions and determine the most suitable and best travel insurance plan based on your necessity and affordability.

Malaysia Visa Processing Time

Generally, the application for a visa to Malaysia will be processed in 2 working days. These days do not include public holidays, weekends, or other specific holidays. However, the processing time can be extended if further clarifications or documents are required.

The application status of your visa can be checked by logging into your account here.

FAQS

What is the validity period for the eVISA for an Expatriate (Working), Student, or Medical Tourist?

eVISA for the purpose of Expatriate (Working), Student, or Medical Tourist (Malaysia Healthcare Travellers Programme) is valid for 3 months.

Is there an interview or online video conference applicable to the Malaysia visa application process?

Generally, your visa application is subject to approval by the Embassy, Consulate General Of Malaysia, or the High Commission. In case of any discrepancy or suspicion, you may be required to provide additional documents or call for an online video conference or interview.

How can I report a problem with my eVISA?

You can connect with the Live Chat Support at the official web portal that operates 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

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