Types of Visas

Find out about the visas available to foreigners coming to Malaysia to live or work...

There are three types of visas issued to foreigners by the Malaysian government:
  1. Single Entry Visa.
  2. Multiple Entry Visa.
  3. Transit Visa.
Single Entry Visa: Valid for a single entry and for three months from the date of issue. Usually issued for social visits. Multiple Entry Visa: Usually valid for one year, but each visit must be no longer than 30 days. Issued for business or government purposes. Multiple entries are permitted on condition that the applicant has:
  • Sufficient funds for their intended stay
  • Return ticket
The cost of a multiple entry visa varies from country to country.
  • Find out more about visa fees to enter Malaysia
Transit Visa: Anyone who needs a visa to enter and travel through Malaysia must apply for a transit visa. A transit visa is necessary only when a person leaves one of Malaysia's airports or travels overland through Malaysia.

Visa Applications

Visa applications must be made at a Malaysian Representative Office (consulate or embassy) abroad. The Immigration Department has details on how to apply for a visa. Anyone who is entering Malaysia for a holiday or vacation requires a Visa Without Reference. The following documents are needed when applying for a visa without a reference:
  • Passport, plus two photocopies
  • Two copies of the visa application form (IMM.47)
  • Two passport-size photographs of the applicant
  • Proof of a confirmed return ticket, plus two photocopies
  • Bank statement or travellers cheques
  • Invitation letter, if applicable
A visa application fee is also required. A Visa With Reference is required for those entering Malaysia to visit relatives, for students, for those entering Malaysia for employment reasons, and for dependents of Malaysian citizens. The Department of Immigration or another authority must first approve visas that require a reference. The following documents are needed when applying for a visa with reference:
  • Original approval letter from the Immigration Department of Malaysia (or other authorised agency)
  • Passport, plus two photocopies
  • Two photocopies of the visa application form (IMM.47)
  • Two passport-size photographs of the applicant
  • Proof of a confirmed return ticket, plus two photocopies
  • A visa application fee is also required

Work and Holiday Visas

Work and holiday visas are available to Australians and Malaysians aged between 18 and 30 and who want to work to cover their expenses while they are travelling in either Australia or Malaysia.