Many visitors do not need a visa to visit Malaysia and are exempt when visiting for holidays or social purposes, however it is really important to check before travelling. If you are not exempt and do require a visa you will need to get this from your home country before travelling, unless your nationality is offered a visa on arrival, but the Malaysian High Commission, Embassy, Consulate local to where you live will be able to fully advise you on the current requirements. Do not rely on Trip Advisor for the most up to date information. If you requrie a visa then you must apply before you travel, Malaysia does not offer Visas on Arrival for those that requrie them. A full list can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affair, Malaysia website.

   On arrival if you are from one of the counteres that are exempt from requireing a visa you will receive a permit to stay for a defined period depending on your nationality.Regardless of if you require a visa or are exempt, do remember that you need to have a passport that is valid for 6 months after your departure date, so if you arrive on the 1st of the month and leave on the 30th of the month, the passport should be valid for 6 months from the 30th of the month. If you passport is not fully valid your airline may not allow you to board and the immigration authority will not permit you to land in Malaysia.

   You will need to fully complete the white immigration card on arrival, hand this to the immigration stand along with your passport. The immigration officer will then issue the permit to stay depending on your passport / nationality after taking your fingerprint.