All you need to know about Malaysia’s visa policy
Visitors to Malaysia must obtain a visa from one of the Malaysian diplomatic missions (embassy/consulate/consulate-general/high commission) unless they come from one of the visa-exempted countries. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.
Visa Exempted CountriesPassport holders from the following countries can enter Malaysia without a visa.
For 90 days: All EU citizens, Australia, Japan, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, Maldives, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, South Korea
For 30 days: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Fiji, Georgia, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Laos, Macau, Mexico, Mongolia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Palestine, Philippines, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam
For 14 days: Iran and holders of Macao Special Administrative Region Travel Permits
Non-ordinary passportsHolders of diplomatic or official/service passports of Bangladesh, China and India do not require a visa for up to 30 days and 3 months respectively but they have to receive entry permission from any entry immigration check post.
Visa on arrival
Nationals of China and India arriving directly from Indonesia, Singapore or Thailand and holding valid visa of those countries can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 7 days (that cannot be extended) at Kuala Lumpur International (KUL), Johor Bahru (JHB), Kota Kinabalu (BKI), Kuching (KCH) and Penang (PEN) airports, provided that they hold return flight tickets and at least USD 1000 per person. The visa fee is 407 Malaysian Ringgit (about 100 USD), other currency not accepted as visa fee. Boarding pass or tickets are required to prove that you have arrived from a specific country.
APEC Business Travel Card
Holders of passports issued by the following countries (Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam) who possess an APEC Business Travel Card containing the "MYS" code on the back of the card can enter Malaysia visa-free for business trips for up to 60 days.
eVisa & eNTRI
On 1 March 2017, Malaysian government has set up a new online application system to accept applications for Electronic Visa (eVisa) and Electronic Travel Registration and Information (eNTRI) to facilitate tourism. eVisa applications are available to citizens of Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Serbia and Sri Lanka, while eNTRI applications are available only to holders of Indian and Chinese passports.
Note that the application website contains IP address detection, applicants have to apply from outside Malaysia and Singapore or they will be blocked from the application.
- Applicant's nationality
- Place of application: All countries and territories in the world except Malaysia and Singapore
- Fee: varies by nationality and applicant's location
- Place of departure: No restrictions
- Port of entry and exit: Any port of entry
- Valid for: 3 months (multiple entries for Indian nationals, single entry for others)
- Duration of stay: 30 days for single-entry eVisa holders, 15 or 30 days for multiple-entry eVisa holders
- Visa review: Required (1 business day after application submitted, visa interview or extra proof materials may be requested)
The Malaysian ringgit (/ˈrɪŋɡɪt/; plural: ringgit; symbol: RM; currency code: MYR; formerly the Malaysian dollar) is the currency of Malaysia. It is divided into 100 sen (cents). The ringgit is issued by the Bank Negara (Central Bank of Malaysia).
As of early January 2019, MYR/USD rate is 0.24, or 1 USD is equal to 4.11MYR
The MYR notes vary in color: RM1 is blue; RM5 is green; RM10 is red; RM20 is orange; RM50 is cyan; RM100 is purple.
If collecting notes is your hobby horse, try to find also special commemorative notes printed in 2017 to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Signing of the Federation of Malaya Independence Agreement. These notes are: RM60 (in yellow and green) and RM600 (also yellow and green). Be mindful, though, that these notes are typically traded at a premium, which may be up to 100% of their denomination.
Climate in Johor Bahru
Johor Bahru experiences a tropical rainforest climate. The average annual temperature for Johor Bahru is 33° degrees and there is 1903 mm of rain in a year. It is dry for 24 days a year with an average humidity of 77% and an UV-index of 7. The best time to go to Johor Bahru in Malaysia is from June until October, in which you have a hot temperature and little till mediocre rainfall. So, we are having our Meeting there right on time J
Official Languages Of Malaysia
The Official and The National Language Of Malaysia is Malay. Malaysia also has the Malaysian Standard English (MySE) also known as Manglish, which has roots from the British English but majorly used in education and less in other sectors of the country. A majority of the population (60%) can speak it though the language is on the decrease. MySE has deep Malay, Tamil, and Chinese influence. MySE is non-rhotic and classified into three categories; the acrolect (near native), mesolect (normal Malaysian English), and basilect (low knowledge).
Chinese Language Spoken In Malaysia
Mandarin is the most widely spoken form of Chinese language in Malaysia. This language is a lingua franca among the Malaysian Chinese and widely used in Chinese schools and businesses. These days, most people in Malaysia - especially young people - are multilingual and are able to speak at least English, Malay and Mandarin with moderate fluency.
Indigenous Languages Of Malaysia
There are over 137 languages in the country of which some 30 are spoken by native tribes.
Do’s and Don’ts in MalaysiaMalaysia is generally a laid back and relaxed place. However, visitors should try to observe these practices when they arrive. Some common courtesies and customs are as follows:
- Although handshakes are generally acceptable for both men and women, some Muslim ladies may acknowledge introductions to gentlemen by merely nodding and smiling. A handshake should only be initiated by ladies.
- It is polite to call before visiting a home.
- Shoes must always be removed when entering a Malaysian home.
- Drinks are generally offered to guests. It is polite to accept.
- The right hand is always used when eating with one’s hand or giving and receiving objects.
- Shoes must be removed when entering places of worship such as mosques and temples. Some mosques provide robes and scarves for female visitors. Taking photographs at places of worship is usually permitted but always ask permission beforehand.
- Toasting is not a common practice in Malaysia. The country’s large Muslim population does not drink alcohol.
Facts About Malaysia That Will Get You All Excited
Some call it The Land of Beautiful Islands, others call it the Food Paradise. Regardless of what you call it though, Malaysia is truly Asia’s hidden gem. There’s always good food, beautiful scenery, and rich culture at every corner of the country.
1. The Jalur Gemilang AKA the Malaysian flag was actually designed by an architect.
Mohamad Hamzah, 29-year-old Public Works Department architect created it in 1963 when he won the contest that was held to design a new flag after the Federation of Malaya replaced the much-hated Malayan Union.
2. Any guesses on Malaysia’s oldest name?
Well, Greco-Roman geographer Ptolemy first named the country Aurea Chersonesus, which means ‘peninsula of gold’. The name was found in Ptolemy’s book Geographia, written about A.D. 150.
3. This might surprise you, but Borneo is actually the third largest island in the world, after Greenland and New Guinea, and the only one shared by three states.
Spanning over 743,000 km2, the Borneo Island is shared between Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, and Indonesia. Here’s another fun fact about Borneo – it is also home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world.
4. This might sound bizarre to you, but the local time in peninsular Malaysia has been adjusted a total of eight times!
The first adjustment was made in 1932 when the clocks were advanced by 20 minutes to ‘lengthen’ daylight; in 1941, the time sped up another 10 minutes; in 1942, we increased it for another two hours to follow Tokyo’s time, in 1945, we brought backward the clocks to the time observed in 1941, and finally, on 1stJanuary 1982, Tun Dr. Mahathir made the final adjustment by pushing the time forward by 30 minutes to sync up with Sabah and Sarawak. Surprisingly, Singapore also adjusted their clocks on the very same day.
5. The biggest roundabout on Earth.
Here’s another thing Malaysians should be proud of. The biggest roundabout in the world is located in Malaysia. The Persiaran Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah in Putrajaya is 2.2 miles and has a diameter of 3.5km.
5. Malaysia’s total highway length is longer than the Earth’s circumference.
Shocking but true. In total, Malaysia has 65,877km (and counting) of highway. The Earth’s circumference only 40,075km!
6. That’s what makes it unique!
Malaysia is the only country in the world with its territory on both the mainland of Asia and the islands that form the Malay Archipelago. Yes, that’s correct!
7. Southernmost tip of Asia
Tanjung Piai situated at Johor is the most southern point of Peninsular Malaysia making it the southernmost point of continental Asia. Skyline of Singapore is visible from Tanjung Piai.
8. Largest Cave Chamber
The Sarawak Cave Chamber in Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, Malaysia is the largest cave chamber in the world by area. Apparently, it is said that the corridor of Gua Rusa – a 2km-long passage of caves which is part of the Sarawak Chamber – could fit five rows of eight Boeing 747 jetliners parked nose to tail. Fascinating, right?
9. Southeast Asia’s Longest Bridge
Commonly called as Penang Second Bridge (That’s much easier,
isn’t it!) connecting Seberang Perai on mainland Malaysia with Batu
Maung on Penang Island is the longest bridge in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.
The full length of the bridge is approx 15 miles.
10. Last Surviving Rubber Tree
In the district office of Kuala Kangsar stands the first and oldest
rubber tree of the original batch of nine trees planted in 1877. The seeds
were brought from Kew Gardens in London by Englishman H.N. Ridley.
11. Not more than 35!
Tun is the most senior federal title in Malaysia, and there can
only be 35 local living Malaysian recipients of the title at any one time.
12. Petronas Towers – World’s Tallest Twin Towers
Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia were the world’s tallest
buildings until 2004. They are still the world’s tallest twin buildings
joined by a sky bridge at 41st and 42nd floors.
13. Largest Undivided Leaf
Alocasia Macrorrhiza is the largest single leaf in the world that
originated from the Malaysian State of Sabah. A specimen from 1966 measured
9.9 feet long and 6.3 feet wide.
14. Home to Cobras!
You will find one of the largest populations of deadly king cobras
in Malaysia. They are the world’s longest venomous snakes with lengths
up to 5.7 meters. The longest known king cobra from Malaysia grew to around
5.7 meters and was held captive at London Zoo before being put down during
World War II.
15. Nine Royal FamiliesMalaysia has nine different Royal Families, the highest in the world. Yang di-Pertuan Agong (The Malaysian King) is elected from these nine royal families to be the Head of State for a 5-year term.
16. Buildings Without Fourth Floor
You may find some buildings in Malaysia without a fourth floor.
They have a “3A” instead. It is because the sound of four in
Chinese (si) is similar to the sound of death (sǐ).
17. World’s Tallest Tree
Malaysia boasts being home to Tualang, the tallest
tropical tree in the world. Found mostly in lowland tropical forests, they can
reach heights of around 80 meters.
18. Meet the world-famous shoe-designer!
The world-famous shoe designer Jimmy Choo was born in Penang,
19. The largest flower!
In Kinabalu National Park in Sabah, you will find a very bad smelling
flower known as Rafflesia arnoldii or the corpse flower. It
is the largest individual flower in the world. This foul-smelling flower can
bloom up to 3 feet and weighs 11 kilograms.
20. Richest Treasure Trove of Flor de la mar
The ultimate sunken treasure trove lies in the remains of
Flor de la mar at the seabed of Malaysia’s Strait of
Malacca. The Portuguese ship headed by Admiral Afonso de Albuquerque is said
to the richest ship ever lost in the sea with its holds loaded with around 200
coffers of gold, precious stones and diamonds.
21. The Perak Man
The Perak Man is the oldest (around 11,000 years) and the only complete human skeleton to be found in mainland Malaysia.
22. Best Quality CrudeMalaysia produces the most expensive and best quality crude oil in the world called ‘Malaysian Tapis Blend 44°’.
23. This fact is particularly adorable: did you know that newborn babies and young children in olden day Iban communities are affectionately called ulat (worm)?Until they’re given an official name, adults refer them as ulat and their official name is often named after a deceased relative, for fear that using a living relative’s name might shorten the baby’s life.