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Entry requirements for Malaysia

Coronavirus / Covid-19: Current information for travelers

The worldwide travel warning was lifted on October 1, 2020. Instead, the Federal Foreign Office issues differentiated travel and safety information for each individual country. We are currently warned or discouraged against unnecessary tourist trips to a large number of countries.

Before you travel to Malaysia, please check the entry regulations as well as the travel and safety information from the Federal Foreign Office as well as the applicable quarantine regulations and test regulations of the federal states for return travelers. Please note that the situation is developing dynamically and can change at any time.

The following official websites are available for this purpose:

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Entry to Malaysia at a glance

The entry requirements for Malaysia provide that German citizens can stay in the country for up to three months without a visa. The entry requirements of Malaysia allow you to enter the Southeast Asian country for up to three months without any problems with a German passport. It is advisable to be able to present a place of stay and a return ticket - however, this is not necessarily a requirement for entry. Separate rules apply to the state of Sarawak in the north of the island of Borneo. For this region you get a total of 30 days in order to be able to relax between jungle worlds and beaches.

What do you need to enter Malaysia?

You need a valid passport to enter Malaysia. The paper should be valid for at least six months after your stay. You also need enough free pages. A provisional document is not accepted by the border authorities. There have also been rejections in the past due to damaged passports - e.g. with torn pages or a worn cover. Most regions of Malaysia do not require a visa. You can stay on the mainland for up to three months. Upon arrival, you will receive a stamp and a migration card in your passport. The latest departure date is set here. Occasionally, it is required to prove the will to return home by means of a flight ticket. Sometimes you can simply say that you would like to travel on to neighboring countries such as Indonesia or Thailand by train or bus. Special entry regulations for Malaysia apply to the state of Sarawak in the north of Borneo. On arrival you will be given a visa that is only valid for 30 days. This period is completely sufficient to explore the famous volcanoes of Borneo, the jungle worlds and the colorful diving grounds. Since 2011 you have to expect to have your fingerprints taken upon entry. As a rule, only the index fingers are recorded, which are then entered in the register of the Malaysian border authorities. Children under the age of twelve are exempt from this rule. With the three-month residence permit, it is not possible to work on site. Anyone who violates this must expect high penalties. Visas that are valid for more than three months must be obtained from the Malaysian embassy or one of the consulates prior to travel. In some cases, extensive evidence of the reasons for such a long stay is required - e.g. employment contracts.

What are the major customs regulations in Malaysia?

It is particularly important to observe the criminal law regulations when entering the country. When you cross the border, you will receive a paper on which you will be informed that drug trafficking can be punished with the death penalty. Even the possession of the smallest amount is considered a trade. Accordingly, you should definitely refrain from importing narcotics into Malaysia from abroad. Thorough checks are carried out in this regard, especially on the border between Thailand and Malaysia. If you have medication - especially psychoactive substances - with you, you should have an international doctor's certificate issued as a precaution. As a rule, it is sufficient to be able to submit the document in English. Further restrictions apply to the import of pornography, weapons and ammunition. Homosexual acts are prohibited by law in Malaysia, but foreign visitors do not always face consequences. Still, same-sex couples should try to avoid showing signs of affection in public. For personal use, you are allowed to bring up to 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars to Malaysia. Alternatively, 225g tobacco is allowed. Alcoholic drinks are limited to 1l, regardless of whether it is beer, wine or high-proof spirits. Gifts may not exceed a value of 200MYR, the equivalent of around € 40. All cash with a value of over USD 10,000 must be declared to customs without asking. The import of dairy and meat products is prohibited to prevent the spread of animal diseases. When importing and exporting leather and animal products, please pay attention to the international animal and species protection regulations. In particular, goods made from elephants, crocodiles and snakes can be confiscated at the border with Malaysia. In reality, the regulations are rarely enforced - in contrast to Germany. On the return journey with animal products, in particular leather goods, ivory and snakes pickled in alcohol, there is a risk of considerable fines and the confiscation of the prohibited goods.

Important information for the return journey

When returning to Europe, you should pay attention to the travel allowances on products purchased in Malaysia. This is € 430 for sea and air travel. Be sure to keep the receipt with you, otherwise the price of the goods will be estimated by German customs. With a value of up to 700 € import fees of 17.5% of the purchase price are due. Be careful with branded goods, which are often counterfeited in Southeast Asia. Importing copied Rolex watches or Armani clothing can lead to significant problems with customs. For luxury foods, the travel allowances on the return journey are 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco, 1l of high-proof spirits with more than 22 percent by volume or 2l of low-percentage alcoholic beverages. In addition, 16 liters of beer and 4 liters of wine are allowed.


Which medical information should you pay attention to?

The Robert Koch Institute in Berlin and the Federal Foreign Office recommend that you have all standard vaccinations refreshed before you travel. In addition, it makes sense to be immunized against polio, hepatitis A and typhoid. Those who stay longer in Malaysia and plan trips to remote regions should also prevent hepatitis B, rabies and Japanese encephalitis. Anyone who has had a rabies vaccination and is bitten by a free-roaming, conspicuous animal on site should still visit a hospital or a doctor. A follow-up vaccination should take place within the next three days. Without a previous rabies injection, treatment is necessary within a few hours. In Malaysia you should minimize contact with stray dogs, but also monkeys, if possible. You can get the vaccinations from your local travel center or from a trained tropical medicine specialist. You should definitely consult with them. There are no specific vaccination regulations according to the entry regulations for Malaysia. Proof of a yellow fever vaccination is required upon arrival from risk countries. Most regions of Malaysia are at risk of mosquito-borne diseases. The risk of malaria contagion is limited to a few areas such as Sabah and Sarawak. On the mainland, the coastal regions and especially the large cities are malaria-free. Depending on your travel plans, you should choose chemoprophylaxis or stand-by medication. The latter is only used in the event of an infection and is advisable if you are not planning any off-road or hiking tours in remote risk regions. Be sure to seek advice from a tropical medicine specialist in this regard. No prophylaxis is available for dengue fever, chikungunya, and the Zika virus. To prevent infection, long-sleeved clothing should be worn day and night. Sleep under an impregnated mosquito net. It is also useful to apply repellents, i.e. insect repellent sprays, to your skin and clothing.

Safe on site: medical care and prevention

In Malaysia you should follow some basic rules that will benefit your health. Only drink water from tightly closed bottles. Tap water can cause diarrhea. It is also important to clean food thoroughly, peel fruit and boil products. On the island of Tioman, you should completely avoid eating raw or undercooked meat. In the past it was infected with sarcocystosis. Avian flu and other forms of influenza may intermittently occur in poultry markets. Accordingly, you should avoid contact with the animals. Keeping an eye on the latest news on the subject is also helpful. In the greater Kuala Lumpur area, smog-like air pollution, known as haze, occurs again and again. This is mainly caused by forest fires in the area and accumulates in the city center. The authorities regularly publish a report on the current situation. If there are high levels of pollutants in the air, you should stay in your hotel room as a precaution, leave Kuala Lumpur or wear a protective mask. The fine particles have a particularly sensitive effect on the elderly, people with lung disease, asthmatics, allergy sufferers and children. The equipment in hospitals and medical practices is particularly well-equipped in the major cities of West Malaysia, i.e. on the peninsula. The best medical care can be found in the capital Kuala Lumpur. You can also count on excellent medical standards in Malacca, Johor and Terengganu. Well-trained doctors also practice in large holiday resorts, e.g. on the island of Penang. In emergencies, it also makes sense to leave the highly developed Singapore. In the rural regions and especially in Borneo, the supply is significantly worse. You will only find a few clinics here. English is rarely spoken. It makes sense to take a well-stocked first-aid kit with you with antipyretic and pain reliever medication. In the cities, however, many internationally common pharmaceuticals are easily available. Before starting your journey, you should definitely take out travel health insurance. This applies for a certain period of time, including for medical treatments in Malaysia. As a rule, the costs in state hospitals are mainly covered. In most cases, you will have to make advance payments first and will later be reimbursed by your insurance company after submitting the invoices. Often the return transport to Germany is included in a travel insurance. Get specific advice on this and choose the right product for your vacation in Malaysia.


You can enter mainland Malaysia with a passport that is valid for six weeks after your stay. You can stay in the country for up to three months without a visa. For the state of Sarawak, Malaysia's entry requirements require a visa, which you can obtain at the border crossing. This is valid for 30 days. The entry procedure is done comparatively quickly. In most cases, the fingerprints are taken and registered by the border authorities. At the end you will receive a stamp in your passport.

This article was last updated on October 19, 2020.

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