No visa is required for a stay of three months if not working
for citizens from Commonwealth countries (except India, Bangladesh,
Sri Lanka and Pakistan),Albania, Algeria, Austria, Bahrain,
Belgium, Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland,
Germany, Hungary, Germany, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Italy,
Japan, Jordan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg,
the Netherlands, Norway, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, San Marino,
Saudi Arabia, Republic of Slovakia, Swede Switzerland, Tunisia,
Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USA and North Yemen.
Citizens of France, Greece, Poland and South Africa, as well
most African and Latin American countries, are permitted to
stay for one month without a visa.
On arrival visitors normally receive a one or two month visitor's
permit, (Commonwealth citizens get two months). Usually those
arriving by air get two months; overland, one month. If you
intend to stay longer, permits can be painlessly extended
to three months at immigration departments in Kuala Lumpur,
Penang or Johor Bahru.
Citizens of ASEAN countries (Brunei, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar/Burma,
Philippines Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam),do not need visas
for visits not exceeding a month they are issued on arrival.
Nationals of most other countries including Afghanistan, Iran,
Iraq, Libya, Syria and South Yemen may stop over in Malaysia
for up to 14 days without advance visas but it is preferable
to have proof of outward bookings. Citizens of Bulgaria Rumania
and Russia may stay for seven days without a visa. Applications
for visas should be made well in advance to the nearest Malaysian
diplomatic mission, or, in countries where there are no Malaysian
representatives, to the British Consular Representative Visitor
arriving by air and who are staying less than 72 hours in
the country are a-free entry.
Visit passes issued for entry into Peninsular Malaysia are
not automatically valid for entry in to east Malaysia states
of Sabah and Sarawak. On entry into East Malaysia from peninsular
Malaysia visitors have to go through immigration even though
the fligh is an internal one. You get a new stamp in your
passport and it may actually reduce ,r stay in Malaysia. A
month's stamp is usual-if you want more, then you must ask
the official. (The reason for this odd state of affairs is
that Sabah and Sarawak maintain control over immigration and
even Malaysian visitors from the mainland' are required to
obtain a travel permit to come here.) Apply to the immigration
offices in kota kinabalu and Kuching for an extension. There
are certain areas where permits are necessary in east Malaysia,
eg for upriver trips in Sarawak permits are obtained from
the residents office see appropriate sections). All national
parks in Peninsular and East Malaysia require permits from
the national or state parks offices.
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