Travel Advisory Travel Advisory

 

 

GENERAL ADVICE

 

STRICT SCREENING PROCEDURES AND ENFORCEMENT OF LAW

AT AIRPORTS IN AUSTRALIA   

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Malaysians who are visiting Australia for various reasons – social, leisure or business trips – are reminded to observe the strict enforcement and implementation of Australian laws on child pornography as well as materials (audio and visual) which contain elements of extremism.

 

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) of Australia will conduct random checks at various points of entry on inbound tourists where the DIBP officers at the airports are given the general powers to examine goods carried by the passengers. The said powers include making copies of or taking extracts from documents in certain circumstances. Such vast powers are provided for under the Customs Act 1901.

 

There have been a number of cases reported in recent times where Malaysian tourists were detained at the airport following the discovery of the above-referred prohibited materials in their mobile phones. Child pornography would include actors or actresses who ‘’appear’’ to be below 18 years old and the breadth of the law would also include ‘’child exploitation material’’ and ‘’child abuse material’’. Meanwhile, matters pertaining to acts of violence or extremism are governed by various counter-terrorism laws. The most common offence would be possession of the heinous and barbaric act of beheading committed by some extremist groups in the Middle East as well as in a neighbouring country of Malaysia.

 

The circulation of the above-referred materials either intentionally or unintentionally is rampant in modern times following the wide use of social media such as WhatsApp etc. In this connection, Malaysians are strongly advised to delete those materials in their mobile phones or any other electronic devices to avoid unnecessary inconvenience at the airports or having to face the penalty setforth in the relevant laws of Australia.

 

Malaysian tourists are also advised to read carefully the Incoming Passenger Card or commonly referred to as landing card where you are obliged to make full and frank declaration of the goods / items carried in your luggage. Failure to do so may result in the confiscation of items not properly declared and/or fine.

 

Malaysian tourists are further advised to inform the nearest Malaysian diplomatic missions via email the details of their planned trips to Australia which may include names and passport numbers of the delegation, flight itinerary, address in Australia and more importantly contact numbers / mobile phones which are crucial in time of emergency.

 

In the event consular assistance is required, Malaysians can contact the nearest Malaysian diplomatic missions in Australia at the following addresses and contact numbers:

 

High Commission of Malaysia in Australia

7 Perth Avenue

Yarralumla ACT 2600

Canberra

Tel          : 61-2-61200 300 / 310 (office hours)

Email      : mwcanberra@kln.gov.my / malcanberra@malaysia.org.au

 

 

Consulate-General of Malaysia in Perth

252 Adelaide Terrace

Perth, WA 6000

Tel          : 61-8-9225 7055 (office hours)

: 61-4-69780521(after working hours / weekends / public holidays)

        Email       : mwperth@kln.gov.my / mwperth@cgmperth.net

 

 

        Consulate-General of Malaysia in Melbourne

        Level 1, No. 432 St. Kilda Road

        Melbourne, Victoria 3004

        Tel           : 61-3-9573 5400 (office hours)

        Email       : mwmelbourne@kln.gov.my

 

 

       Consulate of Malaysia in Sydney

       67 Victoria Road

       Belleveu Hill

       NSW 2023

       Tel            : 61-2-9327 7565 (office hours)

       Email        : contact@msdaustralia.org.au

       

 

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA

7 July 2016


ISSUANCE OF TRAVEL ADVISORY ON MALAYSIA

BY FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS

 

Background

On 21 February 2016, Australia had issued a travel advisory for its citizens citing possible terrorist threats that could happen in Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding areas where Westerners constantly frequented. The British and New Zealand governments also followed the similar pursuit by issuing warnings to its citizen on the possible danger especially when visiting East Malaysia (namely Sabah) as it was classified as a hot spot for terrorist related activities.

Malaysia’s Position

While acknowledging that it is the prerogative of a sovereign country to safeguard the interest of its nationals in another country by providing the necessary information and taking the relevant precautions to ensure their well-being are not jeopardised, there is no need  to feel alarmed by these travel advisories issues by the aforesaid countries.

In fact, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, the Inspector-General of Police, Malaysia in a statement on 22 February 2016 refuted these advisories and explained that there is no imminent threats whatsoever in Malaysia to justify for the issuance of such advisories. .

The explanation by the IGP was further qualified by the statements/comments made by several leading politicians in the country such as YBhg. Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry, YBhg. Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture as well as by YBhg. Datuk Masidi Manjun, State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister of Sabah. All of them have reiterated that Malaysia is a safe place to visit as well as to invest and conduct day-to-day businesses.

Over and above, the Government of Malaysia has also stepped up its security surveillance at all borders, airports and at other entry/exit points. Additional police and security personnel are deployed at places of tourists’ attraction, shopping centres, entertainment outlets etc.

However, we do acknowledge that enforcement measures are normally selective in nature, hence we welcome all intelligence agencies and those with credible information regarding any form of security threat to come forth to share the information with our security agencies. Establishing cooperation network and enhancing the flow of information exchange particularly among the intelligence agencies would ultimately help Malaysia to continue to remain as a safe and peaceful country.

Thank you.

Department of Communications and Public Diplomacy

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

10 March 2016

 

 


 

TRANSIT WITHOUT VISA FOR CITIZENS OF BANGLADESH, PAKISTAN, INDIA AND SRI LANKA (INDIAN SUB CONTINENTAL COUNTRIES)

 

 

TRANSIT VISA

Issued to foreign nationals who require visas to enter Malaysia on transit to other countries. Foreign nationals on transit without leaving the airport precincts and who continue their journey to the next destination with the same flight do not require a transit visa.

 

CONDITIONS FOR APPROVAL OF TRANSIT WITHOUT VISA FACILITY   

 

 

1.    Transit Without Visa (TWOV) cannot be given to visitors who do not possess visas from 3rd country of destination as follows:-

·               Australia

·               New Zealand

·               United States of America

·               Japan

·               China

·               Taiwan

·               South Korea

2.    TWOV facility cannot exceed more than 120 hours (5 days)

3.    TWOV facility is not available at entry points other than Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT)

4.    TWOV cannot be given to visitors who do not fulfil the following:

i.           Valid national passport or internationally recognized travel document;

ii.         Travel documents valid for more than 6 months from the date of entry

iii.       A return ticket to country of origin

iv.       Not listed in Immigration Department suspected list

5.    There will be no extension of TWOV facility

6.    Permanent residents and long term pass holders from other countries i.e Australia or New Zealand do not bound to regulations and conditions no (1) and (4 [iii]) only.

 

*Those on Australian visitor visas or Bridging visas (except Bridging visa E) flying with Air Asia or Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to their final destination are eligible for a Transit Pass. If those on bridging (except Bridging visa E) or tourist visa fly with airlines other than Air Asia and Malaysia Airlines, they must apply for a visa prior to travelling. Those on Bridging Visa E are not eligible for a Transit Pass, must apply for a visa prior to travel.

 

Visa On Arrival Announcement

Please be advised that Visa on Arrival (VOA) has been completely abolished for all countries that have been given this facility. Countries from the Indian Sub-Continental, including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Afghanistan as well as other countries such as China, Myanmar, Taiwan and the Comoros who had received these benefits are no longer eligible for Visa on Arrival at any entry points into Malaysia.

This facility is withdrawn for all nationals of the above, including green card holders or Permanent residents, long-term pass holders and holders of work visas from other countries. The cancellation of VOA facility will be effective starting August 16, 2010 in which the facility can still be used until 12:00 midnight on August 15, 2010.

Foreign nationals that require visas to enter Malaysia (as per our list below) must apply for visas in advance at the Malaysian High Commission, Canberra or the Consulate General Perth, Western Australia.

(13 August 2010)

 

Transit Without Visa/ Transit Pass

Please be advised that with effect from 15 July 2010, visitors/travellers from Indian Sub-Continental (Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan) with valid permanent resident status or valid long term permit of stay i.e students' Visa or valid work permits from other countries such as Australia and New Zealand may be granted the transit facility without visa up to 120 hours in Malaysia. These nationals however are responsible to show proof of their visa status without fail upon entry into Malaysia. Transit pass will be granted at Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) Kuala Lumpur.

Citizens from above mentioned countries who hold any type of bridging visa and tourists visas from Australia are required to obtain visas prior to their travel to Malaysia.

(10 August 2010)

 

Australian Citizens Do Not Need Visa

Australian passport holders do not need a visa to enter Malaysia for a visit of up to three months provided their passports are valid for at least six months on arrival and they have a return air ticket or onward ticket to another international destination. A single entry air ticket is not accepted without a confirmed date and exit from Malaysia.   

 

 

Countries Required Visa
Passport holders of the following countries, and persons using a Travel Document, must obtain a visa before entering Malaysia.
  

 

 

VISA FEES:
Afghanistan - AUD9.00 - **please refer to
www.imi.gov.my/index.php/en/visa/visa-with-reference Republic Angola - AUD9.00
Bangladesh - AUD9.00
Bhutan - AUD9.00
Burkina Faso - AUD9.00
Burma(Myanmar) -AUD9.00
Burundi - AUD9.00
Cameroon - AUD9.00
Central African Republic - AUD9.00
Colombia - AUD9.00
Cameroon - AUD9.00
Republic of Congo - AUD9.00
People's Republic of China - AUD13.00
Congo Democratic Republic - AUD9.00
Cote dIvorie - AUD9.00
Djibouti - AUD9.00
Equatorial Africa 
Eritrea - AUD9.00
Ethiopia - AUD9.00
Ghana - AUD9.00
Guinea-Bissau - AUD9.00
Hong Kong (C/I or D/I) - AUD13.00
India - AUD23.00
Liberia - AUD5.00
Mali - AUD9.00
Mozambique - AUD9.00
Nepal - AUD9.00
Niger - AUD9.00
Nigeria - AUD9.00
Pakistan - AUD9.00
Rwanda - AUD9.00
Sri Lanka - AUD7.00
Western Sahara - AUD9.00
Taiwan - AUD22
United Nations (Laissez Passer) - Gratis (with letter from UN)
Lassez Passer (without UN Letter)- AUD9.00
Certificate of Identity (from all countries)-AUD9.00
Australian Travel Documents - AUD9.00 for the visa requirements
 

REQUIREMENT FOR APPLYING A VISA

NOTE:-

Visa will only be issued a month prior to travelling date and the office will return back all documentations which does not comply with the requirements.

1.   Visa application- IM47Please ensure that application form is printed on a single page (front and back).           

2.    1 recent passport size photographs

3.    Your valid National Passport (at least 6 months validity at the time of the proposed visit)

4.    A copy of the valid Australian visa page and your personal details in the passport.

5.    Evidence of confirmed travel itinerary /air ticket (1 copy)

6.    Kindly provide your email address and contact number on the application form.

 

Additional information for application sent in by Mail

1.    The process will take approximately 10 working days from the day we receive the application.

2. Kindly enclosed a self address registered or express  platinum envelope for return of your travel document.

3.  Money order or Bank Cheque made payable to Consulate General of Malaysia. Please pay exact amount. We do not give change.

4.    Please do not call us if your application has been less than 10 working days. Please check Australian POST website using the tracking number for delivery status, therefore please take note of your tracking number when sending your application.

5. Consulate General of Malaysia Perth WA shall not be liable for any losses or damages if the applicants choose to submit applications by mail. Accordingly, any claims for damages will not be entertained.

 

    *    The office does not accept personal cheque, business cheque or credit card.

 

 

Additional information for application submitted in person at the Consulate General of Malaysia Perth WA

 

Visa application will take  approximately 2 hours to process. 

Application submitted before 11:00am will be able to collect the visa before 1pm (closing time)  while application submitted after 11:00am will only be able to collect the visa Appointment Collection on the later afternoon. - Effective 1st August 2012

 

 

APPLYING A VISA THROUGH POST

From Oct 2011 onwards, visa application can be apply through post. Please be informed that all applications by post through this office must be accompanied by this checklist attached to the visa application visa form. 

Applications by post will take approximately 10 working days from the day your application is received.

The Consulate General of Malaysia, Perth shall not be liable for any losses or damages of the passports if the applicants choose to submit applications by mail. Accordingly, any claims for losses or damages will not be entertained.

 

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TRANSIT VISA

Issued to foreign nationals who require visas to enter Malaysia on transit to other countries. Foreign nationals on transit without leaving the airport precincts and who continue their journey to the next destination with the same flight do not require a transit visa.

CONDITIONS FOR APPROVAL OF TRANSIT WITHOUT VISA FACILITY

1.    Transit Without Visa (TWOV) cannot be given to visitors who do not possess visas from 3rd country of destination as follows:-

·         Australia

·         New Zealand

·         United States of America

·         Japan

·         China

·         Taiwan

·         South Korea

2.    TWOV facility cannot exceed more than 120 hours (5 days)

3.    TWOV facility is not available at entry points other than Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT)

4.    TWOV cannot be offered to passengers sponsored by airlines other than Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia. At present, only MAS and Air Asia have agreed and accepted all the terms and conditions imposed by Malaysia Government.

5.    TWOV cannot be given to visitors who do not fulfil the following:

i.             Valid national passport or internationally recognized travel document;

ii.            Travel documents valid for more than 6 months from the date of entry

iii.           A return ticket to country of origin

iv.           Not listed in Immigration Department suspected list

6.    There will be no extension of TWOV facility

7.    Permanent residents and long term pass holders from other countries i.e Australia or New Zealand do not bound to regulations and conditions no (1) , (4) and (5 [iii]) only.

*Those on Australian visitor visas or Bridging visas (except Bridging visa E) flying with Air Asia or Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to their final destination are eligible for a Transit Pass. If those on bridging (except Bridging visa E) or tourist visa fly with airlines other than Air Asia and Malaysia Airlines, they must apply for a visa prior to travelling. Those on Bridging Visa E are not eligible for a Transit Pass, must apply for a visa prior to travel.

 

Visa On Arrival Announcement

Please be advised that Visa on Arrival (VOA) has been completely abolished for all countries that have been given this facility. Countries from the Indian Sub-Continental, including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Afghanistan as well as other countries such as China, Myanmar, Taiwan and the Comoros who had received these benefits are no longer eligible for Visa on Arrival at any entry points into Malaysia.

This facility is withdrawn for all nationals of the above, including green card holders or Permanent residents, long-term pass holders and holders of work visas from other countries. The cancellation of VOA facility will be effective starting August 16, 2010 in which the facility can still be used until 12:00 midnight on August 15, 2010.


Foreign nationals that require visas to enter Malaysia (as per our list below) must apply for visas in advance at the Malaysian High Commission, Canberra or the Consulate General Perth, Western Australia.

 

Australian Citizens Do Not Need Visa

Australian passport holders do not need a visa to enter Malaysia for a visit of up to three months provided their passports are valid for at least six months on arrival and they have a return air ticket or onward ticket to another international destination. A single entry air ticket is not accepted without a confirmed date and exit from Malaysia.

 Countries Required Visa

Passport holders of the following countries, and persons using a Travel Document, must obtain a visa before entering Malaysia.

VISA FEES:
Afghanistan - AUD9.00 - **please refer towww.imi.gov.my/index.php/en/visa/visa-with-reference for the visa requirements
Republic Angola - AUD9.00
Bangladesh - AUD9.00
Bhutan - AUD9.00
Burkina Faso - AUD9.00
Burma(Myanmar) -AUD9.00
Burundi - AUD9.00
Cameroon - AUD9.00
Central African Republic - AUD9.00
Colombia - AUD9.00
Cameroon - AUD9.00
Republic of Congo - AUD9.00
People's Republic of China - AUD13.00
Congo Democratic Republic - AUD9.00
Cote dIvorie - AUD9.00
Djibouti - AUD9.00
Equatorial Africa 
Eritrea - AUD9.00
Ethiopia - AUD9.00
Ghana - AUD9.00
Guinea-Bissau - AUD9.00
Hong Kong (C/I or D/I) - AUD13.00
India - AUD23.00
Liberia - AUD5.00
Mali - AUD9.00
Mozambique - AUD9.00
Nepal - AUD9.00
Niger - AUD9.00
Nigeria - AUD9.00
Pakistan - AUD9.00
Rwanda - AUD9.00
Sri Lanka - AUD7.00
Western Sahara - AUD9.00
Taiwan - AUD22
United Nations (Laissez Passer) - Gratis (with letter from UN)
Lassez Passer (without UN Letter)- AUD9.00
Certificate of Identity (from all countries)-AUD9.00
Australian Travel Documents - AUD9.00

REQUIREMENT FOR APPLYING A VISA

NOTE:-

Visa will only be issued a month prior to travelling date and the office will return back all documentations which does not comply with the requirements.

1.   Visa application- IM47. Please ensure that application form is printed on a single page (front and back).           

2.    1 recent passport size photographs

3.    Your valid National Passport (at least 6 months validity at the time of the proposed visit)

4.    A copy of the valid Australian visa page and your personal details in the passport.

5.    Evidence of confirmed travel itinerary /air ticket (1 copy)

6.    Kindly provide your email address and contact number on the application form.

 

STUDENT PASSES  AND WORK  PERMITS

Foreigners wishing to study in Malaysia or undertake contract employment must have the approval of the Immigration Department before they enter Malaysia.

Student Passes


Australian citizens wishing to undertake tertiary studies in Malaysia do not need an entry pass but must have a valid passport. Before arriving in Malaysia,the student should have contacted the educational institution and obtained an admission acceptance for the course the student wishes to undertake. Then, armed with this letter of acceptance, the student may arrive in Malaysia to have their stay legalized by conversion of the social visit pass into a student pass by the Immigration Department, [Different rules apply to citizens of other countries who,generally, must acquire a visa before they enter Malaysia to undertake their course of study. They may also be required to post a personal bond depostit depending upon the country of origin].

Australian students once enrolled may find that the educational institution will initiate the process of obtaining the student pass for them from the Malaysian Immigration Department.

To facilitate the student pass application, the following documents must be submitted:

 

  • A certified copy of your passport (excluding blank pages)
  • Three passport size photographs
  • Application form
  • Application fee of RM60.00, payable to the educational institution.
     


Employment Pass - Work Permit

Autralians wishing to work in Malaysia must have an employment pass. An employer will apply on behalf of the potential employee to the Immigration Department for permission to employ an expatriate. Once permission is granted, the employer will inform the employee of the Department's approval. Only then can the person move to Malaysia to have his/her passport endorsed with an employment pass. The right to work in Malaysia is limited to a particular job with a particular employer. It is not a general right to work. Usually, employment passes are limited to several years duration. At the conclustion of the term, or if the job has been terminated beforehand, the employee must leave the country. The spouse/ partner of an employee and his/her dependents enjoy the same rights as the employee holding the employment pass and they may come and go from Malaysia during the term of employment.

Other passport holders wishing to work in Malaysia will need to check the visa requirements for their country before attempting to enter Malaysia to take up an offer of employment.
 

 

 


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