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Travel tips: Visas for Malaysians around Southeast Asia

According to a Henley and Partners study, the Malaysian passport is ranked 13th in the world with visa-free access to 178 countries and territories. With such excellent access to much of the world, it’s easy to take visa-free access to our ASEAN neighbours for granted as we plan our next Southeast Asian holiday. However, don’t get caught at immigration for overstaying your visa-free access! Take the stress out of your holiday planning with our guide to visa requirements for Malaysians in Southeast Asia.

1. Brunei: Pristine rainforest, gilded mosques, and thrilling river taxi rides

What to do in Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan: Zip around Kampong Ayer in a tambang river taxi and take a river safari along the Sungei Brunei, keeping an eye out for gangs of long-nosed proboscis monkeys lurking in the forest.

Istana Nurul Iman: Time your visit for Hari Raya and you might get to meet the Sultan as he throws open the doors of his sumptuous palace for visitors.

Ulu Temburong: Take a walk over the jungle with the canopy walkway or tube down a slow moving river in this fantastic national park with its virgin rainforest home to Bornean gibbons, hornbills and bright green pit vipers.

Visa requirements for Malaysian citizens

Malaysians can enjoy visa-free entry to Brunei for up to 30 days. Passports must show a validity period of at least six months from your date of entry into Brunei. For the latest Brunei visa updates, visit the Consular Services section of the official website of the High Commission of Brunei Darussalam in Kuala Lumpur.

Where to find out more

High Commission of Brunei Darussalam
Address: 2, Jalan Diplomatik 2/5, Presint 15, 62050 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya, Malaysia
Website: High Commission of Brunei Darussalam in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2. Cambodia: Pristine beaches, world-renowned Angkor Wat and Kampot pepper heaven

What to do in Cambodia

Siem Reap: Rise before dawn and make your way to Angkor Wat for a majestic once-in-a-lifetime temple sunrise experience.

Phnom Penh: Sobering history at the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng, vibrant bars and café scene and trips to the magnificent royal palace

Kep: Lounge on the beach under the sun, explore ruined French colonial villas and be sure to take a tour of a Kampot pepper plantation to get your taste buds ready for a spicy seafood extravaganza under the stars.

Visa requirements for Malaysian citizens

Malaysian citizens can travel to Cambodia visa-free for up to 30 days. To enter Cambodia, your passport needs to show at least six months validity from the date of entry into the country and at least one empty page. You can also get stamped into the country at airports or land borders from Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. Be warned that if you overstay in Cambodia, you’ll need to pay RM42 (US$10) for each day. For stays of more than 30 days, you may proceed to the Cambodian Immigration Department at Confederation de la Russie in front of Phnom Penh Airport and apply for an extension or a tourist visa.

Where to find out more

Royal Embassy of Cambodia
Address: No 46, Jalan U-Thant, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

3. Indonesia: Dense jungles, diverse traditional cultures, and beach bliss

What to do in Indonesia

Bali: Bring your surfboard and ride some waves off the island’s stunning coastline, sit back and have a relaxing massage overlooking lush rice terraces or spend an evening listening to enchanting gamelan at a temple.

Yogyakarta: Under the perfect smoking cone of Gunung Merapi sits the ancient temple complex of Borobudur. Come here for a magical sunrise before exploring dynamic Yogyakarta and its lively markets and historic sights.

Jakarta: Pack your credit card for great shopping at upmarket malls, or browse antiques at Jalan Surabaya before taking a free food tour of the city on a double-decker bus.

Visa requirements for Malaysian citizens

Malaysians do not require a visa for 30-day visits to Indonesia. This stay cannot be extended and converted to any type of stay permit. Passports have to be valid for a minimum of six months from the date of entry, and you need to show a ticket out of Indonesia. If you intend to stay for more than 30 days, you have to apply for a Visit Visa before travelling to Indonesia.

Where to find out more

Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
Address: No. 233 Jalan Tun Razak, P.O. Box 10889, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Website: Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia

4. Laos: Dramatic karst scenery, charming riverside towns and French colonial architecture

What to do in Laos

Luang Prabang: Wander around gilded Buddhist temples, sip excellent Laos coffee at gorgeous cafes and wake up early to witness the dawn alms ceremony.

Vang Vieng: Situated amongst towering karst rock formations, scenic Vang Vieng is an adventure tourist’s dream playground with mountain biking, tubing and climbing all on offer.

Vientiane: Take your time to explore Laos’s laid-back capital on foot. Enjoy exploring the tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture and a bottle of Beer Lao along the banks of the mighty Mekong.

Visa requirements for Malaysian citizens

Malaysians do not require a visa for stays of 30 days. It is not possible to extend your stay for longer than 30 days though it might be worth checking with Laos immigration in Vientiane when you are in-country. Passports must be valid for six months from the date of entry into the country. The latest information can be found on the Tourism of Laos official website.

Where to find out more

Embassy of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Address: No. 7 Jalan Mesra, Off Jalan Damai, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

5. Myanmar: Temple bells, golden stupas and unhurried charm

What to do in Myanmar

Don’t plan to rush around Myanmar. Board a train or a slow-moving riverboat, take some time to watch life going on around you and pack your camera for some of Southeast Asia’s finest photography opportunities.

Yangon: A visit to Myanmar would be incomplete without a trip to iconic Shwedagon Paya. Its gilded stupa dominates the city centre and is best visited at dusk.

Bagan: The vast temple littered plains of Bagan can best be experienced on a spectacular dawn hot-air balloon ride or take the fun budget option of zipping around temples on an e-bike.

Inle Lake: Picturesque Lake Inle is renowned for its floating villages, bustling traditional markets and remote temples. Spend days gliding across the serene lake witnessing the unique way of life of its inhabitants.

Visa requirements for Malaysians

Malaysians need a visa to visit Myanmar. Tourist visas can be used for stays up to 28 days, and are valid for three months from the date of issue. You can apply for a Myanmar eVisa for RM211 (US$50) from their official Myanmar eVisa portal. Processing time takes up to three working days. The same processing time goes for applications lodged at the Embassy of the Union of Myanmar in Kuala Lumpur. Alternatively, you can apply for a tourist visa via an accredited agency in Kuala Lumpur like Everfine Services for a total fee of RM250. Make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of application, and you have confirmed air tickets and accommodation bookings for your visa application.

Where to find out more at

Embassy of the Union of Myanmar
Address: No.8(C), Jalan Ampang Hilir, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Website: Embassy of the Union of Myanmar

6. Philippines: Vibrant cities, Spanish colonial architecture and thousands of postcard-perfect beaches

What to do in Philippines

Manila: Explore Southeast Asia’s most underrated capital famed for its raucous nightlife, vibrant Chinatown, and endless waterfront promenade.

Cebu: Visit old Spanish colonial churches, dance in the streets at the Sinulog festival and explore rich underwater life at Malapascua and Mactan.

Palawan: Come to Palawan for kayaking adventures in picture-perfect lagoons and caves, visits to open prisons and days spend idling on some of Southeast Asia’s best beaches.

Visa requirements for Malaysian citizens

Malaysians do not require a visa for stays up to 30 days in the Philippines. Visitors need to show tickets for their return trip or next destination out of the country, and have a passport with a validity of six months beyond their intended stay in the Philippines. It is possible to get a 59-day single-entry visa at the Philippine embassy in Kuala Lumpur for RM144. Processing time takes three working days, and application must be made in person. Visa requirements include the accomplished application form, valid passport, bank statements, return air tickets, hotel booking, one photo sized (1.77” x 1.37”), letter of invites if applicable, and documentary requirements.

Where to find out more

Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines
Address: No. 1 Jalan Changkat Kia Peng, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Website:  Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines

7. Singapore: Luxurious malls, scrumptious dining and beguiling heritage districts

What to do in Singapore

Botanic Gardens: Wake up early for sunrise in the amazing Botanical Gardens and join a free walking tour to learn more about medicinal plants in the tropics.

Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay: Blow some cash in posh boutiques, catch a show, snap selfies with the Supertrees in Gardens by the Bay and enjoy a spectacular sunset drink from Ce La Vi rooftop bar at Marina Bay Sands.

Arab Street: Hang out with hipsters, puff on a sheesha, browse cool independent stores and find some of the city’s best cocktails.

Visa requirements for Malaysian citizens

Malaysians do not need a visa to enter Singapore for up to 30 days. Passports must be valid for six months from the date of entry into Singapore. It is possible to extend your visit for a total of 89 days from the date of entry into Singapore by applying for an extension of the Short Term Visitor Pass. Note that your Visit Pass must have at least three working days of validity before applying for an extension.

Where to find out more

High Commission of the Republic of Singapore
Address: 209 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Website: High Commission of the Republic of Singapore

8. Thailand: Tom yam heat, gilded palaces and beach bum bliss

What to do in Thailand

Bangkok: Come to Bangkok for exquisite street food, weekend markets and temple tours.

Chiang Mai: Ring the temple bells at Doi Suthep, hang in cool cafes and go trekking with hill tribes.

Phuket: Party all night in Phuket’s wild bars and clubs, and hire a kayak for island exploration or take a day trip to impossibly beautiful Koh Phi Phi.

Visa requirements for Malaysian citizens

Malaysians do not need a visa to visit Thailand for up to 30 days. If you want to stay longer than 30 days, it is recommended that you apply for a single or multiple-entry tourist visa at the Royal Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur before your trip. Crossing a land border to extend your stay is possible, but repeated entries are highly discouraged by the authorities.

Where to find out more

Royal Thai Embassy
Address: 206 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Website: Royal Thai Embassy

9. Timor-Leste: Trekking to hilltop churches, visits to traditional villages and swimming off remote beaches

What to do in Timor-Leste

Dili: Hang out with the NGO population in the bars of Avenida de Portugal, or take a walk to the Cristo Rei statue and get to grips with this young nation’s history at the Chega Exhibition.

Maubisse: Enjoy cool area at delicious traditional food at this historic mountain town.

Atauro Island: Crystal clear water, diving delights and peaceful evenings on the beach chomping freshly caught grilled fish.

Visa requirements for Malaysian citizens

Malaysian citizens need a visa on arrival in Timor-Leste for stays up to 30 days. The cost of the visa is RM126 (US$30) and is available on arrival at Dili International Airport. Travellers must have a passport with six months validity from the date of entry into Timor-Leste, show they have enough money to support themselves for the duration of their holiday (RM 211/US$50 per day), and a return ticket out of the country. Travellers arriving overland from Indonesia cannot get a visa on arrival and need to apply for a visa in advance at a consulate or embassy or online. It is possible to extend your visa at the Immigration Service in Dili for RM148 (US$35) for 30 days and RM316 (US$75) for 60 days.

Where to find out more

Timor-Leste Immigration
Address: No. 62 Jalan Ampang Hilir, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Website: Timor-Leste Immigration

10. Vietnam: Elegant colonial villas, street food adventures and boat trips in dreamy landscapes

What to do in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City: It can be a challenge to even think in deafening Ho Chi Minh City, but once you’ve adapted to the frantic pace of life, you’ll be awed by the museums, cafes and bars of the city.

Halong Bay: Taking a boat trip around dreamy Halong Bay is a Southeast Asia must; cruise past remote fishing villages set in a watery landscape of karst rock formations and emerald sea.

Hoi An: Vietnam’s most alluring town is packed full of charming heritage architecture and some of the country’s best restaurants and is blissfully free of the din of motorbikes.

Visa requirements for Malaysian citizens

Malaysians do not require a visa to enter Vietnam for up to 30 days. Passports need to be valid for more than six months from the date of entry into the country. If you wish to extend your stay, you need to ask for an extension or apply for a tourist visa at the immigration offices in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Danang, or via a local agency in Vietnam.

Where to find out more

Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Address: 4 Persiaran Stonor, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Website: Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

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Published in September 2016 and last updated on March 2020. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability. Whilst all effort has been made to ensure that visa information published is up to date, it is crucial that all travellers check current visa requirements before departure.