Indian passport holders do not get an On Arrival Visa in Malaysia. However if you have made a last-minute plan and do not have sufficient time to apply for Visa in India, then you have a chance if your trip first involves a visit to Singapore or Thailand. Please read each point carefully if you decide to go for this option as there are lots of ‘catches’ before you can avail VOA  facility.  Also note that getting a VOA is much more expensive than applying in India, so only go for it if you don’t have much time in hand.

Malaysia is celebrating year 2014 as Malaysia Year and the government has made special arrangements for citizens of India and China to get On Arrival Visa for a very limited time. Indian nationals can get Visa On Arrival in Malaysia if following conditions are satisfied(as stated on Malaysia Embassy website) :

1. They have to come from a third country namely, Singapore and Thailand, and has a  valid visa from those countries;

2. The travelers can only apply VOA at these air checkpoints:

a. Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA);

b. Lower Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT, KLIA);

c. Penang Airport,

d. Sultan Ismail Airport, Senai, Johor Bahru;

e. Kota Kinabalu Airport, Sabah; and

f. Kuching Airport, Sarawak.

3.  Duration of stay is 7 days for each entry with no extension;

4.  Have a confirmed return ticket; and

5. Carry USD 1000 cash money.

6. Pay VOA fee of RM 330 or equivalent to USD 100 per person;

7. Priority will be given to groups or family tourist, businessmen or investors;

Here is the URL from embassy site stating the above rules (


Here are some of the inputs based on my personal experience :

1. Unfortunately not many people are aware of this rule in India. I was stopped at immigration in India for almost half an hour as the officer who checked my documents was not aware of this rule. I explained him that it is mentioned on embassy website itself and I had also confirmed with embassy over the phone, still he didn’t allow me before he consulted his boss and few other people in immigration office. So be prepared for questioning and let them know confidently that VOA is available for year 2014.  You can redirect them to embassy website.

2. You will need to have all documents ready with you at all immigration points – India, Singapore/Thailand and Malaysia.

3. Your Singapore Visa will be checked again at airline counter when you are departing from Singapore as they will make sure your Singapore visa has not expired.

4. If you are traveling by Air Asia, then you will land at KLIA2  which is terminal for low-cost carriers. Once you move towards immigration counters, at your left hand side you will see an immigration office where you can get VOA. You can ask airport staff if you are not able to locate it.

5. For Visa fees its better if you can carry Malaysian currency (RM) as the official demanded for RM when I wanted to pay in USD. I had RM with me as well and was no mood to ask them why USD is not acceptable :), so I paid in RM although as per rules USD should be acceptable as well.

6. First your visa fees will be collected along with your passport. Then you will be provided with a visa application form to fill up. You will need to have a passport size photograph with you to be affixed with form.  

7. The whole process took around half an hour for me. This is where I understood the meaning of point no. 7 about priority. They processed Visa for groups first so I had to wait for extra time though I had reached earlier.

8. They didn’t ask me to show 1000 USD as stated in rule – may be because I didn’t have a blank passport. As per rules stated you need to have cash with you. When I had called embassy before my travel to confirm this point, they cleared stated you will need to carry cash only.

9. Apart from waiting part, rest of the process was very smooth without any hassle.

10 Visa is issued only for 7 days so check your return date carefully. They will also verbally confirm with you about your return date and then check your return ticket.


As stated earlier getting VOA is much more expensive than getting in India with several criteria to be satisfied. However many of us make last-minute plans so this option can be useful in those situations. Also Indian staying in Singapore or Thailand can take advantage of this. Once again note that VOA rules may be revised again after 2014 is over as this facility is provided in conjunction with Malaysia Year to promote tourism for year 2014. So it looks like this is limited period offer :).

For next 3 and half months you definitely have Visa Power – Go Get It 🙂


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  1. paulmathew 1 May, 2015 at 5:47 PM Reply

    Am a indian i got a visit visa for singapore ok now i can get malaysia visa on arrival can u pls tell me sir

  2. Makrand 11 May, 2015 at 8:47 PM Reply

    My sincere apologies for delay in reply. Malaysia visa on arrival was valid till last year only, so you will not be able to get it now.

  3. satish 12 May, 2015 at 9:25 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    We are Indian students studying in Australia and will be returning to India by Malaysian Airlines.We have got a lay over time of about 8 hours.We would like to visit Petronas towers during this time.Will we be granted visitor visa on arrival?what all the documents will be required and visa fee?I would be earnestly grateful if you could provide us some valuable suggestions.

    Warm regards,

    • Makrand 12 May, 2015 at 10:12 PM Reply

      Hi Satish,

      On arrival visa was only for year. So you can not avail this option now. Unfortunately you will have to stay inside airport during your transit time.

  4. Milind Sawant 25 May, 2015 at 2:38 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    I am Planning to go Bali with Malaysian Air Line, My ticket is via Kaulampur do I need Malaysia Visa, I am not planning any stay in Malaysia.

    My Flight details as below.

    Mumbai to Kaulampur, Kaulampur to bali

    • Makrand 26 May, 2015 at 8:10 PM Reply

      Hi Milind,

      If you are not leaving airport then you will need to transit visa for Malaysia

  5. Mukesh 28 May, 2015 at 7:15 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    I am travelling to Singapore with Family and plant to stay in KL for couple of day by availing VOA facilty in June second week. I telephoned Malaysian consulate in Chennai and they confirmed that this facility is still available. Can you confirm your source of info that visa on arrival was available only for 2015?.

    Thanks; Mukesh

    • Makrand 30 May, 2015 at 7:22 PM Reply

      Hi Mukesh,

      My source of information was VOA section of this page which didn’t mention anything about 2015. To avoid any confusion I had mentioned that rules may be revised for 2015 and better to contact embassy for latest rules. As you have got confirmation form embassy it appears that they have extended the facility for 2015. Rest of the rules for VOA can be referred in my post.

      Have a good trip.

    • Tushar 11 July, 2016 at 3:17 PM Reply

      Hi Mukesh/Makrand

      Were you able to avail this facility ? My Parents got the Single Entry Visa for Malaysia but while transiting from Delhi-KL and KL- Sgpore, their passports were stamped as the tickets were on two itinerary.
      Do you have any suggestions. Thanks in anticipation.

      • Makrand 11 July, 2016 at 10:11 PM Reply

        Hi Tushar,

        Please contact embassy for latest information. Also check out about e-visa by following the link at the bottom of this comments thread

  6. ankit gala 1 June, 2015 at 8:45 PM Reply

    hi makrand

    i am traveliing to kuala on 2 june via thailand , just wanted to confirm that VOA is still available for indian citizens

    • Makrand 2 June, 2015 at 10:46 PM Reply

      Hi Ankit,

      As per comment from Mukesh above, embassy confirmed to him that VOA is available though I don’t have first hand information. You may contact embassy or airlines to confirm the rules.

  7. Rongon Banerjee 6 June, 2015 at 4:02 AM Reply

    My father is an Indian passport holder and is currently visiting UK. He wishes to go and visit my brother at Kuala Lumpur directly. Do u know if he can apply for Malaysian visa at UK does he have to apply from India?

    • Makrand 8 June, 2015 at 9:37 PM Reply

      Hi Rongon,

      I am not aware about UK but Indians can apply for Malaysian visa from countries like Singapore. So it would be worthwhile checking with Malaysian embassy or a travel agent there about it.

      • Swati 17 June, 2015 at 8:44 PM Reply

        I am Indian passport holder who is working in Singapore .
        am I eligible for visa on arrival ?

        • Makrand 18 June, 2015 at 8:21 PM Reply

          Hi Swati,

          As you will be traveling from Singapore, you will be eligible for visa on arrival. As mentioned in comments section by Mukesh, visa on arrival is available this year as well but I haven’t verified this information myself.

  8. Bhavik 25 June, 2015 at 1:15 PM Reply

    Hello all, i just receive the information from consulate which I am sharing. Indian citizen are eligible for VOA in Malaysia if we are going there via Singapore or Thailand with valid Singapore visa. You can check the same with Malaysia consulate in Chennai.

    • Makrand 25 June, 2015 at 7:54 PM Reply

      Thanks Bhavik. It looks like VOA has been extended for year 2015 I will update the post with the same.

  9. SGA 30 June, 2015 at 7:20 AM Reply

    I need clarification regarding Visa on Arrival at Bangkok.

    My parents (Indian VISA holder) are visiting Kuala Lumpur on tourist visa. During their stay in Kuala Lumpur, we they would like to visit Bangkok for 3days and come back to Kuala Lumpur. Later they will return to India.

    Is there any problem in getting VOA for them in Bangkok when they travel form Kuala Lumpur?

    Your urgent response highly appreciated.

    • Makrand 30 June, 2015 at 8:24 PM Reply


      First of all please make sure your parents have a multiple entry visa for Malaysia.

      There shouldn’t be problem in getting VOA in Bangkok when they travel from KL or any other country as long as they have all the required documents.

  10. vipin 8 July, 2015 at 10:04 PM Reply

    Hi, Im from Delhi India, Im travelling to Singapore (having multiple entry visa) from India and i’ll also want to travel to Malaysia with VOI and my return ticket is from Singapore to India. so there is any problem at Immigration for my return to Singapore to Malaysia.

    Kindly advice me


    • Makrand 9 July, 2015 at 9:07 PM Reply

      Hi Vipin,

      To confirm again you are concerned about return to Singapore from Malaysia. As you have multiple entry visa, there will be no issues. Please remember to carry the print out of your e-visa.

  11. Bipin 27 July, 2015 at 12:34 PM Reply

    Hi Markand, thanks for providing such useful information. I just called VFS Global for Malaysia visa helpline center and they confirmed that you can get on arrival visa if you are coming form Singapore or Thailand and have valid visa of Singapore. We are planning a trip to Singapore and Malaysia and relying on VOA, as we don’t have enough time to apply for both visas. We are getting single entry Singapore visa. I see you mentioned that they didn’t check for $1000 USD cash, I am trying to figure out how strict is this rule. We are a couple and we would have to take USD $2000 for VOA, which is a big amount to carry in cash. Did you see they checked for cash for other visitors, by any chance? Do we really need money in USD or INR equivalent could also work? Please let me if you have any info on this.


    • Makrand 27 July, 2015 at 7:19 PM Reply

      I didn’t see them checking the cash for any of the other visitors for the time I was near counter. I guess they only ask if they feel any suspicion. I am not sure whether INR would be equivalent but again in INR also it will be big amount and more difficult to carry. Moreover if you have INR left then you may have issues at custom while coming back as there is a limit on amount of indian currency which can be brought back.

  12. bina 4 August, 2015 at 12:51 PM Reply

    Hi, Makrand.
    I am flying to Jakarta via Kuala Lampur from Kolkata.I want to know if I need a transit visa if my stop over in KL airport is less than 8 hours.

  13. Makrand 4 August, 2015 at 10:00 PM Reply

    If you are flying using same airlines for both flights then it will not be required as you will not be required to come out of airport. However if your connection is from different airport then you may need transit visa. e.g. malaysian airlines and air asia operate from different airports. Please check with airlines to confirm.

  14. Neeraj 27 August, 2015 at 4:17 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand

    I m planning to fly Bangkok first and then i also want to travel to KL and Singapore and i want to come back to India directly from Singapore. Is it possible or i have to come back to Bangkok for returning to India ?

    If it is possible then what would be the procedure ?


    • Makrand 29 August, 2015 at 8:41 PM Reply

      Hi Neeraj,

      You can come back from Singapore directly. Make sure to carry print out of all your flight tickets together, so that at Bangkok you may show them departing flight to KL, and then in KL you can show departing flight to Singapore and finally in Singapore departing flight to India

  15. kuldeep 28 October, 2015 at 6:11 PM Reply

    Hi makrand
    Need quick one last month i’am was in singapore coz i cant renew my extend visa I’m have tonout frm the country now my position in indonesia batam i need to go malaysia did i need a play visa ..or they will give me on spots when iam arriving in malaysia thanksyou

    • Makrand 29 October, 2015 at 7:34 PM Reply

      Hi Kuldeep,

      You can’t get on the spot visa(Visa on arrival) in malaysia as you are not coming from Thailand or Singapore.

  16. Vivek N 29 October, 2015 at 2:58 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand, I am planning to go to Thailand and apply for visa on arrival and then travel to Malaysia a day later and get a visa on arrival there as well as I need to be in Malaysia for three days and it is very last minute. Will that be OK given my visa in Thailand will be on arrival visa as well

    • Makrand 29 October, 2015 at 8:46 PM Reply

      Hi Vivek,

      As per my understanding it should be fine. I had taken an e-visa for Singapore which wasn’t even stamped on my passport(it’s a separate piece of paper) and didn’t have any issues. So on arrival visa should work fine. However if possible please check with embassy as I can give inputs only based on what I think will work out. For documents to carry – please go through the list in this post.

  17. Omer 31 October, 2015 at 7:49 AM Reply

    Hello, can i apply for a normal tourist visa of Malaysia while in thailand..?? I am an indian citizen who will be in thailand on VOA.

    • Makrand 1 November, 2015 at 7:15 PM Reply

      Yes Omer, You can apply for a regular tourist visa in Thailand. You need to contact Malaysian embassy there. However do it as soon as you enter thailand as you can only stay for 15 days in Thailand on VOA and you should get your passport back from embassy in that duration. So check with embssay how many days it would take and take into considertation any public holidays before you check possibility.

  18. ibrahim 14 November, 2015 at 2:11 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand ,
    i’m indian, i got Malaysian social visit pass ( multiple entry visa) issued on 11th Dec 2014 from chennai . when this visa will get expires any idea ? can i enter malaysia on 10th dec ’15 , since it is the last date of the mentioned 12 months validity .Kindly clarify .

    • Makrand 15 November, 2015 at 10:39 PM Reply

      As per my understanding, visa expiry date indicates the last day for your stay in country not entry in country. So if your visa expires on 10th Dec, 15 then you should leave Malaysia on or before that day.

  19. Nitya 24 November, 2015 at 8:49 AM Reply


    Starting from 15 July 2010, Indian national who transit to Malaysia may apply for Transit Pass for not more than 120 hours (5 days) on their journey to a third country.

    This pass is issued only at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).

    Please check whether you are eligible for Transit Visa / Pass or not. The following are conditions for the said visa / pass:

    (i) Indian visitor(s) who enter / depart to / from the country from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) only;
    (ii) Visitor must possess a valid visa (Single Entry / Multiple Entry) from the destination country (only Australia, U.S.A., China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Taiwan);
    (iii) Visitor must possess a valid passport / travel document with an expiry date of not less than 6 months on the date of visit;
    (iv) Visitor is not listed among those barred from entering Malaysia;
    (v) Visitor must be in possession of a confirmed ticket to a third country;
    (vi) Visitor must be able to finance his/her stay in Malaysia;
    (vii) Visitor MUST visit the country in group (package tour) and the trip is either a packaged tour in Malaysia or in the destination country; and

    – OR –

    Transit pass for 120 hours (without visa) can also be considered to Indian citizen who hold valid permanent residence, expatriate / working pass, student pass, dependent pass any long term visit pass from other countries (please bring along document to proof it).

    * Please do understand that Malaysian immigration rule differentiate between visa and pass. Visa is the permission to enter the country and pass is the permission to stay in the country. Please check whether your visa is the permission to stay for the said period (i.e. 10 years) or it is only Multiple Entry Visa for 10 years (limited stay each entry). Only long term visit PASS can be considered in this case which means e.g. 10 years stay permission.

    Source –

  20. Nazim 5 December, 2015 at 1:42 AM Reply

    Planning to book my return flight from DMK to Bangalore via KUL. Flying to KUL by Thai AirAsia. Flight date is 1st of Jan, 2016. Wondering if I can avail VOA in Malaysia?

    • Makrand 7 December, 2015 at 7:15 PM Reply

      Hi Nazim,

      You can get VOA when you are flying from DMK provided that you satisfy other requirements as mentioned in this post. However from Banglore, you will not be able to get the VOA.

  21. Rajesh 20 December, 2015 at 11:47 PM Reply

    hi, i am planning to visit Malaysia i have multi entry visa for Singapore, short of time so unable to apply for Malaysia visa, i have booked my tkts from mumbai to singapore and singapore to malaysia same day, should i need to stay in singapore only than i can get visa for malaysia or on showing singapore visa will get VOA, Kindly advise..

  22. Makrand 2 January, 2016 at 10:14 PM Reply

    You can get VOA in Malaysia if coming from Singapore as long as you satisfy the other requirements in this post.

  23. rin 18 January, 2016 at 11:01 AM Reply

    Im a indian passport holder.will be stopping over for transit..would i get a visa on arrival or do i need to apply fr a transit visa fr malaysia

    • Makrand 19 January, 2016 at 8:47 PM Reply

      Hi rin,

      If you are just transiting for few hours and you do not leave airport then I believe you will not need visa. Make sure your arriving and departing flights are from same airport as Kual Lumpur has two airports and I am not sure whether you can transfer among 2 without transit visa. If your stop over is longer than you will need to have visa. Please note that on arrival visa is available only under conditions mentioned in this post so go through them carefully.

  24. mohit srivastava 20 January, 2016 at 12:01 AM Reply

    Hi makrand,
    i am mohit from india and planing to go malasiya as a tourist ,so plz tell me process of tourist visa for 3 months.

  25. D 27 January, 2016 at 11:59 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    I just entered Malaysia with VoA so can indeed confirm that process still works. The fee is still 330 MYR (~67 USD; and they only accept ringgits!) so travellers need to make sure they carry some.

    You were right on the money about needing a photo and what I would term as “inshAllah processing” (slow processing). It took me about 90 minutes all in all to apply for and get the visa.

    I also got the impression that the “transit visa” or whatever it’s called is much quicker to get since there are separate counters for it in the immigration area (albeit one can only stay 5 days with it compared to 7 days with VoA).

    All in all, I share your conclusion in that it is better to apply for a visa in advance and leave this option only for urgent non-preplanned travel.

    • Makrand 27 January, 2016 at 10:34 PM Reply

      Thanks D for sharing your experience.

  26. Ketan rangari 2 February, 2016 at 4:44 PM Reply

    Hi Makarand

    I am going to Kuala lampur on 3rd October 2016 and will return on 8th October 2016 … I will be applying for visa in advance for my journey

    Meanwhile on 6th Oct I have plan to go to Jakarta and return on 8th afternoon around 6 pm , as my return flight is from Kuala lampur at 9 pm ….

    So my question what kind of visa should I apply for …. Will I need a new visa for entering malasiya again … Or my previous visa is valid …… And if I don’t leave the airport … Will I be able to stay on airport for 3 hours without visa

    All my journey is via Air Asia flights

    Please guide me breiefly

    Thanks ….

    • Makrand 2 February, 2016 at 11:00 PM Reply

      Hi Ketan,

      You can get a multiple entry visa for Malaysia. That way you don’t need to worry at all.

      Although I think if all your flights are via Air Asia, you will not need to leave airport and thus don’t need visa again. However i would advice to contact air asia to double check the same

  27. SomePassenger 7 March, 2016 at 4:01 PM Reply

    Hi Makarand, We are a family of 3 going to NZ for holiday with a 4 day halt at KL. We satisfy all the Transit WithOut a VISA(TWOV) category and are confident of getting one at the arrival of Malaysia KIAL airport. But, When we speak to AirAsia they say i am supposed to have a visa while boarding at the starting point. This contradicts to the whole reason of TWOV facility being provided to the passengers heading to NZ/Aus. What do we do in this scenario ? Its easy to say get the Visitor visa rather than trying the TWOV but there is a cost and time attached to it. More over, I am annoyed to go through that process just because AirAsia do not understand or encourage though Malaysian embassy clearly allows the same to facilitate people going to the end destination of NZ/Aus etc., Querying AirAsia/Malaysian Embassy in email did not help other than the standard reply.

    • Makrand 9 March, 2016 at 9:00 PM Reply


      I checked about the Transit WithOut a VISA policy(was not aware about this).I found one point although confusing because of which air aisa might have said so.

      The requirement also mentions additional point – Hold a valid long-term pass* of a 3rd country.

      I haven’t verified that its stated on embassy website as well but if air asia has mentioned that on their website then they would be following it and hence for tourist visa they may deny boarding without visa. They will only be allowing travelers with long term permits.

      So it would be better to get multiple entry visa in India itself to avoid problems during your trip.

      Another point although not of any importance that air aisa operates from Low Cost terminal and not from KLIA.

  28. Arun 11 March, 2016 at 9:42 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand ; I am Arun , i am planing to to stay in kula lumpur for 3-4 days,for business meeting and from there going to Thailand were i will take Visa on arrival , So can i get VOA in Kula lumpur if i am flying from Chennai . pls advice .

    • Makrand 11 March, 2016 at 6:19 PM Reply

      Hi Arun,

      No you can’t get VOA in Kual lumpur if flying from Chennai.

  29. Rajeev 13 March, 2016 at 10:26 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand – We (myself, wife, son) are Indian passport holders but also have an Australian PR and have a travel plan from Bangalore to Sydney early in April this year via Kuala Lumpur. During our approx 16 hour stopover in KL, do we require Malaysia transit visa to step outside the airport in KL? My arrival and departure in KL is from the same point (KLIA2). Will VOA facility available for us?

    • Makrand 14 March, 2016 at 11:08 AM Reply

      Hi Rajeev,

      You will not be eligible for VOA as you are traveling from India. VOA only available if you land in KL either from singapore or Thailand.

      I am not sure about transit rules entirely but as per this link, if you hold a PR then you might be eligible for transit without visa. However please check with airlines or embassy as I don’t know much details.

      • Sam G 4 August, 2016 at 6:46 AM Reply

        Most of the time Indian passport holders with resident/student/certain work visa from SG, OZ, NZ, UK, USA are eligible for TWOV. This is up to the discretion of the immigration personnel.

  30. SAILAJA PARAVADA 15 March, 2016 at 3:09 PM Reply

    Can we get on arrival visa for malaysia directly from India when they have return ticket for only 3days of visit.

    • Makrand 16 March, 2016 at 7:46 AM Reply

      No you can not get VOA if arriving from India

  31. boominathan 22 March, 2016 at 8:03 PM Reply

    Hi Markrand,

    I am working in Singapore,i have Singapore working pass (s-pass) but i don’t have visa for Malaysia,is it possible to visit Malaysia for two days or need to visa to travel,

    • Makrand Lowalekar 22 March, 2016 at 9:12 PM Reply


      You will need a visa to visit Malaysia

      • boominathan 23 March, 2016 at 12:24 PM Reply

        thanks dude

  32. Vinoy 27 March, 2016 at 12:54 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand
    We are family of 4 travelling to KL and Singapore as tourist. Hv confirmed Air Asia Tickets. We will start from Delhi on 16th May for KL. We intend to stay for 3 days. On 20th will proceed to Singapore by road. Shall return from Singapore on 23rd May by air asia via KL.Will hv air Asia’s next flight from KL to delhi after 3.5hrs on same day. Pls advise

    can I apply for visa for both countries on my own or hv to do through agents only?.

    How many days before need to apply?

    How much is actual visa fess for both countries?

    Is there any concession in visa fees for kids aged 11 year?

    Hv not yet booked bus tickets from KL to Singapore. Are they necessary for applying Singapore visa?

    How much MYR and SgD / USD should carry for visa related payment if any at entry points?

    Pls advise

    • Makrand 28 March, 2016 at 10:42 AM Reply

      Yes you can apply for both countries on your own if you have malaysia VFS center in your city; else you need to get it via travel agent. Singapore visa you can get online as per following post :

      Malaysia visa takes around a week. Singapore visa you can get in 2-3 days.

      I am not sure about current rates for visas but you can find them online. I don’t think there is concession for visa fees for kids.

      You don’t need to show bus tickets if you apply online. If you have got the visa in advance for both countries then you don’t need to do any visa payment at entry point.

  33. Siva 1 April, 2016 at 3:47 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand

    I am holding Indian passport but living in Thailand. I planned to go to KL, Malaysia for an exhibition about 4 days. I will travel from Thailand. So as per the current rules I can get by VISA on arrival.

    Am I right?

    If so, for the proof of my ability to stay at KL, do I need to show 1000USD of equivalent of MYR.

    Kindly clarify me

    • Makrand 3 April, 2016 at 6:56 PM Reply

      Yes you are eligible for VOA. You can carry USD or MYR but make sure you have MYR for paying visa fees as they demand it in MYR. Regarding proof of funds the rules state to have it in cash. I know its a big amount but thats how it is. Although when I traveled they neither asked me nor any fellow applicants to show funds.

  34. Siva 1 April, 2016 at 4:34 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand

    Is it mandatory to show money in cash?
    or can i show my bank statement (Thailand account) as a proof.

    Thank u

  35. samagg 3 April, 2016 at 8:33 PM Reply

    Not sure why Indian immigration will check this as clearly first leg has to be to Thai/Singapore. For Thai, you dont need visa and for Singapore you would have had visa. Why he was concerned with your second leg of trip?

  36. samagg 3 April, 2016 at 8:33 PM Reply

    For thai, I meant you dont need prior visa.

  37. Siva 12 April, 2016 at 9:04 AM Reply

    Thank you for the valuable advices…

  38. vini 21 April, 2016 at 10:17 PM Reply

    im an indian passport holder
    I have a multiple entey visa for singapore.. im planning to visit malasia too.. is it possible to go to malasia by road from singapore? Can i get a VOA

    • Makrand 22 April, 2016 at 8:22 PM Reply

      Hi Vini,

      You can go to Malaysia by road if you hold a visa in advance. I am not aware whether VOA is available at borer crossing.

      • Sam G 4 August, 2016 at 6:35 AM Reply

        VOA available at both land links now SG-JB according to Malaysian Embassy Ankara updated 2016, conditions apply of course.

  39. Rogini 27 April, 2016 at 10:38 AM Reply

    Hi makrand, actually my husband is a Indian citizen and get married in Malaysia and now holding multiple entry social visit pass… Can he enter to Singapore without taking visa ?

    • Makrand 27 April, 2016 at 9:01 PM Reply

      Hi Rogini,

      Does your husband hold a multiple entry malaysia pass ? Then I don’t think he would be able to enter Singapore without a valid visa.

  40. Dman 14 May, 2016 at 8:51 PM Reply

    Apparently, we Indians are now eligible for an eVisa that can be applied online (with flight booking, and a passport photo). The whole process takes about 24 hours and costs 25 USD. The eVisa is valid for 90 days, and allows a 30 day stay in the country. More details here:

    • Makrand 16 May, 2016 at 8:21 PM Reply

      Thanks for the information. I wasn’t aware about this. This is indeed a good news for future travelers to Malaysia from India

  41. Vignesh 24 May, 2016 at 3:16 PM Reply

    Am travelling to india from philippines,
    i have waiting 12 hours in malaysia airport. i need o apply visa for waiting inside the airport ah?
    some people are telling its required & some teling no need.

    please advise me for the same

    • Makrand 25 May, 2016 at 8:49 AM Reply

      Hi VIgnesh,

      If both flights are by same airline and you don’t leave the airport then you do not need visa, The low cost airlines like air asia operate from from another airport KLIA2 and if you have two different flights from different airports then you might require a visa to move across the two. I would advise to contact airline as well as embassy for double check though.

  42. Renganathan K 26 May, 2016 at 10:16 AM Reply

    Hi Markand,
    My malaysia visa which i applied from Singapore has been expired and I’m currently holding Singapore EP Visa. My parents are coming to Singapore next and they have their malaysian visa (applied from India).
    As my Singapore Visa is expiring on June end I’m not able to reapply for Malyasian visa from Singapore.
    Is it possible for me to apply the same from India even Im staying currently in Singapore ?

  43. Syed 23 June, 2016 at 1:47 PM Reply

    Hi, Markand,
    Many thanks for your advice, I need important information reg. the following
    Planing to visit Malaysia and Singapore for around 9 days in the 2nd week of July.
    please advice which is the best travel agency in Hyderabad, or in India, for tour packages,
    and need best price.We want them to do everything including visas for both countries.
    Kindly can you provide some reputed travel agents name,
    Also I wants to know which package is better
    Cameron Highlands, Genting and Kuala Lumpur or
    Langkawi, Genting and Kuala Lumpur,

    • Makrand 1 July, 2016 at 9:16 PM Reply

      Hi Syed,

      Sorry I can’t recommend any particular travel agent as I haven’t used their services for Malaysia or Singapore

  44. Ravinder singh 30 June, 2016 at 2:00 PM Reply

    I have 3 months Australian visitor visa. Can I get Malasiya and Singapore visit visa from Australia. I have confirm Australia and return Malasiya confirm ticket.

    • Makrand 1 July, 2016 at 9:04 PM Reply

      I am not sure about Australia but normally you can get visa by applying in local embassy. e.g. you can get visa to Singapore by applying in Singapore embassy in Malaysia.

    • Sam G 7 August, 2016 at 3:11 PM Reply

      If you already hold an Aus visa, flying back to India via KUL you are eligible for TWOV, conditions apply. For SG visa, you can apply in Aus.

  45. Saravanakumar 4 July, 2016 at 9:57 AM Reply

    Dear Makrand,
    I am working right now at Thailand . I am India citizen holder. I have validity work permit and all profs in Thailand. I will go to Malaysia (kl) at end of year 2016 . How to get Malaysia visa in Thailand.the purpose of trip vacation 8 days only. how to get online visa .

    • Vignesh 4 July, 2016 at 10:39 AM Reply

      Actually am travelling to india from Philipine,

      Am holding indian passport, and i have connecting flight in Malaysia (no not gonna exit) so my question is i need to take visa for even i have connecting flight in malaysia???

      • Makrand 4 July, 2016 at 8:53 PM Reply

        If your connecting flight is from same airlines then you don’t need to get visa. If you are flying with a combination of air asia then please check with the airlines once. Air asia operates from another airport KLIA2.

    • Makrand 4 July, 2016 at 8:51 PM Reply

      Hi Saravanakumar,

      You can apply in Malaysian embassy in Thailand. e-visa is recently made available but its only for Indians in India. Please check the link once whether you are eligible.

  46. Bharath 10 July, 2016 at 8:31 AM Reply

    hi sir,
    Im an Indian passport holder( student) studying in china.I am travelling from beijing to india(trichy) via malaysia .I land on main terminal in malaysia (airchina) and Im travelling to india(trichy ) from lcct in airasia ,with a transit time of 8 hrs .
    Do I require VOA or i get a transit without visa.What is the procedure for applying it Is the time enough?

  47. Makrand 10 July, 2016 at 5:47 PM Reply

    Hi Bharath,

    You can not get VOA as you are not traveling from Thailand or Singapore. Please check with air asia whether you need a transit visa. There is a train which connects the two airports but I as far as I remember it can be boarded after immigration check.

    If airlines says you need to get the visa then either you have to apply in Malaysian embassy in China or you can get it online

    Make sure you are eligible for e-visa after reviewing the above link

  48. Anand 11 July, 2016 at 1:17 AM Reply

    Dear Markand,

    I have planned to visit Bangkok(via Kuala Lumpur), Macau, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur. While onward journey to Bangkok i will take VOA at Bangkok. Then Macau and Hong Kong do not require visa. Then i will come back Kuala Lumpur and would like to stay for 3 days. Can you guide me, do i need a transit visa for KL to Bangkok journey (2 hrs break at KLIA-2). And while returning, do ma i eligible for VOA on the basis of Bangkok visa?

    Thanks and regards,


    • Makrand 11 July, 2016 at 10:08 PM Reply

      Hi Anand,

      If you are not changing airport then you don’t need transit visa.

      You can get VOA or better you can apply for e-visa from the link above.

  49. Sukhdeep Chattha 11 July, 2016 at 1:39 PM Reply

    hi sir,
    i m traveling to singapore from amritsar next month and my flight change time in kualalumpur is over six hour . do i need a transit visa ? if yes then how can i get it/

    • Makrand 11 July, 2016 at 10:09 PM Reply

      If you are not leaving aiport then you don’t need transit visa.

  50. Ankit 19 July, 2016 at 5:25 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand

    I have got 2 queries for you:-

    Query 1- We’ll be applying for an evisa online from India. I’ll be travelling with my wife and 3 year old daughter. Well going through the application process, I found that all 3 applications needs to be made individually, There is nothing like a family application. In case of my daughter, as she is 3 yr old, there is an additional query raised asking for an noc. Why would she need an noc when she is going to travel with me. I raised this query to my travel agent and came to know that her birth certificate needs to be uploaded on that specific query. Pls confirm on this.

    Query 2- As the evisa can only be opted as a single entry visa, I’ll be travelling to langkawi first and then Kualalumpur. Both the places I’ll be staying for 3 days. Will my single entry visa suffice as I am not changing the country?

    Your reply will be highly appreciated.

    • Makrand 21 July, 2016 at 8:54 PM Reply

      Hi Ankit,

      1. I haven’t availed e-visa myself as so can’t provide info abou tthat.

      2.Yes your entry single entry visa would suffice for visiting these two places

  51. sandeep singh 14 August, 2016 at 9:57 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand, I am planning to go to Thailand and apply for visa on arrival for long tym
    Can i get it?

    • Makrand 17 August, 2016 at 9:24 PM Reply

      Hi Sandeep,

      VOA is only available for 15 days. For long term visa you need to apply at embassy

  52. Abhishek Bhola 15 August, 2016 at 2:20 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand, first of all I appreciate your constant efforts over years to reply to queries by people. Noble job, I must say.
    And now here I go with my query. I work in Japan(on Indian passport), and posses a resident card of Japan. I will be going to Thailand next month from Tokyo. My return flight (from Bangkok to Tokyo) is Air Asia via Kuala Lumpur and is a 16 hour transit. Am I eligible for Transit Without Visa (TWOV) category? Or is it better to apply for a Malaysian visa here in Tokyo?


    • Makrand 17 August, 2016 at 9:27 PM Reply

      Hi Abhishek,

      As far as I know TWOV is available only while transiting to limited number of countries (e.g. Australia) and I think Japan is not included in that. Please research about that but I think you will have to apply for visa in Tokyo itself. Also check if you are not leaving airport then you might not need to take transit visa while staying in airport premises. Your airlines can also be a source of information so contact them as well

  53. mani deol 2 September, 2016 at 9:16 PM Reply

    I want apply a profesinoal work parmit of malasiya.. Can you help me

    • Makrand 9 September, 2016 at 8:40 PM Reply

      Hi Mani,

      Sorry can’t help you in that. Have information about tourist visa

  54. Parth gaikwad 9 September, 2016 at 7:18 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand, first of all I appreciate your constant efforts over years to reply to queries by people. Noble job, I must say.
    So i am invited by Curtin university-Miri Malaysia to judge a conference. So i was planning to apply for Malaysia’s Visa but I wont get it in advance due to short time. So i was planning to go to Bangkok (Thailand) and take a visa on arrival and then go to Kuala and take again a visa on arrival so, Will it be alright? and do i’ll get the visa on arrival for both the countries.
    More over do i’ll have to visit Thailand back or can i directly fly from Malaysia to India.
    Please assist

    Thank you

    • Makrand 9 September, 2016 at 8:38 PM Reply

      Hi Parth,

      You can get e-visa for malaysia now if you have 3-4 days time for your travel date. Processing time is mentioned as 48 hours.

      Please go through the link to see if that is useful for you.

      You can take the route via Thailand and can get VOA at both places. You can directly come to India. However I would suggest if e-visa can be availed then better go for it. Please note that this is recently introduced and I haven’t used it so please go through the FAQ section carefully whether it will be applicable for you.

      • Parth gaikwad 9 September, 2016 at 11:52 PM Reply

        Thank you 🙂

      • Parth gaikwad 10 September, 2016 at 12:35 AM Reply

        One more thing, if I get an e visa will i get entry with a document printed on a paper or showing the mail at the check post or it should be stamped on my passport?

        • Makrand 10 September, 2016 at 10:43 AM Reply

          Processing time of 48 hours means you will get visa within 48 hours of application submission. You will need to print a copy on paper which you will show at the immigration. Do not do any thing with passport. Its good to have a backup copy in phone as well

  55. Parth gaikwad 10 September, 2016 at 12:02 AM Reply

    The Processing time mentioned is 24 to 48 hours, That means will i get my ViSA in 24 to 48 hours or the process will start in 24 to 48 hours?

    • Makrand 10 September, 2016 at 10:41 AM Reply

      Processing time 48 hours means you will get your visa within 48 hours after submitting application

  56. Kumar 28 September, 2016 at 5:32 PM Reply

    i am holding Indian PPT and valid SIN visa.
    On my return wud like to visit Malaysia.
    Am i eligible for on arrival visa to Malaysia ?

    • Makrand 28 September, 2016 at 8:30 PM Reply

      Hi Kumar,

      I am assuming you are returning from Singapore, so yes you will be eligible for VOA but please go through the latest rule carefully

      Alternatively you can get e-visa for malaysia which will be more convenient but precondition is you have to apply from India

  57. harman 7 October, 2016 at 1:17 PM Reply

    i dont have visa for malaysia ,neither i want to go i want to just go to malaysian airport terminal recieve someone and come back from airport back to there any alternative for this?

    • Makrand 8 October, 2016 at 10:08 AM Reply

      Hi Harman,

      You will need to have a visa to step out of immigration area even if the person waiting is for you is just outside airport.

  58. Ranjan R 8 October, 2016 at 12:46 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand

    I am holding Indian PPT and travelling to Thailand. On my return would like to visit Malaysia.
    Am i eligible for on arrival visa to Malaysia ?
    And can you please share the link for the latest rule list.
    Thanks in advance

  59. Vasanth 13 October, 2016 at 1:53 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand, I am holding Indian passport and I work in Malaysia, work visa. But, at present I am in China for short term fellowship. I received Chinese visa in India and I entered China from India. Now after my fellowship when I leave China, can I directly travel back to Malaysia (my work Place) with valid Malaysian VISA? or should I go back to India and then re-enter Malaysia?


    • Makrand 17 October, 2016 at 8:23 PM Reply

      Hi Vasanth,

      Assuming you have multiple entry visa, you can go to Malaysia directly

  60. Vasanth 20 October, 2016 at 11:44 AM Reply

    Thanks Makrand…

  61. Saurav 1 December, 2016 at 8:26 PM Reply

    I am Indian and planned to Bangkok from Jakarta. So could i get VOA or no need of Visa?
    please sir, guide me the best suggestion with.

    • Sam G 2 December, 2016 at 1:30 PM Reply

      make sure you book your flight under 1 (single) reservation- 1 PNR. this will be easier for you since you wont need to clear Malaysian immigration with 1 PNR booking.

    • Makrand 2 December, 2016 at 8:27 PM Reply

      HI Saurav,

      You will need to get VOA in Bangkok.

  62. Alagesan 31 December, 2016 at 1:02 PM Reply

    Hi, I am Indian national, i would like plan to Kualalumbur, Malaysia. Can i get a visa in the time of on arrival. The problem is my friend has booked the ticket already for 4th January,2017. I have the short time period. Another two days will be holiday. What i should to do?

  63. Nitin Twari 31 December, 2016 at 9:00 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand , I am travelling to Malaysia from Bali. I first go to Bali. My Flight has a 5 hour stop at Kuala lumpur airport.While returning from Bali i will have a stay of 3 days at Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. from there I will return to new Delhi india. so is eVisa for Malaysia is sufficient or i need some other visa.Also as per my knowledge indians don’t need any visa for Indonesia. I am travelling there with my going to be wife. so does.we need $1000 cash for each one of us.

  64. Salina Banu Foolchand 25 January, 2017 at 11:58 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    I am indian passport holder living in Mauritius, I have to ravel to Bangkok via Malaysia, i.e. First I am going to Malaysia, there I shall stay 3 days, then I shall go to Bangkok and again back to Malaysia and then back to Mauritius. Therefore I need two times entry visa for Malaysia, can you tell me how to get the double entry visa and where to apply for these. Awaiting your reply.

    • Makrand 26 January, 2017 at 9:50 AM Reply


      You can check if there is Malaysian consulate in Port Louis, Mauritius whether they issue multiple entry visa

  65. C Saha 6 February, 2017 at 2:11 PM Reply

    As per this news, it seems like NRIs dont need Malaysia Visa to enter. But I am not sure from when (date) will this be applicable? Any idea?

    • Makrand 9 February, 2017 at 9:24 PM Reply

      Hi C Saha,

      I don’t have any information regarding this.

  66. Bhabani Mishra 3 March, 2017 at 7:19 AM Reply

    Can i get on arrival visa(VOA) for thrse countrys.
    1. Malesiya.
    Please suggest me.

    • Makrand 3 March, 2017 at 10:55 PM Reply

      Hi Bhabani,

      You can get VOA for Malaysia and Thailand. you can also opt for e-visa for Malaysia and that will be better option.

      Unfortunately you can’t get VOA in Singapore and Singapore recently stopped issuing e-visa to Indians as well. So you need to apply beforehand in India.

  67. gyana dash 25 April, 2017 at 1:23 PM Reply

    Hello Makrand Ji,

    I alongwith my family going to Malaysia on 5th from BBSR(Bhubaneswar) by Air Asia Flight. I had booked E-Visa (Single entry & Exit) for Malaysia and leaving for Singapore on 10 th May 2017. I will be there upto 26 th May 2017. I had multiple entry Visa for Singapore. there is no problem upto this.

    However, I will be returning from Singapore to India on 26 th May-2017 (via Kuala lampur). I had two flights (Ak-710 from Singapore to Kualalampur) and then (AK-31 from Kualalmpr to Bhubaneswar) with time gap of approx. 8 hrs. at Kuala lampur. Both the flights are of Air Asia but booked with two booking No.

    My Query is:

    1. Do I need a visa for fly thru Malaysia on 26 may 2017 as my E-Visa( Single Entry & Exit) is exhausted by that time( though visa validity will be there upto 20th June 2017).
    2. Do i need to cross the immigration at Malaysia on 26 may 2017 during the flifgt change and do my family need visa for that.
    3. As the carrier is same, can I get a boarding pass for both the flights at Singapore and checked in baggages can be tagged so that i do not have to clear the immigration, as i have no intention to come out of the airport during the transit period.
    4. Further, if at all any transit visa for malaysia is required on 26 th may 2017, can i apply for it at Singapore as my E visa (single entry & exit) facility is utilised by me by that time.

    I had contacted both the carriers and Malaysian consulate on the matter but not getting a clear picture.

    Seeing the earlier trends, I am hopeful that you will guide me properly.


    G R Dash

    • Makrand 25 April, 2017 at 10:35 PM Reply

      Hello G R Dash Ji,

      If you had a ticket with a single PNR with air asia, I would have confidently said that you do not need visa.

      HOWEVER you have two tickets with different PNRs and though you will not go outside the airport, I think you will need a visa as stated on air asia web site .

      Answers :

      1), 2) & 3) So as per my understanding you will require a visa, as you will have to clear immigration, collect your luggage and then again check in for next flight to India.

      4) Unfortunately it looks like you can’t get e visa from singapore as mentioned in following link :

      As your travel date is very near, you do not have time to apply from India. So I see two options – Apply for a transit visa in Malaysian Embassy at singapore or get an on arrival visa after landing in Malaysia from Singapore(read the complete post for eligibility and other details). On arrival visa would be costly though.

      A third option is to contact airlines one more time and see if they can combine these two bookings into a single one(I see a very rare chance) or you can cancel the two bookings and make a fresh one under single pnr. Consult airlines with stating your situation.

      I would like to clarify that my information is based on the above links shared and you will have to take your own judgement based on that. By this disclaimer, I am just safeguarding myself :).

      I would advice to get in touch with a travel agent and explain the situation to have their opinion a well.

      Good luck.

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