After the epidemic, a great deal has changed, and many nations are working hard to return their international tourist numbers to pre-COVID levels. In this regard, having a user-friendly visa application process would be beneficial. In the past, it was simple to get Malaysia visa, but that has changed significantly in 2023.
This article shows how you can get a Malaysia visa in 2023 and if you want to outsource your visa headache to us, we are here to help !!
Changes in Malaysia visa for 2023
There has been a lot of changes in Malaysia visa processing as well as availability of getting your visa approved. The next sections discusses about the same
WindowMalaysia is no longer the official partner of The Malaysian Government.
If you had applied for a Malaysia visa before the pandemic, you know what we mean . Earlier the processing of eVISA was outsourced to WindowMalaysia (http://www.windowmalaysia.my/) . The Malaysian government’s official e-visa provider is an online platform with which it has partnered.
As of 2023, they have been sacked, and the official way to get your Malaysia visa is with the government itself.(https://malaysiavisa.imi.gov.my/evisa/evisa.jsp) . But the implementation by the Malaysian government is bad, we ourselves are frustrated when we want to try to work on the new system.
Malaysia eNTRI visa has been scrapped.
Earlier we had always recommended the visa applicants to get Malaysia eNTRI visa since it was the fastest way to get Malaysia visa. But this visa has been cancelled now and the customers can apply only for Malaysia 30 days Single Entry visa (SEV) or Malaysia 30 days Multiple Entry Visa (MEV).
Payment problems afflict the Malaysia visa portal
The earlier portal was built with a payment gateway that would work with any card. The current payment gateway is a mess and it works well with cards issued by Malaysian banks. We initially faced numerous issues and we had to get a working bank account in Malaysia for our company in order to process the orders we received.
Another issue that we see is the payment must be done in Malaysia Ringgit (MYR) this means we still unable to give the exact Malaysia visa fees our customers needs to pay due to currency fluctuations that keeps changing every day!
Malaysia Multiple Entry Visa (MEV) has become very complicated
Earlier, it was easy for us to provide proofs for why our client needs Malaysia Multiple Entry eVISAS but as of January 2023 over 60% of our customers have been asked to submit additional documents such as an invitation letter from someone in Malaysia. In worst cases visa applicants have called for interviews to Chennai or Mumbai.
This has eroded confidence in the Malaysia visa System and in many cases our customers have dropped interest in Malaysia altogether and visited Thailand or Singapore.
But in spite of all of these issues, Malaysia is one of our most recommended tourist destinations, and we encourage our customers to apply for Malaysia Single Entry Visas for their trips and ignore Malaysia MEV for now.
What is Malaysia e visa ?
Malaysia e visa is an electronic visa issued through an online application platform that enables you to travel to Malaysia at your convenience. Malaysia e visa is also known as eVISA.
How long does it take to get your Malaysia e visa Approved ?
Processing your eVISA takes 2 working days.
This 2-day processing time does not include weekends, public holidays, Malaysian holidays, or holidays in other countries. But in theory we see it takes more than 2 days in some cases to get the visa processed.
What are the types of Malaysia eVISA that I can apply ?
Visas can be categorized in two broad categories namely:
- (VTR) Visa Without Reference
- (VDR) Visa With Reference
• Visa Without Reference is visa approved by the High Commission of Malaysia/ Consulate General of Malaysia for social, tourist or business visits.
• Visa With Reference is approved by the Immigration Department of Malaysia or the Ministry of Home Affairs for the purpose of working, studying or social visits for a stay more than the allowed period under visa without reference.
As of February 2023, only two types of Malaysia visas (eVISAs, which also fall under the VTR category) can be obtained. Once we have more information from the consulate, we will update this article.
- Malaysia Single Entry Visa (SEV)
- Malaysia Multiple Entry Visa (MEV)
The main differences between them would be cost, single or multiple entries. The maximum number of days you can stay in Malaysia is 30 days from the date of entry.
What is the validity of Malaysia Visa ?
Your Malaysia visa validity is dependent of the type of visa you have.
- eVISA Single Entry Visa (SEV) is valid for 3 months from the date of issuance.
- eVISA Multiple Entry Visa (MEV) is valid for:
a) Business – 6 Months
b) Medical Treatment – 6 Months
c) Wedding Tourism – 3 Months
d) Fly and Cruise – 3 Months
What is Malaysia visa fee ?
The cost of Malaysia eVISA Single Entry is MYR 170(INR 3250 Approx.) this includes both the visa charges and bank transaction charges & the charges for Malaysia Multiple Entry eVISA is MYR 200(INR 3815 Approx.) .
This does not include our service fee which would be INR 500 + GST.
How to apply for Malaysia visa in 2023 ?
You can apply for Malaysia visa with blinkvisa.com . Just visit our home page and provide us with your details. Our visa expert will analyse your requirement and suggest the best visa for you.
At Blinkvisa, a travel startup, we aim to put an end to visa costs by converting all your visa expenses into travel expenses.
Malaysia visa Jurisdiction in India
Before we move to Malaysia Visa requirements, it is important to know which jurisdiction you fall under. In India Malaysia has 3 High Commissions that handles embassy affairs such as visa and immigration:
Mumbai : If you are from Maharastra, Goa, Madhya Pradesh or Gujarat, your visa will be handled by Malaysia High Commission in Mumbai
Chennai : If you are applying from South India comprising of states such as Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Pondicherry, Andaman . These residents must apply with the Chennai High Commission.
Delhi: – Jurisdiction for applicants applying from the rest of the cities
Based on the above visa jurisdiction, you may need to provide a proof of jurisdiction which can be any one of the below documents
- Aadhar card (Copy both sides).
- Original Society Letter.
- Marriage Certificate.
- Address proof in Company’s letterhead.
- Bonafide Certificate (For Students).
- Lease/License Agreement.
- Bank statement for last 3 months having address of South India (Applicants applying from Chennai only).
Requirements for Malaysia visa in 2023
The requirements for Malaysia visa is quite simple and straight forward:
- First and last pages of your Passport with minimum 3 empty pages and validity for at least 6 months from travel date.
- A soft copy of a studio visa photo as per Malaysia visa photo specifications
- A confirmed roundtrip flight ticket
- Proof of paid accommodation like hotel vouchers or Airbnb (If travel purpose is for tourism).
- Proof of sufficient funding such as bank statement or travel cards.
- A cover letter (If you use our service, then we will make it for you . You can create cover letter for visa using BlinkDocs App)
- An invitation letter from the host (only if your travel purpose is tourism. If you use our service, then we will make it for you)
- Birth Certificate in case of Minors.
Applicants applying with fresh passport:
• i) Applicants applying in Delhi: Applicants applying with fresh passport
(without any travel record, without attaching old passport and have not travelled on old and valid visa) must submit 3 months recent bank statements (Self or Sponsor’s) with original endorsement from bank branch and support letter from sponsor stating relationship (except for Children under 18 years of age).
• ii) Applicants applying in Mumbai with fresh & Travel Passports:
a) All applicants must submit recent 1 month updated bank statement with original seal and sign.
Note: Minimum USD 1,000 balance per/head, for a maximum of 30 days and not include hotel and air ticket. (Mandatory for all tourist and business applications).
These are some of the common documents, but the Malaysia visa officer could demand more documents to support your travel or in worst cases could call you for an interview to the High Commission in either Chennai or Mumbai.
These document could be :
- Your Aadhar card as proof of jurisdiction in India.
- Confirmed bookings of events (if going on tourist visa or attending a fair or event)
- An invitation and sponsorship letter of the inviting company (If going for business purpose)
- Any proof of previous work relationship with the inviting company (if going for business purposes)
- Wedding invitation (If going for attending a wedding of your friends or relatives)
- Cruise tickets (if visiting Malaysia for Cruise purposes)
- Proof of salary or job.
In some cases, these documents might not be asked for visa processing but would be requested at the immigration point upon arrival in Malaysia.
Additional Documents forMalaysia visa for Business Purpose/Meetings/Discussions:
- Covering letter on original company letter head from employer in India and inviting company in Malaysia.
- Confirmation of hotel reservation (if applicable).
- Covering letter should be stamped and signed by issuing authority for all submission in Malaysia VLN, Mumbai.
Who are eligible to apply for Malaysia eVISA ?
Citizens of the following countries can apply for Malaysia eVISA .
• Sri Lanka
• Guinea – Bissau
• Ivory Coast
• Burkina Faso
• Central African Republic
• Congo Democratic Republic
• Congo Republic
• Equatorial Guinea
• Hong Kong (C.I/D.I)
Frequently Asked Questions
1. For a Malaysia visa online processing, how many applications can I submit from one account?
An applicant can submit only one application for an eNTRI visa whereas the single-entry and multiple-entry types allow up to 5 applications per account.
2. Who is eligible to register for eNTRI for tourism?
eNTRI for Tourist registration is open to all Indian passport holders who are residing in India or outside India (expatriates). Expatriates residing in Singapore, Thailand, and Israel cannot apply for the same.
3. How many eNTRI applications can I apply from one account?
Only one eNTRI application is permitted from per account.
4. How many Malaysia evisa applications can I submit through one account?
For one account, an applicant is permitted to submit up to five (5) individual eVisa applications per time.
5. Can I apply for a Malaysia eNTRI visa when I am on a tour in another country?
No, you can apply for a Malaysia eNTRI visa only when you are residing in your country of origin. But, expatriates can apply for the same from their country of residence if they can submit the proof of Resident Permit.
6. Can I apply for my eVisa while living in Malaysia?
No. To apply for a Malaysia eVisa one must be staying out of the country. Applying for the same while residing in Malaysia is not allowed.
7. Do I need to submit any physical documents when applying for my visa?
No, physical documents are not required for the visa unless requested by the Malaysian Officials.
8. What document do I have to provide for accommodation if I am staying at a friend or relative’s place?
In such cases, you need to submit a cover letter addressing the Immigration Officer regarding the same. You must also include the name, address and other details of the friend or relative with whom you will be staying.
9. Is a cover letter mandatory for eNTRI/eVISA application? What is the format of the cover letter?
No, a cover letter is not mandatory for a Malaysia visa. Sometimes, it is required for a multiple-entry visa.
There is no specific format for the cover letter. You just need to mention the basic details and travel plans. The letter should be addressing the Immigration Officer.
10. Should I submit my long-term pass from outside India when registering for eNTRI?
Yes. All applicants residing outside India (excluding Singapore) must submit a copy of their long-term pass as proof of residence.
11. Should I declare my work information while registering for eNTRI as an expatriate?
Yes. Expatriates must declare their work information while applying for eNTRI.
12. Do I need to specify my expatriate category while registering for the eNTRI?
Yes. One must specify their expatriate category for eNTRI and eVisa.
13. How long before my travel date should I apply for eNTRI? Can I apply for eNTRI 24 hours before my departure?
No, you cannot apply for an eNTRI 24 hours before the departure time. You must apply at least 48 hours before your departure time.
The ideal time to apply would be at least one week before the departure date which would give you some buffer time.
14. Is a cover letter mandatory for the Malaysia visa application?
No, a cover letter is not mandatory. But it may be necessary under certain circumstances such as,
- While applying for a multiple-entry visa
- When you are staying with a friend or relative. In such cases, the cover letter should have this information.
15. Can I amend any wrong information in my visa application?
No, once you have made the payment, neither any change or cancellation is allowed. You can change the information in the application ONLY before making the payment.
16. Should I re-apply for a new visa if my departure date changes but the new date is within the validity period?
No. You do not need to re-apply for a new visa if the new travel date is within the validity period.
But one should not change the travel dates if they are traveling with an eNTRI visa.
17. Should I re-apply for a new visa if my departure date changes and the new date is beyond the validity period?
Yes. You will need to re-apply a new visa since the approved visa will expire beyond the validity period.
The information on my approved visa (eNTRI/ eVisa) does not fully match the information on my travel document. Can I enter Malaysia with it?
No, you cannot. Your visa will be considered invalid.
18. When can I re-apply for a Malaysia eNTRI note?
Once you have submitted the eNTRI application, you need to wait out during the cooling period of 3 months (90 days) before you can re-apply. As an alternative, you may apply for the eVisa during this time.
19. How to verify the status of my eVISA or the eNTRI visa for Indian citizens?
You can verify your visa by visiting the official website. There you need to enter the passport number, sticker/visa number, choose the type of visa and submit.
20. Does my eNTRI Note/ eVisa guarantee my entry to Malaysia?
No, having a valid visa is no guarantee that you can enter the country. It is the immigration officer who determines this entry permission upon your arrival.
21. Is the digital visa copy valid or do I need to have a printout with me?
Both the printed and digital visas are accepted at the entry point. It is better if you have both ready with you.
22. From which country am I required to depart in order for me to enter Malaysia?
- With an eNTRI note, applicants residing in India must take a direct flight from India to Malaysia and a direct return flight from Malaysia to India.
- Alternately, one may also take an indirect flight via Singapore, Thailand or Brunei.
- If you have a Malaysia eVisa, you can enter Malaysia from any country and exit to any country as per your travel plans.
24. What are the permitted entry and exit points with a valid visa?
All Indian passport holders with a valid visa are only permitted to enter and exit via the following entry/exit points:
All authorized Malaysian air entry and exit points by the Department of Immigration, Malaysia.
- Sultan Iskandar Building Immigration Checkpoint, Johor
- Sultan Abu Bakar Checkpoint, Johor
- Padang Besar Checkpoint, Perlis
- Bukit Kayu Itam Checkpoint, Kedah
- Sungai Tujoh Immigration Checkpoint, Sarawak
- Tedungan Immigration Checkpoint, Sarawak
25. Is travel insurance mandatory for applying for a visa?
No, travel insurance is not a mandatory factor. But it would be an advantage if you have insurance in case of any unfortunate incidents.
26. Why was my visa application rejected? How do I know the reason?
Each visa application is considered on individual merits. Though the officials do not reveal the exact reasons the few common possible reasons would be
- mismatch with the photo size as per specifications
- Any missing required documents
- Discrepancies of information
27. How to take a print out of my visa?
From Blinkvisa, you can log in to your account. Once you have paid the visa fees, you can download the visa anytime.