Entry and Exit
Singaporeans can generally visit Malaysia without a visa. As visa requirements can change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the High Commission of Malaysia in Singapore for up-to-date information.
Singaporeans who have applied for Malaysia Automated Clearance System (MACS) are reminded that the facility is only available at land checkpoints at Johor (Bangunan Sultan Iskandar and Kompleks Sultan Abu Bakar). MACS is meant to facilitate faster immigration clearance for exit/entry into Johor and cannot be used as a transit facility for onward flights out of Malaysia.
- Singapore passports must be valid for at least 6 months at the time of entry.
- When you enter or depart Malaysia, check that your passport is stamped before leaving the immigration booth. This ensures you are not breaching Malaysia’s immigration laws.
- Do not pass the immigration booths that are unattended. You should not enter or leave Malaysia without having your travel documents processed by a Malaysian immigration officer and ensuring that your passport is stamped correctly.
- Singapore nationals do not require a visa to enter Malaysia for up to 30 days. However, for onward travel from Malaysia to a 3rd country, travellers may require to hold a valid visa. It is thus advisable to obtain a visa for onward travel, if necessary, before the start of your journey. Applying for a visa en-route to your destination at the borders of Malaysia and the country you intend to visit may be difficult.
- If you are entering Malaysia for internship or employment purpose, please ensure that the proper approval is obtained from the Malaysian immigration authorities.
Loss of Passport:
- If your Singapore passport is lost or stolen when you are in Malaysia, make a police report immediately at the nearest local police station.
- Bring the police report and 2 passport-sized photographs to the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur or Consulate-General of The Republic of Singapore in Johor Bahru to obtain a replacement travel document.
- A temporary travel document, which is chargeable, will be issued to enable your return to Singapore. This travel document is only valid for one-way travel.
- As there are some administrative procedures involved in issuing a temporary travel document, our offices may not be able to issue the document immediately and you may have to extend your stay in Malaysia.
- For exiting Malaysia with a temporary travel document, you may be required to apply for a special pass from the Malaysian Immigration Headquarters in Putrajaya.
- You can apply for a new passport after you have returned to Singapore.
For a comprehensive list of dutiable and duty-free goods, as well as customs requirements, please refer to www.customs.gov.my/en/tp/Pages/tp_tg.aspx for more information.
All visitors to Malaysia are required to declare dutiable goods at the customs. There is a restriction on bringing large amounts of Malaysian ringgit into or out of the country. Under the Bank Negara Regulations, individuals are only allowed to carry the equivalent of up to USD 10,000. For amounts exceeding USD 10,000, there is a need to declare at the customs.
Singaporeans are currently not allowed to enter Malaysia on social visit passes. For those with other types of visit passes, please approach the Malaysian High Commission in Singapore (https://www.kln.gov.my/web/sgp_singapore/home/), Immigration Department of Malaysia (JIM) (https://www.imi.gov.my/), JIM’s My Travel Pass webpage (https://mtp.imi.gov.my) and JIM’s Expatriate Services Division (https://esd.imi.gov.my/portal) for information or clarifications on the entry restrictions.
Malaysia has implemented the National Recovery Plan (NRP). Different states/territories are under different phases of the NRP. Please refer to official government and news websites for the latest restrictions under the NRP. We urge all Singaporeans to abide by local laws and restrictions; and to adhere strictly to the Standard Operating Procedures.
Singaporeans in Malaysia are allowed to leave the country during this period. However, you should be prepared for some travel inconveniences. Due to inter-state and/or inter-district travel restrictions, depending on your locality, please check with your nearest police station whether a police permit is required and obtain one if you are required to do so. This includes those travelling to KLIA/klia2 and Subang Airport, as well as those returning to Singapore via the land checkpoints.
Please note that all travellers, including Singaporeans and Singaporean PRs, with travel history to Malaysia (all states), in the past 21 days, including transit, will be required to serve a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) at SHN-Dedicated Facilities (SDF). All travellers will have to bear the cost of their SDF stay.
In addition, all travellers arriving in Singapore via air or sea ports, including Singaporeans and Singaporean PRs, are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR swab test result taken within 48 hours before departure. Singaporean PRs entering Singapore via the land checkpoints are also required to obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR swab test result taken within 48 hours before departure. Singaporeans entering Singapore via the land checkpoints will not be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test before departing for Singapore. However, they will still be subject to prevailing border measures, i.e., an on-arrival PCR test and a 14-day SHN, a COVID-19 PCR test administered at the end of the SHN period, and self-administered Antigen Rapid Tests on Days 3, 7 and 11 of their arrival in Singapore. Please refer to https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/sc-pr/requirements-and-process for the latest pre-arrival requirements for returning Singaporeans and Singaporean PRs. Singaporeans and Singapore PRs may also refer to the online self-help tool (https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/sc-pr/online-assistant) to find out the latest travel health measures. Currently, there are no concessions for travellers who are vaccinated against COVID-19 or those who have recovered from it.
The Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex at Johor Bahru ceases operations daily from 7 pm to 7 am, and all pedestrians and vehicles (including commercial/cargo vehicles) will not be able to undertake cross-border travel via the Causeway during that period. The Second Link is open for 24 hours for heavy vehicles (cargo) only. Operating hours for other vehicle types are from 8 am to 12 am.
If your social visit pass has expired, before you can leave Malaysia, you must report to JIM to obtain a Special Pass. If your social visit pass has expired and you have valid reasons and need to continue to stay on in Malaysia, you should regularise your stay and apply for the relevant long term passes as soon as possible, or risk being subjected to penalties for immigration offences. Please make an appointment online with the Immigration Department of Malaysia (http://sto.imi.gov.my). No walk-in services are allowed.
Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL)
The Government of Singapore regularly reviews its border measures to manage the risk of importation and onward local transmission of COVID-19 from travellers. Given the resurgence of COVID-19 cases worldwide, the Government of Singapore has suspended the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) arrangement with Malaysia from Monday, 1 February 2021, 0001hrs, until further notice. Malaysia has also suspended the RGL arrangement from 13 May 2021.
Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA)
Singapore and Malaysia have launched a Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) to allow work and business-related travel between the two countries via the land border crossings at the Johor-Singapore Causeway and Malaysia-Singapore Second Link. Applications have been open since 10 August 2020. The PCA will allow citizens and Permanent Residents of Singapore and Malaysia, who hold long-term immigration passes for business and work purposes in the other country, to enter that country for work. Citizens of Singapore and Malaysia, who are Permanent Residents of, and working in Malaysia and Singapore respectively, can also apply for the PCA to enter their country of work. After at least three consecutive months in their country of work, they may return to their home country for a short-term home leave, and thereafter re-enter their country of work to continue work for at least another three consecutive months. From 13 May 2021, travellers entering Malaysia to work under the PCA will be subject to prevailing health protocols, and must serve a compulsory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities in Malaysia. For more information, please refer to the Immigration Department of Malaysia’s website https://mtp.imi.gov.my and the Singapore-Malaysia PCA section of the SafeTravel Portal https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/pca/overview.
Death and Critical Illness Emergency Visit (DCEV) Scheme
Under the Death and Critical Illness Emergency Visit (DCEV) Scheme, Singapore Citizens, Singapore PRs, and holders of Singapore’s Long Term Pass who are immediate family members of the deceased/critically ill patient (i.e. parents, children, close siblings and legal guardian) may apply to enter Malaysia.
Please note that DCEV is only applicable for travel via air (KLIA & klia2) and land border crossings between Malaysia and Singapore, and is limited to emergency visits in Peninsular Malaysia. Only a maximum of two visitors per case are allowed. The applicant must be between 21 to 60 years’ old and priority for entry will be given to spouse or child(ren) / parents to the deceased/critically ill patient.
For more information, please refer to the Immigration Department of Malaysia’s My Travel Pass website, https://mtp.imi.gov.my/myTravelPass/main?termConditionDCEVor enquire online here.
Information on the COVID-19 Situation in Malaysia
Singaporeans can find Frequently Asked Questions/Answers on the COVID-19 situation in Malaysia at the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur’s telegram channel https://t.me/SHCKL and the Singapore High Commission’s website https://www.mfa.gov.sg/kl. For further information, including travel restrictions/advisories imposed by Malaysia, please visit the website of Malaysia’s Ministry of Health http://covid-19.moh.gov.my/.
Singaporeans who require consular assistance may contact the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur or the Consulate-General in Johor Bahru using the contact details provided below. Singaporeans in Malaysia are strongly encouraged to e-register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/ so that they can be contacted, should the need arise.
Safety and Security
General Travel Advice
Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [13 November 2019]
In view of the upcoming school holidays, Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take the necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws and customs restrictions, including immigration procedures and entry requirements.
Singaporeans travelling to and from Malaysia, in particular via the land checkpoints, are reminded to ensure that your passport is presented to a Malaysian immigration officer and stamped correctly before leaving the Malaysian immigration booth. Failure to do so is an immigration offence in Malaysia and the penalties can be severe, including detention, a fine, and a ban from future entry into the country.
In 2019, demonstrations have occurred in several major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and heed the advice of the local authorities.
When participating in outdoor leisure activities overseas, Singaporeans should be mindful that certain sporting activities, especially in open seas, may carry risks. Besides ensuring that one has the physical competencies and appropriate condition to undertake the activity, every effort should be made to ascertain if the trip organiser or guide is reliable and competent, and that appropriate safety and contingency plans are in place. When in doubt, Singaporeans should consult the relevant professional bodies or sporting associations for specific advice.
For those planning to travel, here are some tips:
· Familiarise yourself with our network of overseas missions.
· Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
· Equip yourself with research about your destination’s entry requirements, current situation, local laws and customs.
· eRegister with us on our website (https://www.mfa.gov.sg) so that we may reach out to you during an emergency.
· Always take care of your personal safety, remain vigilant and monitor local weather news, advisories, and security developments.
· Exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid locations known for demonstrations or disturbances.
· Be prepared for possible delays and last-minute changes in travel plans especially during unforeseen events such as natural disasters, social unrests or terror attacks.
· Stay connected with your friends and family. Inform them of your whereabouts and provide them with your overseas contact details.
In the event that you require consular assistance, please contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.
Advisory: Email Scams [Updated: 12 May 2016]
There has been an increasing number of reports in recent years of individuals receiving scam emails purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas. These emails typically originate from an email address known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance. The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.
MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously. Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance. If you receive such emails from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails before responding to their request. It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport nos., address, telephone number, etc. Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails. Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately. Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.