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Malaysia Digital Arrival Card requirement now in force for foreign visitors

Publish date: Sat, 02 Dec 2023, 09:30 PM

PETALING JAYA: Foreigners who wish to enter the country will have to fill up the Malaysia Digital Arrival Card (MDAC) starting from Dec 1, says the Immigration Department.

According to a post on their official Facebook account, the MDAC must be submitted three days prior to arrival in Malaysia and applies to all travellers with exemption for three categories.

Travellers who do not have to submit the MDAC are; those transiting or transferring through Singapore without seeking immigration clearance; Malaysian permanent residents; and Malaysian Automated Clearance System (MACS) holders.

Registration and submission for the MDAC is available on the Immigration Department's website at

Travellers to Malaysia are required to provide their date of arrival, date of departure, mode of transport (air, land or sea) and last port of embarkation.

According to the entry requirements, visitors must show both their passports and the completed MDAC to the Immigration officer on duty upon arrival.

Based on an Immigration Department infographic, visitors from 10 countries (Australia, Brunei, Germany, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United States and the United Kingdom) will be eligible to use the autogates on arrival and departure from KLIA's Terminal 1 or Terminal 2.

To use the autogates at KLIA for Immigration clearance, visitors must have passports with a validity period of six months or more.

Visitors must also submit their MDAC three days before arrival (except for permanent residents and long-term pass holders).

First-time visitors will not be able to use the autogate as they are required to submit the MDAC three days before arriving and then enrol and verify their passports manually at Immigration counters.

Visitors can then use the autogate for subsequent visits (but would still need to submit the MDAC three days before every visit to Malaysia).

Singapore stopped using physical white arrival cards when the Covid-19 pandemic first hit in March 2020.

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