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Malaysia Digital Arrival Card
Beginning on December 1st, there is a new requirement for all foreigners entering Malaysia.
The Immigration Department of Malaysia has announced that before their arrival, foreign travellers must complete and submit the Malaysia Digital Arrival Card (MDAC) online form within three days.
This digitalization initiative aims to enhance and modernize the immigration services provided by the country. It aligns with Malaysia’s visa liberalization plan, which aims to attract more foreign tourists.
To gain entry into Malaysia, travellers must present a valid passport along with the completed MDAC at all immigration counters and entry points.
There are a few exceptions to this requirement. If you are a permanent resident (PR) in Malaysia, hold a Malaysia Automated Clearance System (MACS) long-term pass, or are transiting through Singapore, you do not need to fill out the MDAC.
Please ensure to comply with this new requirement to ensure a smooth entry into Malaysia and to avoid any potential complications during your travel.
How to Fill Up the MDAC Form
Completing the Malaysia Digital Arrival Card (MDAC) online form is a quick and straightforward process that takes only a minute of your time.
The form will require you to provide some personal information, such as your name, date of birth, nationality, and contact number. Additionally, you will need to provide details about your travel plans in Malaysia.
Once you have filled in all the necessary information, simply submit the form. You will receive an acknowledgement email in your inbox. It is advisable to keep this email accessible on your device, as you may be asked to present it to border officers upon arrival.
By efficiently completing the MDAC online form, you can minimize any potential delays during your entry into Malaysia and effortlessly proceed with your travel plans.
Exemptions for Malaysia's Digital Arrival Card Requirement
STARTING FROM 1ST JANUARY 2024
The following individuals are exempt from the requirement to fill in the Malaysia Digital Arrival Card (MDAC):
- Singaporean citizens
- Diplomatic and Official Passport holders
- Malaysian Permanent Residents and Malaysian Long-Term Pass holders
- Brunei Common Certificate of Identification (GCI) holders
- Participants of the Brunei Malaysia Frequent Traveler Program
- Thailand Border Pass holders
- Indonesian Cross Border Pass (PLB) holders
If you fall into one of these categories, you do not need to fill out the MDAC. However, please ensure that you have the necessary documentation to prove your eligibility for exemption.
Autogate Facility for Frequent Travelers: Hassle-free Immigration Clearance at KLIA1 and KLIA2
As a frequent traveler, you have the option to use the convenient autogate facility for immigration clearance when entering Malaysia through KLIA1 and KLIA2. However, this privilege is only extended to foreign travelers from the following ten countries:
- New Zealand,
- Saudi Arabia,
- the United States, and the United Kingdom.
To take advantage of this service, travelers must first enroll their biometric (fingerprint) and passport details at a manual immigration counter in KLIA1 or KLIA2 during their initial visit. Once registered, they can then use the autogates for subsequent entries, making their entry and exit from Malaysia much smoother and less stressful.