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Applying for a travel visa? Here are 6 things that every Malaysian needs to know.

Do you need a visa for your travels but you’re feeling overwhelmed and confused over how to apply for one? Look no further – we’ve got you covered with our comprehensive Travel Visa Guide for Malaysians!

The guide has all the need-to-know info so you’ll know what to expect, from which type of visa is applicable to you and what documents you’ll need to prepare to how much it costs and how long it’ll take to process your application.

We’ve even included which countries you can enter without a visa and country-specific guides for top destinations, such as Australia, USA and Canada. Wanna know more? Here are some of the essentials covered in our guide:

1. Did you know that Malaysia has the 5th most powerful passport in the world?

Malaysia passport

Yup, we do! This means that Malaysians can travel to more than 160 countries without having to get a visa – awesome, right? So if you’re not sure whether the country you’re traveling to requires a visa, check out the list of countries that allow Malaysians to enter visa-free (as well as those that provide visa on arrival) under the “Visa-Free Countries” tab.


2. Wearing red lipstick in your passport photo can get your application rejected.

Red lipstick

We totally understand the need to look flawless and on point, but for your passport photo, it’s best to keep your makeup as “natural” as possible. Besides heavy makeup, even flashing your pearly whites can have officials rejecting your application! So keep your face expressionless – like someone just told you a really bad joke. 😑


3. For photos, make sure there’s nothing obscuring your face, especially if you’re wearing a headscarf.


It’s important to ensure that your headscarf doesn’t block your forehead or the sides of your face in your passport photo, as this may get your application rejected. And if you wear glasses? Take ‘em off for your photo, as the shadows and glare caused by your glasses are a no-no, especially for your China visa application.


4. Can you apply for the visa online?

Online visa application

Some countries (e.g., Australia) have an online visa application system, while others (like China) allow you to fill in your application online, but you’ll still need to visit the visa center to submit your application.

When it comes to applying for a China visa, Australia visa, India visa, USA visa or Canada visa, we give you the details on where you need to go to apply for your visa in our guide, plus opening hours and contact details. A few countries even have visa centers outside of Kuala Lumpur, which is useful for those based outside of the capital.


5. Will you need a transit visa?

Transit visa

Don’t forget to take note of whether your flights will transit through another country. If you have a stopover or layover in a country that requires Malaysians to possess a visa, then you’ll need to secure one before your trip, even if you don’t plan on leaving the airport.

For example, in Australia, Malaysians are exempted from a transit visa if they’re only passing through for less than 72 hours. For USA and Canada, however, you’ll need a transit visa – no exceptions.


6. How complicated is it to apply for a visa?

Visa application

To be honest, it depends on the country, but the whole point of our Travel Visa Guide is to demystify the visa application process for Malaysians, particularly when it comes to China, India, USA, Australia and Canada. Not only do we cover the basics, but we also include pro tips that you won’t typically find in other guides. (You’re welcome. 😉) Just make sure you apply for your visa sufficiently ahead of time!

So don’t stress – follow our Travel Visa Guide for a smooth and easy visa application process.

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