Now that spring break and summer vacation are approaching, the U.S. Embassy would like to advise all U.S. citizens in Malaysia about the following travel safety tips and immigration requirements:
- Before you travel, make sure your U.S. passport has at least 6 months validity and has 2 blank pages
- Enroll in STEP (https://step.state.gov/step/) for your travel destination
- Visit travel.state.gov and familiarize yourself with visa requirements and the security situation of your destination
- Share your travel itinerary with friends and family before you leave so they’ll know how to help us contact you in an emergency
- Make two photocopies or digital images of all your travel documents in case of emergency or if your documents are lost or stolen
- Travelers who need to renew their passport should follow the detailed instructions on the Embassy’s website (https://my.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/ ).
Please note that if you are travelling with a new U.S. passport, you will need to transfer your existing Malaysian visa/pass/entry stamp from your cancelled U.S. passport, to your new passport. You cannot leave Malaysia on a passport that does not reflect your entry into Malaysia. You can do this at the Malaysian Immigration Department Headquarters in Putrajaya:
Tourist entry stamp: Apply for a Special Pass in your new passport at the Enforcement Division, Level 4, Malaysian Immigration Department Headquarters. A Special Pass will be stapled to your new passport and will allow you to depart Malaysia. There is a fee of RM100. Bring your cancelled passport (if available), your police report (for lost or stolen passports), documents to confirm your entry into Malaysia, and proof of your departure date (flight/bus/train ticket) from Malaysia.
Employment Pass or Dependent Pass: Speak to your company or employer if they have processed your visas in the past. Your company’s HR Department can help you to transfer your existing Employment Pass or Dependent Pass to your new passport. This application can be made at Employment Pass Division, Level 3, Malaysian Immigration Department Headquarters.
Malaysia My 2nd Home (MM2H) visa: Contact the MM2H Team to apply for a transfer of your existing MM2H visa to your new passport. http://www.mm2h.gov.my
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for Alerts, and Malaysia Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia, located at 376 Jalan Tun Razak 50400, Kuala Lumpur, open 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. If you are a U.S. citizen and have any questions or concerns, please call the U.S. Embassy at (030) 2168-5000 during normal business hours, or visit the U.S. Citizens Service website at https://my.usembassy.gov. We post our most updated information on our website. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (03) 2168-5000.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).