Note: This article has been modified with new rule changes by the Malaysian government for 2020.
Malaysia tourist visa for Indians was introduced in 2015, to attract many Indian tourists who were visiting Thailand or Singapore. Back then I remember that I paid ₹ 2450 to get my Malaysia tourist visa. In this article, I will let you know how I got my Malaysia visa for just ₹ 1900 in 2020 and also got 100% cashback of my visa fee with Blinkvisa, which I used to get 600 discount on my flight.
The first part of this article will let you know how to apply for Malaysia Tourist visa, also known as Malaysia eVisa & the next part will explain in detail the types of Malaysia visas that you can apply for.
Is Malaysia visa free for Indians from 2020 ?
No. There is some misinformation on this from an article on India Today. Earlier, Malaysian embassy was charging extra ₹1000 for Malaysia eNTRI visa . But from July 2018, this fee was removed for Malaysia eNTRI visa only.
If you are applying for Malaysia 15 days Single Entry eVISA (SEV) or Malaysia 30 days Multiple Entry eVISA (MEV), the charges still are applicable along with applicable taxes.
I have verified the same with WindowMalaysia and you are free to do so yourself.
The only way to get your Malaysia visa for free is with Blinkvisa when you apply you get a cashback with them. You can use the cashback to book flight, hotel & activities to get awesome discounts.
Below section will explain all the types of Malaysia Tourist visas in detail. There is an option of Malaysia visa on arrival for just 7 days but it is not recommended.
For more information, Read Malaysia Visa Information
Do Indian passport holders need to get a Malaysia visa ?
Yes. Indians need to get a visa before they visit Malaysia.
However, getting your visa is easy and if your travel is less than 15 days and you are going on a direct flight to Malaysia, then you can get a Malaysia eNTRI visa within 4 hours.
But you need to apply for a visa at least 48 hours before your travel.
What is Malaysia eVISA or e visa? Can we get Malaysia eVisa for Indians?
Any visa which you can get without visiting the Malaysian embassy is known as Malaysia eVISA. Malaysia eVISA can be used for tourism, attending business meetings or interview & visiting friends/relatives in Malaysia.
At the embassy, you will just need to show a soft copy of your visa and upon verification of certain documents, you will be allowed to enter or exit Malaysia.
As mentioned above there are 4 types of Malaysia e visa for Indians:
- Malaysia tourist eNTRI eVISA
- Malaysia 30 days Single Entry eVISA
- Malaysia 30 days Multiple Entry eVISA
- Malaysia multiple entry 1 year eVISA
What are the types of Malaysia Tourist visa for Indians ?
Basically, there are 4 types of Malaysia visa for Indians when applying as a tourist. These visas can be applied online either by yourself or with the help of a Malaysia visa expert such as blinkvisa.
- Malaysia tourist eNTRI visa – (Ideal for 15 days visit to Malaysia as a Tourist)
- Malaysia tourist 30 days eVISA – (Same as above, allows you 30 days of Single entry)
- Malaysia tourist 30 days Multiple eVISA – (Same as above, allows you 30 days of Multiple entry)
- Malaysia multiple entry 1-year visa
We recommend always going for Malaysia eNTRI visa unless you are entering Malaysia from other countries not mentioned below or want to stay for longer than 15 days.
The table below explains the different types of Malaysia visas for Indians and their fees:
What is Malaysia visa fees by the government?
Malaysia visa fees are anywhere between 1744 to ₹3800 depending on the type of Malaysia visa that you choose. On top of that, some agent will add their own markup fee but you get nothing in return.
As mentioned above, with Blinkvisa you will get 100% cashback of your visa fee which will allow you o convert your visa expenses into genuine travel expenses.
Below table gives you all the information you need to know about Malaysia visa fees/costs of the same.
As shown in the above table, you will get 100% cashback of your visa fee in “BlinkWallet” which you can use to get discounts on flights & hotels among others.
What is Malaysia eNTRI visa? How to get Malaysia eNTRI visa for free?
Malaysia eNTRI visa is a simple pre-registration that an Indian passport holder must do before he visits for Malaysia visa. This is similar to HongKong visa where one needs to register and take a copy of the registration with them to pass the immigration.
There are a lot of websites which are spreading false information that eNTRI visa is free but that is not the case. You need to pay a processing fee of INR 1744 to get your Malaysia visa.
eNTRI visa is the recommended visa type to apply. But the caveat is that you need to take a direct flight from either India, Singapore or Thailand. Same for the exit as well. There are many people who take a flight with a layover in Srilanka or Indonesia and they are denied entry into Malaysia so one needs to be careful with this.
What is the fee for Malaysia eNTRI visa?
The fee for Malaysia eNTRI visa is INR 1744 online. When you apply with blinkvisa, you pay just INR 100 more and get a full cashback of the visa fee. The government embassy fee of INR 1000 is waived off.
Beware of Fake Malaysia tourist visa agents and scams
First off, be careful of 10s of websites which are online and promise to get you Malaysia visa and once you have completed the payment, disappear altogether.
Ideally, make an advance payment of say 10 to 25% before your visa is approved. Once your Malaysia visa is approved, the agent will then provide you with your visa identification number which you can verify on the official government website and only then make full payment.
There are only two websites which we would recommend :
Blinkvisa ( 10% payment, 100% cashback of your visa fees)
windowmalaysia.my (Official channel for Malaysia visa, poor implementation and frequent crashes, cheapest option, visa will be rejected if you do not know what to do)
Avoid all other websites which will only scam you of our money. Ideally, speak to the travel agent and clear your doubts before you apply for a visa.
How to apply for Malaysia tourist visa for Indians?
You can apply for your Malaysia eVISA either directly yourself on windowmalaysia or like me with Blinkvisa.com and make use of their Cashback to book your travel stuff. If you buy with them we will get a small commission.
Malaysia visa requirements for Indians
The Malaysia visa requirements for Indians citizens are as follows:
Colour Scanned copy of the passport front and back page
Passport size photo – soft copy
Stamp page of the passport if you visited any countries before ( Not Mandatory)
You will need to upload the following documents for your Malaysia eVISA or eNTRI tourist visa:
Make sure your passport has a validity of at least 6 months. It also needs to have two blank pages for the entry and exit stamps.
A scanned copy of your recent photograph as per below specifications. When applying with us, if you can send a clear passport photo of you captured in your phone, we can edit it as per Malaysia visa specifications
Your visa application will get rejected if these specifications are not met with. If you are applying for Malaysia visa through us, our graphic designers will ensure the correct specifications.
Send us a pic of your passport first page and last page. Our editors will edit the document to suit Malaysia tourist visa specifications
A scanned copy of your passport's last page. The requirements are the same as above.
A scanned copy or send us a photo of your passport's page that shows your last international travel details.
Confirmed flight tickets to and from India. This needs to be a PDF document.
Apply through us and we will arrange for this document. You do not have to worry about losing money in case your visa gets rejected.
Confirmed hotel reservations for your entire stay in Malaysia. This also needs to be a PDF format. I
Let us arrange for this as well. We have trusted travel agencies in Malaysia that will give your hotel confirmation for your entire stay, something that is required for the application of a Malaysia eVISA. You can make your bookings, once your visa gets approved and not risk your own money.
Malaysia tourist visa on Arrival requirements for Indians
Indian passport holders can get Malaysia tourist visa on arrival if they:
Already hold a valid tourist visa for either Thailand,Singapore or Indonesia.
Hold a valid return ticket to India.
Have at least USD 1000 with you to show as proof of sustenance during your stay in Malaysia.
If you satisfy the above conditions you can get visa on arrival at the following entry points:
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)
Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2)
Bayan Lepas International Airport, Pulau Pinang
Sultan Ismail, Senai Airport, Johor
Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Sabah.
Kuching International Airport, Sarawak.
Tuas - Sultan Abu Bakar Complex (Second Link) ONLY
But is it a good idea to get Malaysia visa on Arrival ? Particularly, when it is cheaper, easier and more safe to get your Malaysia visa before you plan your travel ?
Why is it not a good idea to get Malaysia visa on Arrival ?
Indians can now get Malaysia eVISA or Malaysia eNTRI visa at the comfort of their home. In fact, we have helped process over 1 lakh Malaysia eVISAs last year.
All one needs to do is submit us a well captured photograph of their passport and a photo of them standing against a plain white background (even iPhone or similar quality camera pic will do) and we can get their visa approved within the next 2 days
The reasons to avoid getting Malaysia visa on Arrival is :
The cost. Malaysian government charges you USD 100 (RM 330) for each visa whereas the cost for normal online visa with us is less than half of that.
Single Entry. Once you exit Malaysia, your visa gets expired. But what if you want to extend your trip ? Or visit back next month to soak in the beauty of this wonderful country ? You will need to apply for your eVISA once more.
Only 7 days stay allowed. You are allowed to stay in Malaysia only for 7 days. Even the cheapest Malaysia online visa allows you to stay for at least 15 days.
Complications. You need to have a valid visa from either Singapore, Indonesia or Thailand to be eligible for visa on arrival.
Queue. Believe us when we say the queue is huge. You need to wait for at least 2 hours to get your visa since the queue is that long.
Hence, make use of visa on arrival in only emergency cases.
How to confirm Malaysia tourist visa is authentic
Following are the steps to verify the status of a Malaysia visa officially:
Step 1: Visit the official website for Malaysia visa verification.
Step 2: Enter your passport number followed by the sticker number which we will send. Choose your visa type, enter the captcha code and click on 'Check'.
Check the image below to know where you will find the sticker number:
FAQ on Malaysia visa for Indians
1.What would happen at the immigration counter of Malaysia?
Once you present your Malaysia tourist visa, you might be asked details such as how many days you would be staying in Malaysia? What is your plan?
You might be also asked to present your return tickets and hotel bookings. Your e visa document might also be verified for spelling mistakes and other misinformation. This can lead to refusal of entry into Malaysia
2.Who can apply for Malaysia tourist visa ?
Citizens of the below mentioned countries can visit Malaysia on a tourist passport .
3. What would happen if we overstay in Malaysia more than the days we are allowed to in the visa ?
You are allowed to stay in Malaysia up to a maximum of 30 days. You will be subjected to an administrative fine by the Malaysian local authorities and your next entry into Malaysia may be denied for a certain period of time if you failed to stay within the stipulated time.
4. Can I apply for my online visa from Malaysia?
No. eVISA does not allow applications to apply within Malaysia. eVISA must be obtained prior to your entry into Malaysia. You can apply for your Malaysia e visa from Bangalore.
5. Should I re-apply for a Malaysia eVISA if my departure date changes but the new date is within 3 months?
No. You do not have to re-apply for a new Malaysia eVISA within 3 months from the approved visa issuance date by the Department of Immigration Malaysia to enter Malaysia.
6. Should I re-apply for Malaysia eVISA if my departure date changes and the new date is after 3 months?
Yes. You will need to re-apply a new Malaysia eVISA since the approved visa issuance date by the Department of Immigration Malaysia to enter Malaysia is valid for 3 months only.
7. Upon receiving my issued Malaysia eVISA, I have realised that some of the information that I provided was wrong and needs corrections. What should I do ?
You must re-apply for a new Malaysia eVISA with the correct information as per your travel documents.
8.How long will my Malaysia eVISA be valid for?
eVISA is valid for 3 months while eVISA holder is entitled to stay up to a maximum of 30 days for each visit in Malaysia. Each application can only be used once and no extension is allowed.
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