Malaysia Visa For Indians (eNTRI or eVisa or Visa on Arrival?)

As many of you know, I was in Malaysia with my family during the first week of January 2018. It was my mother’s 60th birthday celebrations and the whole family had decided to fly to Malaysia. It was my first time in Malaysia and it is definitely not going to be the last. I will be writing more extensive guides on planning a luxury family vacation to Malaysia. But as always, I start writing about a new country by writing about the visa process. So in this post, I write extensively on how to apply for a Malaysia visa for Indians.

Picture of three white boats surrounded by turquoise blue waters in Sapi Island, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Malaysia visa for Indians

So do Indians require a prior visa before travelling to Malaysia? The answer is yes. But the process for a ‘Malaysia tourist visa for Indian citizens’ is relatively easier compared to other western countries. Also, there are two distinct ways to obtain an online Malaysia tourist visa for Indian citizens and I will be discussing these two in detail.

Malaysia Visa on Arrival for Indian Citizens

In addition, you also have an option of availing the Malaysia visa on arrival for Indians. But please note that this is applicable only if you are flying in from either Thailand or Singapore. You need a valid visa for either of these countries and you need to show confirmed return tickets to India.

Malaysia eNTRI for Indian Citizens

Please note that the previous deadline of March 31st, 2018 for Malaysia eNTRI tourist visa for Indians has been removed. 

Under the Visa waiver program for Indian nationals, Government of Malaysia has decided to provide Electronic Travel Registration & Information (eNTRI) facility, an online registration facility. An eNTRI note will be issued as proof of registration and this needs to be presented on arrival in Malaysia.

We opted for this option since it was perfect for us. This is relatively an easier and cheaper option. But please keep the below things in mind if you are planning to opt for this.

    • As of now, Malaysia eNTRI tourist visa for Indians don’t have any set deadline as of now. Update as of 10th April 2018.
    • It is applicable only for 15 days and is valid only for single entry.
    • Not applicable to Indian residents in Singapore.
    • You need to obtain a Malaysia eNTRI note at least 48 hours before departure.
    • Applicants residing inside India must have a direct flight from India to Malaysia and direct return flight ticket from Malaysia to India or via Singapore, Thailand or Brunei by air or land is permitted to enter Malaysia and exit Malaysia via the following Entry/Exit points:

                   By Air

      1. Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Sepang (KLIA & KLIA 2)
      2. Penang International Airport, Penang
      3. Langkawi International Airport, Kedah
      4. Melaka International Airport, Melaka
      5. Senai International Airport, Johor
      6. Kuching International Airport, Sarawak
      7. Miri International Airport, Sarawak
      8. Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Sabah
      9. Labuan International Airport, Federal Territory of Labuan

                    By Land

      1. Sultan Iskandar Building Immigration Checkpoint, Johor
      2. Sultan Abu Bakar Checkpoint, Johor
      3. Padang Besar Checkpoint, Perlis
      4. Bukit Kayu Hitam Checkpoint, Kedah
      5. Sungai Tujuh Immigration Checkpoint, Sarawak
      6. Tedungan Immigration Checkpoint, Sarawak
    • Applicants residing outside India (Expatriate) must have a flight to Malaysia and return flight ticket from Malaysia to India or applied country. Applicants residing outside India (Expatriate) must have a flight ticket to Malaysia and must have a return flight ticket to India or another country if travelling by Air. The applicants are only permitted to enter Malaysia and exit Malaysia via the following Entry/Exit points:

                   By Air

      1. Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Sepang (KLIA & KLIA 2)
      2. Penang International Airport, Penang
      3. Langkawi International Airport, Kedah
      4. Melaka International Airport, Melaka
      5. Senai International Airport, Johor
      6. Kuching International Airport, Sarawak
      7. Miri International Airport, Sarawak
      8. Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Sabah
      9. Labuan International Airport, Federal Territory of Labuan

                    By Land

      1. Sultan Iskandar Building Immigration Checkpoint, Johor
      2. Sultan Abu Bakar Checkpoint, Johor
      3. Padang Besar Checkpoint, Perlis
      4. Bukit Kayu Hitam Checkpoint, Kedah
      5. Sungai Tujuh Immigration Checkpoint, Sarawak
      6. Tedungan Immigration Checkpoint, Sarawak

 

Read More On Visas – USA B1/B2 Visa for Indian Citizens

How to apply for a Malaysia eNTRI online

Screenshot of Malaysia Visa for Indians Page

  • If you are a new user, register yourself. If you already have an existing account, you can log on by clicking on ‘I am a returning user’. Please note that every login only supports one passport and one associated email address. If you are applying for multiple people, then you need to create different logins. (Trust me. I did this for 5 people.)
  • An email is sent for verification (once you register yourself) to the registered email address. Once verified, you may start filling all the details to apply for your Malaysia visa online.
  • Now login with your registered username and password.
  • Till here, the process is similar for both Malaysia eVisa and for eNTRI.
  • Start filling all the details. You will need the below documents before you apply for eNTRI.
    • A valid passport. The passport photo (not the applicant’s photo) to be uploaded has to be in colour and all details in the first two pages of your passport should be clear.
    • Confirmed return tickets from India (in the case of Indian expats, confirmed return tickets to the country of residence).
    • Proof of Accommodation
    • Travel itinerary.
    • Please keep in mind: Only a clear passport photo with a clear white background is accepted.
    • Some screenshots for your reference.

Screenshot of Malaysia Visa for Indians Registration Page Screenshot of Malaysia Visa for Indians Page Screenshot of Malaysia Visa for Indians Page

 

  • Once all details are filled, pay the visa fees. The Malaysia visa fees for Indian citizens (eNTRI) is approximately 20 USD. You need an international credit card to pay this fee (But Amex is not accepted).
  • Once the fees are paid, you will immediately get the Malaysia eNTRI note on your screen. An email will also be sent to the registered email address with the eNTRI note.
  • The entire process takes less than 15 minutes per application if you have all the details handy.

Malaysia eVisa for Indian Citizens

  • This is applicable if you want to stay for up to 30 days and is valid only for single entry.
  • This is valid for 3 months from the day your eVisa is approved.
  • Not applicable to Indian residents in Singapore.

How to apply for a Malaysia e Visa for Indian Citizens online

  • As mentioned before, the process of application is fairly similar for both eNTRI and eVisa.
  • One of the main difference is that here visa processing fees are included and it is approximately 45 USD for Indian citizens.
  • It can take from 24 hours to 48 hours to process your eVisa.
  • The Malaysia Visa requirements for Indians remain similar to eNTRI. You will need the birth certificate in case of minors.

Documents to keep with you when you are entering Malaysia by Air or by Land

Please keep the below documents ready when you are entering Malaysia by Air or by land.

  • Passport
  • eNTRI note (or eVisa)
  • Proof of Accommodation
  • Proof of funds (They didn’t ask for this. But you never know when they will ask).
  • Boarding Pass
  • Confirmed return tickets
  • Your entire itinerary while in Malaysia

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Our Experience at Malaysia Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Since my twin sister and family are residents of Dubai, I had asked her to apply from Dubai for a Malaysia eVisa for Indians. I thought eNTRI was applicable to only residents of India. But when she was applying, she got this clarified from one of the chat support people on the website. They confirmed that they can also apply for eNTRI if they can show a valid itinerary from Dubai -> India -> Malaysia -> Dubai.

Now the fun starts when we land at Kuala Lumpur airport. My mom had wheelchair assistance since her arthritis was acting up. So my twin sister and mom went on the priority lane while the rest of us went for the normal queue. We took different queues since there were 6 of us (5 adults and one toddler). Now the toddler refuses to go with anyone other than his grandfather if he sees him.

I was the first one in the normal lane to be granted entry to Malaysia. I exit the immigration control and then I go and wait for the others to join. My sister and mom were nowhere to be seen. if you have been to Kuala Lumpur, then you would know that you exit from the immigration control to one of the duty-free shops. I wait for almost 5-10 minutes and I don’t see the rest of the party. So I decide to head back to see what is causing the delay. That is when I see all of them standing there with a confused expression on their faces. The cause of this was because my dad had India in his ‘Applied From’ while my nephew had UAE in his. This caused a confusion since the officer in charge refused to grant my nephew entry since according to her ‘Only Indian residents can apply for eNTRI‘. She wanted to clarify with another immigration officer in charge and that is when I walked back in. Till then, the queue was moving quite quickly and my other sister had remarked the same as well. But due to this confusion, most of the queues were being held up. I explained it again to them about how the chat support person had clarified this before our departure.

They want to talk to the kid’s mother when I tell them that she has been granted entry (the kid’s dad is right there behind my dad in the queue) and I go in search of my sister and mom. I find them and then I head back with my sister. She again explains to them and still, the immigration lady says that this confusion is because of wrong information given by the chat support person on the website. They say that they have to speak to the supervisor in charge. So the rest of us head out to meet my mom while my sister and family go to speak to the supervisor. After around 10 minutes, they walk back out with all of them being granted access to Malaysia. The supervisor clarified that my sister was right.

Conclusion

It did cause unnecessary tension for all of us. So do check before flying what is the correct procedure depending on your Malaysia visa requirements. This was our experience acquiring Malaysia visa for Indians and hope you found it helpful.

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27 Comments

    1. It was a great information. I’ve planned a visit to Malaysia on March 28 and I’ll be returning on April 3. I checked with chat support if I could apply ENTRI visa since my return date is April 2018. They said yes. But still on reading your post, I don’t want any confusion in immigration check. Do you have any idea about it or it will be of great help if you could share any trusted source where I could get the right answer.

      1. Hey Jasmine, Please check with the embassy before you travel. The chat support told us that my sister who is a resident of Dubai can also apply for eNTRI but there was a huge confusion at the airport and you can read about it in the post. Even though our issue was sorted, it is better to be clear before you travel. The immigration staff told us that the chat support is another company altogether and they may not be aware of the rules.

  1. This is very detailed and helpful information for any Indian citizen. Although I am not one, I imagine I may have to go through similar processes when visiting other countries so this is good information to keep! Malaysia looks stunning as well, look at those turquoise waters!

  2. Hi guys,
    I want to know about the payment procedure.Actually i faced a f…..ing problem. when i tried to make payment with my debit card,the system shows that the transaction couldn’t be authorized.
    So,Can Anyone suggest me any solution?..

  3. Thats just what anyone needs who is thinking of flying to Malaysia. Bang on and to the point. I had some queries in mind, but got them clarified once I finished reading the whole article. Will be waiting for an update post March 2018, as thats when I might get a chance of flying to Malaysia.

  4. This is very helpful information for Indians who wish to visit Malaysia. I am glad to hear that the Malaysian government has created an online system to help make it easier for Indians to apply for their visa waiver. I am sure it also saves a lot of time once you arrive to Malaysia.

  5. What a helpful post about how to enter Malaysia with an Indian passport. I can’t imagine how annoying it must be to have a wanderlust but having a difficult time entering a country because of the passport one is holding. I hope that your post will help a lot of people get answers to their questions about entering to Malaysia with an Indian passport!

  6. This doesn’t really apply to me, but that is quite a bit of work for an Indian traveler! If I happen to know any of my friends going to Malaysia, I’ll have to point them to here so they know in full detail what to do. I’ve yet to experience needing to do this much to obtain a visa but just shows how much each traveler should do their due diligence before booking a trip.

  7. It’s good that you have written about this for the entire process is quite confusing otherwise. I did not even know of this for there are so many fake sites and did not know which to apply from. Going through VFS is a pain and takes longer. eNTRI is the best and quick

  8. Quite an detailed post on Malaysia Visa process. Great that you have mentioned everything in the post. I haven’t been to Malaysia, but whenever I go will check it before hand. Till now I haven’t faced any visa problems, but immigration officers can be a really trouble sometimes.

  9. I always thought Malaysia gives visa to Indians on arrival, not only if they’re travelling from Singapore or Thailand. I wish visa requirements in some countries wasn’t as tough, good to know that it’s not so painful for Malaysia as it is for, lets say, Schengen! But I wish there wasn’t a visa required altogether, at least in Southeast Asian countries.

  10. Hi, I am Indian national but I have a visa for Canada. As my PR application is approved, I will be staying there. So my itinerary is thus:
    I will go to Malaysia from India, stay there for 7 days. Then fly to Canada and hat is my final destination. So I am not sure I fit into expat definition.

    Can anyone please tell if Entri single entry 15 day vis is viable for me?
    I do not have time for other visas.

    If I apply just with India and Canada ticket will my application be approved?
    Or can I buy a return ticket to India, and never use it. And just fly to Canada from Malaysia( via China). Will they have issues with it?
    Regards.

      1. I think 31st March is last date to apply for eNTRI but it is valid for 3months from the date of issue for travel.

      2. I want to clarify about eNTRI visa option by Land or By Air
        tourist visited Singapore and applied eVISA from Singapore thru travel agent if we choose by land will the traveler allowed to enter or exit Malaysia by air.
        we want to go Johor by land from Singapore and spend some time in johor from there need to go Lankawi by Air and return back Singapore by Air

  11. Hello Soumya,

    You mentioned eNTRI should be applied 48 hours before date of travel, which is not the case. eNTRI is valid for 3 months from date of issue, so one can apply well in advance. Also Malysian government has extended the deadline for eNTRI as 31 Dec 2018, which is a good news for travellers.

    1. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I meant to say that you have to apply for a visa at least 48 hours prior to departure.

  12. Hi,

    THanks for the detailed info. I have a question.

    While uploading your tickets(2way) is it has to be in a single .pdf file? Because i thought i can upload the tickets directly but I was notified that is not proper way.

    Please let me know

    Thanks

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