Malaysia Visa For Indians Tips in 2024 (eNTRI or eVisa or Visa on Arrival (VOA)?)

Have you ever applied for a Malaysia Visa for Indians? In this post, I talk about Visa on arrival, eNTRI and eVisa options for Indian citizens.

Written by: Soumya Nambiar

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As many of you know, I was in Malaysia with my family during the first week of January 2018 (and June 2019) . 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. Do Indians need a visa for Malaysia? Yes, we do. So in this post, I write extensively on how to apply for a Malaysia visa for Indians. We ended up applying a Malaysia eNTRI visa for Indian citizens online.

Important Info: Indians don’t need a visa to visit Malaysia in 2024. Hence this post on Malaysia visa for Indians is not valid anymore.

Table Of Contents

Malaysia visa for Indians/ How to Apply for a Malaysia visa from India

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 Indians and I will be discussing these two in detail.

Note: There is a piece of news floating around saying that you don’t require a visa for Malaysia if you are an Indian or Chinese national. You don’t require a visa but you still need an eNTRI note before you can fly to Malaysia. This has been the case for a while and this has now been extended to 31st December 2020.

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

Note: Please note that the deadline has been extended to 31st December 2020 for Malaysia eNTRI tourist visa for Indians.

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 Malaysia 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 1st January 2020.
  • 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

                   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 eNTRI Malaysia visa for Indian passport holders

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 Malaysia eNTRI visa from India.
  • Start filling all the details. You will need the below documents before you apply for eNTRI visa Malaysia and are part of the Malaysia visa requirements for Indian citizens:
    • 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.
eNTRI visa Malaysia for Indian
Screenshot of Malaysia Visa for Indians Page
Screenshot of Malaysia Visa for Indians Page
  • Once all details are filled, pay the cost of Entri visa to Malaysia. 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 eNTRI visa Malaysia processing time takes less than 15 minutes per application if you have all the details handy. You will know the eNTRI Malaysia visa status immediately.

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 for eVisa 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

Differences Between eVisa vs eNTRI Malaysia vs Visa on Arrival (Malaysia Tourist Visa Fees for Indians, Processing Time, Validity etc)

I have tried to explain the differences between Malaysia eVisa vs eNTRI vs Visa on Arrival in the below table. What are the differences in terms of eNTRI visa fee for Malaysia and eVisa, what is the Malaysia eNTRI visa processing time, what is the Malaysia eVisa processing time, What is eNTRI etc, what is the Malaysia Visa Fees for Indians?

Type of Malaysia Tourist Visas/ DifferencesEntriEvisaVisa on Arrival
Malaysia Visa Fees20 USD45 USD100 USD
Validity15 days30 days.15 days
Single entry/Multiple EntrySingle EntrySingle Entry / Multiple EntrySingle Entry
Can enter from which country?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.
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.
Any countryOnly Singapore and Thailand and should have valid visas for either of these countries.
Processing TimeOnline and Immediate2 daysDirect and immediate
Apply Before TravelingAt least 48 Hours Prior20 DaysNot Applicable
Other ConditionsNot applicable to Indian residents in Singapore

Frequently Asked Questions for Malaysia Visa for Indian Citizens

I keep getting frequent queries from my readers and this is my attempt to answer some of the most commonly asked questions.

What is the correct website to apply for eNTRI visa to Malaysia and Malaysia eVisa?

The official site for application of a Malaysia visa is WindowMalaysia.

I am a Singapore resident. Can I apply for entri?

eNTRI visa for Malaysia is valid for all Indians excepts for Indian residents of Singapore.

There is an error in my eNTRI note. Can I get this changed?

After the payment is made, you cannot make any changes to the eNTRI note including cancelling, amending or getting a refund. You will have to wait for 3 months to reapply again for the cooling period to get over. Alternatively, for urgent cases, please apply for eVisa. 

What are the valid points for entry and exit points for eNTRI Malaysia for Indian citizens Are they the same for Malaysia eVisa?

This has already been mentioned in detail above. 

What are the specifications for passport photo for my Malaysia visa application?

Please find the passport photo specifications below:

  • Must be 35mm by width and 50mm by height
  • Background must be pure white. (One of our photos had a cream background and it was not accepted)
  • Should not be older than 6 months.
  • Should not have frames or borders.
  • Head must be centred properly.
  • Photoshopped photos are not allowed.
  • Is properly exposed.

I see only one option to upload my flight itinerary and accommodation details. I have multiple documents. What do I do?

Copy paste all your accommodation documents into one single word file. Then save it as a pdf and upload this document since only pdf format is allowed. Do the same for your flight tickets as well. 

What is the validity for the eNTRI or eVisa visa?

eNTRI and eVisas are valid for a duration of three months.

Does having an eNTRI note guarantee my entry into Malaysia?

No, it does not. Entry is at the discretion of the immigration officer who will determine based on Malaysian immigration laws. However, please note that as long as your documents are all proper, they don’t have a reason to not grant you entry.

What is the latest I need to apply my eNTRI or eVisa by?

You need to apply for an eNTRI note at least 48 hours before your intended travel date. It is advised to apply for your eVisa at least 2 weeks before departure.

How do I make the payment?

Most of the major international credit cards are accepted and you must make the payment for the Malaysia Entri visa fees at the end of your application. However, please note that American Express cards are not accepted. 

Do I need to carry a printout of my visa?

Digital visas are not allowed. You need to have a printed copy of your visa to be allowed entry into Malaysia. 

Will I get a refund if I do not utilise my eVisa or eNTRI?

No refunds.

Does this website help in procuring Malaysia visa for us?

This website is a purely informational website based on personal experiences and only gives you pointers on how to apply for a Malaysia visa by yourself. We do not help in procuring visas for you. We are always ready to answer your queries but please understand that some questions can only be answered by the Malaysian visa authorities themselves. 

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Our Experience at Malaysia Kuala Lumpur International Airport getting a Malaysian Visa for Indians

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 for our Malaysia eNTRI visa check.

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 decided 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.


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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Book Accommodation

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About Soumya Nambiar

Soumya Nambiar here. I am an avid traveler, travel blogger, vegetarian foodie and entrepreneur from Bangalore, India who grew up in Tanzania, Africa. I have been to more than 60 countries and in this blog, I write about my personal experiences as an Indian traveller around the world as well as my struggles as a vegetarian. I can be reached at [email protected].

149 thoughts on “Malaysia Visa For Indians Tips in 2024 (eNTRI or eVisa or Visa on Arrival (VOA)?)”

  1. Very detailed information dear. I am also planning for Malaysia and your post is absolutely important for me regarding visa process.

    • 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.

      • 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.

  2. 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!

  3. Hi guys,
    I want to know about the payment procedure.Actually i faced a f… 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?..

    • Hey Guys, Actually I’m planning to go to malaysia on January 14, 2019. And actually booked tickets.. So when should i apply for eNTRI Visa for Malaysia.. Since it is given that the Visa Waiver Program is effective from April 10, 2018 until December 31, 2018.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. You’ll be amazed how little people really know about the visa process – this is very helpful will definitely use it in future!

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

    • Hi Harry, There is a chat facility available on the Visa application website and you can directly chat with them there. They will be able to clarify your query. Please note that eNTRi is valid only till 31st March 2018.

      • 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

  13. 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.

    • 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.

    • Thansk for your post.
      I have a similar trip planned as I am resident in UAE
      Dubai- India-Singapore-Malaysia-India-Dubai
      Why in our case you suggest eVisa while for your sister, she applied eNTRI

      • If you read the post, she did face a lot of problems at the airport. So to be on the safer side, I suggest getting an Evisa.

        • I understand.
          Another question what if I apply for eNTRI from India as we have enough time in India but confision is any one of the following is allowed? India-Singapore-Malaysia-Dubai or India-Malysia-Singapore-Dubai.
          or is it a rule that if we use Entri from India then we are required to fly back to India only ?

  14. 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


  15. You write a absolutely perfect. I read your blog and i am happy with this information about Malaysia visa for Indians. It is very supportive and useful post. I would like to visit the post once more its valuable content. Thanks for sharing the great information. Good Luck!

  16. I am applying for eNTRI visa to Malaysia for my family members. I have only group tickets containing all my co-passenger details. Can upload the same ticket for all the individuals?

  17. Hello Madam, VFS is also providing malayasian visa from kolkata and charges are very high compared to evisa or entri visa. My question is to you is do they paste visa sticker once you land at airport using evisa or entri note. And pls suggest me the type of tourist visa should i go for.

    • Sougata, you need to take a print of your evisa or eNTRI note once it has been granted online. You need to carry this for your trip to Malaysia. How many days are you planning to stay in Malaysia and what is your purpose of visit?

  18. We are planning to travel from Mumbai to Singapore on 25.09.2018
    and spend 3 days there (26.09.2018 to 29.09.2018)
    After that we want to go to Langkawi (Malaysia) on 29.09.2018 for 2 days
    (29.09.2018 to 01.10.2018).
    We want to return from Langkawi to Singapore on 01.10.2018.
    We will stay in Singapore for 3 more days. (01.10.2018 to 03.10.2018)
    Finally my return flight from Singapore to Pune is on 03.09.2018 evening.
    Kindly confirm traveling feasible as per respective countries visa rules.
    Simply my question is, is it possible to enter Langkawi via Singapore and
    return to Singapore after 2 days. Which type of visa i should apply. eNTRI or eVISA for Malaysia.

    Awaiting your valuable reply.

    Thanking you in advance.

    • From your query, I believe eVisa would be the best option. Even though eNtri is applicable, it is better to opt for an eVisa. You can get this clarified with the visa authorities.

  19. Hi, thanks for the detailed information about eNTRI application.

    We are planning to visit Malaysia for family holidays from Kolkata, India for 7 days. We are 3 people traveling together – me, spouse and our kid (11 years of age). As I know we have to submit 3 separate eNTRI note applications – please correct me if I am wrong.

    I came to know that upon arrival in Malaysia, the applicants must furnish the following proofs to the Immigration Officers at the Malaysia Entry/Exit points:
    1. eNTRI Note
    2. Boarding Pass
    3. Confirmed Tickets coming in and leaving Malaysia
    4. Sufficient expenses (Cash/Credit Cards/ATM Cards)
    5. Complete travel Itinerary
    6. Proof of accommodation

    Now I have two questions..

    Q. 1) Is the above list mandatory for Children traveling with parents?? Because my 11 years son can show all the documents in the above list EXCEPT the No. 4 (Sufficient expenses). As he is minor he does not possess any bank account / credit or debit card. Will the immigration officers consider this or say NO to my kid?? (By the way, both the parents have sufficient funds to show them)

    Q. 2) How to show the funds to immigration officers? In the form of CASH (MYR) / CREDIT CARD / DEBIT CARD / BANK ACCOUNT STATEMENT WITH BANK SEAL? Please confirm.

    Thanks in advance,

    • Hi Joyeeta, Please find answers to your questions. You have to have 3 seperate enTRI applications for each of you. In the case of children, you do not have to submit proof of funds. Even though we had kept sufficient proof of funds like credit cards, dollars, forex cards to show as proof, we were not asked when we were entering the country. This may vary in your case since all of us are frequent travellers and this could be the reason we were not asked.

      • Hi Soumya,

        Thanks for your reply.. i’ll keep these things in mind.

        Q. 3) During eNTRI application, how to upload the “Accommodation Documents” in individual names when we are traveling together and in our Hotel Booking Confirmation Voucher (by Agoda) ONLY the lead guest’s name is printed? Do I have to make 3 separate hotel bookings for 3 individuals (myself, spouse & kid) names to submit the eNTRI applications? (It looks funny to book hotel rooms in the name of my 11 years old kid when the whole family is traveling)… please help me out!!!


        • Hi, It doesn’t matter who the lead guest name is. It just needs to show the accommodation details for every day you are in Malaysia. In our case, all the bookings were in my dad’s name and we attached the same proof for the 8 of us, including the kid.

  20. Hi..
    Very useful.
    I am planning for Singapore Malaysia trip including cruise from singapore total 12 nights. From which I will be staying in Malaysia for 3-4 nights. cruise if 4 nights. Cruise is departing from singapore and taking us to Malaysia for a day trip then to Phuket for a day trip and den back to singapore. We will be staying in Singapore for 4 nights and den will fly to Malaysia for 4 nights. In this case which visa do I need to apply? entri or evisa with multiple entry?

    • You may have to check with the cruise company since Malaysia does not provide multiple entry facility anymore for online visas since August.

  21. Hi there, thank you for this post :
    I am gonna travel from Bangalore and got couple of queries:
    1) Is it possible to pay the amount via a national Indian debit/credit card (I dont have any international card) or any other method of payment?
    2) Sufficient expenses – I plan to convert INR to ringgit once i land in KUL and I am not carrying any international expense card. What proof can be shown in such case ?
    3) Accommodation proof : Is the booking confirmation made via agencies like ( / Agoda or makemytrip) acceptable ?

    Thanks in advance!

  22. Hi there!
    I am travelling to Malaysia next month and got few queries:
    1) Can we pay the visa fee from any indian credit / debit card or any alternate pay method ? ( i dont have any international card)
    2) Accommodation proof: is the booking confirmation made via / agoda or makemytrip considered as valid proof ?
    3) Sufficient expenses – If i want to convert INR to Malaysian currency once i land in KUL, what proof can i show as Sufficient expenses ? Do they consider cash in INR valid ? Or do i need to opt for an Forex or some international card ?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Ankita,
      To answer your questions
      1. Most Indian credit cards can be used for International transactions these days. I have never tried with one that is not an International card though.
      2. Yes, we had done all bookings through Booking and Agoda. It is valid.
      3. Please keep some cash in USD on you in case they ask. Also, keep a print out of your latest bank statement. They usually don’t ask but it varies from person to person.

      • Hi,

        I am also traveling to Malaysia this November. I have an inquiry – My bookings are made through and, however, when I made the bookings, I chose the option to pay at the property.

        Although at present, I have paid the booking amounts to 2 of the 3 accommodations that I have booked, the vouchers shared by and still show that my amount will be collected by the property.

        Are those vouchers still acceptable for the eNTRI note?

        Also, does not provide with a pdf for hotel booking confirmation but the details are instead provided on the mail body itself. Please let me know a workaround for this since when uploading the accomodation details, it says ‘screenshots are not accepted’.

        Let me know how I can sort this please.

        • We also used the Pay at property option in Booking and we had no issues with our eNtri note. What I did was that I copy-pasted all my bookings from the mail into a single word file and then used the option to ‘Save it as a pdf’. Then uploaded that pdf file.

          • Hi Soumya,

            Just one more thing, when applying for eNOTE, it also asks for an address of Malaysia. What am I supposed to enter here? The hotel’s address? If yes, which one? I mean the address the of the first booking or the last booking?

          • Yes, please give the details of the first hotel or the one where you are staying for maximum number of days.

  23. Hi Soumya, thanks for such a detailed post.
    I have a few queries though:

    1. I am planning to go to Malaysia with my wife in the last week of November ’18. So when shall i apply for the eNTRI?
    2. We got married in 2017 but haven’t applied for our marriage certificate yet, so my wife’s passport doesn’t have my name in it. Is it going to be problematic? Do we need to give any other proof of our marriage at the immigration or at the hotels?


    • You can apply anytime now. It is instant and you will get the eNtri note immediately.

      They usually don’t ask for marriage certificates at the immigration or at the hotels.

  24. I am a Philippines resident and was confused with whether i should apply for eNTRI or eVISA. Based on my discussion with the chat support, I only qualify for eVISA (note that my residence visa comes with work approval, but Malaysia needs the work permit to be specific. Just sharing incase anyone else has the same question.

    For indian expatriate who holds a valid work permit/visa is eligible to apply for eNTRI (expatriate). However, if the indian national holds only residence permit/visa, applicant is not eligible to apply for eNTRI (expatriate).
    We suggest the applicants with valid residence permit/visa to apply for eVISA (toursit).

  25. Hi Soumya,

    I wanted to apply for eNTRI visa , i read you blog and was useful. I have a question

    Do i need the birth certificate for my son (3 years old)

  26. Hi somya

    We are going to sydney by airasia jai-kul-syd on 9 th nov and return on 17th. We have transit time in kul at 18 hrs we are planning for local tour plz advise for visa type for malasiya

  27. Hi Soumya,

    This is such a great post! Had a few queries :

    1. We, a family of 5, will be traveling to Malaysia this December with the Entri. How much time did it take you to clear immigration? We are going during the holidays, so I expect it will take at least an hour?

    2. After few days in Malaysia, we will be going to Singapore – planning to go by Bus/Train. And will return by direct flight from Singapore to India. I understand this is okay for the Entrinote, even though it’s not a direct flight back from Malaysia ?

    Thanks in advance,
    Nidhi Menon

    • We went during the holidays and we still took less than 30 mins despite all the confusion. Yes, eNTRI note will do if you are using the exit points by road as mentioned in the post.
      Sultan Iskandar Building Immigration Checkpoint, Johor
      Sultan Abu Bakar Checkpoint, Johor
      Padang Besar Checkpoint, Perlis
      Bukit Kayu Hitam Checkpoint, Kedah
      Sungai Tujuh Immigration Checkpoint, Sarawak
      Tedungan Immigration Checkpoint, Sarawak

  28. Hi Soumya! Thanks for the wonderful post. I would appreciate your inputs with the following query that I have:

    – I am a UAE resident. I have my travel bookings as follows: UAE –> India –> Singapore (6 days) –> Malaysia –> India –> UAE.

    – Points to note are: I am an expat and I would be entering Malaysia via Singapore (Not from India or UAE directly).

    – Given the facts above, would I be eligible for eNTRI?

    My Best! Andy

      • Thanks for your quick clarification Soumya. I too think that I need to take the eVisa route. I am facing a challenge:

        I was trying to create an account on WindowMalaysia page. In the account creation / registration page, there is one field under “Current Local Address” wherein we have to provide the “Country” name. However, in the dropdown list I see only 14 country names (does not include India and UAE).

        I believe NRIs across the globe are eligible for eVisa but with only a few country names in the dropdown list, how to move forward?

        • Have you tried chatting with customer care? They are quite helpful actually. Not sure why all countries are not getting listed.

      • Thansk for your post.
        I have a similar trip planned as I am resident in UAE
        Dubai- India-Singapore-Malaysia-India-Dubai
        Why in our case you suggest eVisa while for your sister, she applied eNTRI

  29. Just a curious question, Can family members together appear at the immigration desk at KL Airport. Few countries do allow, but others are bit strict on this.

  30. Brilliant write up, maybe you can make YouTube videos as well for such topics.
    I have a transit at Malaysia for 15hours, is entri applicable for such a case so that I can go out and explore the city and then return back at my flight time?

  31. Hi…thanks for the detailed info…since you had a toddler with you, can you please help if the process of eNTRI was same for him? Especially since they dont have email ids:)

  32. Hi Soumya, great details on your post. I have one query: My travel itinerary is from India -> Thailand -> Malaysia -> India. What should I fill in the Travel Information sections?

    ARRIVAL: Departure = India, Transit = Thailand, and
    DEPARTURE: Transit = India, Destination = India.

    Is the above correct? Also, the ‘Entering Via’ and ‘Exiting Via’ options will be the airports I am using, right?

  33. Hi Soumya,
    Really good details you have provided for anyone who wishes to travel.Just one question you said one of your photos had cream background and so was not accepted so in such a case does it allow you to resubmit after uploading new photo or the application was rejected and you had to apply for new one.

    • The photo itself is not accepted. So unless you upload the correct photo according to the specifications, you will not be able to submit your application.

  34. Hi Soumya after reading the complete post and the replies I am happy to see that the post is actually very informative as I had been facing issues in getting info for the eNTRI visa.I am also planning for a visit to malaysia and singapore with my family.
    My travel itinery is India-Malaysia-Singapore-India .
    1)I plan to return from Singapore – India so will I be asked for an exit confirmation at the immigration in Malaysia as I plan to exit by land and will be making a bus booking while in Malaysia.
    2) How to get a flight itinery without actually booking a flight for applying for the eNTRI.
    3) eNTRI asks for confirmation of entry and exit from Malaysia,I am concerned if visa is rejected then the amount used to book a flight will be wasted.
    4)If I book a cheap airticket, for clearing the immigration, to singapore (provided having confirmed ticket to India from Sin) will it work?

    • Hi Sarwar, You can always book refundable return tickets. So in case of visa rejection, you won’t lose money.

  35. The best fully explanatory post I have ever come across in the annals of history and in 70 years of life. With out giving any scope for confusion or raising queries needing clarifications; this article explains everything crystal clear. Thanks a lot for your thought to post so and efforts. Regards- Dr Rao

  36. Hi,
    For Indians, the option for Multiple entry eVisa still exists, contrary to what you mentioned above. Please do update this info. I just applied for this visa now and can confirm.

  37. Hello, thanks for the is very helpful.i am planning to travel to malaysia in i need to show any financial proof in my bank account tk gain entry in malaysia?

  38. Hi,

    I am working in Malaysia and my family is visiting. They will be staying with me. What kind of proof of accommodation could be used in this case?

  39. Hey . I just wanted to ask while filling the visa application for you and your family members through seperate id’s, the flights and everything is booked on a single pnr. Do you upload the document as it is for each member or are the tickets also to be shown seperately for each id (Like 1 ticket should have only name? ) ?

    • No, we had the same ticket as well. Just uploaded the same documents for everyone when it came to flight and accommodation.

  40. I tried online option to get the visa. it shows error after pressing submit. i tried 4 computers and different internet service providers and at 3 different locations ( same city). but it shows error 500 ( server error). its already 5 days trying and trying. the “help chat” says try after sometime.

  41. Hello Soumya,

    Thank you for provide such detail information. I am presently at Bangladesh and shall visit Malaysia in July19 from & to India. When I have tried to apply eNTRI from Bangladesh, it shows “only indian residing at india can apply”. SO my query is, as I am travelling from and to India, may I apply eNTRI by my relative at India? Is there any difficulty shall I face at Kuala Lampur Airport ??

    • Please use the chat function and speak to the team. They are very helpful. It varies from case to case. So I am not sure about Bangladesh.

  42. Hi Soumya, thanks for the detailed guidelines regarding Visa application to Malaysia… As only one email address is permitted per registration and one visa is issued per registered account, how do we get a visa for a minor, since the minor won’t have his/her own email address… My son is 6yrs old.

    • Use one of your other email addresses. That is what we did for my nephew. 🙂 The thing is that a mail confirmation will come to the registered email addresses.

  43. Hi I plan to travel in July from Mumbai to Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur to langkawi and langkawi back to Mumbai… 5 days trip … As I will be covering 2 places in Malaysia which Visa should I apply for eNTRI or eVisa?

  44. Would like to thankyou for creating this very precise and helpful article. There is somany unreliable, ready to fool options out there but you have saved us a lot of time and effort. Great job.

  45. Hai Soumya ,my son who is Indian passport holder and residing in Ukraine will come to India next week and we will visit KUL on 20 th July for 10 days. We have not applied for E NTRI yet as we are waiting for his arrival.In his case there might be same problem as faced by you .So far I know ENTRI is provided instantly ,is there separate fees to be paid at the KUL airport or not , 2nd question whether we have to collect our baggage first or immigration will be done first . Thanks and regards , Sudipjyoti

  46. Hi to every one, the contents present at this web site are genuinely remarkable for people experience,
    well, keep up the good work fellows.

  47. Hi Soumya!
    This is an amazing post. I have a quick question for you though. We have stand by tickets that airline staff gets, will they work? Also, do they tally each document with what you have uploaded in case you change the travel dates or the accommodation? Thanks!

    • Those should ideally work. You can change dates and accommodation once you get the visa. You just need to show confirmed bookings at the immigration.

  48. Hi Soumya,

    I’ve been trying to upload the photo and keep getting error stating it doesn’t meet the requirements. I’ve tried to upload photo at the specified size of 35mm x 50mm and have used multiple photos where the face is closer and in another one little farther away. It is from the studio taken 2 hours back and not something that I scanned.

    No matter what I do, I continue to get error. Please let me know if there is anything I’m missing ?


  49. Hi ,

    We have planned a family trip from India-singapore(4 days)-malaysia(3days)-India.

    Is it okay to apply entri visa for my case as I am staying in singapore and then flying to malaysia. Whether mine will be considered as a transit ?

    could you please clarify ? mode of transportation is only by Air MAA-SIN-KUL-MAA


  50. Hi Soumya,
    Very helpful post for people visiting Malaysia for the first time.
    I am planning a trip to Malaysia on 19-02-2020 to 23-02-2020. This would be my first trip abroad. Is there any additional requirement?
    What is the ideal time to apply for the Visa?
    Also, I have to book my accommodation and flights now. Is it fine to book them this early? And do they accept bookings via MakeMyTrip or do we have to get the proof via hotel itself?

    • It is ideal to apply for a visa just 3 months in advance. Makemytrip should do. We have given Booking bookings many times.

  51. Hi. I have 2 Questions:
    1) Is there a required money to bring when I enter Kuala Lumpur? If yes, how much?

    2) My flight to KL will be on Nov. 8 till Nov. 11, Bhubaneswar to Kuala Lumpur, when should I apply for eNTRI visa?

    Thank you in advance for the reply

    • It depends on the mood of the immigration officer. But it is always advised to keep approximately 500-1000$ or equivalent in Ringgit with you. You can apply around 1 month before the intended date of travel.

      • Hi. I am the one who will apply for my bf’s eNTRI visa. Is it allowed? I am here in Philippines and would like to confirm if there would be no any conflicts if I’ll be the one to apply for it. I have his complete requirements. Thanks you

  52. I am an Indian working in UAE. Me and family (wife, 2 children) holding UAE and US visas. I wish to visit malaysia with family from India. chat support team says that I cannot fly from India to malaysia as I am an expatriate. My family is in India. If they apply from India, they should travel from India to Malaysia. What is the option for travel together from Indian to Malaysia and return to India? If I apply from India without mentioning expatriate, it could be cause for deny my visa? pls help

    • I am not sure why they say that. My sister lives in the UAE as well and all of us flew together from India to Malaysia. She, however, had to show tickets from Dubai -> India -> Malaysia -> Dubai.

  53. Hi Soumya

    I’m an Indian citizen in India and am planning to visit Malaysia and then Singapore on my trip. My flights would be – Delhi to Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur to Singapore and Singapore to Delhi. In this case, e-NTRI would not work for me, right?

  54. We have planned to visit KL and onwards to Bali and return from Bali direct flight (transit at KL) to India.

    As per the they mention like
    ” Applicants residing inside India must have a direct flight from India to Malaysia OR via Singapore, Thailand or Brunei from India. Applicants also must have a return flight ticket to India OR return flight to India via Singapore, Thailand or Brunei OR to any country if travelling by Air”

    Is it means that while arriving it is direct flight but departure to any country by Air.

    However, whether, returning from Bali (a transit at KL) will it be considered as multiple entry?

  55. Hi,
    I really likes the information you provided its pretty helpful and concise.
    Though I have one question about my travel to Malaysia hope anyone can help. I and my family will be travelling to Malaysia & Singapore. We all hold Indian nationality. My family will be travelling to Malaysia via Flight from India however, I will be travelling from USA.
    We all will leave Malaysia by land to go to Singapore and then all of us have a direct flight from Singapore to India.
    Thus, in our situation can we all (specifically myself) apply for eNTRI?

    Thank you 🙂

    • I believe in your case an Evisa will make more sense. Since you don’t have a direct flight back to the country of residence. You can always chat with the support people and find out.

  56. Hi

    I am an Indian Citizen (expatriate living in Australia).
    While applying for eNTRI visa for my daughter (minor) what should enter under expatriate category (options provided are – Professional, Business, Technical).
    Also what should i enter under ‘Occupation’ section?

    Please advise.


  57. Thank you for the detailed explanation with screenshots. We’re traveling to Malaysia by Air from India, and later going to Singapore via land transport (bus), and returning from Singapore by Air back to India. I do not know the exact land transit point taken by the bus. In your screenshot, you showed the option “Exit Via” => Does it require the exact land checkpoint ? Or will it only need “Land” or “Air” as option ?

  58. Hello, I am an Indian citizen living in Singapore. As per the new visa free policy for Indians starting Jan 1 2020 to 31st Dec 2020, Indians can travel without a Visa but requires registration through eNTRI system. Now this is exactly opposite to how the eNTRI system works. Can you help understand how we can apply visa free from Singapore using eNTRI.


  59. Hi
    I m Mads from India , planning to visit friend in KL via Singapore .
    If my KL friend sends me Invitation letter, can I upload that , will I still need to show the itineary in Malysia ?

  60. just few time before, i was also planning for a canada visa from New Delhi India, but didn’t get last year, but this year I got the visa for canada, thanks for the valuable help for my visa 🙂

  61. Hello Soumya!!
    Wow amazing this may be very useful statistics for all Indians who want to go to Malaysia. I am glad to pay interest that the Malaysian authorities has created an online gadget to help make it less difficult for Indians to use for their visa waiver. I am positive it also saves a diffusion of time when you arrive to Malaysia.
    Thank you

  62. These are amazing and valuable knowledge information because of useful for me, thank you so much for share this wonderful article.


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