Do UAE residents need visa for Malaysia ?

Last Updated: Friday, 16/06/2023

1 Overview


If you are a UAE resident planning to visit Malaysia but want to know if you need to obtain a Malaysia visa, continue reading this article to find out.

While United Arab Emirates citizens do not need a visa to visit Malaysia, all expatriate nationals must get a Malaysia e-visa before entering the country.

If you are a business person who makes many trips to Malaysia each year, you have the option of applying for either a single-entry visa or a multiple-entry visa.

A single-entry visa is valid for thirty days and can be used for short business stays to participate in conferences and meetings. The validity period begins when the visa is issued and lasts three months.

If you intend to remain in Malaysia for a longer period, apply for a visa allowing multiple entries into the country. The multiple entrance visa, valid for one year, allows you to enter and leave the country unlimited times until the visa's validity period is up. You can stay in the country for thirty days each time you enter. You have the option to request a 30-day extension on your visa.

In this article, we have listed countries where their nationals are required to obtain a Malaysia e-visa, the documents required when applying for the visa and the process to apply for a Malaysia e-visa.

2 Countries need to apply for Malaysia visas.

If you are a national of the below country living in UAE, you need to get Malaysia E-visa :

1. China 2. India 3. Pakistan
4. Bhutan 5. Serbia 6. Montenegro
7. Eritrea 8. Ethiopia 9. Guinea - Bissau
10. Ivory Coast 11. Liberia 12. Mozambique
13. Sri Lanka 14. Nepal 15. Nigeria
16. Afghanistan 17. Angola 18. Burkina Faso
19. Burundi 20. Cameroon 21. Central African Republic
22. Congo Democratic Republic 23. Myanmar 24. Bangladesh
25. Colombia 26. Congo Republic 27. Djibouti
28. Equatorial Guinea 29. Ghana 30. Hong Kong (C.I/D.I)
31. Kosov 32. Mali 33. Niger
34. Rwanda

3 What is Malaysia's E-Visa ?

What is Malaysia's E-Visa ?

The Malaysia eVisa is a type of electronic visa that can be obtained by non-Malaysian citizens who wish to visit Malaysia for up to 30 days for tourism purposes.

You can apply for a Malaysia eVisa in the UAE by filling out an online form with your personal information, travel details, and passport details and answering certain security questions.

Approved Malaysia eVisa can be used for multiple entries and only for tourism purposes. The Malaysia eVisa is only valid for one month, beginning on the date the applicant indicates will be their desired arrival date. Those who hold a Malaysia eVisa are prohibited from working in the country.

4 Eligibility Criteria for Malaysia eVisa

Below are set criteria you have to meet before applying for a Malaysia e-visa :

  • Have a valid passport with at least 2 black pages
  • The passport shouldn't be tattered or include any unauthorized notes
  • Passports must be valid for at least six months at the time of arrival in Malaysia
  • The sponsor must reapply and pay a new fee if the visa expires before the applicant uses it
  • Have fees to pay for the E-visa, which depend on the applicants' nationalities

5 Document required when applying for Malaysia e-visa

The following are the documents you will be required to submit when applying for a Malaysia e-visa in UAE :

  • Valid passport photocopy at least six months from the travel date
  • Studio photo passport-sized
  • If applicable, confirm the return ticket
  • Confirmed return ticket
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Latest monthly Bank statement
  • Applicants below the legal age submit a birth certificate

6 Malaysia Visa Application Steps

Below are the steps to follow to apply for a Malaysia e-visa. They are easy to follow, and our visa ex-pats will assist you.

Step 1 : Collect and send Documents

Gather all documents required and send them to us through email. Our visa assistant will inform you required documents.

Step 2 : Payment of visa application

You will then proceed to pay for the visa application. We will send you a secured payment getaway.

Step 3 : Application

After receiving payment, we will apply for the visa on your behalf.

Step 4 : Approval of Visa

We will send you an email in your registered mail to let you know once your visa has been approved.

Visas usually take between four and five full working days to process. But this depends a lot on submitting all necessary paperwork on time and meeting all eligibility standards.