Travel Visa Requirements & Safety

PHOTO DESCRIPTION: Malaysia entry and exit stamps in a passport.This guide outlines the Malaysia visa requirements for United States citizens. Travelers holding a U.S. Passport do not require an advance visa to visit Malaysia. Americans are permitted stays of up to 90 days, for tourism or business. Stays of longer than 90 days will require the traveler to request an extension at the Immigration Department in Malaysia. The maximum additional time permitted as part of an extension is two months.

Travelers who overstay their permitted time may be subject to fines or detention. Dual nationals attempting to enter or exit Malaysia should read these warnings from the U.S. Department of State.

Entry into Malaysia using the visa exception for United States citizens requires the following:

  • A valid passport with at least six months of validity beyond the date of entry.
  • Adequate space on the passport’s visa pages to accommodate entry and exit stamps.
  • Documents showing a travel itinerary (i.e.: airfare receipt showing entry to/from the EU) and proof of a confirmed hotel reservation.

The Department of State recommends that travelers visiting Malaysia carry their passport with them at all times, as immigration inspections and sweeps have been known to occur.

Travel Safety & Advisories

For the most up to date and detailed information on the safety of travel to Malaysia, read the country report authored and released by the United States Department of State at

Resources In An Emergency

If you encounter a medical emergency or are a victim of a crime in Kuala Lumpur, contact the local authorities immediately. Although 9-1-1 is the emergency number in the United States, that is not true in the majority of other countries. Read this FAQ article I wrote to locate the appropriate emergency contact numbers: What Are The Emergency Response Telephone Numbers In Other Countries?

The U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur can also be a resource to American Citizens. It is located at:

376 Talan Jun Razak
50400, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Contact information is listed below:

Phone:  +(60) (3) 2168-4997/4979
Phone (24-hours/Emergency):  +(60) (3) 2168-5000 (Press 1 at recording)

The nearest wheelchair accessible public transportation option is the LRT at Ampang Station. The Embassy is located less than 1 kilometer from the station entrance.