Many travellers are pleasantly surprised by Malaysia’s visa rules. Visitors to Malaysia from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, EU countries, and a number of other countries can enter Malaysia with no visa for up to 90 days. Many other nations can stay for up to 30 days with no visa. Passports are stamped with what is called a social visit pass, and there is no charge. Visas can be applied for online.
Re-entry and Extensions
Do note that visitors need to pass through immigration again to enter Sabah and Sarawak, though the period of stay given is the remaining time on any existing stamp from peninsula Malaysia. Malaysian visas and passes can usually be extended (for a fee) at the immigration office in Kuala Lumpur. Extensions are typically given for 30 days.
Do note that there are penalties for overstaying a Malaysian visa or the length of stay permitted by a social visit pass. While immigration officers have a certain amount of discretion, penalties can include fines, jail sentences, bans from re-entering the country, and, in extreme cases, lashes. Short overstays are normally subject to a modest fine (around 30 MYR per day of overstay) and a two-day ban for each day of the overstay. Longer overstays can result in a court hearing with a possible jail sentence as punishment; people can be detained whilst waiting for a court date.