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malaysia/borneo visa?

Posted by sharpie on 1/3/2010 at 05:37

been reading up on the visa requirments for malayasia and i my understanding is as a australian we do not need a visa for up to a 3 month stay. is this correct?
also we will be there for a month any itenairy suggestions? we will prob be in sabah and sarawak for bout 2 weeks each.

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Posted by gohlayhuah on 11/3/2010 at 20:21

Hi Sharpie,
I'm Malaysian, and as far as I know, folks from commonwealth countries do not need visa.
You definitely can make your way north to south and east to west of Peninsula Malaysia for such a long stay. Depending on what you are more interested (sea, hills, rustic or shopping?) Malaysia has lots to offer. Starting from north - you need to do Langkawai Island, then Penang Island. There is also Pangkor Island. Highlands are Fraser's Hill,Cameron Highlands and Genting Highlands (only casino in Malaysia). Shopping at Kuala Lumpur, Malacca for a bit of history. East coast for rustic and beaches.
For Sabah, you must go to following places: Kundasang, Poring Hot Springs, go for the Klias river cruise, and of course, the islands. Further afield from Kota Kinabalu would be Sipadan island, sepilok orang utan reserve in Sandakan. for adventure tourism there is the maliau basin, white water rafting on the padas river. Depending on your budget, tthere's lots and lots of hotel. If you have identified any, just ask me and I will tell you if it is good. I live in Kota Kinabalu. :)

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Posted by idreamofdurian on 11/3/2010 at 23:47 TF writer

You'll get a visa stamp on arrival (free) for 90 days.

Sarawak: Bako National Park for spectacular scenery and proboscis monkeys, laze around Kuching (Borneo Seahare hostel highly recommended), definitely visit the Sarawak Cultural Centre (tourist-y but excellently done).

If you've got lots of time you can travel between the 2 states via Brunei.

Sabah: climb Mt Kinabalu if you like, Kinabangtan River jungle lodge trips are excellent (lots of wildlife spotting), go to the marine park near Kota Kinabalu as a day trip for good snorkeling, head all the way east to Semporna for excellent (but pricey) diving.

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Posted by vicio on 29/7/2010 at 18:55


thanks for useful info!
I only have a flight to KL but not a return flight... I still don't know exactly when, how and from where I'll leave.
Will they let me enter the country?

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Posted by sems on 8/8/2010 at 12:17

Hi, as someone who has been to Sarawak and Sabah I would recommend that 2 weeks in Sarawak would probably be too long unless you are planning to travel east towards mulu (something I regret not doing). Theres not enough to keep you going for that long in the Kuching area. we hired a car in Kuching from cat city rentals (it was a small barina type set up and was only $20day with full insurance) that way you can drive yourself to Matang wildlife centre, Semenggoh orangutans, Damai beach (don't know your budget but we stayed in Permai rainforest resort in a tree house which was amazing) and Bako, Sarawak isn't very touristy so tours are a bit pricey and hard to come by (hence the car) the driving is easy enough (a bit crazy in Kuching...u need a good map and a navigator) and pretty tame for asian standards!! From my understanding you get 60 days automatically if u arrive by air, 30 by land unless you request otherwise, to stay for 3 months u will need to get a visa extension at an immigration offices in major cities!!! Sabah was my favourite I can highly recommend white water rafting at padas (but be prepared for the dodgy train ride to get there (a little bit hairy)...Hope you have an amazing time, Malaysia is an amazing, beautiful place with the nicest people

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Posted by sems on 8/8/2010 at 12:36

oh, and if you are going to poring hot springs just remember it was built during the war (i have read many reports of people who were disappointed as they were expecting some form of spa....it isn't but i had a great time)and check out air asia for flights to sandakan to go to sepilok its so cheap its nearly free and takes about 45mins as opposed to a horror bus trip for hours and hours!!! and you must try murtabak its the yummiest thing you will ever eat...bestest ever on the way to poring hot springs at the local fruit and veg market (ask your guide)!!!

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Posted by lanamike on 9/8/2010 at 06:37


Just wondering as they give you a 90 day visa are you limited to the amount of times you can entre the country? We were looking at using air asia for a few flights so well be going in and out a few times? Cheers

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Posted by sems on 9/8/2010 at 07:05

hi, my belief is that if you leave and re enter the country that your 30-60 day visa starts again but if you want to make sure you could contact tourism malaysias australian office (seems easier than embassy)dont know where you are but the ph nos I have are sydney 02 9299 4441 (level 2 171 Clarence st Sydney) and perth 08 948 0400 (MAS Bldg 56 William street Perth)hope that helps...

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Posted by stevenx on 17/5/2011 at 09:49

Australians don't get a visa on arrival - if they are travelling as a tourist they get 90 days in Malaysia visa free.

I entered Malaysia on February 14 and was given 90 days. I left about five days later and spent two weeks in Taiwan and Hong Kong, before heading back to KL where I was given another 90 days visa free.

Interestingly, the passport stamp reckons I'm given 90 days in West Malaysia and Sabah. Sarawak gets another Sarawak specific stamp, which in my case gave a date I was allowed to stay that was 88 days away (even though I'd been in KL for a week before heading to Sarawak).

It's a bit convoluted, but I'm sure there's method in the madness.

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Posted by Alec on 2/6/2011 at 21:59

Here's the official Malaysia government website on entry requirements for each country:


hope this helps!

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