Royal Malaysian Customs welcomes travellers to Malaysia. We are committed to provide the best and professional services to all travellers and to make you feel comfortable, satisfied and welcomed while in Malaysia and when leaving Malaysia. 

Under the provision of the Customs Act 1967 (Amendment)2019 and Customs Regulations 2019travellers entering or leaving Malaysia are required to declare all dutiable or prohibited goods in their possession either on his person or in any of his baggages or in any of his vehicles. Failure to declare or making false declaration is an offence.


Goods Exempted from payment of customs duty per person;

  • Wine/spirit/malt/liquor not exceeding 1 liter in all;
  • Tobacco not exceeding 225 grams (equal to 200 sticks of cigarettes).
  • Wearing apparels not exceeding 3 pieces and footwear not exceeding one pair.
  • Portable electrical or battery operated appliances for personal care and hygiene not exceeding 1 unit each.
  • Foods preparations up to total value of not exceeding RM150.00.
  • All other goods than specified, excluding tyres and tubes, to a total value not exceeding RM 500.00.


Conditions for exemption of duties, refer to the prevailing Customs Duties (Exemption) Order.



The rate of tax for passengers/ travellers is subjected to the prevailing Customs Duties Order and prevailing Sales Tax Order (Rate of Tax).



​Travellers Exempted:

Residents & Non-residents

  • Non-residents having intention to visit Malaysia for not less than 72 hours.
  • Residents returning after an absence from Malaysia of not less than 72 hours (for Labuan is 24 hours and for Langkawi or Pulau Tioman is 48 hours)

3)    Declaration of Cash, Bearer Negotiable Instruments or Both (CBNI)

Section 28 B(1), Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (AMLATFPUAA)

"Any Person who leaves or enters Malaysia with a cash amount, bearer negotiable instrumens or both of which exceeds the value set by the competent authority by order published in the gazzette, shall declare the amount to the competent authority".​​


  • ​Any person leaving or entering Malaysia with an amount in CBNI exceeding the value as prescribed by the competent authority by order published in the Gazette, shall declare such amount to the competent authority.
  • For the purposes of this section, a person leaves or enters Malaysia with CBNI, if the person brings the CBNI with him in his accompanying baggage or on any conveyance or otherwise.
  • Travelers/ passengers entering or leaving Malaysia with CBNI exceeding the amount equivalent to USD 10,000.00 are required to make declaration into Customs Form No. 7
  • Regulation 55, Customs Regulations 2019 stated;

​"amount in cash and bearer negitiable instruments, in his possession, either on his person or in any of his baggages or in any of his vehicles, exceeding the amount as required to be declared by the Central Bank of Malaysia pursuant to the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrrism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawfull Activities (Cash and Bearer Negotiabale Instruments) Declaration"

  • ​Authorization from Malaysian Central Bank on Importation and Exportation of Ringgit Malaysia Currencies can be obtained from the following details;


​​Department of Foreign Exchange Administration
Bank Negara Malaysia
Jalan Dato' Onn
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Faks:  03 - 2693 7732                  


  • Any person who contravenes the requirement commits an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding RM3 million or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years or to both.
  • Definition of CBNI

Coin and printed money (whether of Malaysia or of a foreign state) that (a) is designated as legal tender; and (b) circulates as, and is customarily used and accepted as, a medium of exchange in the country of issue.

Printed money: money comprising a note printed, written or otherwise made on polymer, paper or any other material.

Bearer negotiable instrument

A traveler's cheque.

Any negotiable instrument in bearer form, endorsed without any restriction, made out to a fictitious payee or otherwise in such form that title of such instrument passes upon delivery.

Any negotiable instrument that is signed but the name of the payee is omitted.​


  • ​Authorised Officer
​An officer of Royal Malaysian Customs Department or an officer authorised by the competent authority to perform or assist in the performance of its functions under this Part.





Import and export of drugs (eg: morphine, heroine, candu, marijuana, etc.) are strictly prohibited. Prescribed drugs can only be imported into or exported from the country by virtue of a licence issued by the Ministry of Health, Malaysia.



The list of prohibited/restricted goods or items which is being imported into Malaysia is subjected under the prevailing Customs (Prohibition of Imports) Order.



The list of prohibited/restricted goods or items which is being exported to outside of Malaysia is subjected under the prevailing Customs (Prohibition of Exports) Order.



Green Lane is for travellers with "Nothing to Declare" (non-dutiable and non-prohibited goods). Otherwise the travellers have to proceed to the Red Lane and declare the goods. Penalties or jail shall be taken if misusing it under the current law.



  • Travellers' deposit is a facility to visitors for temporary import on conditions.
  • Deposits equivalent to duty of goods.
  • To be redeemed at any exit point.
  • ​Claims to be made within 3 months from date of importation

  • Duty Free shops are intention for all travellers which located at International Airports, main towns, ports and at duty free borders.
  • ​​Arriving and departing travellers can purchase the duty free goods that they are entitled for duty exemption.