Visitors can enter Malaysia by air, sea and road/train. The main entrances are as follows :
- International Airports
Upon arriving in Malaysia, visitors are to declare all dutiable or prohibited goods in their possession. Visitors are required to unpack and repack their baggage themselves for Customs inspection. This is defined under Section 103, Customs Act 1967.
Baggage inspection and imposition of Customs duty are done only at the entry points. Customs duty is not imposed on trips within Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. This does not include duty free zones which are Labuan in Sabah, Pulau Tioman in Pahang and Langkawi in Kedah. Customs duty will not be imposed on goods imported from Labuan and Langkawi except rubber, marble, anchovies and petroleum products.
GREEN / RED LANE SYSTEM:
If the visitors do not possess dutiable and / or prohibited goods at the entry points (for example in airports), where the Green / Red Lane exists, they can walk through the Green Lane. Otherwise the visitors have to walk through the Red Lane and declare the goods to the Customs Officers on duty.
Under the prevailing Customs Duties Order, visitors must pay customs duties on all dutiable goods at the rate of 30% ad valorem provided that the goods are imported on or with the person entering Malaysia or are in the baggage of such person and intended for non-commercial use. In the case of alcoholic beverages, tyres, spirits, tobacco, cigarettes and motor vehicles, the rate of duty will be the prevailing rate at the time of importation. The goods are:
- Talc and face powder.
- Hair care products (for example hair cream, shampoo, hair color).
- Sound recorders and reproducers including record players and tape decks.
- Radio broadcast receivers including those incorporating sound recorders or reproducers for motor vehicles.
- Radio broadcast receivers incorporating sound recorders and reproducers.
- Radio broadcast receivers not incorporating sound recorders and reproducers and only mains operated.
- Ballpoint pen made of plastic.
- Products made from cloth.
- Original and fake jewelries.
- Glass products.
- Electric iron.
- Television, spare parts and antenna
- Loud Speaker.
- Video Cassette Recorder
- Slide Projector
- Table Fan.
- Sewing Machine (domestic).
- Fire extinguisher (portable).
- Electric lamp and accessory.
- Hair dryer
- Vacuum cleaner
- Food Blender and Mixer.
- Floor wax
- Electric Rice Cooker.
- Electric Kettle and Electric Water Heater.
- Vinyl Gramophone Record
- Shavers and razor blades.
- Kitchen knives.
- Lamp shades.
- Playing cards.
- Fruits (fresh and preserved)
- Car Accessories.
- Golf Balls.
The list above is not. exhaustive. Visitors who need further information is kindly advised to contact any Customs Officer stationed at the Entry Points.. The Numbers to contact are:
Padang Besar 04-9490214
Bukit Kayu Hitam 04-9221631
LTA Langkawi 04-9551832
LTA Bayan Lepas 04-6434401
LTA Kuala Lumpur, Sepang 03-87768555
Tambak Johor 07-2224666
Rantau Panjang 09-7950349
Pengkalan Kubor 09-7211359
LTA Kota Kinabalu 088-259672
LTA Labuan 087-412642
LTA Kuching 082-456360
For the importation of motorized vehicle, liquor, tyres, spirits, tobacco and cigarettes, the rate of duty follows the current rate as found in the Customs Duties Order 1996.
Non-dutiable goods include:
- Fountain Pen.
- Cigarette Lighters (except of plastic).
- Printed books, newspapers, magazines and journals.
- Cosmetics (except face powder) and skin-care products like lipsticks, eye shadows, moisturizing cream, skin tonics.
- Manicure products like nail polisher and nail varnish.
- Carpets of jute.
- Portable radio equipped with recorder and sound reproducers (weighing not more than 10 kg., with handles / straps and AC/DC powered).
- Pocket watches, wrist watches and table / wall clocks.
- Photo cameras, camera flashbulbs, camera flashbulb equipments and film rolls.
- Cinematographic cameras, projectors, sound recorders and sound reproducers, for films of less than 16 mm width including cameras for double 8 mm film.
- Video cameras / television cameras
- Pocket calculators.
- Shillings / Gold bar.
- Fishing equipments (e.g. Fishing rods, Fish hooks etc.)
- Golf clubs (complete).
- Racquets (Tennis, Badminton and the like)
- All sorts of balls except golf balls.
- All musical instruments (excluding upright piano)
- Leather shoes
- Leather bags including wallets and leather hand bags
- Video tapes (empty or recorded)
*The Customs will screen private video tapes brought in.
Customs Duties Orders (Exemption) 1988, Article 19 allows Malaysians and non-residents to import goods with Customs Duties Exemption if they fulfill these conditions:
- Wines, spirits or malt liquor not more than1 litre.
- Tobacco not more than 225 grams (equalling 200 cigarette sticks).
- 3 pairs of wearing apparels
- New shoes not exceeding 1 pair.
- Portable personal care products / personal hygiene using electric and also battery-powered not exceeding 1 unit
- Dutiable foodstuff not exceeding RM75 in value.
- Gifts and souvenirs not exceeding RM400 in value (except goods from Langkawi and Labuan, of a value not exceeding RM500).
The goods above can be imported and exempted from customs duty if all the conditions stated below are fulfilled:
- Goods are imported on the persons or in the visitors’ baggage.
- Goods are personal and frequently used.
- The visitor can convince the Customs Officer that he / she is not a Malaysian and INTENDS to stay in Malaysia not less than 72 hours. Residents returning from abroad after an absence of not less than 72 hours (for Labuan Federal Territory, the period is 24 hours and for Langkawi, the period is 48 hours).
Malaysians or visitors with goods exceeding the duty exemption stated is required to pay the full duty on the excess goods at the rate of 30% of the value..
This customs duty exemption facility cannot be transferred or accumulated.
FOREIGN AUTHORS AND JOURNALISTS:
Foreign travel authors and journalists can import equipments necessary to their profession, exempted from customs duty if:
- The said goods / equipments can be identified as the goods / equipments usually used by the travel authors and journalists.
- The goods / equipments are exported as soon as the job is completed.
Visitors can bring in trade samples not for commercial purposes and with no commercial value exempted from customs duty. However the justification for importing the samples must be given to the Proper Customs Officer on duty.
Visitors or tourists can temporarily import a motor vehicle like cars or motorcycles free from duty, with the following conditions:-
- The motor vehicles had been registered by the authorities in charge of registering motor vehicles.
- The said motor vehicle must be re-exported within three months from the date of importation..
VISITOR’S DEPOSIT FACILITIES:
Visitors who bring in personal effects not exempted from customs duty, can deposit an amount of duty payable at the rate of 30% from the value of the said goods. This deposit will be returned immediately on the occasion of the visitors’ leaving Malaysia, through any main exit point, with the proviso that the said goods must be re-exported within three months from the date of importation. The goods attached with the deposit receipt and 30 cent stamp must be submitted to the Customs Officer on duty at the exit point before leaving Malaysia.
ATA Carnet (admission temporaire) allows the temporary importation of goods for the purpose of exhibitions, advertisements, trade samples and professional equipments without going through the normal importation process including preparing a bank guarantee and Customs Form No. 1 in Malaysia, following such terms:
- The imported goods are not subject to sale.
- The goods are re-exported within the approved period for its temporary importation.
ATA Carnet is issued by the International Trade and Industrial Chamber of the countries involved. In Malaysia the body concerned is:
Malaysia International Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
Tingkat 10, Wisma Damansara,
50490 Kuala Lumpur.
DUTY FREE SHOPS:
Duty free shops and complexes are found in the international airports, big towns, ports and at the borders. A wide variety of merchandises are sold at these shops / complexes at a reasonable price. Visitors can buy duty free goods at these shops / complexes, but for those arriving visitors, the items bought is limited to the quantity allowed under the Customs Duties Order (Exemption) specified. (Please refer to "Duty Exemption for Visitors").
PROHIBITION / RESTRICTION OF IMPORT:
The goods described below are prohibited from entering Malaysia:
- Any article bearing the imprint or reproduction of any currency note, bank note or coin whichare current or have at any time been issued or current in any country.
- Indecent or obscene print, painting, photograph, book, card, lithographic or other engraving, film, video tape, laser disc, colour slides, computer diskettes and any other media (including unprocessed films) or any other indecent or obscene articles.
- Any emblem or device in circumstances which raise a reasonable presumption that such emblem or device was intended or was likely to be used in a manner prejudicial to the interest of Malaysia or to promote or foster a purpose prejudicial to or incompatible with peace, welfare or good order in Malaysia.
- All genus of Piranha.
- Turtle eggs.
- Cocoa pods, rambutan fruits, pulasan, longan and nam-nam from the Philippines and Indonesia.
- Intoxicating liquors containing any lead or compound of lead or more than 3.46 milligrams per litre, whether in the form of copper or any compound of copper.
- Daggers and flick knives.
- Broadcast receivers capable of receiving radio communication within the ranges (68 - 87) MHz and (108 - 174) MHz except those designed to receive meteorological broadcasts at sport frequencies.
- Sodium Arsenite
- Cloth bearing the imprint or reproduction of any verses of the Quran:
The importation of goods specified below are prohibited except under an import licence or permit from relevant authorities.
- Diamonds and diamond studded jewelleries (except in an acceptable amount as personal jewellery imported by the visitors / tourists in their baggage).
- Egg in the shell
- Fresh or preserved meat, bones, hides, skins, hoofs, horns, offals or any animal or poultry parts.
- Chicken / Duck meat
- Live animals - primates including ape, monkey, lemur, kandau, galago, potto and others.
- Fireworks including fire crackers
- Imitation arms including toy guns and toy pistols.
- Imitation hand grenades Pens, pencils and other articles resembling syringes.
- Poisonous chemicals as listed: Crocidolite, Polybrominated Biphenyls, Polychlorinated Biphenyls, Polychlorinated Terphenyls, Tris (2, 3-dibromopropyl) phosphate, Actinolite, Anthophyllite, Amosite, Tremolite
The goods listed below are prohibited from importation unless issued a licence / import permit:
- Arms and ammunition as defined under the Arms Act 1960, other than personal arms and ammunition, imported by a bonafide traveller.
- Bullet-proof vests, steel helmets and other articles of clothing intended as protection against attack .
- Soil and pests including including live insects, rats, snails and plant cultures of disease causing organisms.
- Safety helmets except as worn by motor-cyclists or motor-cycle pillion riders
- Video machines, excluding game-watches and video games for use with a television receiver.
- Motor Vehicle.
- Round cabbage
- Sarong batik.
- Rice flour, rice polishing, rice bran and rice vermicelli.
- Equipment to be connected to a public telecommunication network.
- All radio communications apparatus capable of being used for telecommunication in the frequency band lower than 3000 GHz.
- Saccharine and its salts.
- Parabolic equipment, antenna parts for outdoor use.
- Pests and organisms capable of being injurious to plants.
- Live fish.
- Milk and milk products
- Animal oils and fats.
- Plants including parts and plant products.
- Meat extracts and meat juices.
- Household and agricultural pesticides.
- Electrical apparatus or accessories operating at 50 Volts or 120 Volts DC and above whether between conductors or between conductor and earth, for domestic use for example Plug tops (plug), Switches, Socket outlets, Lamp holders, Ceiling roses, Bayonet caps and multiway adapters, Fluorescent lamp fittings excluding fluorescent lamp tubes imported separately(of metal), Capacitors for fluorescent lamp, Ballast for fluorescent lamps, Circuit Breaker including AC Voltage-operated and current operated earth leakage circuit breakers and miniature circuit breakers, Instantaneous water heaters if including heater element if imported separately, Hand operated hair dryers, Table lamps having accessible metal parts, Electric kettle including heating elements if imported separately, Electric smoothing irons, Electric shavers(excluding battery operated, Food mixers/Blenders, Immersion water heaters, Hi-Fi Sets, Mosquito Mat Vapourisers, Toasters, Table fans, Televisions, Vacuum cleaners, including dry and wet vacuum cleaners, Video players, Washing machines, Refrigerators, Rice cookers, Christmas lights and running lights, Domestic power tools.
· Toxic and dangerous waste materials.
· Coral alive or dead except those which have been processed and used as jewellery.
· Apparatus or equipment for the brewing of beer in homes
The above list is not exhaustive. For any inquiries please refer to the nearest Customs Office. Import licences are issued by these authorities:
General Goods and Motor Vehicles:
Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)
Tingkat Bawah, Blok 10,
Kompleks Pejabat Kerajaan,
50622 Kuala Lumpur.
Plants and Plant Products
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Lembaga Racun Makhluk Perosak,
Bahagian Pelindungan Tanaman,
Jabatan Pertanian Malaysia,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Animals (domestic) and Animal Products
Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry,
Bangunan Chase Perdana,
Blok A, Tingkat 8 & 9, Exchange Square,
off Jalan Semantan,
50630 Kuala Lumpur.
Wild Animals and Live Corals
Department of Wildlife Preservation and National Parks (PERHILITAN)
Km 10, Jalan Cheras,
56100 Kuala Lumpur.
Royal Malaysian Police Headquarters,
50560 Kuala Lumpur.
One Stop Centre, Building 11,
1 Persiaran Dato'' Menteri,
40911 Shah Alam, Selangor.
Laman web: http://www.sirim.my/
Jabatan Bekalan Elektrik (JBE),
Tingkat 19, Menara Dato Onn,
PWTC, Jalan Tun Ismail,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Department of Fisheries Malaysia,
Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry,
Tingkat 8 & 9, Wisma Tani,
Jalan Sultan Salahuddin,
50628 Kuala Lumpur.
Ministry of Health,
Tingkat 11, Bangunan PERKIM,
50590 Kuala Lumpur.
Toxic and Hazardous Waste Materials
Department of Environment,
Tingkat 12 & 13, Wisma Sime Darby,
Jalan Raja Laut,
50662 Kuala Lumpur.
The importation of laser discs, video tapes and CD-rom requires a permit from the Film Censorship Board and payment should be made to the Perbadanan Kemajuan Filem Nasional (FINAS). The goods will then be released from the Customs control to be sent to the Film Censorship Board for screening.
Tourists coming in via airports with films, laser discs, video tapes and CD-rom for personal viewing do not have to follow the procedure above However, they have to hand these materials to the proper Customs Officer for screening purposes. After obtaining the Customs approval, they will have to fill in a declaration form which can be found in all airports. Below are addresses for:
Film Censorship Board,
1, Tingkat 12, Bangunan AMDB,
Jalan Lumut, Kompleks Damai,
50400 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel : 03-4435992
Fax : 03-4432275
Perbadanan Kemajuan Filem Nasional (FINAS),
Kompleks Studio Merdeka,
Lot 1662, Batu 8, Hulu Kelang,
Tel : 03-4085722
Fax : 03-4075216
Dangerous drugs (e.g. morphine, heroin, opium, ganja, etc) are prohibited from importation and exportation.
THE TRAFFICKING OF DRUGS IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. THE PUNISHMENT FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING IS DEATH BY HANGING. Dangerous drugs can only be imported /exported with the approval of the Ministry of Health, Malaysia.
Absolute Export Prohibition
Usually there is no restriction on exportation of goods bought by tourists / visitors. However the goods below are absolutely prohibited from exportation:
- Turtle eggs.
- Rattan from Peninsular Malaysia
- Poisonous chemicals e.g. Crocidolite, Amosite and Tremolite.
The following are some of the goods which require an export licence / permit from relebvant authorities:
- Any animal or bird, other than a domestic animal or domestic fowl, whether alive or dead or any part thereof including all animals and birds specified in any written law in Malaysia.
- Live animals of the bovine species.
- Meat of bovine animals
- Skins and other parts of birds, with their feathers or down, feathers and parts of feathers (whether or not with trimmed edges) and down, not further worked than cleaned, disinfected or treated for preservation; powder and waste of feathers or parts of feather
- Plants including orchids.
- Vegetables, fresh, chilled or frozen in excess of 3 kg per consignment.
- Palm kernels and palm seeds
- Cloned rubber seed
- Army fatigues and equipments
- Arms and ammunition as defined under the Arms Act 1960, other than personal arms and ammunition, imported by a bonafide travelers.
- Antiquities as defined or stated in any written Malaysian legislations.
- Corals live or dead
- Live prawns / shrimps / fish
- Collection of zoological, botanical, mineralogical, anatomical, historical, archaeological or ethnographical material with numismatic interest.
The list above is not exhaustive. Please contact the relevant Customs Officer should there occur any problem or doubt.
Public Relations Unit,
Level 7 North, No.3 Persiaran Perdana,
Ministry of Finance,
Tel : (603) 8882 2100 / 2414
Fax: (603) 8889 5884 / 5901
Website : http://www.customs.gov.my