Entry Points

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Visitors can enter Malaysia by air, sea and road/train. The main entrances are as follows :

  • International Airports
  • Ports
  • Roads
  • Trains

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.


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:

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:

*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:

The goods above can be imported and exempted from customs duty if all the conditions stated below are fulfilled:

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 travel authors and journalists can import equipments necessary to their profession, exempted from customs duty if:


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:-


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:

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,
Jalan Semantan,
50490 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2542677
Faks: 03-2554946



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"). 


The goods described below are prohibited from entering Malaysia:

The importation of goods specified below are prohibited except under an import licence or permit from relevant authorities.

The goods listed below are prohibited from importation unless issued a licence / import  permit:

·        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)

      Sokongan Perdagangan,
Tingkat Bawah, Blok 10,
Kompleks Pejabat Kerajaan,
Jalan Duta,
50622 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6510033
Fax: 03-6513012

Plants and Plant Products

Agriculture Department,
Jalan Gallagher,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2983077
Fax: 03-2983646



Lembaga Racun Makhluk Perosak,
Bahagian Pelindungan Tanaman,
Jabatan Pertanian Malaysia,
Jalan Gallagher,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2983077
Fax: 03-2983646


Animals (domestic) and Animal Products

Veterinary Department,
Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry,
Bangunan Chase Perdana,
Blok A, Tingkat 8 & 9, Exchange Square,
off Jalan Semantan,
Bukit Damansara,
50630 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2540077
Fax: 03-2540092
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Wild Animals and Live Corals

Department of Wildlife Preservation and National Parks (PERHILITAN)
Km 10,
Jalan Cheras,
56100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-9052872
Fax: 03-9052873


Royal Malaysian Police Headquarters,
Bukit Aman,
50560 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2357999

Telecommunication Equipments

One Stop Centre, Building 11,
1 Persiaran Dato'' Menteri,
40911 Shah Alam, Selangor.
Tel: 03-5567947/5567948
Fax: 03-5567922
Laman web: http://www.sirim.my/

Electrical Goods

Jabatan Bekalan Elektrik (JBE),
Tingkat 19, Menara Dato Onn,
PWTC, Jalan Tun Ismail,
Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-4455445

Live Fish

Department of Fisheries Malaysia,
Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry,
Tingkat 8 & 9, Wisma Tani,
Jalan Sultan Salahuddin,
50628 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2982011
Fax: 03-2910305


Pharmaceutical Goods

Pharmacy Division,
Ministry of Health,
Tingkat 11, Bangunan PERKIM,
Jalan Ipoh,
50590 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-4421211
Fax: 03-4411623

Toxic and Hazardous Waste Materials

Department of Environment,
Tingkat 12 & 13, Wisma Sime Darby,
Jalan Raja Laut,
50662 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2947844
Fax: 03-2931480

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,
68000 Ampang,
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:

The following are some of the goods which require an export licence / permit from relebvant authorities:


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,
Precinct 2,
62592 Putrajaya.

Tel : (603) 8882 2100 / 2414
Fax: (603) 8889 5884 / 5901
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