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The following goods are absolutely prohibited from importation:

  • Reproduction of any currency note, bank note, or coin which are currently been issued in any country.
  • Indecent printings, paintings, photographs, books, cards, lithographic, engravings, films, video tapes, laser discs, color slides, computer disc and any other media.
  • Any device which intended to be prejudicial to the interest of Malaysia or unsuited with peace.
  • All genuses of Piranha fish.
  • Turtle eggs.
  • Cocoa pods, rambutans, pulasan, longan, and nam nam fruits from Philipines and   Indonesia.
  • Intoxicating liquors containing more than 3.46 milligrams per liter in any lead or in 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
  • Sodium arsenate.
  • Cloth bearing the imprint or duplicate of any verses of the Quran.
  • Pen, pencil, and other articles resembling syringes.
  • Poisonous chemical
  • Lightning arresters containing radioactive material.


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

  • Egg in the shells.
  • Any meat, bones, hide, skin, hoofs, horns, offal or any part of the animals and Poultry.
  • Live animals-primates including ape, monkey, lemur, galago, potto, and others.
  • Explosives and Fireworks
  • Imitation arms, toy gun / pistols.
  • Imitation hand grenades.
  • Arms and ammunition other than personal arms ammunition imported by bona fide traveler.
  • Bullet proof vests, steel helmets and other articles of clothing as protection against attack.
  • Soil and pests including live insects, rats, snails, and cultures of plant disease causing organisms.
  • Safety helmets (except as worn by motorcyclists or motorcycle pillion riders).
  • Video machines excluding game watches and video games for use with television receiver.
  • Motor vehicles.
  • Batik sarong.
  • Rice and padi including rice products.
  • Equipment to be connected to a public telecommunication network.
  • Radio communication being used for telecommunication in the frequency lower than 3000 GHz.
  • Saccharin and its salt.
  • Parabola antenna for outdoor use.
  • Pests and organisms which are capable of being injurious to plants.
  • Live fish.
  • Animal oils and fats.
  • Plants include parts and plant products.
  • Household and agricultural pesticides.
  • Electric domestic equipments that use 50 volt or 120 volt Dc or more
  • Toxic and/or hazardous wastes.
  • Corals, alive or dead.
  • Apparatus/equipment for the brewing of beer in the home.
  • Pharmaceutical products



Import and export of illicit 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 following goods are absolutely prohibited from exportation:

  • Turtle eggs.
  • Rattan from Peninsula of Malaysia.


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

  • Any animal or bird, other than a domestic animal or domestic fowl, whether alive or dead or any part thereof.
  • Live animals from bovine species.
  • Poultry.
  • Meat of bovine animals.
  • Cockles. 
  • Plants including orchids.
  • Vegetables, fresh, chilled or frozen in excess 3kg per consignment.
  • Palm kernels and palm seeds.
  • Military clothing and equipment.
  • Arms and ammunition.
  • Antiquities as defined or stated in any written law in Malaysia.
  • Sugar and rice
  • Coral, alive or dead.
  • Live prawns/shrimps/fish.
  • Collections of zoological, botanical, mineralogical, anatomical, historical, archaeological, or ethnographical with numismatic interest.