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Updated December 2023

Malaysia is at the forefront of enhancing its entry procedures by introducing a new digital initiative known as the Malaysia Digital Arrival Card (MDAC). This progressive system is set to redefine the way travelers navigate entry procedures into the country. The MDAC represents a significant step towards a more streamlined and efficient process for visitors.

In this article, Wego has covered everything you need to know about the MDAC for those who are planning to visit Malaysia.

MDAC news

As announced on the official website of Malaysia’s Immigration Department, the MDAC form has been effective since 1 December 2023. However, the government decided to give a grace period until 31 December 2023.

During this grace period, foreigners are allowed to complete the MDAC form at Malaysia’s international entry point. After the grace period has ended, the form should be completed at least three days before the arrival to the country.

Moreover, Singaporeans will be exempted from the MDAC requirement, recognizing the regular border crossings made by certain individuals from Singapore into Malaysia on a daily basis. This exemption applies to all entry points throughout Malaysia.

What is MDAC?

Malaysia Digital Arrival Card (MDAC) is a form that must be completed by travelers who want to visit Malaysia prior to their arrival. The MDAC aims to streamline entry processes, reduce immigration clearance times, and centralize essential information about tourists’ whereabouts in the country.

Commencing on 1 January 2024, the MDAC will be mandatory for pre-submission, aiming to improve overall administrative efficiency and enhance border security. Travelers are required to complete the MDAC form at least three days before their arrival and must present the filled-out form along with their passport upon entry into the country.

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MDAC exemption

Submission of the MDAC is not mandatory for all travelers entering Malaysia. The following categories are exempt from the MDAC requirement:

  • those transiting/transferring through Singapore without seeking immigration clearance
  • Malaysia Permanent Resident
  • Malaysia Automated Clearance System (MACS) Holder
  • Malaysian Long-Term Pass holders
  • nationals of Singapore
  • diplomats and official passport holders
  • Brunei Common Certificate of Identification holders
  • Brunei Malaysia Frequent Traveler Program participants
  • Indonesian Cross Border Pass holders
  • Thailand Border Pass holders

How to apply for the MDAC?

To obtain your MDAC, follow the steps provided below:

  • visit the MDAC website, and select the “register” button
  • fill in your personal information, including your valid email address
  • enter your travel information, which includes the dates of your arrival and departure, the mode of travel, and the last port of embarkation
  • click on the “submit” button

After you submit your application, you can check your email box to receive your PIN. You can use the PIN to access your MDAC file through the “Check Registration” section on the MDAC website. You will be required to enter your PIN, passport number, and nationality.

MDAC Egate

Malaysia has implemented a modernized entry system called autogate or Egate. This automated system offers a convenient way to enter the country with reduced manual intervention.

The Egate system is currently available at two key locations: Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminals 1 and 2, as well as the Johor Bahru Checkpoint.

However, the Egate is not currently available for all travelers. Only the following categories of travelers are eligible for using the Egate:

  • foreign business and social travelers from 10 countries, including Australia, Brunei, Germany, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United States, and the United Kingdom
  • submitted Malaysia Digital Arrival Card (MDAC) 3 days before arrival
  • enrolled a biometric (fingerprint) at the counter
  • e-Passport holder

 

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