If you landed on this page, you most probably are going to fly off soon from Malaysia, whether if it is for vacation or work. In Malaysia, there are only 2 options when it comes to renewal length. 2 years or 5 years. Normally, countries require you to have at least 6 months of validity in your passport before you are allowed to enter. But if you drive over the border to Thailand or Singapore, you are allowed to enter even if you have only a week left in your passport, as long as you don’t hop off to another country from there. Common sense says that 2 years for RM100 is more worth it than 5 years for RM300.
Below is a well documented procedure which I recently did. I renewed my passport online. It’s damn convenient and it saved me so much time. Usually, there are 2 queues when you go to any Malaysian Immigration branches. First, you’ll have to queue to fill in the forms and make your payment. If you do it online, you skip the first queue and jump straight to the 2nd queue where you collect your passport. The second queue is always shorter and the wait can be as fast as 5 minutes!
Clicking “Agree” at the bottom of Step 1 brings you to this page below where you fill in the particulars and click “Search” so that the system can look for your old passport particulars.
Fill in your details.
Click “Upload Image” from the page in Step 5 so that you can proceed to upload a digital image of yourself. Most photo studios will give you a CD together with your physical photos.
After you are done uploading look for the small rectangle over your photo.
Drag the edges of the rectangle and try to get a nice crop of the original. Click “Crop” when done.
Believe me, no matter what you do, it will never be a perfect crop. Don’t worry. Just leave it. 10 out of 10 people will get a call from the Immigration Department informing online applicants that their photo is unusable and to bring 2 passport size photos when collecting the passport.
Make sure all your details are correct. Make sure that you choose the branch closest to you. After that, click “Update” and proceed to Step 9.
You should get a notice saying “PERMOHONAN ANDA TELAH DITERIMA” before clicking “Teruskan”.
Select your credit/debit card payment method by clicking on the VISA or MasterCard logo.
Fill in the details of your credit card and click on “Pay”.
You should see this processing sign. I waited for less than a minute.
After the payment has been received, you will see your application number at the bottom of the details. Click “Cetak Resit”.
Print 2 copies of the receipt, one for yourself and one to hand over to the officer at the collection counter.
Now all you have to do is wait for a call from the officer in charge of online applications to ask you to bring 2 copies of your passport sized photos when collecting the day after. If you can’t wait (like me), I immediately looked up my Immigration branch’s phone number and called them to verify my application. You can find the details of every Immigration branch here.
Go to your selected Malaysian Immigration office the next day.
Proceed straight to the collection counter and hand over 1 printed receipt, 2 passport size photos and your old passport. Please remember to bring these 3 important items.
Wait and collect your passports. Your old passport should have a section cut out to invalidate it.
Everything inside the new passport is more or less the same. Enjoy your trip!