Malaysia Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Customs Rules

Import regulations::

Free import :
- 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 225 grammes of tobacco;
- max. 1 litre of wine, spirits or malt liquor;
- max. 100 matches;
- cosmetics, perfumery, soaps and dentrifices in open containers to a total max. value of MYR 200.-;
- max. 3 pieces of new wearing apparel;
- one pair of new footwear;
- one unit of each portable electrical or battery operated appliance for personal care and hygiene;
- a total max. of MYR 75.- of dutiable food preparations;
- gifts and souvenirs up to a total value of max. MYR 200.- (except goods from Langkawi and Labuan, up to a total value of max. MYR 500.-).

The trafficking of illegal drugs is a serious offence in Malaysia and the penalty for such an offence is death.

The items 1. through 9. can only be imported duty free if the following conditions are met:
- the articles are imported by the visitor on his person or his baggage;
- non-alien residents stay in Malaysia more than 120 hours;
- nationals and residents of Malaysia have left the country for more than 120 hours.

- all goods from South Africa and Israel;
- any article with an imprint or being reproduction of any currency note, bank note or coin which are current or have at any time been issued in any country.

Additional Information on regulations::

Customs duties of 30% of the value are due in case of exceeding the allowed quantities. Duty free allowances are per person only (pooling not allowed).

Export regulations::

Free export of reasonable quantities of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages.


- Health certificate, issued 7 days prior to departure and stating that during the preceding 6 months no case of rabies has occurred in the country of dispatch and the animal has not been imported in the country of origin;
- Landing permit;
- Import permit issued by the Department Of Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture & Agro-Based Industry Malaysia. Address: Wisma Tani, Block Podium, Lot 4G1, Precint 4, Federal Government Administrative Center, 62624 Putrajaya. Phone: (603) 8870 2000; Email:
Dogs and cats are quarantined for 7 days or more, except if arriving from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden or the United Kingdom. Originating airports must telex station manager of transporting airline at point of disembarkation flight number, origin and destination, types and numbers of pets. Those subject to quarantine must have space reserved in advance at Kuala Lumpur Quarantine Station.
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Baggage Clearance regulations::

Baggage is cleared at the airport of final destination in Malaysia, provided it is labeled so.

Exempt: baggage of transit passengers with a destination outside of Malaysia, provided it is labeled to that destination and the onward flight is on the same calendar day.

Airport Embarkation Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.

Currency rules

Currency Import regulations:

Local currency (Malaysian Ringgit-MYR) and foreign currencies: No restrictions. Amounts exceeding MYR 30,000.- and USD 10,000.- or equivalent must be declared for re-export.

Currency Export regulations:

Allowed: local currency (Malaysian Ringgit-MYR): up to MYR 30,000.- and foreign currencies: up to USD 10,000.- or equivalent. Higher amounts may be exported provided import has been declared upon arrival.

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Learn all about regulations for your destination country. From airport tax to be paid on departure, to importing pets, as well as rules on how much currency you may bring into and out of a country.

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