Singaporeans travelling to Malaysia are exempt from filling in the country’s digital arrival card, which will be made compulsory for most other foreigners from Jan 1.
The Malaysia Digital Arrival Card (MDAC) will not be compulsory for those who travel to the country frequently, said Home Minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail on Tuesday (Dec 5).
“This is also to ensure there is no congestion at our international entry points,” he told members of the media at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Besides Singaporeans, the following categories of travellers are also not required to complete the MDAC: Malaysia long-term pass holders, those with Brunei common identification certificates and Brunei Malaysia Frequent Traveller Facility, holders of Thai border passes and Indonesian Cross-Border passes.
The announcement on Tuesday comes days after the country’s Immigration Department said on Facebook that the digital arrival card would be compulsory for all foreign nationals.
This sparked discussion among some travellers, with confusion over whether this would be required of all arrivals, including those driving from Singapore. Some also said it was unclear whether this was compulsory for entry via both manual immigration counters and e-gates.
At the time, the department’s official website only specified exemptions for permanent residents, Malaysia Automated Clearance System (MACS) holders, and those “transiting or transferring through Singapore without seeking immigration clearance”.
A grace period is currently in effect until Dec 31.
“They can still fill out the digital card once they get here because some visitors only knew about this implementation upon arrival, so flexibility is given,” said Saifuddin.
From Jan 1, it will be compulsory to do so two to three days before arrival.