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This article was originally published on October 6, 2022, and was updated on November 1, 2022, to reflect new information.

November 2, 2022, Update: The government of Malaysia introduced additional information regarding the Social Visit Pass scheme. The government clarified that:

  • Once issued, the approval letter for the Social Visit Pass will remain valid for a 30-day period and can only be used for a single-entry visit to Malaysia.
  • Applicants can apply for a second Social Visit Pass after the first approval letter expires, as long as the holder has exited the country before submitting a new application.

Original Post From October 6, 2022:

Key Points

  • The government of Malaysia expanded eligibility for applicants under the Social Visit Pass scheme


The government of Malaysia introduced new permissions for those applying under the Professional Visit Pass (PVP) Social Visit Pass scheme on October 3, 2022. Foreign nationals intending to perform short-term assignments in Malaysia for a period of 30 days or less in the following sectors will be permitted to apply:

  • Education, technology and communication, commodity, security and defense, finance and banking, agriculture and farming, tourism, factory and manufacturing, services, wholesale and retail sales, and petroleum and energy

Applications must be submitted while the applicant is located outside of Malaysia. Generally, the Social Visit Pass processing time will take approximately three working days. However, timelines can vary based on several factors, including the purpose of the application, the applicant’s nationality, and the country of application submission.

Visa-required nationals will also need to apply for an Entry Visa before arrival. For additional insight into qualification requirements, check here.

What are the Changes?

The government of Malaysia expanded the sectors eligible for the Social Visit Pass Scheme. In addition, the government introduced new information on processing times and application process requirements.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of Malaysia’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Immigration Department of Malaysia

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