Malaysia – Employment, Dependant and Professional Visit Pass Holders Must Transfer Passes into New Passports Prior to Departing Malaysia

What has changed

Effective immediately, Malaysian Authorities are now insisting that foreign holders of Employment Pass, Dependant Pass, or Professional Visit Pass must transfer their pass if they obtain a new passport while in Malaysia on assignment.  This transfer process must be complete prior to the foreign pass holder departing Malaysia.


Who is affected?
What to expect

  • All Employment Pass, Dependant Pass and Professional Visit Pass holders who obtain a new passport while in Malaysia on assignment.

All holders of the above mentioned passes must now be transferred to the new passport prior to a foreign pass holder departing Malaysia. Previously foreign nationals could complete the transfer of their passes after re-entry into Malaysia. The processing time for completion of this transfer from the old passport to the new passport will vary depending on the authority. Please allow up to three (3) weeks lead time if this scenario applies.

Important:  Failure to comply with the transfer of the pass into the new passport prior to departing Malaysia could result in refusal of re-entry to Malaysia, or long delays at the airport.  In addition to the delay at the airport, the authorities may subject the foreigner to obtain a “Visa on Arrival (VOA)”, which may take several hours, cost MYR 500, and require representation from the local sponsoring company.  Following this, the pass holder must still apply for a transfer of their pass into the new passport.


What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Employers in Malaysia should inform all foreign pass holders to transfer them when they obtain a new passport. Transfers should take place immediately after the new passport is issued.
  • Ideally new passports should not be acquired shortly before planned international travel.
  • Emigra Worldwide can assist you in performing the necessary pass transfers.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your clients.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.