Malaysia, a country in Southeast Asia
, includes thirteen states and three federal territories. The capital city of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur, while the government seat of the federal government is Putrajaya. Their government resembles the British Parliament system, and a Prime Minister serves as head of state. Malaysian citizens planning to travel abroad need valid passports in order to leave the country; however, citizens living in other countries can also apply for Malaysian passports.
Documents for Adults
To complete Form A -- IM.42 -- Pin 1/1997, Malaysia passport requirement for citizens older than 18 include holding an identity card that verifies citizenship or a police/army identity card, an original and a copy of a certified birth certificate, and two 3.5 cm X 5.0 cm passport photos. If a citizen is renewing their passport, they could bring their old passport with them. People should present documents verifying marital status like wedding certificates, divorce decrees and death certificates if they are widowed. Citizens living abroad need the same documents verifying citizenship to ensure that they have not become citizens of other countries. They also need information like green cards, work visas and employment or educational information.
Requirements for Applicants Under 18
Malaysia passport requirements differ for applicants younger than 18. Like adult citizens, applicants between the ages of 12 and 18 need to present their identity cards; however, other document recommendations depend on their circumstances. Married citizens who are younger than 18 years old must include marriage certificates with their applications. Those with living parents must bring the birth certificates and both parents' identity cards, and young applicants with deceased parents must have their parents' death certificates and a Statutory Declaration of Guardianship. Children of divorce should bring their mothers' identity cards and court documents outlining custody. Adopted children must bring birth certificates, identity cards of legal guardians, and certifications of adoptions to verify the children's citizenship.
Working or Studying Abroad
Malaysia passport requirements for people planning to work or study abroad include submitting the same documents as other citizens of the country. However, these people need additional documents that present information about the purpose of their trips. Students and workers need documentation from overseas companies or educational institutions indicating that an invitation has been extended to these Malaysian citizens. Information should include length and purpose of stay, accommodations information, and who is sponsoring trip.
Malaysian citizens should submit their passport applications to the Headquarters of the Department of Immigration, Malaysia, Level 1-7 No. 15, Persiaran Perdana, Precinct 2, 62550 Putrajaya, Federal Territory. To meet passport requirements for Malaysia, citizens living in other countries must submit their passport applications at Malaysian embassies or consulates near their places of residence. For more information, citizens can call the Malaysian office at 03-88801000 or any international embassies or consulates.
Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University.