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Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi, Malaysia

Malaysia is one of the go-to travel destinations in Asia for an enriching vacation, thanks to its combination of extravagant beaches and luxury resorts as well as its strong traditional and cultural roots.

When To Go

March through October are generally the best times to visit Malaysia to capitalize on the best weather it has to offer, letting you avoid the monsoon rains and the worst of the humidity.

January and February are popular travel months because of the Chinese New Year celebrations and the Thaipusam festival.

The Sabah Fest in May and the Gawai Festival (in Sarawak) in June are worth the visit, offering an irresistible insight into Malaysia’s diverse culture.

Where To Go

Kuala Lumpur, the nation’s capital, is the perfect blend of shopping malls, luxury resorts and traditional culture.

The island of Penang is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features gorgeously restored colonial buildings from the time of the British Occupation.

Kota Kinabalu, on the island of Borneo, features the historic Kinabalu National Park and is a haven for climbers with its massive peaks and rewarding views.

Up north, Pulau Langkawi offers luxurious beaches and many five-star resorts and hotels for a perfect holiday and some relaxation. This is a favorite for honeymooners! 

Here is how to get a visa for Malaysia from Pakistan!

Visa Type: Tourist, Single Entry

Validity: 3 months

Processing Time: Typically 7 working days after submitting completed visa application, but because the application goes through agents who may have backlog, apply at least 14 working days in advance just to be on the safe side. 

Visa Fee:  

 The visa fee differs based on the travel agency that you end up using. In gerenal, it should not exceed Rs. 8000. 

The High commission charges PKR 7500 in total for visa processing. On the government website they also ask that the payment be in the form of a Demand Draft made out to Malaysian VLN Pakistan (Private) Limited. Your bank will help you with this.  

The confusion is that travel agents such as Gerry’s ask that the amount be brought as cash, along with the processing fee for the agent (Gerry’s or other).

Gerry’s, for example, charges PKR 1830 per person on top of the visa charges. It will be the same for almost all other agents.

Required Documents:

         4 passport sized photos, with white background

         Recent bank statements for the last six months, with a minimum balance of PKR 100,000. Also try to get an accompanying letter from your bank 

.         If you have a job, get a letter from your workplace showing that you are an employee, and are only taking a few days off. 

         TWO copies of duly filled Visa Application Form (Click this link to download the form)

         Letter of Intent – This is your cover letter. You can explain your purpose (tourism), mention the cities you plan to see, and the people you are travelling with. 

         Passport with more than 6 month validity

         Copy of CNIC plus the original

         Copy of Passport plus the original 

         Two copies of your confirmed/purchased air tickets

.         Confirmed hotel bookings 

Once you have all your documents ready:

Head to one of the countless drop box locations or agents that have been authorized to process these visas. The Malaysian Embassy does not encourage people to apply directly, and so going through an agent is the way for now (until the Boy and I actually go to the Embassy to try and apply, and thus double check what the system really is!).

Take your visa fee (call the agent that you’re going to, to double check whether the fee should be in the form of a demand draft or cash) and head over to drop off your application packet. Good luck!

Drop-Off Locations via Authorized Agents: A large number of travel companies act as drop-off locations for Malaysian visas, including Gerry’s.

Here is a full list of places you can drop your application off. 

Embassy Information:

High Commission of Malaysia

Plot No. 144-150
Street No. 17
Sector G-5, Diplomatic Enclave
44000
Islamabad

Telephone: (92 51) 2072900
Fax: (92 51) 2833210 
Email

Have you been to Malaysia? Tell us how it went in the comment section below! We can’t wait to go!

Happy travelling!

 

All the information on this page was taken from the Malaysian Government Website for Pakistani citizens looking for visas. It was updated in September 2016.