General Statement

Passport and Travel Document

The PASSPORT is an official document issued by a government, certifying the holder's identity and citizenship and entitling them to travel under its protection to and from foreign countries and recognised as a travel document by the Government of Malaysia.

1. Possession of Passport/Travel Document

The passport / travel document is the property of the Government of Malaysia and may be withdrawn at any time if the Immigration Department is satisfied that the passport / travel document has been misused and contravenes the Passport Act 1966. The holder is fully responsible for the security of the passport / travel document.

2. Lost Passport/Travel Document

A Police Report should be made as soon as possible and the loss should be reported to the Immigration Office. An application for a replacement passport can be submitted at the nearest Immigration Office by submitting the application form with supporting documents, a photocopy of the police report and any other relevant documentary evidence. Approval for the application of a replacement passport will depend on the decision of the panel.

3. Damaged Passport/Travel Document

Request for a new passport can be made at the nearest Immigration Office by submitting an application for a replacement passport and the approval will depend on the decision of the Immigration Department.

4. ICAO Version of the Malaysian Passport

  1. The E-passport version of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was launched by the Minister of Home Affairs Dato 'Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein on February 2, 2010.
  2. ICAO is a specialised agency established in 1947 under the United Nations (UN), based in Montreal, Canada. ICAO is given the mandate by the UN to establish and prescribe standards and specifications of the International Passport that must be followed by member countries.
  3. ICAO standards refer to the specifications and standards for travel document in order to monitor movement in / out at national borders.
  4. ICAO standards for passport applications are:
    1. Data arrangement - increase space for filling data
    2. Biometric Format - change from a private system (propriety) to open system (open)
    3. Images - higher resolution for more accurate face recognition
    4. Certification of documents - transition from the Secured Access Module (SAM) to the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) - the data contained in the electronic chip can be read by other countries
ICAO new passport design version:
  1. Contain 48 pages
  2. Passport holder’s personal information on page 2.
  3. Signature space on page 3.
  4. Information for passport holder on page 47
  5. Each visa page has images of buildings or landmarks of Malaysia
  6. Implementation of the ICAO e-passport version is essential to enhance the security features, operational efficiency and effectiveness of the e-passport system as a whole.
The need to shift from the current e-passport to the ICAO e-passport version is to:
  1. improve the security of travel documents;
  2. ensure uniformity of travel documents of ICAO member countries
  3. curb and prevent Malaysian passport forgery.
  4. prevent theft and protect the identity of the people of Malaysia (the chip can not be falsified);
  5. provide a more efficient method in screening high-risk travellers to the country;
  6. ensure more free-flowing service to genuine travellers.
Implementation of the ICAO e-passport version allows people to enjoy the benefits of the service delivery system more efficiently. It ensures smooth mobility of Malaysian citizens at international entry points. Documents that have ‘interoperability' confirm the authenticity or validity of the passport holder’s information. Travellers can enjoy the convenience of the e-service and automated inspection door (auto gate) prepared by the ICAO member countries around the world. (Countries that provide such facilities).
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Last Update: 19 May 2022.

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