Malaysia Digital Arrival Card (MDAC) For Foreign Visitors Traveling to Malaysia


8th December 2023

Malaysia Digital Arrival Card (MDAC) For Foreign Visitors Traveling to Malaysia


  1. The purpose of this bulletin is to provide information regarding the recent announcement made by the Ministry of Home Affairs (KDN) that all foreign visitors to Malaysia will be required to complete the Malaysia Digital Arrival Card (MDAC).



2.1.The requirements to complete the MDAC apply to the following international students:

  1. Students who have obtained a Visa Approval Letter (VAL) and are travelling to Malaysia to commence their course.
  2. Mobility students with a course duration of less than three months who will enter Malaysia on a social visit pass.

2.2.International students must complete the MDAC online through the Immigration Department website:

2.3. The MDAC can be completed as early as 3 days before arrival or at the latest upon arrival.

2.4. International students must present their completed MDAC at entry points for immigration clearance.

2.5.Existing international students who have been issued a student pass are not required to complete the MDAC if they exit and re-enter the country while their student pass is still active.



The following categories of visitors are exempt from the requirement to complete the MDAC:

3.1. International Students

  1. Citizens of Singapore;
  2. Diplomatic and Official Passport holders;
  3. Malaysian Permanent Residents and Long Term-Pass holders;
  4. General Certificate of Identity (GCI) Brunei Darussalam holders;
  5. Brunei Malaysia Frequent Traveller Facility holders;
  6. Thailand Border Pass holders;
  7. Indonesia Cross-Border Travel Document (PLB) holders.



Effective 1st January 2024, completion of this MDAC will be mandatory, except those listed above (3 i – vii).

For more information, please refer to the Immigration website at the following link:

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Sarah Azreen Abdul Samat

Sarah has over 22 years of experience in corporate finance transactions involving equity issuance, mergers and acquisitions, fundraising, corporate restructuring, and corporate valuation, amongst others. She began her career in investment banking with Malaysian International Merchant Bankers Berhad in 2001 after obtaining her professional qualifications from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Later in her career, she joined other investment banking institutions in Malaysia such as AmInvestment Bank Berhad, Maybank Investment Bank Berhad and RHB Investment Bank Berhad.

Presently, Sarah sits as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of Reneuco Berhad and Independent Director of Pharmaniaga Berhad. She is currently the Executive Director of 3p Capital Advisers Sdn. Bhd., a company licensed with the Securities Commission Malaysia to provide advisory services to the capital market players.

Tuan Haji Ismail Bin Mohamed

Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed sits on the Board of Director for Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS). He obtains his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

Prior to sitting on the EMGS Board, he was also appointed to be the Board of Director to KEJORA from 2013 to 2018, and several companies such as Permodalan Darul Takzim Sdn Bhd, Perbadanan Usahawan Johor Sdn Bhd, PIJ Holding and Ranhil SAJ Sdn Bhd. Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed also co-founded Pertama.

He started his career by setting up a company and being the founder of JYBB Enterprise. His career came to prominence when he became the co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Pertama Polyerethane Technology (M) Sdn Bhd and subsequently became the Special Officer to the Minister of Education in 2013.

Ismail Mohamed is acknowledged for his expertise in Agriculture and Agro-based industry, landing him being appointed as the Chairman of the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Committee of the Johor State, the Chairman of Agro KEJORA and the Chairman of the Johor State Agriculture, Agro-based industry, Entrepreneurial Development and Cooperatives Committee.