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Visa with reference (VDR)

WITH REFERENCE (VDR)

If you wish to visit Malaysia for a VDR With Reference Visa, you must obtain a visa prior to entry if you come from a country with a visa requirement for entering Malaysia.

The following category has to apply for VDR in order to enter Malaysia

  • Employment Pass
  • Dependent Pass
  • Visit Pass (Temporary Employment) (PLKS)
  • Student Pass
  • Professional Visit Pass (PLIK)



VISA FEES & OTHER CHARGES

Visa Fee:

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Malaysia VAC Charges:

  • All applications lodged in India will be levied Malaysia VAC charges INR 2720/- (Inclusive of Goods & Service Tax –SGST @9% and CGST@9%) in addition to the visa fee.

The VISA FEES and MALAYSIA VAC charges can be paid by Cash or Indian Debit/ Credit Card or UPI (Inclusive of Goods & Service Tax –SGST @9% and CGST@9%).


  1. Original passport -Machine readable
    Old Passport also to be carried along ( in case applicable )
  2. Passport should be valid for at least 6 months upon arrival in Malaysia.
  3. 1 recent photographs (1 loose for application form incase applicable) Photograph specification: 3.5cm X 5cm 60%-70% face appearance in white background. Photographs clearly show from crown to shoulders.
  4. Confirmed Air-Ticket with flight details and E- ticket number.

  5. VDR Approval Letter:

    Please provide any one of the following VDR letters:

    1. Original VDR Approval Letter in a sealed envelope comes through the Immigration Department of Malaysia along with a copy of the same. The letter should be addressed to the High Commission of Malaysia, New Delhi for applicants applying in Delhi, Consulate General of Malaysia, Chennai for applicants applying in Chennai and Consulate General of Malaysia, Mumbai for applicants applying in Mumbai.

    2. In case of EVDR - Two print outs of E-VDR approval Letter come through the Immigration Department of Malaysia. The letter should be addressed to the Malaysia Missions in India.

    3. In case of MDEC - Two print outs of MDEC Approval Letter come through the Immigration Department of Malaysia. The letter should be addressed to High Commission of Malaysia, New Delhi for applicants applying in Delhi, Consulate General of Malaysia, Chennai for applicants applying in Chennai and Consulate General of Malaysia, Mumbai for applicants applying in Mumbai.

    4. Note: - For Application’s submitted in Mumbai and Chennai if the reference number on the VDR letter starts with ICT then applicant need to submit Original VDR approval letter with 2 copies.

    If the VDR letter is Computer generated, original copy is not required. If reference number starts with MSC/ICT/BVP/ESD then applicant needs to provide 02 copies of the same.

    Photograph Of Applicant

  • Photo size (35mm wide by 50mm high)
  • Without border
  • Taken within the last 6 months
  • Full face without headgear
  • The facial image must be from chin to crown
  • Only studio taken photo will be accepted, scanned photos are NOT ACCEPTABLE
  • Photo uploaded must have 'White' background
  • Uploaded photo's which is not following the specification may be rejected

  • A selfie photo is not acceptable

  • It should have a close up of your head and top of your shoulders so that your face takes up 60%-70% of the photograph
  • It should be in sharp focus and clean.
  • It should be of high quality with no ink marks and creases.
  • The photograph must show you looking directly at the camera with a neutral expression, neither frowning nor smiling, with the mouth closed.
  • It should show your skin tone naturally.
  • It should have appropriate brightness and contrast.
  • It should be without hat/cap.
  • It should be without the applicant's hair tucked behind his/her ears.
  • The photograph should not have any staple marks.

  • Kindly ensure that the uploaded image is as per the specification and is clear to avoid any possibilities of rejection and issues at the the entry/exit points in your current country and Malaysia !

Visa Application Form

Foreigners who serve as professionals or experts on a short-term basis in Malaysia must apply for Professional Visit Pass. The scopes for this pass are as follow:

  • Invited / Visiting Lecturers
  • Invited / Visiting Professors
  • External Examiners
  • Fellow / Fellow Assistant
  • Research Assistants
  • Speaker for Seminar / Course / Training / Symposium / Conference.
  • Presenter for Academic Paper
  • Consultant
  • Technical Advisors
  • Horse’s Trainer
  • Jockeys
  • Volunteer
  • Internship Program / Short Term Study
  • Experts in Tools and Machineries Assembly
  • Experts in Tools and Machineries Maintenance
  • Experts in Tools and Machineries Repairing
  • Experts in Assembly of New Product on available Tools and Machines
  • Experts that are considered suitable by Immigration General Director of Malaysia

All the application for VDR has to be made by the sponsor / company / Institution in Malaysia (to the Immigration Department of Malaysia). And, the person may apply for VDR stamping at Malaysian embassy / mission abroad and enter the country after the approval of that pass.

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