Visa Requirement for Malaysian Citizens
Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

Malaysians are really a lucky lot. The Malaysian passport is considered one of the best in the world. According the the Henley Passport Index for the year 2018, the Malaysian pasport is ranked number 9 in the world, with visa-free access to 180 countries.

This makes travel planning a lot easier for Malaysians going overseas. Most countries however still require a minimum of 6 months validity, in addition to other requirements such as having sufficient funds, a return flight ticket, proper health vaccination, and others and entry is at the discretion of the immigration officer.

The Malaysian passport is valid for all countries in the world, except for Israel, to which Malaysia does not have a diplomatic relation with. However, visit to Israel is possible, but mainly for Christians on a pilgrimage and requires the approval of the government of Malaysia.

Additionally, since September 2017, Malaysians have been banned from travelling to North Korea.

Visa Requirement for Tourists to Malaysia
Last Updated ( Friday, 10 August 2018 )

Visa Requirement for Tourists and Visitors to Malaysia

Tourist and visitors to Malaysia from over 160 countries do not need a visa to enter Malaysia. Depending on the nationality, visitors will obtain visa-free entry of between 14 to 90 days, but subject to the discretion of the immigration officer at the point of entry.

Visitors from countries requiring visa are required to apply for one at the nearest Malaysian diplomatic mission. Citizens of a small number of countries may apply for one using eVISA or eNTRI.

** Please note that the information here should only be used as a guide and is subject to change by the Malaysian government. For the latest information or if you have any questions, please contact the nearest Malaysian diplomatic mission (Embassy, High Commision or Consulate) **

Hotlink Fast vs Hotlink Red
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 July 2018 )

I previously purchased a prepaid Hotlink Broadband SIM Card a few years ago. At that time, it was a very good deal, especially as a backup broadband SIM card. It costs RM45 for 2GB of data and is valid for a year. Unlike the standard Hotlink prepaid, I don't need to topup in order to keep the line active.

Some time later, without any official announcement, Hotlink changed the plan slightly. While the 2GB for RM45 plan is still available, however this time I needed to keep my line active by topping up regularly or purchasing the Hotlink 365 plan which keeps the line active for a year. I can't remember exactly how much it costs but using today's price, it costs RM33.

Recently, some time in early 2018, I received a notification that my Hotlink Broadband plan will be automatically converted to Hotlink FAST plan, whether I liked it or not. At that time, the standard Hotlink plan that one would get when purchasing a new SIM package is the Hotlink RED plan. Therefore, it was a little bit difficult to get more information about the Hotlink FAST plan since the official Hotlink website only give details about the current Hotlink RED plan.

So I was thinking, what is the difference between the Hotlink FAST and HotlinK RED plans. After doing more research, one can actually find details about the Hotlink FAST plan, but the information is only listed in the T&C page. The following table is the comparison between both plans, as of July 2018.

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