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Contributed by Obika Daniella Ifunanya

Malaysia is a beautiful country in Asia. Its capital is Kuala Lumpur and is well known for its two large skyscrapers. Malay is the official language spoken in Malaysia although Malaysian English is also widely spoken. The currency used in Malaysia is Malaysian ringgit. A visa is required for travel from Nigeria to Malaysia.

Traveling to Malaysia could be for different reasons, like educational purposes, tourism, etc. Hence, there are different types of Malaysian Visa. Depending on the purpose of travel, there are two main types which are: Visa Without Reference (VWTR) and Visa With Reference (VWR). There are general requirements for Malaysian Visa which may also vary depending on the purpose of travel. The general requirements include

  • A valid Nigerian International Passport which must be valid for at least 6 months.
  • Copies of a completely filled Visa application form which can be obtained from the embassy website.
  • Two passport sized photographs.
  • Visa application receipt which would be used in the collection of the Visa.
  • Confirmed and valid return flight ticket.
  • Proof of accommodation during duration of stay.
  • Original and colored copy of International Passport.
  • Original and copies of stamped latest bank statement within the last three months.
  • Original and copies of relevant credentials such as birth/marriage certificate.
  • Original and copies of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) certificate. This is only applicable to first time traveler’s to countries outside West Africa.

The most popular category in the VWTR includes Tourist visa, Study visas, Family visas and Transit visas which all take a maximum of 10 days for processing. The visa fees here is 2000 NGN which doesn’t include the Visa service charge as the service charge ranges from 30,000 NGN – 100,000 NGN on the average. For a study Visa, the following documents would be required

  • Proof of course of study approved by the minister of home affairs.
  • A government approved letter of admission from your chosen college in Malaysia.
  • Original and photocopies of your health certificate(yellow fever certificate) and relevant credentials.
  • Eligibility letter from the Nigerian Ministry of Education.
  • Original and photocopies of your highest obtained educational qualification certificate.
  • Immigration approved letter.

The VWR, is granted to only persons with business-related intentions, Investors and Entrepreneurs and is only issued by the immigration Department of Malaysia. Regrettably at this time this type of Visa isn’t available for Nigerians.

The Malaysian embassy in Nigeria presently is at No. 4A, plot 2232 B, Rio Negro close, off Yedseram Street. Maitama, Abuja. They can be contacted through E-mail: malabuja@kln.gov.my and on Telephone: +234-9-780 9379, +234-92908488.

A quick advice for Nigerians that wish to travel to Malaysia for study purposes is below.

Malaysia is a very disciplined country and as such you’ll have to play by the rules.

Respect their culture and religious beliefs as they take it seriously.

However, you are sure to have a nice time at Malaysia when you visit.


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