All rules regarding goods exempt from customs duty, travelers who do not have to pay duty, submission of declaration form, etc.

All people traveling by plane are now required to complete a declaration form before arriving or leaving Malaysia.

Announcing it in a press release earlier this week, Captain Datuk Chester Voo Chee Soon, Managing Director, Civil Aviation Authority Malaysiastated that this requirement to complete Customs Form No. 7 (K7) emanates from the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD), pursuant to Section 103 of the Customs Act 1967 and Regulation No. 55 of the Customs Regulations of 2019.

Section 103 states: “Notwithstanding anything in this Act, any passenger or other person arriving in or departing from Malaysia shall declare all dutiable or prohibited goods in his possession whether on his person or in baggage or in any vehicle, to the appropriate customs officer.”

Meanwhile, Regulation No. 55 states: “Any traveler or other person arriving in or leaving Malaysia must declare on Customs Form No. 7 of the Third Schedule.”

After completing the form, travelers must submit it to the customs officer at the airport and failure to declare or false declarations constitute an offence.

According to the RMCD travel guide, travelers entering Malaysia by plane note the following:

Goods exempt from customs duties payable per person traveling by air:

  • Wine, spirits, beer or malt liquor not exceeding one liter in total;
  • New clothes not exceeding three pieces;
  • New shoes not exceeding one pair;
  • Food preparations of a total value not exceeding RM150;
  • New portable electric or battery-powered personal care and hygiene appliances not exceeding one each, and

All goods other than the goods specified above (excluding tyres/tubes, cigarettes, tobacco products, pipes (including bowls), electronic cigarettes/similar personal electric vaping devices, preparations of the types used for smoking by means of electronic cigarettes and electric vaping devices in the form of liquid or gel not containing nicotine) for a total value not exceeding RM1000.00

Travelers should refer to the current Customs Duty Relief Ordinance for the terms of duty relief.

Dutiable goods

As stated by the RMCD, the tax rate for passengers/travellers is subject to the Customs Duty Ordinance and the Sales Tax (Tax Rate) Ordinance in effect.

Fee waiver per traveler

Exempt travellers:

Resident & non-resident conditions:

  • Non-residents in Malaysia who intend to visit Malaysia for a period of at least 48 hours (traveler using air transport)
  • Residents of Malaysia returning after an absence from Malaysia of at least 48 hours (traveller using air transport)
  • Non-residents in Malaysia who intend to visit Malaysia for a period of at least 72 hours (traveler using all modes of transport excluding air mode)
  • Residents of Malaysia returning after an absence from Malaysia of at least 72 hours (traveler using all modes of transport excluding air mode)
  • Any traveler entering Malaysia from Labuan, Langkawi, Tioman or Pangkor:
    • In the case of Labuan, the person has visited Labuan for a period of at least 24 hours; and
    • In the case of Langkawi, Tioman or Pangkor, the person has visited Langkawi, Tioman or Pangkor for a period of at least 48 hours.

Green/red lane facilities

The Voie Verte in the arrivals hall is intended for travelers who have “nothing to declare” (goods not tax-free and not prohibited). Otherwise, travelers must go to the red lane and declare the goods. Penalties or imprisonment will be imposed for abuse under applicable law.

In addition to the above, details on cash declaration for amounts equivalent to USD 10,000, restrictions on imports, etc. can be found here.

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