Flying from Singapore to Mumbai with a stopover in Kuala Lumpur? Do you need a transit visa to visit the city? Find out Now!
Stopovers are a great way to experience an extra destination during your vacation without hassles. So, how about adding a visit to Kuala Lumpur during your Singapore trip?
Kuala Lumpur is a major hub in Southeast Asia, and nearly all flights out of India to Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia or other far-off destinations like Australia, New Zealand and Japan have a stopover here.
Let’s imagine this scenario. You’re heading home on a Singapore to Mumbai flight. Your flight has a layover at Kuala Lumpur for five hours or more. Can you fit in a quick visit to the city, and check out the major tourist attractions? Do you need to clear the immigration and get a transit visa?
Find out how you can do that right here in this article.
Introducing the Transit Pass without Visa (TWOV)
The Malaysian Immigration Department introduced the Transit Pass for Indian nationals in July 2010. This pass is applicable for all Indian nationals stopping at the country during their journey to a third country. This pass is available for a maximum of 5 days (120 hours).
Where to get the Transit Pass without Visa?
You can get this pass at either terminal of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. KL airport has two terminals, known as KLIA and KLIA 2. KLIA is the home of several major carriers like Malindo Air, and KLIA 2 is the world’s biggest budget carrier terminal and the home hub of Air Asia.
- You’re eligible for the Transit Pass without Visa if you’re a citizen of any one of the following countries – India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, China, Vietnam or Nepal.
- You must possess a valid onward ticket that is within 120 hours.
- You must arrive and depart at the same entry point. For instance, if you arrive at KLIA 2, your connecting flight must depart from KLIA 2.
- Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your travel date.
- You must have printed copies of your travel itinerary along with all your flight tickets. Having just the PNR number without printed copy could lead to rejection of your transit pass.
If you meet the above-mentioned eligibility requirements, you can get a transit pass on clearing customs at the airport. Once you have the transit pass, you can visit the city and get back to the airport in time for your onward flight journey.
Even if you meet all the eligibility requirements, the transit pass without a visa is at the sole discretion of the Malaysian Immigration Authorities.
Do you need the TWOV if you do not plan to leave the airport terminal?
No. For instance, if you have a connecting time of fewer than five hours and don’t want to leave the airport terminal, then you don’t require a TWOV. You can wait in the terminal; show your boarding pass, and get on to your flight without the Transit Pass.
Add in a Quick Visit to Kuala Lumpur on your South-Asian Trip!
With an easy Transit Visa process, you can now marvel the sights of Kuala Lumpur without complicated, lengthy immigration procedures.