After more than a year of staying at home, Malaysians can finally travel again! However, to our pleasant surprise, it wasn’t just interstate borders that were lifted this past week. In a move pretty much no one saw coming, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yakoob announced on Sunday, 10 October, that Malaysians can now travel overseas for vacations!
Truth be told, when I heard that, the first thing I did was look for my passport. It’s been so long that I almost forgot where I kept it! Thankfully I found it soon enough! The next thing I did was check the expiration date. In case you didn’t know, most countries need your passport to have a validity period of at least three to six months to allow you entry.
Thankfully, my passport had some time left. But, if your passport has since expired, here’s a helpful guide on how to renew your passport online in Malaysia.
As simple as a few clicks!
The first thing you need to do is head to the MyPassport e-portal. Read through the information and then click “Agree” at the bottom of the first page.
On the next page, fill up the relevant personal details and select the branch at which you wish to collect your passport. After all, a Poslaju delivery doesn’t seem appropriate for such an important document! Take note that the nearest branch to you may be in a different state.
Click on “Search” (or “Cari” if you’re using the Bahasa version). On the next page, you’ll have to upload an appropriate photo of yourself. No selfies with poses, please! Next, make your payment and print out the receipt/passport renewal application.
Once it’s done, just bring that receipt, your old passport, and your NRIC to the branch that you selected earlier to collect your passport. The whole process takes only about 10 minutes tops!
Ready to fly?
And there you have it! How to renew your passport online in Malaysia. What’s the first destination you’ll fly to? Personally, I wanna go to Taiwan, but it appears that mandatory quarantine will still be applied to us.
On that note, just a reminder that, just because Malaysians can travel out of the country, it doesn’t mean every country is ready to accept visitors! Make sure to do your research before booking those tickets!
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