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DUTY-FREE ITEMS

Items such as cameras, watches, pens, portable radio-cassette players, perfume, cosmetics and lighters are duty-free in Malaysia. Visitors bringing in dutiable goods may have to pay a deposit for temporary importation, refundable on departure - usually 50% of the value (carry receipt of purchase and obtain an official receipt for any tax or deposit paid).

DUTIABLE GOODS

Certain goods such as the following, imported by visitors are liable to duty: carpets, garments, clothing accessories, jewelry, chocolates, handbags, spirits and alcoholic beverages, tobacco and cigarettes. Visitors bringing in dutiable goods may have to pay a deposit for temporary importation, refundable on departure. To get your deposit returned the goods are to be presented at the time and place of departure together with the deposit receipts.
Persons who are transferring their residence to Malaysia can be exempted from taxes (e.g. if you are participating in the “Malaysia My Second Home Program”).

RESTRICTED AND PROHIBITED ITEMS

• A special permit is required for the carriage of firearms and ammunition. Other prohibited items include flick knives, daggers and pornographic material.

• Taped video cassettes should be submitted for clearance by Customs before entering Malaysia.

• Export of antiquities and historical objects is not allowed unless an export permit has been obtained from the Director General of Museums, Malaysia, or if the antiquity was originally imported and declared to customs.

• All passengers must declare the following items to the Plant Quarantine Office upon arrival:
o Plants and plant parts, including fresh plant produce and processed products
o Soil and growth/rooting media
o Insects and other organisms
o Micro-organisms
o Herbarium and dried flowers
Penalty for failing to do so is a fine of up to RM1000 or imprisonment of up to six months with a maximum imprisonment period not exceeding two years, or both.

• Passengers from South and Central America and Central Africa are required to report to the Plant Quarantine Office.

• Trafficking in illegal drugs carries the mandatory death penalty in Malaysia. Do not in any way get involved with drugs!

DUAL NATIONALITY:

Malaysia does not recognize or permit dual nationality. If Malaysian authorities learn that you are a citizen of for example both Malaysia and the United States, they may require that you either renounce your United States citizenship immediately or forfeit your Malaysian citizenship. Dual citizens should consider this issue seriously before traveling to Malaysia.


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