If you have recently entered Malaysia at least 4 times in a month, you can apply for a special Malaysia MACS pass which allows clearance through either Woodlands or Tuas checkpoint without having to fill up the white immigration card.
With the Malaysia Automated Clearance System (MACS) pass – a sticker embedded with a Radio Frequency Identification chip that is stuck in the passport, you can zip through immigration clearance in Malaysia without worrying if their passport has been stamped.
What is MACS Pass
With the intention to support the economic development of Iskandar Malaysia, MACS is developed to provide fast-track immigration clearance for non-Malaysian investors, business persons and professionals.
The scope of MACS service is expanded to frequent travelers among the Citizens and Permanent Residents of Singapore and also for those who are holding relevant long term immigration pass, and frequently travel between Malaysia and Singapore for the purpose of working, studying and staying in Malaysia.
MACS holders can benefit from faster immigration processing during entry and exit via MACS lanes at:
I. Bangunan Sultan Iskandar, Johor Bahru.
II. Kompleks Sultan Abu Bakar, Tanjung Kupang, Johor.
MACS holders are also exempted from filling up the immigration arrival card (IMM.26). Entry and exit records to and from Malaysia shall be kept online and the usage of passport pages for stamping will be minimized.
Spouses and dependents (children) of MACS holders are also entitled to apply for this service, provided that they have obtained the relevant immigration pass.
Note: MACS is simply a form of fast-track facilitation and does not act as an immigration pass or visa. Visitors are still required to obtain a visa (if applicable) and will be issued with relevant immigration pass.
There are two types of MACS sticker.
Category A MACS
Category A MACS is issued to Short Term Immigration Pass/ Social Visit Pass Holders. Issued to non-Malaysian daily travelers and for Citizens and Permanent Residents of Singapore who are frequently traveling to Malaysia on social visit purposes.
How to apply?
Applications for MACS under this category can be submitted to MACS branch office in Singapore.
MEVAS ONE STOP CENTRE
No 1, Tanglin Road
#03-10/11/12 Orchard Parade Hotel
Tel : +65 6733 4207
Fax : +65 6735 5705
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Category B MACS
Issued to Long Term Immigration Pass.
Issued to non-Malaysian daily travelers (involved with the development activities in Iskandar Malaysia) who have obtained long term immigration pass (i.e.: Employment Pass, Professional Visit Pass, Student Pass, Temporary Working Visit Pass) to work or provide related services that shall benefit and contribute to the development of Iskandar Malaysia.
This sticker is also issued to Citizens and Permanent Residents of Singapore who have obtained long term immigration pass (i.e.: Employment Pass, Temporary Working Visit Pass, Student Pass, Professional Visit Pass) which enable them to frequently travel to Malaysia for working, studying and staying.
MACS Pass Fee
MACS sticker shall be valid for one year from the date of issuance. A RM30.00 fee is charged for every issuance. Payment must be made in the form of cash.
How to Apply for MACS Pass
Application forms are available online at Immigration Malaysia’s web site at www.imi.gov.my and at Iskandar Malaysia’ s web site at www.iskandarmalaysia.com.my (only for applicants involved in Iskandar Malaysia). Hardcopy forms can also be obtained at the MACS One-Stop Center (OSC).
Completed application forms must be printed, verified by the Malaysian sponsor and endorsed by the IRDA representative (only applicable for MACS – Iskandar Malaysia applicant).
Submission of application forms (and relevant supporting documents) shall be made to the respective MACS One-Stop Center. MACS – Iskandar Malaysia applicants are required to submit the completed application forms at IRDA’s office.
Applicants are required to be self-present during the application process.
Update: The new MACS branch counter in Singapore will process all ordinary Singapore passport applications for a fee of SGD$35.00, renewable annually. The fee (SGD$15.00) is a charge levied by the Malaysia Government for a successful application. If the application is rejected, the fee will be refunded to the applicant. However, the Service Fee (SGD$20.00 inclusive of GST) levied by Third Link for services rendered is non-refundable.
Applicants must submit their passport by 2.00 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Once submitted, it will be ready for collection the next working day between 7.30 p.m to 9.00 p.m. An application made after 2.00 p.m. will be considered a next day application, hence the passport will be return after 2 working days.
Submission time: 8.30 a.m – 4.30 p.m.
Collection time: 7.30 p.m – 9.00 p.m.
Update: MACS Suspended
Malaysia Immigration has instructed Third Link to suspend the application on Singapore side for MACS in Jun 2018.