Malaysia Country Guide

Getting In


By Road

Land crossings are possible from southern Thailand and from Singapore into Peninsular Malaysia. In East Malaysia, there are border crossings from Brunei and Kalimantan (the Indonesian side of Borneo) into Sarawak. Foreigners intending to drive into Malaysia must have an International Drivers Permit. Travellers holding a driving licence from Singapore, Japan, South Korea, United States, Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand can use their local driving licence during their stay in Malaysia.
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North-South Expresway
North-South Expressway
From Singapore
The two crossings are the Causeway which links Johor Bahru with Woodlands in Singapore and the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link which links Tanjung Kupang in Johor with Tuas in Singapore. 

From Thailand
International checkpoints (with the Thai towns in brackets) include:
  • Wang Kelian (Satun) and Padang Besar (Padang Besar) in Perlis
  • Bukit Kayu Hitam (Sadao) in Kedah
  • Pengkalan Hulu (Betong) in Perak
  • Rantau Panjang (Sungai Kolok) in Kelantan
Malaysia-Thailand border crossing at Betong
Malaysia-Thailand border crossing at Betong

From Brunei
The main crossings from Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei) to Miri (Sarawak) is at Sungai Tujoh and Bandar Seri Begawan to Limbang (Sarawak) is at the Kuala Lurah-Tedungan checkpoint. You can also travel from the Temburong district of Brunei to Limbang via the Pandaruan (Puni on the Brunei side) checkpoint and Lawas via Trusan (Labu on the Brunei side). 

From Indonesia
The main crossing from Indonesian Borneo to the Malaysian Borneo state of Sarawak is at the Tebedu-Entikong checkpoint on the main Kuching-Pontianak road. Other minor border crossings used by locals are not necessarily open to foreigners.

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