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If you’re the holder of a Malaysian passport that’s due to expire, you’ll need to look into renewing it. But can you do it in Singapore?
In this guide, we’ll cover all the info you need on how to renew a Malaysian passport in Singapore. This includes the documents you’ll need and of course, how much it costs.
And if you regularly hop between Malaysia and Singapore, remember to use Wise for an easy, low-cost way to send and receive money between the two countries. Open a free Wise multi-currency account and you can send money for tiny fees, receive it for free and switch between currencies whenever you need to.
But more on that later. First, let’s look at how to start the process of renewing your Malaysian passport in Singapore.
You should find it reasonably straightforward to renew a Malaysian passport in Singapore, provided you have the right documentation. Simply follow these steps:
- Make an appointment for passport renewal at the High Commission of Malaysia, Singapore. The central office is in Johor¹, the southern Malaysian state linked to Singapore.
- Submit your completed passport renewal application form
- Provide all required supporting documents, including photographs (we’ll cover those in just a moment)
- Pay your passport fees
- Wait for your application to be processed
- Head back to the Malaysian consular office to hand in your old passport and collect your new one.
It’s also possible to renew your Malaysian passport online, or at least complete part of the process without physically visiting a consular office or immigration centre.
You can do it at the Immigration Department of Malaysia’s online passport portal. Here, you’ll need to²:
- Complete the online application form
- Upload a recent passport-size photograph of yourself, making sure it meets all the required specifications (i.e. not wearing glasses, having a white backdrop)
- Pay your application fee.
Once you’ve done all this, you will still need to visit an immigration office in person to hand in your old documents and collect your new passport.
Online passport renewal may not be available to everyone. For example, if your passport is lost or damaged, you will need to apply for a renewal in person.
Whichever application route you choose, the following Malaysian passport renewal documents will be required²:
- Your old Malaysian passport
- Recent passport-size photographs of yourself
- Your Malaysian Identity Card
- Your submission receipt (for online applications).
Processing times for receiving your new passport vary depending on how you apply.
If you apply for Malaysian passport renewal online, you’ll receive a date and time for collection on your submission receipt².
For applications in person at the High Commission of Malaysia, Singapore, the collection day is stated as one working day after the submission date¹.
It costs the same to renew your Malaysian passport in Singapore whether you apply in person or online. The fee is 200 RM (around 65 SGD) for adults between 13 and 59 years old. For the over 60s, the fee is just 100 RM (around 33 SGD)¹.
If you apply in person to renew your passport, you’ll need to pay your fee in Singapore Dollars and in cash.
For online applications, you can pay using debit or credit card².
Have you noticed that sending money between Malaysia and Singapore is quite expensive using your bank? This is because banks usually have foreign transaction fees, and apply unfavourable exchange rates. You may also be charged for using your debit card in other countries.
There is a better way - open a free Wise account. You can use this borderless account to send money worldwide for tiny fees and the mid-market exchange rate. Hold both RM and SGD in your account at once, and switch between currencies whenever you need to.
You can even pay your online passport renewal fee using your Wise debit Mastercard, which automatically converts currency at the fairest exchange rate. There are no foreign transaction fees to worry about, only a tiny conversion fee if you don’t already have the currency in your account.
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So, that’s it - everything you need to know about renewing your Malaysian passport in Singapore. There are a couple of ways to do it, so you should be able to choose the most convenient option for you.
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Sources checked on 16 March 2021
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