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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Visiting Malaysia from Uganda - VOA (Visa On Arrival) Checklist

I recently visited Malaysia and true, Ugandans are allowed VISA ON ARRIVAL (VOA) which is a period of 30 days and you get this at the airport immigration as soon as you arrive.

If you are Ugandan and are considering a similar trip, here are some of the things that you need to make sure are in check before you start your journey. This will make your life easy in the immigration office and you can be sure of a smooth VOA in Malaysia.

1. Valid Passport - This is obvious but make sure your passport has at least more than 3 months before date of expiry.

2. International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis showing that you have taken the yellow fever shot. If you are in Kampala you can get this at "The Surgery Ltd", or you can take the shot at the Entebbe airport clinic for 120,000 UGX, but make sure you have enough time before check in time. This is very important and without any doubt they will ask you for this.

3. A return ticket showing that you will be out of Malaysia before the 30 days expire. A return flight ticket will cost you about 1,000 USD.

4. Get a travel insurance, this will cost you about 50 dollars. you can buy travel insurance online or go the the local travel insurance agent.

5. A Hotel booking showing where you will be staying during your stay in Malaysia. If you are a guest invited by someone living in Malaysia, make sure you have an Invitation letter from your host showing clearly their contact details and residential address.

6. Cash, yes cash, they will ask you to show them some cash to demonstrate that you can take care of your stay in Malaysia. even if you have a sponsor who is going to pay your living expenses, make sure you carry some cash. At least 500 USD. it doesn't matter if you have carried you money on a VISA debit/credit card. Make sure you withdrawal and have some cash in your pocket. This is very important.

7. Smile to the immigration officer and pray that he/she is not having a bad day :-) otherwise, have fun in Malaysia. The capital Kuala Lumpur is beautiful and has a fun night life.

Your Techie Guy at Petronas Twin Towers, KL

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